Tolle Lege: Just Do Something


Readability:  1

Length:  122 pgs

Author:  Kevin DeYoung

I loved this book.  It is worth it for its modern Puritan-esque title alone: Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will or How to Make a Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, etc.  Pastorally it is so useable; this will probably be my go to book for persons who come to me wrestling with the will of God for their life for years to come.  I won’t say much more about the book, the quotations should be enough to glean the big idea.

[W]e should stop thinking of God’s will like a corn maze, or a tight-rope, or a bull’s eye, or a choose-your-own-adventure novel.

[W]hen we look carefully at the instances of special revelation in the book of Acts – visions, angels, audible voices, promptings, etc. – we notice  one very important and consistent fact.  The extraordinary means of guidance were not sought.  I don’t deny that God can still speak to us in direct surprising ways.  Of course, it must be tested against scripture, but I believe God can still give visions.  The Point is that these extraordinary means in the New Testament are just that – extra-ordinary.

In short, God’s will is that you and I get happy and holy in Jesus.


So go marry someone, provided you’re equally yoked and you actually like being with each other. Go get a job, provided it’s not wicked. Go live somewhere in something with somebody or nobody. But put aside the passivity and the quest for complete fulfillment and the perfectionism and the preoccupation with the future, and for God’s sake start making some decisions in your life. Don’t wait for the liver-shiver. If you are seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you will be in God’s will, so just go out and do something.

5 thoughts on “Tolle Lege: Just Do Something”

  1. I love this book. I’m not even done with it and I love it. Perhaps mostly because of my new favorite term: “liver shiver”(funny because it is so true)….but still, I love it. Extremely practical and applicable and most importantly straight from the Holy Word. Thanks So Much!:)


  2. Kevin spoke on this at the most recent NEXT conference. You can get the audio here. Also I am thinking about taking our College and Career class to this conference next year so while you are at the website check it out and let me know what you think.


  3. I just finished the book last night. I loved it. Thank you so much! It taught me so much about the Biblical approach to wisdom, way different than all the misconceptions I had before.


  4. This is a great book! Thanks Josh! Going to recommend and maybe get a copy for a couple other friends. Something I have struggled for a long time and had started to get the same basic theory this book pushes… I don’t think I had ever been taught that before.


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