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96 pages
Feb 2004
Integrity Publishers

What to Do When You Don't Know What to Do

by Henry Cloud & John Townsend

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“This may come as a surprise to some folks, but the simple truth is, God is a lot smarter than we are. As such, He has solutions to problems and ordeals that we deem impossible. In their book What To Do When You Don't Know What To Do, authors Henry Cloud and John Townsend start with that premise. When folks come to a crisis they have the option of ‘shutting down’ and giving up; repeating the same behavior that led them to this crisis in the first place; or, finally, realizing that they need to turn to God for wisdom and guidance beyond their own capabilities.

“The authors offer eight ‘life principles’ drawn from biblical lessons as well as their own personal life experiences and studies. Each principle is presented in its own chapter for easy reading. The authors have experience as psychologists, public speakers, best-selling authors of such previous books as Boundaries, and co-hosts of the radio program New Life Live! Their years of counseling and research are evident throughout this book, yet the tone never sounds like a sermon or classroom lecture.

“Although the authors are honest enough to admit that ‘God's plan cannot be reduced to a formula,’ they nevertheless show that people who are willing to look inward and reach out to others will often find that God enters the equation to provide healing and help. They do not intend for this to be a ‘quick fix’ book. Rather, it is a primer to lead frustrated people along positive steps that redirect their lives, while developing a new relationship with God. Anyone open to change can use this as a study guide or as a series of devotional lessons.” -- Dailey E. Bailey, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

Life is difficult. Life for every person on earth is a challenging journey – with or without God. Those who invite God to join them on this adventure believe that when bad things happen they can trust God to be present and work on their behalf.

But because we never know when, where, or how God is going to show up, we often wonder: Just exactly how does He go about the business of helping us when we don’t know what to do?

Henry Cloud and John Townsend believe God has given us instructions on how He makes a way for us when we call on Him. They believe that, just as you would exercise faith in a doctor by following his advice to get well physically, if you follow God’s eight principles in this book, you can thrive relationally, emotionally, and spiritually.

These principles offer a groundbreaking new approach to recognizing when God is present and how He works His will in our lives.