Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Coming Soon from Moody Publishers: Just Do Something

I love the subtitle to this new book from Moody--How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc. Kevin DeYoung is a co-author of Why We're Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be (Which, by the way, won the 2009 Christianty Today Book Award in the Church/Pastoral Leadership category. Congrats to Kevin and Ted). Kevin proved himself to be an incisive and original thinker in the Emergent book. Now he brings his talents to the often confusing topic of the will of God. I expect nothing but pure clarity and a writing style I really enjoy. Kevin sent me his first chapter and I had to smile when I read, "Too many of us have passed off our our instability, inconsistency, and endless self-exploration as 'looking for God's will,' as if not making up our minds and meandering through life were marks of spiritual sensitivity." Kevin told me his main thesis "goes something like this. We see in Scripture a will of decree whereby God sovereignly directs our lives behind the scenes. We see also a will of desire, what God commands of us. What we don't see is a will of direction. We aren't told to find God's will for every fork in the road. Instead we live by wisdom, trust God's invisible providence, and seek first his kingdom." Many will see similarities here to Garry Friesen and Bruce Waltke among others. That is certainly true. So why another book on the will of God? Kevin is a gifted communicator and this book will reach a generation that Friesen and Watke could not. Friesen was too wordy and Waltke did not have much in the way of a popular audience. This will be a great book for youth pastors to give to their students. The book should release in April. It will be paperback with 144 pages and sell for $10.99.

2 comments:

Andrew said...

Just FYI, Kevin has just started blogging at www.revkevindeyoung.com.

And he's using an excellent Blogger template.

Andrew Rogers said...

Thanks for the update Louis. I'm interested to see this book, it should be good. And I like that it's fairly short too. I hope Kevin keeps writing with the general audience in mind - more scholars/pastors could stand to do that, I think.

Did you see his new blog?

http://www.revkevindeyoung.com/