great for small group study
Well-known theologian John MacArthur writes this encouraging book on how to find Christian purpose and the direction G-d wants in your life. Narrated by John Haag, this audio edition sounds how one would expect MacArthur to speak at a small conference or private study. Haag reads clearly and concisely, permitting the listener to not get caught up on the details of the writing, but capture the message as a whole. The book seems a bit complex for an afternoon listen, but might fit well for excerpts to be played at a small group Bible study.
+5 for author
+3 for affordability
+3 for solid narration
-7 for unsure fit as audio book in general
SG recommends this book to all readers, the audio only to the focused and committed listeners.
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Must Read For Any Age
Are you, like so many others, wondering what God's will is for your life? Whether it is at the brink of adulthood or as gray-headed adult looking for change or out of curiosity or any phase in between - this book is for you! It's a perfect read no matter what your age, stage, or maturity level is and it's delightfully short and easy to read.
I personally enjoyed the audio version of this book due to it's shortness and simplicity. John MacArthur doesn't waste your time beating around the bush but rather gets right to the point - the simple truth of what God's will is for your life. He lists several principals for knowing the will of God for your life and they are applicable to all.
The quality of this audio book is great and it's smooth sound makes it a delight to listen to. Each track is a chapter making it user friendly to "read" by chapter and to go back and review a principle.
Once again MacArthur shares the truth simply for all to understand. This is a must-read for all believers - young and old.
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God's will is NO LONGER a mystery!!!
Thank you to christianaudio Reviewers Program for access to this GREAT and needed resource.
Reviewed by: Derek R. Iannelli-Smith
Author Bio: Dr. John MacArthur is pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church. Following in the steps of his father, Dr. Jack MacArthur, John represents five successive generations of pastors in his family. He is also president of The Master’s College and Seminary and is heard daily on "Grace to You," a nationally syndicated radio broadcast. The Grace to You ministry has distributed more than 10 million audiocassettes of his messages. John is also the author of many books, including The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series, The Gospel According to Jesus, and the newly-released The MacArthur Study Bible.
Type in “God’s Will” into Google and you will return about 3,620,000 results. Have you ever heard, “Let me pray about that and IF it is God’s will then…” are statements you are apt to hear from well-intentioned believers. John MacArthur clears this ‘mystery’ up for us.
“Some apparently think that God’s will is lost. At least they say they are searching for it! To them, God must appear to be a sort of divine Easter bunny who has stashed His will, like eggs, somewhere out of sight and sent us running through life trying to find it. And He is up there saying, “You’re getting warmer!” Others offer the suggestion that God’s will is to be found via a traumatic experience. Running down the street, you fall on a banana peel and land on a map of India. Immediately you say to the Lord, “Thank You for that clear leading. I understand! India it is!” Or there is always the voice out of heaven or the vision in your dreams calling you to Chile.”
Take notice – God’s Will has been found and MacArthur gently, boldly, and scripturally reminds us that we are no longer emaciated Christians, we truly can figure out what God’s will is!
What I like about MacArthur is he is succinct, precise, and expositional in his teaching. This topic and the 5 guidelines of finding God’s will are very precise and each builds on the other.
I regularly recommend the outline MacArthur provides when I someone states they are wondering what God’s will is, or how mysterious it is in their life. MacArthur saturates us with scripture describing each of the five clarifications exposing the elusive message from God for us all. What is God’s will?
“God’s will is that you be saved, Spirit-filled, sanctified, submissive, and suffering. God’s Word makes all this clear.”
The outline of the book describes well the rest of the topics also discussed.
1. Is God a Cosmic Killjoy?
2. The Crucial First Step
3. The Fizzie principal
4. The Priority of Purity
5. Silencing the Critics
6. Facing the Flak
7. You’re It
This small book (or 2-cd audio) is short enough to complete in under an hour. I listened to it 3x over three days on the way to work. It is a great resource for those that seeking this topic (because God rewards those that seek Him right?). I highly recommend this book for those who want to have peace about ‘God’s Will’ and who want to disciple others with this peace as well. The narrator also was very clear and will keep your attention, I highly recommend it. So God’s will is no longer a mystery for me and will no longer be for you either.
