Your decisions determine the direction and quality of your life. Your decisions create the story of your life. And while nobody plans to complicate their life with bad decisions, far too many people have no plan to make good decisions.
This book will help you live differently.
In Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets, Andy Stanley will help you learn from experience and stop making bad decisions by integrating five questions into every decision you make, big or small.
You'll discover how to:
- Develop a decision-making filter that reveals which choices will likely lead to positive results in your life.
- Avoid selling yourself on bad ideas and making quick decisions when time is short.
- Find truth and clarity in any tricky decision.
- Improve relationships and heal division through better decisions.
- Discover the reasons behind your decisions so you can move forward with positive changes.
- Consider the long-term impact of your choices so you can write a life story worth celebrating.
- Easily identify any red flags that signal which decisions may result in future regrets.
Better Decisions, Fewer Regrets will set you up for success in every season of life, for the rest of your life.
"Classic Andyaccessible to any of us wanting to change, yet deep enough to challenge you if you think you know the answers."
- Max Lucado, pastor and New York Times bestselling author
"This is the right book for the right time. We've got some important decisions to make, and this book will help frame the right questions to ask."
- Bob Goff, Sweet Maria's husband and New York Times bestselling author
"This book is not just a necessary guide to better decisionsit's a handbook for life that is sure to make a difference in yours."
- Lysa Ter Keurst, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Andy Stanley strikes again! This challenging, practical, and engaging book will help you make better decisions and lead the life you really want."
- Ian Morgan Cron, author, The Road Back to You
"Now is the time to change your choices to regret-proof your future. Andy will show you how."
- Levi Lusko, pastor of Fresh Life Church and author
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About the Author
As host of Your Move with Andy Stanley, which delivers over seven million messages each month through television and podcasts, and author of more than 20 books, including The New Rules for Love, Sex & Dating; Ask It; How to Be Rich; Deep & Wide; and Irresistible, he is considered one of the most influential pastors in America.
Andy and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: Three Simple Steps
Chapter 1 – Follow
There is a common misconception that the church is a gathering place for saintly, perfect people. Moreover, some think that being a Christian means observing a set of rules or commandments. The reality is that the Christian life is about a relationship with Jesus Christ. And at the heart of that relationship is an invitation that Jesus extends to people from all experiences of life: “Follow me.”
Jesus extends his invitation to people who know something’s wrong but aren’t sure what to do about it. He invites people who know they are not all they ought to be. He didn’t ask Matthew to clean up his act before following him, and Jesus doesn’t ask that of us. In time, within the context of his relationship with Jesus, Matthew experienced incredible life transformation. But Jesus’ initial request and his request from there on out is simply, “Follow me.” Will you follow Jesus Christ?
Chapter 2 - Believe
Jesus’ initial invitation to his disciples was a simple one: Follow me. He invited them to watch and listen to his interactions with his heavenly Father and with others. In time, however, those who followed Jesus began to discover God’s character through Jesus Christ. And in that discovery they found themselves drawn to take a second simple step: Believe.
When this message captivates the human heart it impacts our behavior. Forgiven people find it easier to forgive. Loved people find it easier to love. Accepted people find it easier to accept. Sinners who’ve been forgiven of sin find it easier to abandon their sin.
Chapter 3 – Obey
The church often mistakes Christian obedience as the first step in the Christian life. As a result, for many people the Christian faith becomes a rule-based religion. Instead, the Scriptures reveal that Jesus’ initial invitation is to follow him. He invites us to follow him until we begin believing that He is indeed who he says he is. This belief that God loves us and has the best in store for us, then, becomes the reason we obey.
We can attend church and experience great music and informative sermons, but these things are not life changing. Obedience to Christ makes all the practical difference in the outcome of our lives. What areas of your life do you need to surrender in obedience to Christ?
Chapter 4 – The Simple Life
Follow. Believe. Obey. These are the simple steps one takes to know Jesus. But what does this look like as a way of life? In this final chapter, we look at what it means to move beyond steps into a relationship with Jesus that leads to a changed and transformed life.