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God has a plan for your life. More often than not, it’s a detour, one that can leave you feeling temporarily stalled and slowed down. Which nobody likes. But detours are necessary if any improvements are going to be made on the paths we travel. Or if any wreck is going to be cleaned up or a hazard avoided. Detours are designed for our own good, regardless of how we view or feel about them. Detours are a good thing that often feels bad. Tony knows a thing or two about detours, and one of the things he knows for certain is that God works through detours to bring about His blessing. To deliver you to the place He has created just for you. Yet what we often do is try as hard as we can to work our own way to the circumstances we believe are best for us. Using examples from the life of Joseph, Tony will leave readers with answers to the following questions:
- How do you find the destiny God has designed for your life?
- How can you make the most of the detours God has planned for you?
- Is there a way to shorten a detour and speed up your progression in life?
- What is the purpose of a detour?
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Tony Evans is one of the country’s most respected leaders in evangelical circles. As a pastor, teacher, author, and speaker, he serves the body of Christ through his unique ability to communicate complex theological truths through simple yet profound illustrations. While addressing the practical issues of today, Dr. Evans is known as a relevant expositor. New and veteran pastors alike regard him as a pastor of pastors and a father in the faith.
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The Purpose of Detours
Detours are delays. They are rerouted paths that keep us from our original route. Detours pop up in places we had not expected. When we get in our cars, we do so with a destination in mind. We plan to go somewhere.
And we typically know how we plan to get there — which highway we are going to take, which turn to avoid rush-hour traffic, and which side streets we are going to use to arrive at our final destination.
And even if we don't know the way, we can type the destination address into our smartphone app, and rely on an automated voice to guide us through every turn.
Regardless if we are following our own mental map or the voice in our phone, sometimes we run into a detour (something we did not expect). Some roadblock that requires us to make a U-turn or go down a path we did not expect.
I don't know about you, but I like to get to where I am going without any detours.
In fact, when the kids were younger and we loaded them all into the car to drive from Dallas to Baltimore to visit my parents each summer, I barely even stopped. Sometimes I would race myself based on the last year's time clock in order to see if I could beat my previous time.
If the kids needed to use the bathroom, I told them to wait. If they were thirsty, they had to wait. There was a method to my madness, you see. If I got the kids a drink, then we would have to stop more down the road to use the bathroom. Essentially, they all buckled down at my mercy because I had a destination at which to arrive.
As you might imagine, if I won't even stop for normal things like food and bathroom breaks, you can guess how I feel about a detour. It's not good.
I wonder why on earth did this have to happen to me right now.
Have you ever done something similar? Have you ever been driving down the road when all was well only to arrive at a construction site with orange signs and arrows and experience your whole attitude and outlook change?
I've admitted that mine changed; you can admit it too.
Detours are typically unexpected inconveniences that, without fail, cause a speed bump in your emotions. It's either a sign you come up on, or a person who steers you elsewhere, or a police car with lights on it sitting there to let you know the road you are traveling is no longer available. Now, because of the detour, you and I must go off the beaten path, take longer than we had wished to, and be inconvenienced in order to arrive where we had hoped to go.
Detours are good things that often feel bad.
Few of us like to be stalled for any reason. Even if it's just someone cutting us off in traffic and forcing us to slow down. But detours are necessary if any improvement is going to be made on the paths we travel. Or if any wreck is going to be cleaned up or hazard avoided. Detours are designed for our own good, regardless of how we view or feel about them. Detours are good things that often feel bad.
Divinely designed detours are positive interruptions designed to divert down a better path so that we might have the opportunity to reach our destination at all.
Let me repeat that since it is something we don't often hear: Detours can be a good thing. They provide safety, opportunities for road improvement, and a different way to get where we want to go.
If you were to sit at a detour sign and stubbornly refuse to take the diversion, you would go nowhere. You would just sit there. For days. Possibly weeks sometimes.
Yes, a detour may take longer than you had originally planned; however, it won't take any longer than if you were to try to push through it on the original path. That will get you nowhere.
Detours on the Road of Life
If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have a destination. We often refer to that throughout this book, and in life, as your destiny.