“You see, the will of God is not primarily a place. The will of God is not, first of all, for you to go there or work here. The will of God concerns you as a person. If you are the right you, you can follow your desires and you will fulfill His will. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2 http://www.esvapi.org/assets/play.swf?myUrl=hw%2F45012001-45012002(ESV)). And whatever happens in your life, along the way give thanks, for “this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 http://www.esvapi.org/assets/play.swf?myUrl=hw%2F52005018(ESV)). He’s using it to shape you into His will.”
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Find God's Will!
Found: God's Will was a fairly short book. According to Christian Audio, it had a listening time of 1.42 hours. Even though it didn't take that long to listen to this book, I found that it was packed full of good truth.
The subtitle of the book is "Find the Direction and Purpose God Wants for Your Life." So, you go into this book expecting the author to give you a road-map of decision making skills. The author, of course, knows that most people are coming to the book expecting God's will to be all about who you marry and what you choose for your occupation, so he purposefully avoids direct contact with these subjects until near the end of the book. This is done because God's will for our lives isn't primarily about those decisions, it is about something else. This emphasis can also be seen in the chapter titles of the book. Titles like, "Is God a cosmic killjoy?" and "The priority of purity."
The voice talent on this audio book does a great job of drawing the listener into the narration. The end result was a book that was not only easy to listen to, but it increasingly grabbed my attention as I drew close to the conclusions that the book was getting ready to make.
I didn't realize how simple it really is to discern
This book is short but excellent. Before listening to this book I didn't realize how simple it really is to discern God's will. I don't know why or what led me into thinking that God's will was difficult to discern or in some way secret but the book assured me that I was not alone in this type of thinking.
Before I get into the steps in discerning God's will that are outlined in the book, I want to discus a couple of quotes from the book that I feel are relevant among many Christians today.
"You say that you don't know what God's will is, but I'll tell you what it is. First, that you know Christ and then, that your neighbors hear about Christ. That is his will. So often we sit around twiddling our thumbs, dreaming about God's will in some far distant future, when we are not even willing to stand up on our own two feet, walk down the street, and do God's will right now.....Evangelism isn't just the preacher's job. It is yours."
Why seek God's will on a particle issue while ignoring God's obvious will and commands on things he wants you to do? God calls all his children to be involved in evangelism, to be involved in caring for orphans and widows, to be involved in world missions. As Paul Washer put it in a sermon I heard, "you are either called to go down in the well, or to hold the rope for others who go down. Either way you should have scars on your hands. What has the great commission cost you?"
Which leads me to the next quote from the book that I would like to share.
"Suffering is linked with faith. The bible never sees a Christian at anytime who doesn't suffer....If you are waltzing through life comfortably, it either means that you are not living a Godly life or you are living it out in the bushes somewhere, where the ungodly world cannot see it."
God's will is that we would be..
*The book gives in-depth analysis and scriptural backing for each of these.
If these 5 things are true about your life do whatever you want.("If you are the right you, you can follow your desires and you will fulfill His will.") This is based off of Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart."
So basically, if you are a Christian and you are living a life submissive to the Lord, he will give you desires that fit in with his will. You see this all the time when people say they were led into the mission field or any type of service. Me and Deb believe we were led into becoming foster parents. In the light of reading this book I would say that through trying to submit and love Jesus we were given the desire to care for orphans directly.
All in all, this book is excellent and relevant to every Christian's life. The audio reading of the book was also superb.
Well constructed and worthwhile
John MacArthur is well known as a pastor and teacher who is not afraid to set out the scriptures as he understands them with both clarity and conviction. This short book, Found: God’s will (audio version), is no exception, and sees John MacArthur zero in on his understanding of guidance in a Christian life.
The basic premise upon which the book is built is that in conforming your life and heart to God’s declared will, your judgement in what you do not find explicitly taught will be likewise godly and appropriate. Thus, the bulk of the text sets out what a life conforming to God’s declared will looks like – described under five heads; saved, spirit-filled, sanctified, submissive and suffering.
By starting off with the first foundation that one be saved, the other points are put into their clear context as a proper response to faith. Of particular value is the way in which diligent study and thought upon the Holy Scriptures is linked to being spirit-filled. The section on suffering presents a firm challenge to many believers, to whom MacArthur counsels that if they are not suffering for their godly life, their life may well not be godly.
Having set out these conformational foundations, MacArthur presents (with evident joy), the freedom which those who are in Christ have in Christ both to think and to do as seems good to us provided it is not repugnant to the word of God or against our own conscience. This is a very important point and the manner in which it is delivered makes it all the more memorable.
