Pathways: From Providence to Purpose

Pathways: From Providence to Purpose

by Tony Evans


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God has a purpose for your life, and every action or event that occurs within it has been used to make that purpose a reality. The story of Esther appears to be a series of coincidences strung together to deliver the Jews from certain death. However, God selected Esther for a particular purpose at a particular time. Discover your own pathway to purpose through learning principles on providence as Tony Evans takes us on a journey of epic proportions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433686603
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 179,588
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Setting the Stage 1

Chapter 1 The Puppet-Master 17

Chapter 2 Seeing the Invisible Hand 33

Chapter 3 Enter Esther 49

Chapter 4 The Prerequisites of Purpose 71

Chapter 5 For Such a Time as This 91

Chapter 6 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 107

Chapter 7 That Night 119

Chapter 8 Suddenly 141

Chapter 9 Divine Reversals 155

Chapter 10 Connecting the Dots 167

Appendix A Scriptures on Sovereignty 185

Appendix B The Urban Alternative 199

Notes 207

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Pathways: From Providence to Purpose 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
aspiritfilledlife More than 1 year ago
Pathways by author and Pastor Tony Evans is brilliant! This book is one that explains in depth God’s purpose for us, the ways and whys of situations and circumstanced through analyzing the story of Esther. This book thought-provoking and causes you to reflect on your own life and it’s purpose. In this boo,k we see Pastor Tony really setting the stage to get us from Providence to purpose. I can look back on why God has placed me in certain situations and know that there was a plan that was preordained. There was a purpose for everything, good and bad. This book caused me to be very reflective about my faith and dedication in God, it helped me to understand the significance of listening and being in tune with the Holy Spirit. “You know that it is time for God to move you to your ultimate purpose when He gives you a position that enables you to leverage the influence He’s given you for the advancement of His kingdom.” As someone who is actively praying and seeking my life’s purpose, I could have shut the book right there, the light bulb went off, the neurons were firing, and it was plain to me….the ultimate purpose is to advance the kingdom of the Lord. There are more gems and takeaways in this book. I loved every page. I was given a copy of this book by B&H Publishing but the thoughts expressed are my own.
Sereca More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book for review from B&H/Lifeway blogger review program. Pathways, From Providence To Purpose is an amazing book who's foundation in on the book of Esther, which teaches and highlights what is meant by God's Sovereignty? This book left an impression on my heart for so many reason but I would like to talk bout chapter 2: Seeing the Invisible Hand. I learned that Providence is seen and unseen, hence the title. My take way from this chapter is that I should embrace the unseen Providence of God. This chapter really highlighted for me the verse "we walk by faith and not by sight"--2 Corn. 5:7. Another take away is that Providence is trusting in God's will (seen and unseen). There's a subtitle in Chapter 2 : Providence and Personal Responsibility, which educated me on my actions. There's a statement in the book which says it all: "..within God's Sovereignty, our decisions are used as part of the movement in History. GOD DOESN'T DISMISS WHAT WE DO; HE USES IT" 43. It then goes on to say that it's easy to blame the devil but we must look at the decisions that we are making instead (paraphrasing here). I have learned to stop blame the devil for the bad things in my life, rather stand firm on Lamentations 3:37-38, watch my decisions and thoughts, because once again the Lord uses what I do. Also the devils plans, schemes and distractions doesn't stop God's plans. This really empowered me to stay in God's word, do as He says and don't let the enemy (or what I think is the enemy) get me off tract from my responsibility here on earth or affect my Faith in God's unseen plans, not to worry about my hard times because God has a plan so instead, I embrace my seasons of hardship because they came (and will come) my way because it's God's will (Lamentation 3:37-38) and they do have a purpose. God will not waste them and I will not either. Grab yourself a copy as this book which teach, edify/empower us for our purpose and identifying God's Providence, His invisible hand in our lives--one day and disappointment at a time. This book really have me diving deep into the hardest moments of my life...looking for God's Hand. Enjoy your read of Pathways: From Providence To Purpose.
HolisticlifeRN More than 1 year ago
Pathways is a book about the story of Esther and how it relates to Providence. I was not familiar with the story of Esther or the term providence but after reading Pathways I have a great understanding of the two. Pastor Tony told the story of Esther in such an entertaining way I felt like I was watching a movie anxiously waiting to see how the story would end. He used practical examples to help us understand biblical truths. I have several highlights and notes that I a, sure I will refer to for the rest of my life.
rkfall More than 1 year ago
Sharing powerful Truths from the book of Esther is what this book is all about. The author references God as the Puppet-Master and Providential God. He states that God is the God of reversals. That’s my favorite part of the book! There’s great comfort in “resting in God to be led down the pathway to Providence.” “He is the One who prepares the pathways, but He calls us to walk on them (action).” “It is God who makes the intersections on the pathways to your purpose.” An added bonus that I really delighted in, was the inclusion of 13 pages of verses on God’s Sovereignty in the appendix at the end of the book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
emiliec More than 1 year ago
(I received a free copy from the publisher for a honest review) This book is about the book of Esther and just knowing that God is working behind the scenes.What I didn't enjoy was how the prologue was mostly all about football,and how he didn't fully focus on the book of Esther.But this book did have good things in it like how luck isn't real its God who chooses the out come (my own words).I liked how he wrote about the book of Esther it made me look at the book in a different perspective.
ADelightfulGlow More than 1 year ago
This book teaches about the Providence of God and His plans and purpose for each of us in our particular time. A quote I loved from the book ~ "When I recently asked my dad what his advice would be to a new believer, he boiled it down to two simple, yet profound things. He said, "Study the Word of God to obey it, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit." A lesson from the book and the story of Esther I loved ~ "God is the God of divine reversals." So true. God can reverse what looks impossible, improbable and intimidating. If you feel fearful in the challenges you face and your purpose seems small and your circumstances less than stellar, this book will encourage you to cling to God and trust His providence to guide you. Tony Evans brings us bold truth and a gracious look at God's Providence. I received a copy of this book to review and all opinions are 100% my own.
GCWineholt More than 1 year ago
PATHWAYS From Providence to Purpose By Tony Evans This book is able God’s sovereignty and providence, Tony describes them as; God’s sovereignty is what He wants to happen. God’s providence is where He sets things up and connects them so that His sovereignty does happen. The book is about God guiding humanity along pathways, intersecting us to the final place He wants us. Tony shares stories of how this has happened many times. One of the main examples is the book of Esther. He shows just how God used her and others to protect His people from harm. The story contains a lot of background information about those involved. Tony shows that God has a plan and can use different methods of connecting people to bring that plan together. The book show that God can use people for a particular purpose and things that appear to be coincidences are not. In appendix A of the book is a list of scripture verse on sovereignty The book is well written, and the enhancements adds to the story of Esther. (If you are not familiar with the book of Esther, I recommend reading it before reading this book for complete understanding of the story.) The book can be by discussion group and Bible study groups. A quote from the back of the book; “Every action or event that occurs within it has been to make that purpose a reality.” I received this book free from the publisher through the BH/Lifeway bloggers review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255