Monday, February 29, 2016

Just Do Something - Kevin Young

Just do it.

We've probably all heard this slogan for a certain well known brand or even the even older adage Carpe Diem, Seize the Day.

When it comes to life though, people generally want more certainty, more direction, and less risk of failure and regret. This partially explains the recent growth in books discussing finding your calling, discovering God's will, and living out your purpose.

Keving DeYoung adds his voice to this ever growing chorus with down to earth, in your face common sense and a call for Christians to get back to the basics of Scripture, community, wisdom, and common sense.

Addressing the plague of indecision that affects today's church by urging people to "do something" versus waiting for the extraordinary (a rare occurrence) while ignoring the readily available due to a myriad of reasons, risking a life of waiting for what was already in front of us the whole time. 

Things I liked:

I actually appreciated DeYoung's style. He's straightforward with his arguments, unapologetic, and uses a lot of common sense. I did not always necessarily agree with everything he said but was impressed that he still created a reaction in me. His writing was easy to read and really allowed me to get into the argument.

I also appreciated DeYoung's ability to explain greater topics, exploring underlying causes and looking at root issues while always taking it back to Scripture. As a gal who appreciates big picture and details I really enjoyed having some substance to what DeYoung was presenting.

Finally, I appreciated the content. DeYoung unapologetically points his argument back to Scripture. He isn't afraid to use other sources to support his work but always returns back to Scripture. I think this helped illustrate DeYoung's integrity as a new reader seeing as reading, memorizing, and knowledge of Scripture are all foundational  to DeYoung's presentation of living a faithful life.

Things I liked less:

While I appreciated DeYoung's overall argument, some of his subsequent conclusions regarding decisions such as marriage and jobs just seemed to glossed over and simplified to fit comfortably within my own theology. I'm not sure if this is due to space limitations or the limitations of the written word vs. conversation for DeYoung being unfamiliar with his work or an actual disconnect on my part.

4.5 out 5 stars.

I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. The views expressed are entirely my own.

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