Overall I felt the treatment of the topic at hand by John MacArthur revealed a well grounded understanding of the guidance of God. The work treads a path which is careful to avoid the twin dangers of creating a new law on one side, or conversely – of proclaiming a freedom which is apart from God rather than a freedom in God.
This audio version is expertly narrated by John Haag who does a brilliant job of bringing the text to life. At less than two hours, it is a very easy work to digest in audio format – aided both by the graphic language used by John MacArthur and the expressive reading of John Haag.
This review was made possible by the generous provision of a review copy by christianaudio’s reviewers programme.
Great Quick Listen
I received a free download of this book from christianaudio.com for purposes of reviewing it. This was a really quick listen at just 1.42 hrs. (the book itself is only 64 pages long). I think that this book would be perfect to give to a new Christian as it answers alot of the questions that people have when they become a Christian. I think it is an excellent book for people who have been Christians for awhile also to just to help them to remember some of the basic fact that are presented in this book.
The main thing I took away from Listening to this book other than the 6 principles presented was the way that MacArthur does his Bible reading. He takes a portion of Scripture and reads that same portion for 30 days. By the time he is finished he really knows that Scripture. Bible reading is an important part of the Christian life and this is a good way to incorporate into yours.
I thought that John Hagg did a good job as the narrator. His voice was pleasant and he kept a good pace and didn't rush. No gimmicks here just a straight forward reading which was appropriate for this book.
Like MacArthur: to the point, no fluff
A friend of mine describes John MacArthur as to the point, no fluff. He could have been talking about his book, Found: God's Will. Compared with other books of his, this one is a bit on the short side--only 64 pages or 1.42 hours. That's not to say he doesn't cover the material well. In fact, the shortness of the book goes to strengthen his point: finding the will of God for your life is not that difficult.
MacArthur uses Scripture passages from the New Testament that specifically mention God's will and extrapolates from them what God would have you do. Specifically, he addresses God's will for you to be saved, Spirit-filled, sanctified, submissive, and suffering. The last chapter deals with God's specific will for your life in the day-to-day and even life-changing decisions you must make.
The narrator captures MacArthur's strong voice and even his sarcasm at times, which adds life to the book. Found: God's Will was a nice, short explanation of God's will that won't take long to read or listen to. If you want to know what the Bible says, this book will tell you. If you want a play-by-play explanation of what you need to do, you won't find it.
If you're looking for something a little longer on the subject, I strongly suggest you to check out Kevin DeYoung's Just Do Something. I reviewed it some months ago and liked it so much that I've purchased three print versions for gifting purposes. It was very good.
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This is small but powerful little book. John MacArthur outlines six steps listed in scripture to help the reader find God’s will for his/her life. MacArthur does just that as every step is based in scripture, clear, and easily understood. I think any Christian would benefit from studying this book.
I listened to the audio version of the book which was not read by John Macarthur. The narrator for the book did well; he was pleasant to listen to and flowed right along with the narration.
A different perspective of your every day questions as a Christian
This is my personal review on Found: God’s Will by John MacArthur audiobook, as part of christianaudio reviewer program.
Many Christians including myself, often prays and wonders what God’s will is in some parts of my life. We often struggle to know what He wants for us or where He wants us to go or what He wants us to do. Questions such as:
* Which job should I take?
* Whom should I be with?
* Should I stay here or should I go somewhere else?
* Many more (if you never ask these questions ever in your life, then you should ask yourself whether you are a true Christian or just simply doing whatever you want in life!)
The close you are to God, the more you know the answers to these things. But what if God feels silent? What should you do? I was hoping to find easy answers to these questions when I first played this audiobook. I was surprised.
The book itself is divided into 6 chapters but the first 5 chapters turn your questions upside down. Rather than trying to explain the answers, John MacArthur shifts your perspective into “Have you done God’s “obvious” will in your life yet?”. Obvious as in the biblical truth about you as a follower of Jesus.
