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Decision Making and the Will of God (2004)

Decision Making and the Will of God (2004)

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Does God have a perfect will for each Christian? Can you be absolutely sure you've found God's individual will for your life? Garry Friesen examines the traditional view of God's will, then sets forth a different view that more accurately reflects biblical teaching. Practical issues such as choosing a mate, picking a career, giving of one's resources, and areas of disagreement between Christians are explored in depth, giving you a new approach to knowing the will of God. Taking into account the critiques and questions raised since this book was first published in 1980, this revised edition further clarifies Friesen's position, offers additional biblical support, and answers the most frequently asked questions.

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Does God have a perfect will for each Christian? Can you be absolutely sure you've found God's individual will for your life? Garry Friesen examines the traditional view of God's will, then sets forth a different view that more accurately reflects biblical teaching. Practical issues such as choosing a mate, picking a career, giving of one's resources, and areas of disagreement between Christians are explored in depth, giving you a new approach to knowing the will of God. Taking into account the critiques and questions raised since this book was first published in 1980, this revised edition further clarifies Friesen's position, offers additional biblical support, and answers the most frequently asked questions.
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Does God have a perfect will for each Christian? Can you be absolutely sure you've found God's individual will for your life? Garry Friesen examines the traditional view of God's will, then sets forth a different view that more accurately reflects biblical teaching. This new edition ofDecision Makingtakes up the practical issues of choosing a mate, picking a career, giving of one's resources, and areas of disagreement between Christians to give readers a new approach to knowing the will of God. Mr. Friesen also addresses many of the arguments that have surfaced since the original printing of this book over twenty-four years ago. Does God Have a Perfect Will for Your Life? Does God have a perfect will for each Christian? Can you be absolutely certain of God's specific will foryourlife? In this expanded twenty-fifth anniversary edition of his highly acclaimed work, Garry Friesen examines the prevalent view on God's will today and provides a sound biblical alternative to the traditional teaching of how God guides us. This new edition include
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Does God Have a Perfect Will for Your Life?

Does God have a perfect will for each Christian? Can you be absolutely certain of God’s specific will for your life? In this expanded twenty-fifth anniversary edition of his highly acclaimed work, Garry Friesen examines the prevalent view on God’s will today and provides a sound biblical alternative to the traditional teaching of how God guides us. This new edition includes these helpful resources:

   • Study guide for small groups
   • Responses to Frequently Asked Questions
   • Guide to painless Scripture memorization


Friesen tackles the very practical issues of choosing a mate, picking a career, and giving in this fresh and liberating approach to decision making and the will of God.

Story Behind the Book

Most Christians have been taught how to find God’s will, yet many are still unsure whether they’ve found it. God does guide His people, but the question is, “How does He guide?” After “putting out a fleece” to decide which college to attend, Garry Friesen began pondering why it was so hard to find God’s will when he had so sincerely sought it. Was he the only one who did not have 100 percent clarity for every decision? Then a new possibility struck—perhaps his understanding of the nature of God’s will was biblically deficient. Maybe there was a better way to understand HOW God guides.

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Meet the Authors

Garry Friesen

Friesen, former academic dean and current Professor of Bible at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon, is a graduate of John Brown University and Dallas Theological Seminary.

J Robin Maxson

Garry Friesen ýGarry Friesen, ThM, ThD, is a member of the Bible faculty at Multnomah Bible College, where he has taught since 1976. Dr. Friesen holds a bachelor's degree from John Brown University and a master's degree and doctorate from Dallas Theological Seminary. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he enjoys hosting Bible reading marathons and collecting C. S. Lewis memorabilia. ýJ. Robin Maxson ýJ. Robin Maxson, ThM, is senior pastor of United Evangelical Free Church in Klamath Falls, Oregon.


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A richly biblical critique on decision making
5 stars By Aaron, Jun 13 2017
This is a fantastic, and comprehensive book that looks at what the bible says about decision making. Friesen begins examining and critiquing common approaches of decision making by comparing it to the scripture. And then from the scripture, he shows the way we should approach decision making - through wisdom. 
Particularly helpful is how Friesen has added in answers to common questions that people have had in the past after reading his book. Additionally, Friesen, doesn't just leave the readers with an approach decision making, but he works this approach to decision making by walking through different areas of decision making such as marriage and giving. 

A very thorough book on the topic of decision making and God's will. Quite a long book, but well worth reading.
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Discerning the will of God biblically
5 stars By Vicki Lorrimar, Dec 19 2012
How to find out the will of God for our lives is a question that all Christians ask. Friesen critiques the traditional view of an individual and highly specific divine will for each of us, placing oft-cited biblical examples in support of this view into their correct context. He counters with an alternative model that is more consistent with Scripture as a whole - that there are certain parameters for living according to God's will, inside which we have a remarkable degree of freedom. Chapters in this book apply Friesen's understanding to some of the big decisions Christian face, including vocation, marriage and ministry. The appendices are quite useful in directing the reader to further resources. The writing style is accessible to all readers, the subject material highly relevant to anyone seeking to understand God's will in their decision-making. While this book often challenges conventional teaching, it gives a wonderful insight into the extent of freedom we have as partners with God in our own lives.
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Not just another view of God's will, but a helpful critique of unbiblical views too
5 stars By Joel Radford, Aug 17 2012
Books on God's will abound and the teachings contained within them are diverse. After reading a number of them you almost come away thinking that no two books agree on the subject. What makes Friesen's work better than others is that it doesn't just add another view to the bundle, it spends a long time tackling unbiblical views of God's will before it then uses a Biblically saturated argument of what God's will actually is.

Firstly Friesen spends Part 1 and 2 of the book primarily critiquing the popular view that God has one special will for you that you must find above all else. Then Part 3 explains the true way of wisdom as contained in God's word. Then Part 4 applies this way of wisdom to the big decisions in life such as marriage, ministry, missions and vocations. As an added bonus there are a few excellent appendices - one being mini reviews of current popular books on the will of God.

The book has stood the test of time and been revised for the 20 year anniversary by tightening up the arguments and providing answers to Frequently Asked Questions that Friesen has received over the years.

My only criticism has to do with the headings throughout the chapters. They are often designed to be witty, but if you use this book as a reference work, the headings become unhelpful. They don't really explain what the section is about and so simply grab your eye and then confuse you.

But I do think that this is currently 'the' book to read on God's will. It is long, but I think a good book on this subject has to be long considering how much confusion there is on the issue. And if you are serious about discerning the will of God, you will happily plough through it. 
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  • Catalogue Code 215379
  • Product Code 1590522052
  • EAN 9781590522059
  • Pages 528
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Multnomah Publishers
  • Publication Date Aug 2004
  • Sales Rank #30027
  • Dimensions 210 x 132 x 35 mm
  • Weight 0.421kg

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