Just Do Something: 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

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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, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through.

Too often, he writes, God's people tinker around with churches, jobs, and relationships, worrying that they haven't found God's perfect will for their lives. Or-even worse-they do absolutely nothing, stuck in a...

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Overview

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, make choices, and do the hard work of seeing those choices through.

Too often, he writes, God's people tinker around with churches, jobs, and relationships, worrying that they haven't found God's perfect will for their lives. Or-even worse-they do absolutely nothing, stuck in a frustrated state of paralyzed indecision, waiting...waiting...waiting for clear, direct, unmistakable direction.

But God doesn't need to tell us what to do at each fork in the road. He's already revealed His plan for our lives: to love Him with our whole hearts, to obey His Word, and after that, to do what we like.

No need for hocus-pocus. No reason to be directionally challenged. Just do something.

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What People Are Saying

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"God told me that He wants you to read this book. Actually, that is one of the many mistaken notions about God's will that Kevin DeYoung wants to correct."
Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition

"The truth is that God is more committed to showing you His will than you are to discovering it. This book shows that discovering God's will happens not as we 'let go and let God,' but as we trust God and get going."
Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church 

"DeYoung explains so well what Oswald Chambers wrote a century ago, 'Trust God and do the next thing.' Sadly, our wrongheaded search for the elusive 'will of God' often prevents us from doing both. This book will help correct the problem."
Gerald L. Sittser, Professor of Theology, Whitworth University  

"I try to keep a stack of these handy because it's my easy-to-read, practical, go-to help for people discerning God's will for their lives."
Thabiti Anyabwile, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman 

"One of the best books on guidance I've read."
Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church

"False understandings of God's will infect so much of popular Christianity. The church desperately needs a rescue from this confusion. Thankfully, Kevin DeYoung offers that much needed rescue in 'Just Do Something.' Live the title to God's glory, but read this excellent book first."
Albert Mohler, President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802458384
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


KEVIN DEYOUNG is the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, located near Michigan State University. He serves as a council member at The Gospel Coalition and blogs on TGC's DeYoung, Restless and Reformed. He is the co-author of Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion, and What is the Mission of the Church? Making sense of social justice, Shalom and the Great Commission and the author of Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will, The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness, and Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have five children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul, and Mary.
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Table of Contents

1. The Long Road to Nowhere

2. The Will of God in Christianese

3.  Directionally Challenged

4. Our Magic 8-Ball God

5. A Better Way

6. Ordinary Guidance and Supernatural Surprises

7. Tools of the Trade

8. The Way of Wisdom

9. Work, Wedlock, and God's Will

10. The End of the Matter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Great truth

    DeYoung writes hard but sweet truth to those seeking the lord's will in the current generation. My only regret is that i did not read this book until i had finished my undergrad!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Must read!

    Best explanation of God's will.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2010

    New Flavor in "God's Will" Genre

    I was impressed by Andrew DeYoung's "Just Do Something." The title captures the thrust of his book: Christians should stop sitting around, worrying about divining God's will, and get on with their lives.

    Sounds shocking at first glance, especially in a book all about God's will. DeYoung candidly admits there's no shortage of books on the market telling us how to figure out exactly what God wants us to do. The majority of these, he acknowledges, claim that God has a perfect plan for your life, down to the details of who to marry and what to eat for breakfast.

    Nonsense, he argues, and I agree. The idea that God has every detail of my life mapped out is nowhere spelled out in the Bible and is full of logical holes. But God does give us his "general will," the stuff God wants us all to do regardless of time and place. It's always wrong to murder and always good to be generous. DeYoung is basically rehashing St. Augustine: "Love God and do as you please."

    How do the general guidelines work themselves out into the details of daily life? Wisdom. Having a heart and mind - character - shaped by God in Christ. As DeYoung says in ch. 5, "It's about who you are, not where you are." Let God shape your character and the rest will fall into place.

    DeYoung has met many Christians who claim they can't take that crucial next step in life - marriage, job, vocation - because they must discover exactly what God's will for that decision. If only all churches were paralyzed because they're so deeply concerned about God's will! No, my gut tells me we have far more sinister reasons for avoiding the mission of God and life with God in general: apathy, laziness, unbelief. In other words, sin.