You have been saved. Have you done what He wants you to do? To have a heart to save others, to be spirit filled, to suffer for the sake of the Gospel, to be transformed and sanctified every day? Or you simply focus more on what God has done for me? Or what does He want from me? John MacArthur explains these wills based on the spiritual truth (and verses in the Bible) for the first 5 chapters. Have we done all these things for God yet? Only then the last chapter explains what you should do when God is silent or when you are still confused about the critical 2 choices in your life. What that is? Grab the audiobook to find out :)
The book is well written and an eye opener to Christians. I love how you buy a book to get an answer but the book turns your question into another different question or a different perspective (like the Disappointment with God book by Philip Yancey). The audiobook is also well read by John Haag and I wish there are more audiobook readers like him.
Unfortunately, the audiobook is quite short (1.42 hours roughly) and I was left with more thirst in getting more out of John MacArthur. There are certainly more points that can be eloborated but longer does not always mean better. You can always grab other books to support his 6 ways in finding God’s will from this audiobook. Definitely worth a read to make you a more mature Christian.
Published originally on my blog at http://www.writeforgod.com/found-gods-will-by-john-macarthur.html
Quick (but great) listen
Found: God's Will is by John Macarthur and read by John Haag. It's a very enjoyable listening for a bargain price. It's a quick listen as well.
Pastor John offers an explanation on how to discover God's by looking through scripture. It's would be a great book for new believers. I've heard a pastor say that 95% of God's will is revealed through scripture, and I would agree with that. Listen to Jesus, read the Bible, and then do whatever you desire (within the context of scripture). We often get tied up in the day to day choices, when as long as you are following the Bible and praying, you will be in God's will.
A must listen
A Clear, Concise and Helpful Explanation of God's Will for Your Life
What is God's will?" So many of us ask this question at various points in our lives. Searching for a new job. Considering marriage. Ministry opportunities. College.
But can we know for certain what is God's will for our lives, specifically? Yes, says John MacArthur in Found: God's Will. In fact, the answer will seem so shocking that you might need to "jump up out of your seat and shout!"
So what is God's will for our lives? In this very short book, MacArthur carefully examines the Scriptures and reveals that God has made His will quite clear.
God's will for us is that we are to be:
1. Saved. God is "not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (1 Peter 3:9);
2. Spirit-Filled. Our lives will be guided by the Holy Spirit as we are careful to study and listen to God's Word and persist in prayer (see Acts 4:8, 13:9; Eph 5:18);
3. Sanctified. God's will for our lives is that we grow holiness, putting sin to death and growing in Christlike character (Romans 6:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:3);
4. Submissive. God's will is that we obey the authorities He has placed over us, whether godly or ungodly. This is crucial to our witness as Christians in the world. The only time when we may disobey is when those authorities command us to do what God forbids, or to not do what God commands (see Romans 13:1; 1 Peter 2:13-25; Acts 4:19); and
5. Suffering. God's will for our lives is that as we follow Christ in this world we will suffer for Christ. "If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you," said Jesus in John 15:18.
These five principles are crucial elements to God's will for our lives. MacArthur handles the Scriptures with great care (as is to be expected). What impressed me though was MacArthur's brevity. Found: God's Will clocks in at a mere 64 pages. This is impressive on two fronts.
The first is that there are no wasted words. MacArthur stays on point and makes every illustration relevant. The second I'll get to in a moment.
MacArthur opened the book telling us that we can know God's specific will for each of us personally. So how about it? The principles above are clear, however, they don't deal with me specifically. How can I know what God's will is for me in my career, marriage, and ministry?
MacArthur answers succinctly: "Do what you want."
This might sound surprising, but here's the thing: If these five principles are characteristic of your life—if you are saved, Spirit-filled, being sanctified, submissive and willing to suffer for our Lord, you can do what you like. Here's why: As we delight ourselves in the Lord, "he will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4). Now, this obviously doesn't mean He'll give us anything and everything we want. What it means is that He will give us our desires, and consequently what we desire, because our desires will, in fact, be His.
Now this is a principle that is certainly open for abuse. I mean, people try to pass off sinful actions as God's will for their lives all the time. For example: How many times have we heard a variation of this: "I'm really connecting with the girl at the office, so obviously God doesn't want me to stay in my marriage. We're miserable."
Here's the thing: Because our desires are given to us by God and as we grow increasingly in Christlikeness, we will be able to identify which desires are from Him and which are remnants of our sin nature. So if you're finding you're desire is to cheat on your wife—chances are it's not from God. If you're desire is to move to Canada to serve as a missionary among the people of the Great White North, it might just be from Him.