From an eternal perspective, we know what our destiny is to be and that it involves being in God's presence forever — worshipping Him and working for Him in our eternal state. That is our eternal destiny.
But each of us also has a time-bound destiny here on Earth. I call this our historical destiny. It is the unique purpose you and I have been created for in order to fulfill.
God has a plan for you. He has a plan for your life. He has a purpose for your existence. The reason why you were not taken to heaven the moment after you were converted is because there is a purpose on the earth; He desires you to live out your destiny. Your destiny is not just to go through the motions day-in and day-out. It is a God-designed stamp on your soul that involves the use of your time, talents, and treasures for His glory and other people's good for the advancement of His kingdom. As you fulfill your destiny, you receive the satisfaction and contentment that come from living out your calling. You receive the peace that come from purpose.
Rarely though does God ever take someone to their destiny without taking them on at least one detour, or two, or ten, or one hundred. It is the one-in-a-million Christian who gets to go from point A to B to C and straight on to Z. Most often, God takes you from A to F to D to R to B to Q, and so on. You never know which letter He is pulling you toward next.
As people, we like to plan. We make our itineraries when we travel. We keep a log of our schedule on a calendar app. We appreciate the efficiency of moving forward steadily. We would never plan chaos and detours into our life on purpose. And yet that seems to be God's modus operandi — His default mode for guiding us.
This is because it is in our detours that we become developed for our destiny.
Part of experiencing the fullness of your destiny is in understanding your detours. Far too often we fail to understand our detours, and as a result, we wind up viewing them in a wrong light. When this happens, we give room for things like impatience, bitterness, regret, and doubt to grow. Rather than allowing the detours to produce the development we need, they actually set us back spiritually, thus setting us up with a need for more detours in order to grow. It can become a vicious cycle.
For example, when you were in school, you would have to endure academic testing. These tests let the teacher know where you stood on the material you needed to learn. If you were unable to pass these tests, then more assignments and more tests would have to be given. Have you ever known someone who "tested out" of a class or an assignment? This happened when they felt they had enough knowledge to pass the test without having to do the work. In this case, they took a test and if they scored high enough, they could skip the rest of the course.
I never "tested out" of a course, but I know people who did. Most of us have to go through the learning process — unfortunately, some of us more often than others — in order to gain mastery over what we need to know.
God is not going to bring your destiny to fruition until He knows you are able to handle it spiritually, emotionally, and physically. If you cannot handle it, you will lose it rather than use it, for His glory. That is why He focuses so intently on our development as He takes us to our destiny.
When you look at Scripture, it is full of destinies being reached by detour. When God told Israel He would take them to their destiny in Canaan, they had to cross the Red Sea in order to get there. However, He didn't take them directly to the Red Sea. Rather, He took them down south and then brought them back up before He led them across the Red Sea. In fact, because they had not yet developed in their level of faith that they needed in order to conquer the enemy in the Promised Land, they wound up wandering on a forty-year detour before ever reaching their destiny.
The timing and length of our detours in life are often dependent upon our personal choices and growth. God may have a short detour planned for us, but sometimes through our hardheadedness, stubbornness, or immaturity God extends our detour.
Moses was on a detour for forty years. He knew what God wanted him to do. God wanted him to deliver his people from slavery. Yet it took forty years in the wilderness to develop Moses into the humble and trusting servant he needed to be in order to have the mind-set, faith, and abilities to carry out the plan.
Abraham was on a twenty-five-year detour. At one point God had told him His plan for him — that He would bless nations through Abraham and make his name great. How could Abraham have thought at that time it would be twenty-five years before he would have a son? The vision and the proclamation from God to Abraham were real and vivid. It would have been odd for Abraham to believe at that point that it would be nearly three decades before he would witness the literal birth of it.
When we give a plan or projection to someone, we typically do so shortly before we plan to carry it out. Yet God is not like us and will often give us a glimpse of our destiny long before we are prepared to actualize it, as He did when He told Abraham that there would be a four-hundred-year detour in Egypt before they would reach their promised destination (Gen. 15:12–16).
The greatest apostle in the New Testament, Paul, went on a three-year detour to a desert where God removed him from the front page of culture and life in order to strengthen him, teach him, and develop him for his calling.
