I was not planning to buy this book. In fact, before I bought this book, I could not have told you the name of the lead singer and songwriter for the band Tenth Avenue North. I like some of their songs, but I truly don’t pay much attention to artists names and pictures, to include singers, authors, painters, movie stars, etc. (I frustrate my family by seeing an actor in a movie and asking, “Why do I recognize his voice?”)
But when I finished an audiobook and went to browse for another, the picture of the cover caught my eye. The title intrigued me. And the description hooked me. I had to read more.
I’ve come to believe that God is much less interested in what we do with our lives and much more concerned with how and why we live our lives. ~Mike Donehey, Finding God’s Life for My Will
Description from Amazon: Finding God’s Life for My Will: His Presence Is the Plan
The lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for award-winning contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North shows readers that by seeking God first and focusing on serving Him, we can live daily in His will.
“Perhaps God isn’t giving me the plan because He wants to be the plan.”
This was the aha moment for Mike Donehey after years of wrestling with his obsession to know God’s specific plans for his life. He came to the realization that waiting for absolute certainty from God before making decisions may seem uberspiritual, but it can lead to a life of intense stress, paralyzing fear, and crushing regret–just the opposite of the freedom granted to those living a Christ-filled life.
“This is my story…how I gave up begging to know God’s will and began to ask His life to come and change my will.”
With his signature humor and relentless hunger for God, Mike will show you that discovering the Father’s purpose and plan for our lives is not the shell game that we all too often make it out to be. If you’re unsure what to do next, take heart and accept the ultimate invitation: learn to see God as the plan, not simply the formula to the plan.
What I Thought
Why are you doing only the things you’re good at? Is it enough to do what we really love doing, or do we do it only if it’s something other people deem a big deal. ~Mike Donehey, Finding God’s Life for My Will
What if the weight of the world wasn’t on your shoulders? What if the success of your ministry didn’t rely on you? What if you didn’t have to lead?
Sounds crazy, right? Sacrilegious? But here’s the point Mike Donehey wants to make: All those responsibilities don’t really rest on your shoulders anyway. They are God’s job, and we’ve yanked the control from Him.
What does the Bible call us to do and be? Be fishers of men and make disciples. Seek God. Love others. Meditate on Scripture and pass it on to our children. I’m sure you can add to that list, but where does the Bible call us to be ‘leaders’? Does it call us to help create and run big, successful ministries? Or does it tell us to love God, seek His kingdom, and allow God to take care of the rest?
Not laziness or doing more.
Many of you need to understand that neither I nor the author are advocating laziness. And some of you need to stop the arguments running through your head and think for a moment. One of the big points of Mr. Donehey’s book is this: Obedience and trust. Faithfully do what God tells you to do then release all other aspects to Him. He will determine the future.
As an author, I feel the weight of doing my part to make sure my books are successful. These weekly posts, my activity on social media, and more are designed to interact with readers and spread the word about what God’s given me to share. Shouldn’t I tell the world about the message He’s given me? Or, do I merely put the book out there and trust that He’ll take over from there? Finding where that line is between what I’m pressured to do within my career (what I’m told I must do if I want to be ‘successful’) and what God has actually told me to do is difficult on good days.
But I look back and see the same difficulty bleed over into when I led within ministry. When I was on staff at a church. When my kids were small and I wanted to be a good mother. Now as I seek to be the wife and mother and grandmother and friend God has called me to be. It’s so much, and many days I feel like I’m constantly failing.
But that returns me to my original questions. What if I’m doing too much or the wrong things? What if the real problem is that my focus is off?
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
Ask yourself: Am I letting God use me, or am I trying to use Him? Am I trying to change God, or letting Him change me? ~Mike Donehey, Finding God’s Life for My Will
Mike Donehey’s book is simple but thought-provoking. He doesn’t claim to have all the answers but invites you to journey with him through discovering pieces of the answers for himself. It’s a breath of fresh air in the plethora of books available on leadership and growing in God as we are reminded again and again that God is not after our achievements. He’s after our heart.
About the Author
Mike Donehey Is amazed by the love of God.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Mike grew up in a Christian home. He enjoyed soccer and other sports but didn’t pursue a musical career. In September 1998, Donehey and two soccer teammates were driving to a game when their car swerved out of control. It flipped several times before smashing into a tree. When police and paramedics arrived on the scene, they thought Donehey was dead. After 5 days in intensive care, he was told he would never walk again. While recovering from the crash, Mike picked up the guitar – and almost never put it down.
Two months after the crash, Mike proved science wrong when he was up and moving, eager to play in the school’s soccer championships. He went on to college where he met fellow musicians Brian Homan and Jason Jamison, who he admired because “they sang about just wanting to be with Jesus.” Soon after, Fraggle Rock was formed, and later changed to Tenth Avenue North.
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