BOOK REVIEW: Just Do Something by Kevin De Young

Sep 30, 2013 | Uncategorized

093013 Just Do Something_0002-for webThis book is for people who are struggling with finding the “will of God” in their lives or who are afraid to make a decision because they “might” not be  doing God’s “perfect” will for their lives.

Author Kevin De Young presents arguments regarding his approach to finding God’s will that may seem contrary to some conventional school of thoughts. There are sections of the book which I readily agree with and there are those that I still have to decide if I will agree or not. Kevin does make a big effort to balance his views and making sure that his ideas are based on sound biblical foundations (he admits that he is a Calvinist).

The whole book is only about 128 pages long and is in a smallish format. I believe you can finish reading the book in one day if you are really anxious to find out what it says about God’s will yourself. Its topic is not really groundbreaking but I found myself making more than a few “Aha!” moments. I sometimes ask “Why haven’t I thought of that before?”  when I realize that I was doing something or knowing that I was doing it right all along.

I believe its worth mentioning that one of the biggest goal of the book is to be able to have the reader avoid moments of indecisiveness, subjective reasoning and passivity because of one’s inability to find the will of God in his life. Kevin also dedicates a whole chapter (not surprisingly) on “finding God’s will” about work and marriage, two subjects where he finds people having a really tough time to make it easier to get his point across.

If have “problems” about something in your life that you think is a “God’s will” issue then this book maybe for you. But if you are the one who is really sure about what God wants you to do and do not have any trouble about it then you may want skip this book although you may still gain some valuable insights or just plain confirm what you may have been doing all along.

Hyper-spiritual approaches to finding God’s will don’t work. Its time to try something new: give up.

Pastor and author Kevin De Young counsels Christians to settle down, make choices and do the hard work of seeing those choices through.

Too often, he writes, God’s people tinker around with churches, jobs, and relationships, worrying that they haven’t found God’s perfect will for their lives. Or–even worse–they do absolutely nothing, stuck in a frustrated state of paralyzed indecision, waiting…waiting…waiting for clear, direct, unmistakable directions

But 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.

Just Do Something by Kevin De Young is available at all OMF Literature branches ( nationwide and at leading bookstores.


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