I could go on and on with biblical examples of detours, but I think you get the picture. Detours are often a regular part of God's plan in guiding us to our destinies.
God has a destiny for you. He has a purpose and a place He wants you to live out. But it may not happen tomorrow. You probably won't get there by going in a straight line. Patience is the primary virtue needed in order to reach your destiny.
The following is a passage speaking on "trials," but we can easily substitute the word affliction with detours and arrive at the same intended meaning:
And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions [detours], because we know that affliction [detours] produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint. (Rom. 5:3–5)
Hope does not disappoint. Detours disappoint momentarily. But when we allow them to produce hope, God promises that hope will not disappoint. And in order to arrive at an authentic hope in your spirit, accepting your detours is necessary.
Just as your muscles will not grow stronger simply by wishful thinking, the painful process of strengthening your hope comes by detours, afflictions, and trials. Show me someone with an indomitable hope, and we will see someone who has had his or her shareof detours. I promise you this is true. Authentic hope is a learned trait.
Now, I don't mean wishful thinking or an optimistic attitude. I am referring to that level of hope that stays steady despite the storm and circumstances, which circle you in waves of chaos, testing, and pain.
There is no person in Scripture who better illustrates the principles of detours in relationship to destiny than Joseph. His life reads like a good suspense novel; it displays like an epic film. It has twists and turns along the way. Not only that, it contains stories within stories within stories. If you didn't skip ahead to the end, you may wonder how it could ever end well along the way. But it does. Moving ahead from chapter 37 up to 50, we catch the culmination of the detours and distresses when it gives us Joseph's response to those who had served as the catalyst to his life's chaos. We read,
But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive." (Gen. 50:19–20 nasb)
Please notice the phrase, "You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good." This insightful inclusion in Scripture gives us a clue as to the makeup of detours. They may oftentimes contain evil. They may oftentimes contain bad people. In fact, in our lives it can even be our own bad choices that set us off on a detour. In this cosmic battle of good against bad, we cannot expect to escape without coming in close contact with that which intends our harm.
Yet what we often do is stay stuck there. We suffer under the evil of people acting badly or our own bad choices producing bitterness, cynicism, hate, and stunted growth. It is only when we read the entire phrase — keeping in the part that Joseph included "but God meant it for good"— that we are able to move forward, grow, trust, and reach our destiny.
Bad and good happen concurrently in order to bring us to the place God has for you. The first and greatest lesson in detours includes recognizing this reality at a level that allows you to trust God and His hand in the midst of evil, sin, and disappointment in your life.
God is greater than all of it and will use it for good when we surrender to Him through a heart of faith, hope, forgiveness, and love.CHAPTER 2
The Pain of Detours
I know what it is like to wait on a vision. Having been in ministry for more than four decades, I've had my fair share of the Lord giving me a dream I felt was from Him, only to have it derailed for lengths of time.
Even as I write this book, I am in the midst of one of these scenarios. It involves a piece of property God put on my heart to purchase more than a decade ago. It's a beautiful twenty-two-acre slice of heaven in the heart of south Dallas. An immaculate, colonial style home, built in the 1930s, sits on its pristine grounds. So beautiful is this home, it's been used as a setting in the film Tender Mercies.
I don't exactly know why, but when this property came on the market many years ago, my spirit wouldn't rest until I prayed through pursuing it. I knew it was mine. I knew it had a purpose. I couldn't see the purpose, but the Spirit wouldn't let me have peace until I acquired it.
Now purchasing twenty-two acres of tree-filled land, along with a house and pool, is no small decision. Especially when my wife and I still live in the same small, one-level home we have lived in for more than thirty-five years. It didn't make sense why I would pursue this property with our own personal finances rather than move my wife and me to a beautiful new home for the same price. After all, we weren't going to live on this property ourselves. But God made it plain to me that I needed to get it while it was available. And so — after praying and talking with Lois about it, and coming to an agreement that the Lord was putting it on our hearts to acquire it — we did.
Over the years, it has done many things. It has served as the location of our Crisis Pregnancy Center for our church. It has been a place for events and family outings. In fact, our granddaughter Kariss married her husband, Joshua, there not too long ago. But it wasn't until only recently when I realized what I had bought this property for so many years ago. At the time I got it, the vision for our legacy training center hadn't even been birthed. It wasn't even an embryo at that point. Because the concept had not yet been conceived, God could not tell me why I needed the property. He could only tell me that I needed it.
