3 Helpful Books On God's Will
I'm currently teaching a series on the topic of God's Will. One week in, it has already generated much conversation and debate. What has been most apparent is the mass confusion in the Church surrounding the will of God. In studying for this, I've read 6-10 books. Some have been better than others, but over all, I've learned a lot.
Pastorally, I always want to pass along quality resources, so here are the three books I've found most helpful:
Author: Pastor Kevin DeYoung
If I were to recommend a book to start you on your journey to understanding God’s will, this would be the one. At just 128 pages, it’s short and accessible and communicates this simple message with humor and clarity: God doesn't need to tell us what to do at each fork in the road. He's already revealed His plan for our lives: to love Him with our whole hearts, to obey His Word, and after that, to do what we like.
Author: Dr. James MacDonald
This book is based on Pastor James’ sermon series by the same title. Like all books he writes, it is soaked in Scripture and practical for anyone wanting insight into God’s will. He explains that God is not keeping His will a mystery; He wants us to experience the freedom and peace of following His ways. To do that we have to consult His word – not our feelings – and understand the wisdom clearly presented there. God is in control of all things and is concerned with forming us in Christ’s image.
Author: Pastor Garry Friesen
For a comprehensive examination of how God reveals His will for us, this book is an excellent choice. It’s long – over 500 pages – but well-researched and thorough. Dr. Friesen takes to task the traditional view that God has a perfect will for each individual Christian, suggesting that approach might be biblically deficient. He outlines a better way to understand how God guides.
I hope these book recommendations are helpful to you. Please feel free to leave a comment and suggest a book or other resource you've found useful in your pursuit of God's will.