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Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will

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A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will or How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc.

Hyper-spiritual approaches to finding God's will don't work. It's time to try something new: Give up.

Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung counsels Christians to settle down, ma
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Moody Publishers (first published 2009)
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Natalie Wickham
Dec 29, 2011 Natalie Wickham rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
Three friends and I read this book aloud together as we traveled through Italy this summer. To be honest, for the first four chapters I was appalled at the statements the author was making. They seemed to fly in the face of everything I’ve ever believed about praying and seeking God’s will for important – and even not-so-important – life decisions. But as we read chapter five, the proverbial light bulb came on in my mind. In reality, Mr. DeYoung was advocating a biblical truth that I believe wit ...more
Josh Morgan
May 03, 2010 Josh Morgan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared on my blog, Jacob's Café.

This review of Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung was made possible through a complimentary copy of the audiobook through christianaudio's reviewer program.

I was looking forward to this book, expecting a bit of an incarnational perspective on finding God's will. That was there, but not in the way I expected. It presented nothing useful and was possibly the worst religion book I've read (or listened to). In fact, I think it can be quite spi
Aug 01, 2011 Mark added it
Thank God I was told about this book. I absolutely needed to read it. Somewhere along the way, I fell into the trap of thinking that God had very specific things for me to do with my life that I somehow had to discover in order to be in His will. I have prayed and fasted and waited on the Lord and all that sort of stuff (all very good things, in and of themselves) in hopes of being directed to the point on the map that was the only right place in the world for me to be without being out of the w ...more
Demetrius Rogers
Jan 29, 2013 Demetrius Rogers rated it it was ok
Shelves: bible-theology
This is a book about finding the will of God and the underlying premise that fuels much of the presentation is the denial of ongoing revelation. Helpful thoughts here for those who tend to get stymied while waiting for a 'word from God.' But, for somebody who believes that God still speaks, not enough attention was paid here to striking a balance between listening and doing. Kevin DeYoung addresses the pitfalls of 'all listening and no doing.' But it seems his alternative is 'all doing and no li ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are not many books that I would recommend every Christian to read. This is one of them. You may not agree with everything that the author says (do you agree with everything anyone says, even yourself?), but I think you will be glad to have read it. And it's a short book so it won't even take you very long :-)

DeYoung does a great job of helping us get rid of the notion that God has a blueprint for every single aspect of our lives, and thus also doing away with the Sword of Damacles that han
Allison Anderson Armstrong
Dec 09, 2014 Allison Anderson Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Great, straightforward read, and short too.

Some of my favorite quotes include....

"Our misdirected piety makes following God more mysterious than it was meant to be."

Talking about our culture and why we have such a hard time making "big" choices...- "and when every experience and situation must be rewarding and put us on the road to complete fulfillment, then suddenly the decisions about where we live, what house we buy, what dorm we're in, and whether we go with tile or laminate take on weighty
May 09, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
Finally! A clear, concise explanation of God's will. Reaffirming the Biblical principle that while God cares about your circumstance, He is much more concerned about your character. This book optimistically draws the reader towards releasing the agony of endless searching and paralysis-in-decision-making involved in looking for 'the one' right job, right spouse, right (fill in the blank) . Turning our focus instead toward being the right one: seeking to love God and others and grow in Christ-lik ...more
Stephen Andrew
Nov 22, 2012 Stephen Andrew rated it it was ok
Though I agree with many of DeYoung's principles, I think he takes an approach of talking against a cut and dry approach to finding God's will, but he replaces it with an equally cut and dry option, which is not entirely helpful either. I agree Christians don't need to agonize over God's will on every tiny decision, the point is walking with God daily, and then you will be drawn toward God-pleasing decisions. However, too many times, it seemed like DeYoung was proposing that there is no right ch ...more
Jan 30, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reads
This is a really fantastic, down-to-earth little book. He has excellent biblical advice that offers great freedom to those who may have grown up in a fundamentalist or hyper-spiritualized faith.

The one section that I found problematic was his discussion on single women. Yes, many single Christian men are sitting around doing nothing, but does that mean women should sit around and wait? In his last chapter he doesn't answer that question, and seems to imply that they should. Speaking as a woman w
Sep 07, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing
My full review can be read at Blogging Theologically:

“I feel like God wants me to be alone for a while.”

“I’m waiting for God to open a door to the right job.”

“If I choose this school, will I be going against God’s will for my life?”