Since that original purchase date, I have aged into my legacy-planning years. During this time, our national ministry felt led of the Lord to launch a strategic online training program, along with localized courses, to codify my lifetime of learning. As we went through the planning stages for this training center, the twenty-two acres of land located just a stone's throw from our own home presented itself as the perfect location for these headquarters. It also gives us a wonderful and beautiful location for smaller retreat-type training events as I grow older and travel less.
God knew way back then what He wanted this land for now; and had I not acted in faith on His Spirit's prompting, it may not be available to us now. Sometimes God asks us to take the next step without showing us the destination. Living a life of faith involves detours. When we understand that this is a normative reality, we become more willing to take steps in faith while trusting that God will reveal the rationale and reason as time moves on.(Continues…)
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Table of Contents
Introduction: What Is Destiny? 1
Chapter 1 The Purpose of Detours 17
Chapter 2 The Pain of Detours 27
Chapter 3 The Pattern of Detours 41
Chapter 4 The Purifying of Detours 51
Chapter 5 The Proof of Detours 63
Chapter 6 The Presence of Detours 73
Chapter 7 The Promotion of Detours 83
Chapter 8 The Plan of Detours 93
Chapter 9 The Pardon of Detours 103
Chapter 10 The Pleasure of Detours 113
Chapter 11 The Providence of Detours 125
Chapter 12 The Perfection of Detours 135
Chapter 13 The Perspective of Detours 145
Chapter 14 The Peace of Detours 155
Chapter 15 The Patience of Detours 165
Chapter 16 The Path of Detours 177
Appendix: The Urban Alternative 201
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This is a wonderful book and Dr Tony Evan's sermon series goes along great with the book if you download his app and listen to them - they started in January. I also purchased the audio version of the book Detours and have listened to it twice while driving. God created each of us for a destiny. He desires to teach us. Learn to let go of your own plans and your own will and seek HIM first. This book uses Biblical examples and modern day examples plus Dr Evans great way with words to help us understand events in our lives may be exactly what we need to help us reach our God-planned destiny. We each have a life-calling that God has called us to or is equipping us for to bring Him Glory to expand His Kingdom. We all, EVERYONE, has a purpose to fulfill. God created us to bring Him glory, bless others, and expand His kingdom. We are all masterpieces created by God. He loves us. He loves us so much He will not let us stay on the path we are on, He sends DETOURS to mold, shape and develop us into who He created us to be at just the right time. Read this excellent book to learn more about Joseph and his life of detours and how it applies to our lives today. This fresh look at the life of Joseph helps you understand what others meant for harm, God meant for good. This is an engaging and very impactful book that you can't put down! Detours are part of our destiny to get us where we need to be... God has a plan for each of us! Dr Tony Evans has a very gifted way of teaching that is captivating and compelling where you want to keep reading or listening. His real-life examples paralleled with the Biblical examples hold your attention and make you realize we serve a God who loves us enough to not leave us where we are, therefore He will throw a detour in our lives exactly where it is needed. This book WILL cause you to reflect on your own life and realize the God-sized detours you have already experienced. Each chapter i read there I had more highlighting and underlining of important or impactful parts of the book. I have told several patients about this book since I have completed reading it and encouraged them to read it also. God has a plan for your life. More often than not, life is on a detour, one that can leave you feeling temporarily stalled and slowed down. Which none of us life at all. However, what this great book by Dr Tony Evans trys to teach us is that DETOURS are necessary if any improvements are going to be made on the paths we that we travel to our God-defined destiny. Detours are designed for our own good, regardless of how we view or feel about them. Detours are a good thing that often feels bad. We don't like them, we may hate being in the middle of them, but we serve a Mighty God with a Master Plan who knows ultimately more than us. Dr Evans knows a thing or two about detours, and one of the things he knows for certain is that God works through detours to bring about His blessing, to deliver you to the place He has created just for you. Yet what we often do is try as hard as we can to work it out our own way, believing we know what is best for us. Using examples from the life of Joseph, Dr Evans will leave readers with answers to the following questions: How do you find the destiny God has designed for your life? How can you make the most of the detours God has planned for you? Is there a way to shorten a detour and speed up your progression in life? What is the purpose of a detour?