    I'm sure there's a healthy hand full of saintly Christians running around (or sitting around, I suppose) afraid to make a move because they don't know what God wants. Good for them if they are indeed so concerned. But this excuse - "I'm waiting on God's will" - may be a deviously self-deceptive maneuver. After all, DeYoung is a pastor, and who hasn't told their pastor what they think their pastor wants to hear.

    "Just Do Something: How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc." is good reading in the "finding God's will for my life" genre. I read this book on audiobook and the narrator, Adam Verner, did a good job in his delivery. A little wooden at times but alright nonetheless. Worth a read or a listen.

    *This book was provided by christianaudio at no charge for the sole purpose of review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Wow...great book

    Phenominal..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Hey! Happy thank the lord day!!:)

    Just wanted to let everyone know that there's a lifegroup at lug eighth result!! Its christian, but anyone can come!!;) see you there!!!:) - ari

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    The Best Explanation on The Will Of God

    I found out that we frustrate the will of God because our eyes aren't truly on Him. Through all the seeking of God's Will in making the right decisions in my life, I have never found a book more clear, and understandable as this one by Mr. DeYoung. Although it is relatively short, it is packed with much biblical insight, applicable illustrations, tasteful humor that makes the author enjoyable, and drives me to hardly wait for the next chapter. I will continue to reread this one as it now finds its way in my "inner circle" of favorite spiritual growth books. Praise the Lord that His Will is NOT complicated, and thank Mr. DeYoung for his ministry in writing this book. Every believer wanting God's blessing or guidance ought to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Grweat Great book!

    Very freeing view of Gods will. Can be a little harsh at times because kevin is so honest. READ IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    Wonderful! Read it!!!!!!!!

    It's a great christain book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Loved this little book

    Excellent! It will be a great help to you.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    More directed at youth and young adults

    Being a bit more mature in age, I found the material more directed at the younger (late teen and early 20) crowd. It does not make the book less important to read, only that the examples and such are for this crowd. I think the actual topic is one that is very relevant for our generation as most are seeking "the will of God". Coming from a solid Bible teaching church, the things taught in this book are discussed and taught from our leadership.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

    Pass!

    A friend gave this book to me and said she absolutely loved it. Considering she is such a devout christian-I now know why she loved it so much. Towards the end-it just seemed ridiculous I mean he practically said youc ould go marry anyone you wanted and it would work out...yea right....anyways...although it was a super short book, it took me forever to read it b/c it was so dreadful to read...

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Just buy this book!

    Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung is another wonderfully relevant and thoughtful work from one of the best young writers in Classic Reformed theology.

    DeYoung makes a compelling argument for the use of wisdom in our daily decision making and for a cessation of our seeking God's specific, hidden will for every daily decision. DeYoung's easily readable writing style, down to earth perspective, and refreshing bluntness about Biblical truth is wonderful. I especially enjoyed the practical application and the obvious usefulness of the truth found in this book.

    I would recommend this book to anyone from a student deciding which college to attend, to a young person deciding when and whom to marry, to a professional deciding whether or not to switch careers.

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    I Also Recommend:

    God's Will for the Next Generation

    Are you looking for God's Will in your life? Are you wondering what He has planned for you next?

    In Just Do Something, Kevin DeYoung sparks interest in a new twist on God's Will for the Now Generation - those of us in the 20's and 30's. Kevin says that we should be seeking out God's will through prayer, wise counsel and scripture. None of that advice is new, but the approach is different. The "Now Generation" wants instant gratification, and they want the answers right now. They often lack the discipline of searching scripture, developing wise counsel, and praying.

    He brings up many instances where people have over-thought God's will to the extreme. He understands that it is important to have God in all of our decisions, yet God did give us a brain to think and make decisions; therefore, we should use it.

    One aspect of the book I found interesting was his discussion of finding a mate. He believes that guys have become too complacent in their pursuit of their helpmates. In fact, he is so bold as to assert that men have pushed women into roles that they have not necessarily wanted to take. Kevin believes that men need to man up. Wow, bold words! If you want to hear what else Kevin has to say on that subject, take a listen to this book.

    I suggest that you listen to this book. The book has the same pace and writing style as Rob Bell. If you have listened to Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell, then the narrator's voice will have an eery similarity.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Practical advice

    Christians are similar to Americans in general when it comes to following Dr. Deming's Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle of improvement. Americans plan then study, study, study, study and then finally do. This book emphasizes that God's will is not that complicated. He simply wants us to do something, not simply study His word.

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