We’ve all statements like these before. Whether it’s dating and marriage, the quest for the perfect job, what college to go to or where to buy a house, many Christians get hung up on the question of God’s will: Is it God’s will that I do XYZ? What is God’s will for my
Dec 30, 2014 Rita rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book on the Overdrive app in one afternoon while doing chores and running errands. It is one of the most helpful Christian books I've ever read. "Lightbulb" moments galore. This was my first Kevin DeYoung book, but it won't be the last. He writes in a way that manages to include Biblical theology, practical wisdom, real-life examples, personal experiences, and humor in a way that is balanced and readable. Highly recommended.
Bambi Moore
Jul 24, 2014 Bambi Moore rated it it was amazing
Five BIG stars here!!! This is a much needed book for all adults, especially young. Kevin DeYoung identifies the causes of our indecisiveness and gives solid Biblical counsell: trust God, abide in prayer and make a move!! Don't hyperspiritualize everything. He also offers great encouragement to young men in the last couple chapters.
May 09, 2011 logankstewart rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while we have an epiphany. It may come while we're brushing our teeth and staring at ourselves in the mirror. It may come when we're pouring soy into the wok, whiffing the wonderful scents of the steam. Or, as often is the case, it may come from a book. The Bible is great at this. It's amazing how we can read the same passages through the years, but still find so much truth with its words. This post isn't about the Bible, though. It's about Kevin DeYoung's book (which is based on ...more
Jul 09, 2014 Faith rated it it was amazing
This is a book both pithy and powerful. And it might annoy you once or twice. It will annoy you because Kevin DeYoung is calling us away from super-spiritualized self-flagellating agonies about discerning the will of God, and back to a "sanctified common sense" approach.

Basically, read your Bible, listen to wise people, pray for holiness, and then make a choice.

Yeah. You heard him. We don't need to worry about discerning the will of God, or keeping ourselves within it... not in the confusing se
Such a helpful book that challenges the 'find the will of God' approach I formerly had and clarifies the conclusion I have come to more recently regarding God's will. As a naturally more cautious person who also hates making decisions, this book was a great challenge and encouragement that focused my thinking on this matter.

God's will is not a cosmic mystery, a mystical puzzle to be figured out while God stands by silent and aloof, yet demanding us to do His will. He has given us His Word on the
M.G. Bianco
Jan 31, 2011 M.G. Bianco rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
A wonderful little book, short and easy to read. Kevin DeYoung does a good job of tackling the traditional (contemporary?) view that we are responsible to "know" God's perfect will for our lives. Then, he follows up by showing what the Bible has to say about knowing God's will for our lives. He brings a balanced and winsome approach to the topic. It made me want to hang out with his Grandpa DeYoung.

A long time ago, I came to realize that Christians are filled with the Holy Ghost and given the Ho
Apr 28, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
This book is a good snappy read.

I love the secondary subtitle: "How to make a decision without dreams, visions, fleeces, impressions, open doors, random Bible verses, casting lots, liver shiver, writing in the sky etc."


I wish Kevin De Young had published this book when I was 18. We're both gen-xers. Some of what he discusses in this book I probably learned the same way he did...the hard way. Some of the other things he discusses I'm still working through at 42 (and trying really hard not
Aubrey Hansen
Sep 03, 2012 Aubrey Hansen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: outread-aubrey
This is my first time reading DeYoung. It won't be the last.

In this short but sufficient book, DeYoung resoundingly dethrones the prevailing attitude of my generation--an attitude of indecision, lack of ambition, and never-ending juvenility. This is an attitude I despise about our culture, even though, thanks to DeYoung, I can see its effects in my own life.

But what was more impacting about this book was DeYoung's solution, which can be summed up as "Love God, and get on with it already." The pr
Apr 19, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-life
A practical, biblical, readable, short book about "finding God's will". Highly recommended -- a great book to lend. DeYoung rejects the idea that God wants Christians to discover His specific, detailed will for every decision in life, and instead argues for an approach based on biblical wisdom -- living for God's glory in everything you do and making sensible decisions along the way, based on reading the bible, praying and asking for advice. It's a complicated issue, and that's an inadequate sum ...more
Mike Steward
Sep 25, 2015 Mike Steward rated it it was amazing
It's so helpful. Very practical.

My favorite quotes:

"Because we have confidence in God's will of decree, we can radically commit ourselves to His will of desire, without fretting over a hidden will of direction. In other words, God doesn't take risks, so we can."

"So here's the real heart of the matter: Does God have a secret will of direction that He expects us to figure out before we do anything? And the answer is no."