Maybe you come from a dysfunctional family, or you may have been accused of doing something that you didn’t do, your marriage is going bad, the boss let you go because of downsizing. You prayed and prayed but you needed something done now and you decided to “help” God along and everything just got worse. Tony Evans says in his new book, Detours, “You are exactly where you are supposed to be when it looks like God has you on the precipice of disaster.” Does any of the above sound like where your life is right now and you just can’t get it figured out. You don’t know if God even cares what is taking place or maybe you feel God is punishing you for something you did. In Tony Evan’s new book, Detours, he takes you back to the life of Joseph in the Old Testament, whose life seemed like the original soap opera. Dr. Evans explains that many of Joseph’s problems in life were detours meant to bring him to his destiny that was ordained by God. We all have a purpose or destiny that God desires us to fulfill. In Detours, Dr. Evans says, “Far too often, we are the cause of our own delays. We are the cause of our own additional detours. Our lack of compliance with God’s development in our hearts, spirit, and souls will far too often prolong that which we do not enjoy. Surrender is a critical secret to speeding up the process toward your destiny.” You will not go wrong in reading Detours, it has helped me look at my own life and discover some self-created detours and see where God has directed me in order to see my purpose or destiny for my life. You will discover some of your own.
I am a huge fan of Dr. Tony Evans, so I fully expected to enjoy the book Detours. With his usual flair, Dr. Evans relates the story of Joseph beautifully to our personal journeys through life. While reading Detours, I felt so sad for Joseph. Even though he persevered and ended up fulfilling the great calling God had for his life, you couldn't help but feel a little bad for him. The only thing he seemed guilty of was being a little naïve by believing that he could trust the people closest to him with his dream of future success. I'm sure he never thought for a moment it would lead to his sale into slavery. But God... Dr. Evans did a great job of describing the necessity of Joseph's unfair and difficult journey. He noted that God used human hands to work on Joseph even if it meant that Joseph would be hurt in the process. This persecution was crucial to God preparing him to handle the power he planned to give him. At first, I thought that Joseph prevailed because he ultimately became second in command to Pharaoh. But after reading Detours, I felt it was really God who prevailed. His work in refining Joseph was complete. When presented with the opportunity to get vengeance on his family, he showered them with love and kindness. His brothers learned their lesson too, when they refused to give over their youngest brother during Joseph's test. Persevering through life's difficult moments is a secondary story to the true lesson of Detours -- God's love always wins!
Have you ever felt stuck, or wondered why you are in one place and not another? Or ever say why in the world am I here? Mr. Evans explains to us that detours can often be a good thing, no matter how it makes us feel. He explains that detours help avoid hazards or bad things that may come. By using the example of the life of Joseph, He explains that our paths aren't always a to z, but may go c to t to g etc. I know that in my life, it seems like we have done circles many times and there has always been a very good reason. We have to look at detours as a training time, a time of lifting up and getting us ready for our next road that we take. Mr. Evans also answers questions How can you make the most of the detours God has planned for you? What is the purpose of a detour? This is a great book if you feel stuck in place, or just can't see what God has planned for your life right now. httpsDetours with Tony Evans I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Wow! I was so blessed by reading this book by Dr. Tony Evans. An in depth look at the life of Joseph and the detours in his life reminded me so much of my own detours. This book made me look back at my life and how I handled such situations and prepared me for detours to come. The book was an easy read and full of many useful illistratons by Dr. Evans. i will probably be reading it again soon amd will definitely be recommending to family and friends!
