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Why won’t God reveal his special will for my life already'

Because he doesn’t intend to... So says Kevin DeYoung in this punchy book about making decisions the godly way.

Many of us are listening for the still small voice to tell us what’s next instead of listening to the clear voice in Scripture telling us what’s now. God does have a will for your life, but it is the same a
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Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Moody Publishers (first published 2009)
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Natalie Weber
Dec 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
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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
Melanie Mead
This is a fantastic book that clearly lays out how to (and how not to) find God’s will. The author debunks some commonly believed ideas and makes a case that as Christians we spend far too much time trying to figure out what God wants us to do instead of doing what we already know God wants to do (from Scripture). At times the message comes across as overly simple but in reality I think these truths are desperately needed, especially by the younger generation. It’s a little book (quick read!) bu ...more
Mark
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
Mar 15, 2012 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
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S.A. Klopfenstein
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
Haley Annabelle
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Second time reading it and I love it just as much as the first! if you have not read this go buy it right now. And if you have read it, you should probably read it again.
Kevin Deyoung writes in a very matter of fact way- meant to wake up the young people who are sitting around waiting for God to send them a sign to get on with their life.
There is such a treasure trove of quotes in here (look back through my updates to see my favorites). Chapter 9 is probably my favorite chapter of any book I've
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Laura
May 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Allison Anderson Armstrong
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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Peter Jones
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent tonic to the "wait for God to tell me what to do" Christian life. DeYoung is clear, biblical, and funny. I had some minor disagreements here and there. But the main point of the book is one that every Christian needs to hear. God is not going to give you specific direction for every facet of your life. He is not going to tell you exactly who to marry or what job to take or what store to shop at. He gives us directions on how to be more holy, but not on what to do on Friday night. De ...more
Kofi Opoku
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found myself agreeing with Kevin DeYoung on all of his points. This is a primer on the subject of God’s will as it relates to decision-making. DeYoung argues that it is wrong to spiritualize non-moral decisions. He calls for discernment, seeking wise counsel, and common sense as some of the tools that the Christian should employ instead of dreams, visions, random bible verses, etc. I highly recommend this book.
Kris
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly good advice. I don’t struggle with any of the problems he mentions, but I definitely think there are many GenXers and Millennials that need to hear his message. Nice and short.

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Rick Davis
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
This is a great book. I would recommend it to anyone, especially teens and young adults, who are preoccupied with finding God's will for their lives. In the last chapter he kept overly qualifying his advice, but that's only a minor quibble. ...more
Ada Tarcau
A good refreshing book on the topic. My early 20-ish agonising self would have made a great use of it.

It is a healthy nudge out of passivity and fret over our overburdened-with-too-many-choice sort of privileged life, an invitation toward a more courageous, risk-taking life.

Easy to read, written with occasional salutary humour (I just gotta mention this one: "...but gentlemen, there is something wrong with waiting around for God to pluck a woman from your side. He did it for Adam, but He’s not
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Tricia
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Where was this book when I was in high school? It will be my new standard gift for graduates.
Ben House
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
Short, fun, and pointed. I wish I had read this book when it came out. I wish I could give out dozens of copies of it. "Finding the will of God" is one of the most misused, misunderstood, and misapplied ideas in the Christian community.
I have yet to read a Kevin DeYoung book or article I did not like.
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Annie Monson
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, 2019
A strengthening, solidifying, encouraging, and slightly embarrassing kick in the pants.
Aaron
Sep 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Katherine
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Very helpful. Very relevant.
Just Do Something is a very clear, short book on a very prevalent issue.
Just do something, like, read this book as soon as possible!
C
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians
Powerful, biblical advice on discovering God's will for your life. It shows from the Bible how the popular concept of God's will is wrong, then explains how the Bible teaches us how to find God's will. I highly recommend it to any Christian struggling to know God's will for their career, location, dating, college, volunteering, etc.

Because DeYoung is arguing against the passive approach and delays that we often take when facing a major decision, there are a few times I got the impression that he
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CL
Jan 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just ... ugh. Makes an excellent point using terrible, sweeping, faulty, and/or sexist arguments.

The title drew me in because I agree that there exists a subculture of waiting and seeking God's plan for our lives that's shrouded in fear-rooted procrastination. Fear of missing out, or wasting time. That's wholly understandable. His overall argument is pertinent, and important: God isn't going to tell you what to eat for breakfast. Read the Bible, trust God, and try to live accordingl
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Aberdeen
This is a short one, and it could be shorter, but the premise is important: "God does have a specific plan for our lives, but it is not one that he expects us to figure out before we make a decision."

Basically, God's will is not some mysterious thing we are supposed to divine with much angst and turmoil. Obey God. Obey his explicit commands in the Bible and then live your life. Take risks. Try stuff out. Just because something doesn't work out doesn't mean it wasn't "in his will."

For someone wh
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Tori Samar
“God is not a Magic 8-Ball we shake up and peer into whenever we have a decision to make. He is a good God who gives us brains, shows us the way of obedience, and invites us to take risks for Him.”

A great little book about finding God’s will for your life. Guess what? God’s will for your life is not a mystery that must be divined before you make any decisions. He has stamped it across the pages of Scripture. Seek first the kingdom and His righteousness. Be conformed to the image of Christ. Do al
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verybookishofyou
I’m definitely not an expert on nonfiction as a genre, but I think I can confidently say this is one of the best books I have ever read. A good friend of mine recommended it to me, telling me that he tries to get everyone he cares about to read this book, and I now understand why he says this. This book is comforting yet jarring, it’s a good reminder of what we already know but also incredibly insightful. It made me look at the life ahead of me completely differently, using evidence from the Bib ...more
Josie
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: High schoolers+
Recommended to Josie by: my church
My pastor is doing a sermon series based on this book so I checked it out from the library. Great, quick read about God's will. ...more
Cam Spigle
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re seeing this...read this book!
Brandon R
Nov 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5

Truthful, practical, honest, simple.
Scott Hunt
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a helpful little book. I highly recommend it. This will be my go-to when I suggest books on guidance.
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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.” 48 likes
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