That leads me to the second impressive point about this book: Because God's Word is so clear on these five points, we can rejoice! We don't need to go through an existential crisis about every decision in our lives (even the big ones!). We have to examine for ourselves what the Bible says, and likewise examine ourselves in light of the Truth. This is something that, I hope, readers will find incredibly freeing.
A final word about the audio version of this book. I've been continually impressed with the work that Christian Audio has done on their audiobooks. The quality is clear and the narration is excellent. I was actually quite impressed with the choice of narrator on this book as he sounds a fair bit like John MacArthur.
God's will for your life is no secret. It can be known because He has made it plain. And in Found: God's Will, John MacArthur provides Christians with a valuable tool to help them understand it for themselves.
A review copy of this audiobook was provided through Christian Audio's reviewer program.
My Go-To God's Will Book
John MacArthur’s Found: God’s Will has for many years been my go-to book to offer Christians a brief answer to the question of how they might understand God’s will in their lives. When Christians ask about God’s will, they are generally looking for advice on how to make a decision so as not to displease their Lord. MacArthur, in only a few pages (or just over an hour of an audio book), offers as clear an answer as anyone I’ve seen.
In his book and philosophy of discerning God’s will, John MacArthur is first and foremost biblical. MacArthur makes it clear that the way for a Christian to understand God’s will for his or her life is to be found in Scripture. MacArthur does not suggest any sort of strange, mystical, or superstitious use of Scripture, but a simple, clear, honest look at the text of God’s word. We need more of this in Christendom.
Besides being biblical, MacArthur is wonderfully freeing in his approach. Taking God’s call in Psalm 37:4 to heart, the author concludes in his work that a Christian delighted in God and submitted to his commands will be free to do what he or she desires. This is by no means a license for sin, as the prerequisite for doing what you want is that you have first done what God has proclaimed is his will in clear texts of Scripture. MacArthur calls us to be saved, to be Spirit-filled, to be sanctified, to willingly suffer persecution for the sake of the gospel, and to be submitted to the authorities that God has placed over us. When those conditions are met, a believer will be free in his love for God to do whatever he desires without fearing somehow thwarting God’s will.
A final positive that I will mention is that this book is wonderfully brief, only 64 pamphlet-sized pages in print. MacArthur does not force his readers to wade through hundreds of pages to find the answer they are seeking to the question of how to make a decision about whom to marry or which college to attend.
The brevity of MacArthur’s work, though a positive, is also a negative. There are many challenges that MacArthur simply does not address, as his work is more a pamphlet than a scholarly defense of non-mystical decision-making. Thus, MacArthur does not address questions of spiritual gifts, “leadings” in prayer, or other methods people might declare useful for discerning God’s will.
We might also add that MacArthur’s list of five categories to satisfy is not exhaustive. For example, MacArthur does not address the need for a believer not only to desire something biblical, but to also be convinced in his or her conscience that his or her actions are right (Rom 14:21). I do not doubt that MacArthur would agree with this added point, but his brief work did not allow for the addition of other points (nor does having a clear conscience begin with the letter S, thus potentially messing up the entire system [and for the humor-impaired, this parenthetical is sarcastic]).
While many God’s will books have been written, I still find MacArthur’s tiny work to be my first choice for helping believers begin to grasp that the word of God is sufficient for life’s difficult decisions. There are other books that I like very much on this topic as well, including Kevin DeYoung’s Just Do Something, but for a short, simple, and sound answer to the question, MacArthur’s Found: God’s Will is an excellent resource. I have no hesitation in recommending this little book to any believer.
As part of their reviewers program, I was given a free audio copy of the audio version of this book from Christian Audio. The reading and audio quality of this work meets the high standards one has come to expect from this organization. To learn more, visit www.christianaudio.com.
Excellent discussion on knowing God's Will for you
The question: "how can I know God's will for me?" is a question that is often asked by many a Christian, new or otherwise. This book sets out to explain that God does want you to know His will for you, and how you can know it. MacArthur explores biblical teaching on God's will and in doing so offers a very good scriptural basis, and often covers how to live as a Christian generally.
The book is well structured, and sets out the argument logically in a form that is easy to follow furthering its appeal to new Christians. It is also full of great nuggets that you may end up quoting to friends! I am already looking forward to listening to it again and again. In fact after listening to the audiobook I've ordered it in print.
The narration is excellent, clear and effective intonation makes listening to it easy.
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