Life is complicated. Sometimes it’s messy and sometimes we’re not sure exactly where we’re going or how we’re going to get there. It’s during those times we need God’s presence and affirmation. And if you’re going through one of those times, Detours by Dr. Tony Evans just may be the book for you. In his pastoral way Dr. Evans uses the story of Joseph to reassure us that no matter how challenging things seem in the moment you can be sure that God has a plan, you can trust His sovereignty and you can know He’s working things out for your good and His glory. While warning that we have the ability to make our detours longer or get caught up in distractions, he reminds us that if we are faithful, we will find that those detours are the very mechanism God uses to develop us for our destiny. During them we will sometimes face difficult tests. We’ll need to avoid grumbling and complaining and learn to maximize where we are at while we wait for what is yet to come but, through it all, we will find God faithful and as Dr. Evans put it “when we finally get to our destination, we’ll know we are home”. Detours reaffirms our hope during challenging times that God is not finished with us yet and gently assures us that God is with us in the journey, that we can trust Him and that even our perceived set backs are being used for greater things. Detours is that gentle reminder from a wise friend to stay the course during challenging times knowing that if we do, we will look back in amazement at all He has done.
If you've lived any time at all I can guarantee you've experienced a detour. Maybe it's been a short one or maybe it's gone on a long time. Sometimes they seem to come in succession. Some are painful, some are tedious and some may even be a pleasant diversion. Regardless every one of them are part of the journey towards our ultimate destiny. In his own unique way Dr. Evans takes us on a journey through the life of Joseph. Along the way we experience Joseph's detours towards his destiny and apply each twist and turn to our own circumstances. I personally don't think I'll ever look at the life of Joseph in the same way. I'm a church girl so the story is almost overly familiar. This was a refreshing new look at God's sovereignty. If you are experiencing a detour of your own you need this book. Detours can be depressing. And by nature they are quite unpredictable. But this book will remind you that there is purpose in everything. What is going on in your life isn't only about you. God uses every one of us to complete His plan in His way and in His timing. If you enjoy the teaching ministry of Dr. Evans you will most certainly enjoy this book. It is written in his distinctive voice. I felt like I could actually hear him reading to me in my head. There is also a follow-up Bible study that would be nice for a small group. I received a copy of this book in order to facilitate my review.
According to Tony Evans in his new book, Detours, God has a plan for your life. . .More often than than not, it's a detour." Pastor Evans had me at that line on the back cover. I could easily see several detours in my life over the past few years and some detours I am still stuck in. Pastor Evans goes on to say that detours are a good thing that often feels bad and that God will use the detours in our lives to bring blessings. I find that to be a comforting thought. Detours: The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny by Tony Evans uses examples from the life of Joseph to show how detours can actually be used to bring about God's blessing for you. Pastor Evans helps you answer how you can make the most of the detours in your life and he helps you understand the purpose of detours. Even though I have read the story of Joseph many times, I found myself mesmerized by the life of Joseph all over again as I read Detours. I found Detours to be one of the most useful recent books that I have read. It spoke to my heart and offered me encouragement where I truly needed it. I see many people around me facing challenges and detours of their own. I think Detours is an uplifting read for most people. I also like that they are giving one book to Prison Fellowship for every book purchased. I have no doubt that this book could be a real encouragement for someone in prison. I also like that Pastor Evans relates the story of Joseph and other real life stories to the reader in such a down to earth manner. Detours is easy to relate to but yet has a lot of substance to it. I highly recommend it to everyone. I received Detours from BH Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
Life rarely goes the way we desire. Often times we are taken aback by circumstances and events that can catch us off guard. It is in these moments that a person is faced with a decision: how do I respond? In his book, Detours, Dr. Tony Evans writes about how the unpredictableness of life, when understood properly, can be a catalyst to growth. This is not easy. Often times see detours as an inconvenience, a problem, or in some situations a failure. It does not have to be this way. To first understand detours and how to use them properly we must first come to the knowledge that God has a destiny for us. Dr. Evans shows how the each of us are on a path but that path does not mean that it is a straight line. Detours are mold us into the person God desires us to be. Dr. Evans explains the use of detours in each of the 16 chapters of his book. From the pain of detours to the pleasure of detours to the path of detours, Dr. Evans gives insightful wisdom on how to apply detours. Dr. Evans uses the example of Joseph in the Bible. Joseph was given a dream in which he would one day rule over his household. However, things did not go the way Joseph anticipated. He was sold into slavery, accused of sexual assault falsely, thrown into prison, and while in prision given hope of being released only to have been forgotten for some time. When would God fulfill His promise? Had He abandoned Joseph? Joseph could have easily been defeated and bitter towards God. Yet, God used these detours to make Joseph into the man that would one day be the second-in-command over the entire nation of Egypt. Dr. Evans shows the detours that God placed in Joseph’s life and parallels them to the detours that God will place in our life to make us into the individual He has called us to be. This book will not be an easy read for some people because some take detours as a sign of failure or have taken a detour and have not returned to their road of destiny. Yet, those who read this book will benefit from it beyond words. I submit that whoever is blessed by this book will return to read it over and over again as each new detour presents itself. God is refining us daily and He sometimes uses detours to do it.
