Here is practical help for understanding and following God’s will for your life.
“God has a plan for our lives,” but what does that mean in practical terms? How do we know God’s will for important life decisions, like who to marry, what job to take, what church to join? How can we be free if God has a perfect plan for us? Does suffering mean we are off track? How exactly does God speak?
Author Jerry Sittser explores these questions and offers a biblically based approach that is truly liberating. No matter what decisions we’ve already made, he points out that it is still possible to live out God’s perfect will—even if we think we’ve married the wrong person, chosen the wrong career, or landed in some kind of serious trouble.
©2004 Jerry Sittser (P)2009 Zondervan
"Excellent book that takes us through the journey of gaining an understanding of God's will from so many dimensions"
I really liked Jerry's authenticity of sharing his views on the Will of God. It was as if he were taking us on a journey of discovery of God's will and deeply examines the subject from many dimensions. He does not come across as imposing his own view but shares his knowledge, historical occurrences, his own painful and joyful experiences, his intrinsic faith in God and his knowledge of God's word as a basis of painting a beautiful, powerful, sensitive and paradoxical picture of God's will. A masterpiece in my own opinion!
I am a Christian wife and mother. I write two blogs. My somewhat theological blog is called "Just Another Clay Pot," and my Fiction/Poetry blog is called "Weightiness and Whimsy."
Buy the book. It's wonderful! But do not buy the audiobook.
I hate to be so negative, but when an excellent book on the subject of grief is narrated by someone with what can only be described as "Low-Budget Informercial Voice," it's tragic.
Just imagine: You're listening to a narrative of personal devastation, and of the deep theological insights that came from grief, but it's presented in a "But wait...there's more" vocal style.
When the author summarized his family's tragedy (his wife, mother, and 4-year-old daughter were killed in an accident, with Sittser and his other children also in the vehicle), the narrator almost seemed to insult the author's grief just by reading it as if it were one of those incredibly irritating, "Oh, no, the cling wrap won't stick! Introducing new Super-Cling!" commercials.
But the book itself is wonderfully insightful and hope-giving. Read it, but don't let it be ruined by listening to this narration.
Encouraging, illuminating, thought-provoking
His narration is dramatic and overly stylized for this spare, direct book. I found it distracting and inappropriate. He has what is perhaps a classic narrating voice. It sounds like a movie preview or advertisement. I would not choose a book narrated by him in the future.
In spite of my opinion of the narration, I enjoyed this book and am very grateful for it. It's one I will probably read (rather than listen to) again and again.
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