Nevermind that it was only released three weeks ago today, I wish I had read this book when I was in high school, then again in college, and then again as a young college grad.
Kevin DeYoung’s 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, etc. is a very profitable and easy read for those at the start of their teen/adult journey and those facing crossroads of decisions in their lives.
Basically, the book debunks the vast array of new and false notions that the will of God is waiting to be found and that you must sit until you find it, you must pray until it’s clear enough, and you must work up enough faith to be sure you’re right. “Flee the fleece,” DeYoung writes.
DeYoung relys on Scripture, reasoning and the close-at-hand testimony of his grandparents’ generation as his proofs of point, and I thought he was spot on.
The most important issues for God are moral purity, theological fidelity, compassion, joy, our witness, faithfullness, hospitality, love, worship and faith. These are His big concerns. The problem is that we tend to focus most of our attention on everything else. We obsess over the things God has not mentioned and may never mention, while, by contrast, we spend little time on all the things God has already revealed to us in the Bible. (44)
I happily commend it to you to read and distribute widely. It’s a good book to hand out at graduations, counseling sessions…and in the church foyer.