You are either about to enter a detour, stuck in the middle of a detour, or coming out of a detour. Detours are necessary to bring us to our destiny. This is a book every believer should read. Dr. Evans has taken the life of Jospeh and opened it up to give a perspective that we can all relate to. I read this book with a highlighter in hand and I have more words highlighted than not. This book has hit home on so many levels and I am now better equipped to handle the detours that are coming!
"When your preparation meets God’s purpose—your time connects with His time—you are ready to move from detour to destiny." Detours by Tony Evans. This book is all about how God takes you through detours to get to your destiny. Tony Evans covers all angles of detours, why we go through them, why we feel stuck in them, and what happens when we come out of them. Everything is backed by scripture from the life of Joseph who withstood years and years of detours to get to his destiny. The book is easy to read and understand. Everything included in the book is applicable for everyone. Read this book to help better understand the why of life's detours and "disappointments". God has good things in store for us but we must be ready for it. This book lays it out there and will help you make sense of life when it doesn't go exactly the way you expected.
Destiny??? Initial hesitations were laid to rest as I read Detours by acclaimed speaker and author Tony Evans. Was it a path-to-get-my-dreams-fulfilled book? Would it just gloss over my pain in waiting with rosy-colored glasses and balloon-puffed promises? Yet, Evans reminds us that our destiny is our good, God’s glory, and for his kingdom. Our destiny is bigger than us. Detours and waiting, things we all confront leading to deep questions, doubts, frustrations, fears, bitterness, anger, or hope, character. Evans offers encouragement and patterns, principles, and teaching that can help us see the God who “behind the frowning providence, he hides a smiling face” (William Cowper, “God Moves in Mysterious Ways”). How to describe Detours? An easy read, artfully weaving in the story of Joseph to our lives and our waiting periods. Concrete. Illustrations, stories, and anecdotes make the principles and teaching concrete and easy to grasp. Inspiring. There were points I turned into prayers for myself—to not be distracted, to let me learn from the detours, to wait well. Encouraging. Evans fleshes out encouragement to hang in there, to wait on God. Practical. How do we wait well? What signs are there that God is working? What can we look for? What is God doing? God pointing. Evans keeps an appropriate balance between our aligning ourselves with God’s purposes (our obedience out of faith, our working out our salvation so to speak, our freedom) and God’s providence (his sovereignty, his timing, his work in us). Evans allows God to define “good” and shows how God’s providence changes our perspective on our problems. Everyday. Evans also instills meaning in the everydayness of waiting. Right now is part of God’s plan for you. No matter what that everyday looks like. I would have liked to see deeper probing into some of the dark questions that surface after years of waiting (my thirteen years of waiting has brought many questions). Also, a deeper gospel-focus. Evans rightly points to the core of the issue—we can get through with God’s presence. Knowing his providence is behind all events is key to the right perspective and key to getting through. But can we trust this God? Can we trust he is with us? Can we trust he is truly working for our good? Paul points to the gospel to answer these—if God is for us, if he gave his own Son, how can we not trust him to give good (Rom. 8:31-32)? If God sent his own Son, how can anything separate us from his love? (Rom. 8:35-39). The Spirit of Jesus himself intercedes for us in our struggles in this groaning world as we wait (Rom. 8:21-27). It is the riches of the gospel that anchor us to know that God will truly work out all things for our good (Rom. 8:28). It is the gospel that reveals how trustworthy our God is, even in the darkest day of the cross. Read my blog reflections about this book: http://astonescry.blogspot.com/2017/01/review-detours-by-tony-evans.html Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing through the B&H/Lifeway Bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
An eye opener!