Category: Book Recommendation


In Just Do Something, Kevin DeYoung goes over the idea of finding God’s Will. I read this book on the way back from the Resolved Conference 2010. Since I had a long ride, I figured I could read this book. It’s pretty short. About 110 pages of reading. The audience of the book is for high school aged to about 30’s. He does a pretty conclusive look at God’s Will, explaining what it is and what it’s not.

In the first chapter he pretty up opens the book. Introduces it, gets the topic going over making decisions and looking at statistics. He looks at why younger people are so passive.

In the second chapter he takes a look at what it means to say God’s Will. He covers three ideas. God’s will of decree or his sovereign, predetermined, planned will. The second will that is covered is God’s will of desire. This is God’s revealed will in scripture, His commands and such. The third is where people get hung up. He calls it God’s will of direction. This is where people are trying to figure out which way God wants them to go in life. Trying to figure out what God’s sovereign will is. God does not want us to figure out his sovereign will. He will give us wisdom in choosing, but he does not expect us to figure out what He wants us to do for the next step.

In chapter three he covers why he believes people have issues with trying to find God’s will. He lists 5 things: We want to please God, Some of us are timid, we want perfect fulfillment (in this life in the stuff), we have too many choices, and that we are cowards.

In chapter 4 DeYoung covers why approaching God’s will in this way is wrong. Worth reading.

Chapter 5 covers looking at waling in God’s will from a Biblical way perspective. He use quite a few passages from scripture and explains them well.

In chapter 6 he compares God’s guidance to other supernatural ways God guides in the bible.

Chapter 7 and are back to back comparison passages on how not to find Gods will and ways to, as well as having wisdom and how to get wisdom from God.

Chapter 9 covers two specific topics, finding a job and getting married which are two of the biggest topics people want God’s will for. He covers the topics well.

In chapter 10 he closes the book in giving an example in the life of one of his grandfathers.

This was a good book. I’d recommend it to anyone. Joshua Harris is pretty much sums my opinion up in the forward if the book with this quote: “And the highest praise I can give this book is that this book is my new go-to book on decision making and ‘finding God’s will.'” If someone asked me about finding God’s will, I’d recommend that they read this book.

Many thanks to my pastor for giving me this book. Todd, this review is in honor of you.

Here are a couple of links to the books on a couple of sites. These are some ministries I’d like to support. Check to see which price is cheaper.
On CVBB.com
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So I got my order in today. It actually came in early. I now realized that I bought two of the same thing, sort of. Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between is an introduction to Jonathan Edwards Sermon, “Heaven Is a World Of Love” from the series of sermons Edwards titled Charity and It’s Fruits. The an abridged version of that sermon is the appendix of the book by Stephen Nichols. I now realize that I bought the full edition of that sermon when I bought Heaven, A World of Love by Jonathan Edwards, published by Banner of Truth Trust. I think that is cool because I can read the full version instead of the abridged version. If I like the sermon, I might buy the rest of the series from Soli Deo Gloria Publishers. I have another book similar to Nichols. It is a book that introduces another work of Jonathan Edwards then has the work after it. It is God’s Passion for His Glory by John Piper. John Piper introduces it for about half the book and the second half is Edward’s work The End for Which God Created the World.

I’m glad I have all these. I want Jonathan Edwards to become one of my dead heros. Paul is one. I want Newton and Spurgeon to be one also. The reason is these guys are the heros of some of my favorite alive heros. Jesus is my top most hero though. He is my Savior, my God, my All.

Enjoy,
Mark

Hey Guys.
A lot of my friends are Mormon so this one caught my attention. Tim Challies wrote a book review on his blog on the book Mormonism Explained. Check out the review. Click here to go to the review.

Here is a little preview of his review:

Many Christians seem unsure of how to react to the rise of Mormonism. Mormons are adept at using Christian language and in affirming their love of the Bible and of Jesus Christ. But behind the language and behind the similarities is a whole world of difference. Christians do well to arm themselves with some knowledge of this religion and of those who adhere to it. In his new book Mormonism Explained, Andrew Jackson offers a book that can do just that. A short study and one geared to the popular level, the book, well, it simply explains Mormonism. … Jackson looks at the religion’s origins, its teaching and then spends several chapters teaching about the Mormon concept of salvation. In about 200 pages he gives a ground-level introduction to this religion and shows how it is not consistent with the Christian faith.

Click the title of the Book above to get to the Publisher Page of the Book. From there you can read the description, read the contents, see the back cover and download a PDF of the Introduction and Chapter 1. Enjoy.