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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, m
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Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Moody Publishers (first published 2009)
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Natalie Weber
Dec 29, 2011 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
Demetrius Rogers
Jan 29, 2013 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
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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Melanie Mead
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 01, 2011 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
S.A. Klopfenstein
Nov 22, 2012 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
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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Laura
May 09, 2009 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
Allison Anderson Armstrong
Dec 09, 2014 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
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Kofi Opoku
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Tricia
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Annie Monson
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, 2019
A strengthening, solidifying, encouraging, and slightly embarrassing kick in the pants.
Kris
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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Katherine
Jan 30, 2015 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
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Josie
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Aaron
Sep 07, 2011 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
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Scott Petty
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
Aptly named but unbalanced. While this book is both engaging and thought provoking, I found it veered from 'do nothing until certain' to the equally dangerous 'do anything as long as it's not morally wrong.' I am in agreement with the author that we should not be paralyzed by doubt and insecurity but doing something...anything...NOW...is not the answer. IMO, the author's view of the sovereignty of God, in this case, leads to a false presumption of God's blessings regardless of our actions so lon ...more
Rita
Dec 30, 2014 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 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spiritual-growth
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.
Andrea
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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logankstewart
May 09, 2011 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
Amy Wilson
Feb 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The first 5 chapters of this book I was appalled at some of the things DeYoung was saying. Example: DeYoung says, “So go marry someone” implying you don’t need to seek the Lord’s counsel through prayer and waiting on him as long as long as you’re following the Bible and are “equally yoked.” Why would I not ask God before making a life long decision like that? I would ask my friends and family’s opinions. Shouldn’t I ask God for his opinion first? God’s love is so great he cares about every littl ...more
Jennifer Stahl
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THINGS I LIKED:
- the cut & dry, no fluff, sometimes cheeky style of writing
- it's concise
- it's Scripture based and super challenging as it dispels myths about finding your calling or knowing the will of God

THINGS I WANTED TO BE CRITICAL OF:
- the cut & dry, no fluff, sometimes cheeky style of writing
- the seemingly simplistic description of "how God works" led me to occasionally wonder if this is moreso written with a western church in mind. But as soon as I stopped being personally closed-minde
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Anna Catherman
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anna by: Matt Brown
Shelves: books, non-fiction, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this little book, and learned a lot from it. It helped me think of some different ways to tackle the big decisions coming up in my life, and I'm very grateful that I received it when I did. At the core of Just Do Something is its title, and the book does a great job of expounding on such a simple little phrase, shining light on the lies frequently told about God's will and making a compelling case for why we should be more proactive in making decisions. Highly recommended fo ...more
Ian Major
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Full of good advice, established from Scripture. Counsel against thinking one has to find out, by God's special intervention, His will for the significant decisions of life. Instead, it commends the guidance He already has given in His word, and the faith to trust Him to direct our paths as we apply Scriptural precepts to our lives.

Really handy book for young people especially, but applicable to us all.
Amanda
DeYoung's small book contains a simple message on how to determine God's will - die to self, love Jesus, then do as you will. A very helpful book for those of us who have ever wondered how to figure out what the right, God-honoring thing to do is.
Julie Mabus
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Every person growing up in the church in the ‘80-90 should read this book. “Finding God’s will for our lives” has paralyzed much of my generation. I appreciate Mr DeYoung’s frank and honesty in addressing this topic.
Katherine
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You guys!! This book is fan👏🏻tastic👏🏻I think it addresses the church’s over-spiritualisation of decision making perfectly and it gives some solid advice for college kids/seniors in high school.

DeYoung also talks about the overall laziness of some Christians and how we use “the will of God” as an excuse to not take jobs, choose a college, or even get married. HIGHLY recommend, especially to the 18-25 yr. olds.
Aria
So good!
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