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Finding the Will of God

A Pagan Notion?

by (author) Bruce K. Waltke

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Initial publish date
Feb 2016
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    Publish Date
    Feb 2016
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jan 2002
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New edition of a popular, biblically based guidebook exploring God’s will
Does the Bible teach Christians to “find” God’s “special will” for their lives? No, it does not, says respected biblical scholar Bruce Waltke, contrary to much popular evangelical teaching. In this acclaimed book Waltke clearly distinguishes between pagan divination (“guessmancy”) and solid, Bible-based guidance as he distills from Scripture a six-point program to help guide Jesus followers on their life journey.
This expanded and extensively rewritten second edition of Waltke’s Finding the Will of God incorporates the best insights from many other books on guidance that have appeared since the first edition came out (2002), and it includes an entirely new chapter on learning to protect one’s heart. This edition also features thoughtful questions for reflection at the end of each chapter.

About the author

Bruce K. Waltke is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College, Vancouver, and distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale. He was a translator of the New American Standard Version of the Bible and is also a member of the committee responsible for the New International Version.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for the first edition
 “Bruce Waltke shows that God guides his servants not by dubious techniques of divination but by the discipline of purehearted decision-making. Waltke’s quiet, honest, Bible-soaked wisdom will be a godsend to puzzled people in this much-misunderstood area of Christian concern. This book is a beam of true light and a breath of fresh air.”
“What a rare combination — good biblical interpretation and judicious common sense, blended in the right mixture — all in one book. Waltke’s style is provocative, thoughtful, refreshing, and richly illustrated from living applications of the principles he advocates.”

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