Quick review: Just Do Something

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Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's WillJust Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The subtitle promises a book about finding God’s will – and this book certainly delivers on this promise.

As I read it, I think this book has a second purpose: to stun Christians out of passive apathy. DeYoung claims, ‘Passivity is a plague among Christians.’

In a short summary, DeYoung’s argument is that the apparently ‘spiritual’ waiting and sign-seeking that Christians exercise is a waste of energy. God has given us in his word what we need to make decisions, and this does not include a promise of detailed road maps for us navigate by.

Therefore (his second purpose), learn God’s word and do stuff!

I recommend this book. There are others out there just a good on the idea of God’s will. But I don’t know of any that are as motivating in stirring us up to active Christian obedience.

As with many American books for general readers, the writing and layout are great for understanding. But this also comes with a number of American-specific cultural references (what sort of honey is made by Applebees?, and what on earth is a Piggly Wiggly?).

If you want something for an Australian reader, try Guidance and the Voice of God. But I’d still recommend this book for anyone striving to live for Jesus Christ.

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