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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
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Moody Publishers (first published 2009)
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Natalie Wickham
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
Mark
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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
Neil
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
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Laura
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
Josh Morgan
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
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Katherine
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
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Aaron
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
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Stephen Andrew
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
Allison Anderson
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
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Rita
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.
Faith Farrell
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
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M.G. Bianco
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
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logankstewart
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
Chris
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."

Awesome!

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
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Demetrius Rogers
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
Bill
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
Aubrey Hansen
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
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Shorel Kleinert
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.
Ben Warren
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
Janet Thomas
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.
Evan Gartman
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.
Bambi Moore
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.
Eleasa
"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!
David
Refreshing! Hopeful! Short! Readable! Helpful! Liberating!

While it may seem strange to some, as a young lad I was a consumed with discerning God’s will for my life. I didn’t want to “mess up my life” by being out of the “center of God’s will.” Without boring you further, I can only say that I wish I could have read a book like this when I was in 8th grade. I would have been liberated!

Kevin DeYoung’s book states that God’s will is not lost, nor particularly hard to find (Micah 6:8), but that it i
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David Shane
A helpful little book I read in just a few hours. DeYoung distinguishes between three different senses in which we talk about "God's Will". First is God's "will of decree" - everything that comes to pass happens by God's decree, every little detail of our lives (Ephesians 1:11, Matthew 10:29-30). Then there is God's "will of desire" - the moral commands of God which our free will sometimes disregards (1 John 2:15-17). (DeYoung does not tackle the much bigger question of how to reconcile our huma ...more
Eilidh
What a great wee book! Would definitely recommend it with anyone who is facing big decisions or struggling to figure out what they should do with their life and it seems to be especially relevant to students who are starting to wonder 'What next?' Even for when you struggle with little decisions thi book is helpful in getting the right focus!
This book is full of Bible truths which is so encouraging, yet also challenging as you realise that we do need to take responsibilty in decision making and
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Paul
Wow! Kevin DeYoung hits a home run with this book! Phenomenal! Wonderful balance in his approach to finding the will of God for our lives.
Some of my favorite moment in the book are these...

"I'm not saying God doesn't care about your future. I'm not saying God isn't directing your path and in control amidst the chaos of your life. I believe in providence with all my heart. What I'm saying is that we should stop thinking of God's will like a corn maze, or a tightrope, or a choose-your-own-adventur
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Ian
This book is pretty much a wakup call for Gen Y's who put off making decisions and commitments while seeking the individual will of God in their lives. The author makes the case that the will of God is simple: love God and love your neighbour and that so long as you do those things (more or less) you are free to make your own choices. It isn't a long book, and I didn't mind it although it did err towards the conservative side of the Christian spectrum. I think the most telling thing about the cu ...more
Eva
Very pragmatic, Bible-based way of looking at God's will. Doesn't beat you up for having feelings or wanting to have an emotional connection to God; just gives you good advice about not getting stuck trying to figure out some mystical secret mission for your life.

I thought the author's tone got a little harsh sometimes, chiding people for doing "nothing" and "waiting" to find God's will. If the theme is "just do something," isn't anything that these people are doing automatically good enough? I
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Alexis Neal
Really more of a three-and-a-half star book. DeYoung presents a convicting indictment of this generation's obsession with "finding God's will," particularly where it leads to decision-making paralysis. He acknowledges the importance of wisdom and is careful not to completely discount all "leadings" of the Holy Spirit, which is good, because sometimes you do feel like you're "supposed" to do certain things, not because they are or aren't sinful or wise or whatever, but just because you are suppos ...more
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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.” 30 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.” 18 likes
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