Decision Making and the Will of God  -     By: Garry Friesen, Robin Maxson
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Does God have a perfect will for each Christian? Can you be absolutely sure you've found God's individual will for your life? Garry Friesen examines the traditional view of God's will, then sets forth a different view that more accurately reflects biblical teaching. Practical issues such as choosing a mate, picking a career, giving of one's resources, and areas of disagreement between Christians are explored in depth, giving you a new approach to knowing the will of God. Taking into account the critiques and questions raised since this book was first published in 1980, this revised edition further clarifies Friesen's position, offers additional biblical support, and answers the most frequently asked questions.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 526
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1590522052
ISBN-13: 9781590522059
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Does God Have a Perfect Will for Your Life?

Does God have a perfect will for each Christian? Can you be absolutely certain of God’s specific will for your life? In this expanded twenty-fifth anniversary edition of his highly acclaimed work, Garry Friesen examines the prevalent view on God’s will today and provides a sound biblical alternative to the traditional teaching of how God guides us. This new edition includes these helpful resources:

   • Study guide for small groups
   • Responses to Frequently Asked Questions
   • Guide to painless Scripture memorization


Friesen tackles the very practical issues of choosing a mate, picking a career, and giving in this fresh and liberating approach to decision making and the will of God.

Story Behind the Book

Most Christians have been taught how to find God’s will, yet many are still unsure whether they’ve found it. God does guide His people, but the question is, "How does He guide?" After "putting out a fleece" to decide which college to attend, Garry Friesen began pondering why it was so hard to find God’s will when he had so sincerely sought it. Was he the only one who did not have 100 percent clarity for every decision? Then a new possibility struck—perhaps his understanding of the nature of God’s will was biblically deficient. Maybe there was a better way to understand HOW God guides.

Author Bio

Garry Friesen

Garry Friesen, ThM, ThD, is a member of the Bible faculty at Multnomah Bible College , where he has taught since 1976. Dr. Friesen holds a bachelor’s degree from John Brown University and a master’s degree and doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Portland , Oregon , where he enjoys hosting Bible reading marathons and collecting C. S. Lewis memorabilia.

J. Robin Maxson

J. Robin Maxson, ThM, is senior pastor of United Evangelical Free Church in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

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    Kurt Meyer
    I read this book when I was in the military back in 1986. This book was such a breath of fresh air for me. At the time, I often felt guilty about not being a missionary or doing something spiritual for a career. After reading this book, my guilt melted away and the author did a great job of explaining his view about the subject. I definitely recommend this book to all Christians who might be struggling with whether they are doing "the will of God." I cringe everytime I hear this phrase in Christian circles.
  3. Jon Dulin
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    Jon Dulin
    The reason I have decided to give this book a five star rating is that Garry Frieson, the author of this book, does such an incredible job of presenting his wisdom-approach to the issue of hearing God's voice with sound Biblical interpretation. Time after time Frieson demonstrates his great ability as an expositor of the word. His arguments are so well reasoned and so well founded that one shouldn't simply dismiss his contribution to the discussion because of pretense. Where he departs from the traditional approach of hearing God's voice he gives solid evidence for his views. I should add that I am hard pressed to find any evidence that would disprove the majority of his statements and I do believe that his case is by far the most consistent of views on the subject. I am, however, still working through some of his unanswered questions concerning the spiritual gifts of wisdom and knowledge. I only wish Frieson had more books for us to read.
  4. Bob Butler
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    September 25, 2008
    Bob Butler
    Friesen's book is the best treatment of the topic available. His thorough and practical approach clarifies the process for wise decisions. It is a challenge to the conventional method of finding God's will, so prepare to read with a teachable attitude. The author confronts the traditional approaches and then presents the practical application of Scripture as the alternative. I advise every Christian I know to add this to their library. It is a life changing book worthy of being taught and read regularly.
  5. Joe Buonassissi
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    October 18, 2007
    Joe Buonassissi
    The very best book on this subject I have ever read. Very scholarly, yet readable (a rare combination). Friesen, clearly a skilled exegete, does a thorough job of exposing the traditional will of God theory as a concept shot-through with flaws. His Biblically well-supported presentation decimates the concept of God's will most of us learned growing up in church, as well as providing a much better defined approach. Mr. Friesen reminds me a lot of Apollos in Acts 18: "...a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures." This book is worth twice the price. It may be the best book I've read this year, period! Buy it; you'll be glad you did.
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