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When God opens a door

24 Feb

All the places to goBook Review: All the places to go, how will you know?: God has placed before you an open door. What will you do? by John Ortberg

God is the God of the open door. He has placed open doors before us. Rather than simply an opportunity, these are open doors to do something eternal. An open door is an opportunity provided by God to act with God and for God. This is the theme of John Ortberg’s latest book, All the places to go, how will you know?: God has placed before you an open door. What will you do?

The theme of the book is taken from Revelation 3:7-8 where God tells the church in Philadelphia, “I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.” It symbolizes “boundless opportunities. Of unlimited chances to do something worthwhile; of grand openings into new and unknown adventures of significant living; of heretofore unimagined chances to do goo, to make our lives count for eternity.”

Using biblical examples from the lives of Abraham, Jonah, Elijah, and others, as well as stories from his own life, the author provides a unique look into the age-old question of how to discover God’s will for your life. Like all of his books, the stories are humorous, real, practical, helpful, and encouraging.

Along the way, the author gives insight into why some people respond positively to open doors while others avoid risk. He addresses the subject of which doors to walk through and which ones to avoid. He also provides a helpful chapter on why God might close a door and how to respond appropriately to it. The book provides helpful insight as to how to recognize divine opportunities in life, how to overcome the fear of missing out or of making the wrong choice, and how to walk through open doors with confidence.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network http://tyndaleblognetwork.com/ book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 
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