"He will provide us with the food, drink, jobs, housing, with everything tha
Oct 30, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommendations
I loved this book. It was challenging and convicting and directed me toward scripture and God more than anything or anyone else. I am someone who has wondered about God's will, overspiritualizing decisions and confusing passivity for patient waiting and perhaps taking a "holier" route. (Side note - the author does punctuate that there are times slowing down and taking a step back can help avoid making bad decisions.) Reading this book helped me understand that it is more important to seek first ...more
Ben Warren
Jun 25, 2012 Ben Warren rated it liked it
Good, interesting, and helpful. Mostly it is a cultural / generational commentary on our current generation applied to the area of discerning the will of God for your life. The biggest problem without a doubt which my generation faces is expecting to find their fulfillment in this life through things like marriage, children, career, community, possessions. Perhaps the previous generation just sought those things for the simple hedonistic pleasure of them. But we tend to seek after them and EXPEC ...more
Evan Gartman
Aug 10, 2014 Evan Gartman rated it it was amazing
This book was extremely beneficial to read, and I would encourage every Christian that struggles with making big decisions like myself to pick up and read it. Deyoung boldly (and humorously at times) explains how our understanding of God's sovereignty, as seen in the scriptures, should liberate us in our decision making rather than limit us while providing clear applications from scripture for making intelligent and God glorifying life decisions.
Shorel Kleinert
Feb 18, 2015 Shorel Kleinert rated it it was amazing
The outrage!!! Sacrilege!!! Who would dare say that perhaps hunting for open doors and waiting for signs about God direction on the mundane...might just be cowardice? Here's the gist: if you are actively seeking God's kingdom (aka seeking to honor Him) then just use the wisdom God has given you and decide already.
Luke Miller
Mar 16, 2016 Luke Miller rated it it was amazing
This is an mercifully short book on an incredibly important topic. There is so much confusion about the "will of God" for our lives, and this book is so helpful in clearing it up. Awesome!

Also read in July of 2011.
Sep 11, 2012 Eleasa rated it really liked it
"I have a big decision to make." "Who should I marry?" "What job should I take?" "Where should I move to?" "Which house should I buy?" Excellent book to read when considering these questions!
Janet Thomas
Jan 19, 2015 Janet Thomas rated it it was amazing
Steve and I listened to this book driving to Virginia today. We thoroughly enjoyed it. I really like the authors wAy of writing. A great read for Christians.
Joni Hartman
Jan 23, 2017 Joni Hartman rated it liked it
A short book which gives simple guidelines for how to walk in the will of God (from Matt. 6:25-34, Jesus' Sermon on the Mount): 1. Don't be anxious about your life (this shows little faith) 2. Seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness FIRST, and then, all these things will be added unto you.

DeYoung explained the ways we understand God's will:
1. God's will of Decree=what God has ordained. Everything that comes to pass is according to God's sovereign decree. And all that He decrees will come t
Jun 17, 2015 Caleb rated it it was ok
DON'T Just Do Something!
(Even the author would admit, you begin by using wisdom from God's word and wise council before jumping into a major decision.)

The main theme of the book, avoiding laziness in decision making for millennials, is a good theme. I have to admit, that's not really myself. I tried to read this book purely for the ethics and theology of laying fleeces and using things like open doors for seeking God's will and direction for major decisions. I know people on both spectrums of th
Victoria W.
Feb 27, 2016 Victoria W. rated it really liked it
Just do it.

We've probably all heard this slogan for a certain well known brand or even the even older adage Carpe Diem, Seize the Day.

When it comes to life though, people generally want more certainty, more direction, and less risk of failure and regret. This partially explains the recent growth in books discussing finding your calling, discovering God's will, and living out your purpose.

Keving DeYoung adds his voice to this ever growing chorus with down to earth, in your face common sense and a
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Kevin DeYoung is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, right across the street from Michigan State University.
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“So go marry someone, provided you're equally yoked and you actually like being with each other. Go get a job, provided it's not wicked. Go live somewhere in something with somebody or nobody. But put aside the passivity and the quest for complete fulfillment and the perfectionism and the preoccupation with the future, and for God's sake start making some decisions in your life. Don't wait for the liver-shiver. If you are seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will be in God's will, so just go out and do something.” 40 likes
“We walk into the future in God-glorifying confidence, not because the future is known to us but because it is known to God. And that's all we need to know. Worry about the future is not simply a character tic, it is the sin of unbelief, an indication that our hearts are not resting in the promises of God.” 21 likes
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