|Subtitle:||A Practical Guide|
|Published:||January 18, 2022|
|Trim:||5.25 in x 8.0 in|
Drawing Closer to God One Decision at a Time
On an average day, people make countless decisions: Should I get out of bed or hit the snooze button? What should I have for breakfast? Where should we go for this year’s vacation? While some decisions are easy to make, others can leave individuals paralyzed and full of anxiety. As Christians living in an increasingly individualistic society, what’s the best strategy for making decisions that honor God while becoming more like him in the process?
Writing from her own experience and pointing to biblical examples, Aimee Joseph offers a biblical and theological framework for decision-making. She explains God’s design for humans as decision-makers, the biblical model for making choices, common wrong approaches, practical tips, and what to do when you’ve made a poor decision. With the philosophy that “as we shape our decisions, our decisions shape us,” Joseph teaches readers how to worship and draw closer to Christ through their daily decisions.
Published in partnership with the Gospel Coalition.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Ubiquitous Decisions
Chapter 1: The Drama of Decisions
Chapter 2: The Design of Decisions
Chapter 3: Theological Foundations for Decisions
Chapter 4: The Dashboard of Decisions
Chapter 5: Practical Preparation for Decisions
Chapter 6: Practical Paradigms for Decisions
Chapter 7: You’ve Decided, So Now What?
Conclusion: The Destination of Decisions
Appendix: Visual Summaries
“I’ve often wished that God would skywrite his will for me, but after reading Demystifying Decision-Making, I see that the process of seeking God is as important as the outcome. This book draws extensively from Scripture and will be a trusted guide to navigate life’s choices, from everyday decisions to life-changing ones. Aimee does not offer a pat formula, but rather a robust framework to help gather and fit together the puzzle pieces in our decisions, drawing closer to the Lord as we do. I will refer to this wonderful book often!”
Vaneetha Rendall Risner, author, Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption
“We wake up every day to hundreds of decisions. We must decide what to have for breakfast, what to wear to work, and what to do with our free time. The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. Add to those smaller decisions the bigger questions of calling, relationships, and goals—and we almost don’t want to get up in the morning. Thankfully, Aimee Joseph is a faithful guide as we navigate both large and small dilemmas. In the pages of this book, we learn to weigh our choices according to God’s word and his will and come away with a renewed trust in the God who sovereignly ordains all things. Whatever you are trying to decide, I trust you will find this book a helpful resource.”
Megan Hill, author, Praying Together and A Place to Belong; Managing Editor, The Gospel Coalition
“Whatever big decision you’re facing right now, Aimee cannot make it for you. This book won’t tell you the one clear and easy answer. But in Christ, informed by the word of the living God, Aimee does have some vital principles to share. Scripture doesn’t give us quick answers to our hardest decisions, but we’re not left in the dark. And when we learn what God has to say about our moments of conscious decision, we’re not only better prepared to face future anxious junctures, but also to become the kind of person who instinctively and sometimes almost effortlessly discerns the will of God. This book will help now, and later.”
David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace
“In the modern and wealthy West, we all know the paralyzing power of endless choice. Our cultural mantra that we are self-made causes decision-making to be all the more intimidating. Aimee Joseph gives us both a theological framework and practical steps for making good choices. This book will serve anyone who has to make any decision—all of us! And it will be especially helpful to those who help others make decisions: pastors, professors, counselors, friends, and mentors. I love Joseph’s prioritization of the character and goodness of our God, the reliability of his word, and the unshakable grace on which we stand when we make choices both large and small. Her words are both a bulwark and a comfort, pointing us to God’s eternal wisdom and matchless grace.”
Jen Oshman, author, Enough about Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self