Book Review: All the Places To Go: How Will You Know?

By John Ortberg

What do Dr. Seuss and God’s will have in common?

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose…
Oh, the places you’ll go!…
Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.”

This sounds very much like decision-making and God’s will. At least author John Ortberg thinks so.

So, here we have yet another book on God’s will. What makes it different from all the others? This one is fun to read and easy to digest. Each page is sprinkled with quotable phrases that can be recalled at a moment’s notice and will be influential for a lifetime. For instance: “Open doors never exist just for the sake of the people offered them.  They also involve the opportunity to bless someone else.”

Ortberg uses the metaphor of the open door throughout the book, leaning heavily on Revelation 3:20, “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.” Open doors are the pathways to life’s great adventure. “An open door is an opportunity provided by God to act with God and for God.” He doesn’t guarantee that the journey will be easy or even successful, but He does promise that others will be blessed by our efforts. We are part of His larger plan and God uses even our imperfect selves to accomplish His purposes.

God desires us to be “open door” people who listen for His knock, open the door, and respond to His invitations on a daily basis. The average person makes about seventy conscious decisions a day – that’s 25,550 decisions a year or 1,788,500 decisions over seventy years. Most of these decisions will seem small, but only God knows the eternal impact each one will have. God desires people of wisdom who step out in faith, unafraid, and full of excitement for what lies ahead.

What a relief! God doesn’t have just one set of choices that we must discern in order to be in His will. He is a God of choices. In fact, “God loves to give choices because choices develop our character.” We can sometimes even make the wrong choice, but if we have a right heart, God will still bless our efforts. Being aware each day of all the choices and decisions available to you will open doors that we would never have imagined. Is your default response set on saying, “Yes!” to God?

Two copies of this book are available in our BelPres Library: one for individual use; another a

small group format with a DVD and Participant’s Guide.

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