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4 Stars Out Of 5
Book Review: Just Do Something
April 4, 2016
In "Just Do Something," Kevin DeYoung hopes to convince his readers that finding the will of God is not as challenging as some make it seem. The majority of the chapters involve dissecting misconceptions on finding Gods will and the authors perspective on how these views are oftentimes unhelpful and confusing. With a lighthearted approach, DeYoung discusses some common methods that people may use to inquire of Gods will such as using Gideons wool, open doors, and other signs. Whatever avenues one uses to find Gods will, the approach that the author would most certainly object to is to plainly do nothing as denoted by the books title. DeYoung suspects that many younger generation Christians are afraid of the consequences of picking a path that would fall outside of Gods predetermined plan for their lives. DeYoung points out that many would rather wait on the sidelines until they can perceive a clear sign from God on which way to go rather than risk either missing or misconstruing Gods will. However, the author argues that Gods sovereignty oversees all the decisions we make and the way to go about lifes decisions rests on simply stepping out in obedience and allowing God to lead the way. As long as we strive to honour God in all our decisions, consider carefully the facts with the rational mind God has given us, and step out in faith, we can pick amongst any option made available to us. To close off the book, the author helpfully dedicates the last couple of chapters to providing practical advice on how we should approach decisions on work and marriage.
I would gladly recommend this book to Christians of all ages anxiously waiting for God to reveal the next step in their lives. I wish I could have read this when I was younger as I incessantly went back and forth trying to figure out what job God wanted me to do. DeYoungs advice may seem too simple to be true but if we believe that God loves and cares for us, we should be confident that He will reveal His will to us when we obey Him. The author points out that God has no reason to hide His will from us but instead hopes for us to rely on Him no matter what decisions that we may make. As long as we love God and those around us in whatever that we do, we can rest assured that we are within Gods will for us.
In compliance with Federal Trade Commission guidelines, I received a review copy from Moody Press in exchange for a book review.
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 call for Christians to get back to the basics of Scripture, community, wisdom, and common sense.
Addressing the plague of indecision that affects today's church by urging people to "do something" versus waiting for the extraordinary (a rare occurrence) while ignoring the readily available due to a myriad of reasons, risking a life of waiting for what was already in front of us the whole time.
Things I liked:
I actually appreciated DeYoung's style. He's straightforward with his arguments, unapologetic, and uses a lot of common sense. I did not always necessarily agree with everything he said but was impressed that he still created a reaction in me. His writing was easy to read and really allowed me to get into the argument.
I also appreciated DeYoung's ability to explain greater topics, exploring underlying causes and looking at root issues while always taking it back to Scripture. As a gal who appreciates big picture and details I really enjoyed having some substance to what DeYoung was presenting.
Finally, I appreciated the content. DeYoung unapologetically points his argument back to Scripture. He isn't afraid to use other sources to support his work but always returns back to Scripture. I think this helped illustrate DeYoung's integrity as a new reader seeing as reading, memorizing, and knowledge of Scripture are all foundational to DeYoung's presentation of living a faithful life.
Things I liked less:
While I appreciated DeYoung's overall argument, some of his subsequent conclusions regarding decisions such as marriage and jobs just seemed to glossed over and simplified to fit comfortably within my own theology. I'm not sure if this is due to space limitations or the limitations of the written word vs. conversation for DeYoung being unfamiliar with his work or an actual disconnect on my part.
4.5 out 5 stars.
I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. The views expressed are entirely my own.