Review of The Will of God as a Way of Life by Jerry Sittser

I just finished this book,
The Will of God as a Way of Life: How to Make Every Decision with Peace and Confidence by Jerry Sittser. Jerry has been a pastor, chaplain, and professor. This is a revised edition of his book. In it, he shares biblical truths about finding God's will. At the same time, he shares his life journey. Jerry is an adventurer, reader, teacher, widower, and father. He suffered much in 1991 when a drunk driver killed his mother, wife, and one of his kids in an accident. He knows grief. Moreover, through his sorrow and tribulation, God met him and helped shape this story. The will of God as a Way of Life was a delightful book to read.

I love how Jerry refers to so many other books. He reminds me of Gary Thomas or C.S. Lewis when you read them; you are reading their library. He quotes broadly.

Here are some quotes that were great quotes :


O Lord our God, grant us grace to desire you with a whole heart, that so desiring you we may seek you and find you; and so finding you, may love you; and loving you, may hate those sins from which you have redeemed us, for Jesus Christ’s sake. Anselm

"Yet the little choices we make every day often have a cumulative effect far exceeding the significance of the big choices we occasionally have to make." p. 24

"Who we choose to become and how we choose to live every day creates a trajectory for everything else. Perhaps that is why the Bible says so little about God’s will for tomorrow and so much about what we should do to fulfill his will today." p. 25

"Ironically, our very productivity keeps us from hearing the voice of God and doing the will of God." p. 48

"Gordon Dahl once said that most people worship their work, work at their play, and play at their worship." p. 71

"We face our greatest challenges not when God requires us to live heroically and sacrificially but when he calls us to be faithful in our daily routines." p. 88

"It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything. Let a man sanctify the Lord God in his heart and he can thereafter do no common act. All he does is good and acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For such a man, living itself will be sacramental and the whole world a sanctuary."  Quoting A. W. Tozer P. 153

God Walks Among the Pots and Pans - St. Teresa of Avila

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Kevin DeYoung, Just Do Something