Item description for Knowing God's Will: Finding Guidance for Personal Decisions by M. Blaine Smith...
Overview HOW DO I RECOGNIZE GOD'S GUIDANCE IN MY LIFE? Is God's will likely to be the thing I want least to do? Am I expected to think through God's will? Or will he impress it on me in a supernatural way? Should I put our a "fleece"? How can I find personal guidance in the Bible? Must my motives be perfectly pure? What do I do when others tell me what God wants me to do? When do open and closed doors indicate God's will, and when don't they?
Publishers Description How can we discover God's will for the complicated decisions of time, money, relationships, education and career? How do we know which is best among a variety of "good" options? In this updated and substantially expanded edition, M. Blaine Smith shows how God unfolds his plan for our lives -- through the Bible, prayer, reason, abilities, circumstances, desire and the counsel of others. He packs each chapter with stories which illustrate how he and other Christians have learned to make decisions that please God.
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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2000
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 083081308X ISBN13 9780830813087
Availability 0 units.
More About M. Blaine Smith
M. Blaine Smith (M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is an ordained Presbyterian minister who lectures widely on topics of guidance and God's will, Christian living, and personal growth. A frequent guest on Christian radio programs, Smith has also appeared twice on The 700 Club. His lectures have been recorded for Guidance by the Book, part of a home-study course produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network. In 1978 Smith founded Nehemiah Ministries with the goal of "helping Christians understand God's guidance in their lives and realize their personal potential." The organization's bimonthly newsletter, seminars, articles, books (many of them available from InterVarsity Press) and website have benefited many Christians around the world!
Reviews - What do customers think about Knowing God's Will: Finding Guidance for Personal Decisions?
Everything has it's place Jan 4, 2007
Very logical and straightforward rather than theoretical - a plus for someone in the midst of trying to find guidance for a personal decision.
Good Scriptural Advice Jan 27, 2004
Using the Bible as his basis, the author tells us that often God guides us incrementally, i.e., that we have "light for our path," but do not necessary see a long way down the road. Similarly he talks about taking opportunities as they present themselves as a form of guidance. If you're in a circumstance, do what is best at that time and place.
He also points out that God may have a person in a place for a while, but things change and there comes a time to move on.
One assurance that is given to people who might fear missing God's direction is that God takes the initiative in guidance. If we're sincere in wanting His will, He will see that His will is done, Smith emphasizes. He tells us the Shepherd illustration in the Bible is reassuring in making this point clear. Not only that, but God's guidance is a gift!
There are some areas in this book where I completely disagree with the author. Overall, however, I found more positive than negative--by far.
Pretty good guide Oct 20, 2002
I'm trying to apply the principles now. It's nice to have a book that can show the different aspects of "God's will" (including the personal one), yet not discount the mind. It notes that what we often perceive as guidance (e.g., the supernatural, prophecy, fleeces, and inward guidance) are the exceptions and points out why. It focuses on prayer, understanding the Bible, willingness, and thinking carefully. It recognizes however that we consider our desires, abilities, wise counsel, and circumstances. It seems to answer a lot of my questions about guidance as well as my misconceptions. Best of all, he gives you the Biblical texts to read and analyze yourself to see if his arguments hold up, let alone Biblical examples. I know one friend (who found out about the book independent of me) that bought several copies of this book to give as gifts. I may just do the same.
Extremely challenging and thought provoking book Aug 14, 1999
I find "Knowing God's Will" to be an extremely challenging and thought provoking book. Blaine Smith consistently presents a *balanced* and mature approach towards understanding and seeking the Lord's will for our lives. He makes it a point to test his own ideas against what the Bible teaches.
This book will surely challenge you to:-
(1) Discard your misconceptions on how we should go about finding God's will.
(2) Understanding how God reveals His will.
(3) Realize that we, too, need to take responsibility in knowing His will.
Excellent biblically-based strategy for life's decisions Jun 25, 1999
I have tested the biblically-based strategies recommended by this book over the past five years and have given away countless copies to students and friends who are struggling with decision making. First used in a Sunday school class, I often find myself back in the book refreshing my memory on details for how to seek God's will, especially for the important crossroads in life.