September 4, 2001
Whitworth Professor Authors New Book About Discovering God's Will
Decision-making is a natural part of life. But making decisions with wisdom and confidence can be tricky, says Whitworth College Associate Dean of Academic Affairs Gordon Jackson, who wrote A Compact Guide to Discovering God's Will to provide a resource for people facing difficult decisions.
"It's a toolkit to help people make godly decisions," Jackson says. "I think there's a lot of fuzzy thinking about guidance. As I worked with Whitworth students on academic issues and hard questions they faced in their personal lives, I began to think that if more people simply sat down and thought about some of the ideas in this book, then they could better do what God wants."
A Compact Guide to Discovering God's Will is designed to help readers make choices that honor God and to assist them with learning to listen to God. The book, which is divided into 62 topics ranging from the nature of God's will to obedience to guilt, reflects a web format, with topics included in short chapters that are linked to other related sections.
"When people are struggling with a decision, they don't want to pick up a book and have to read lots of material that doesn't apply to them," Jackson says. "This book has a table of contents and other entry points into the content that can steer them directly to the sections they need."
Jackson hopes his book will provide clarity not only for college students, but for anyone making difficult decisions.
"Whenever my wife and I face a major decision we pray for clarity," Jackson said. "We pray that we'll understand what God wants even if we get an answer we don't like. We'll commit to doing God's will if we have the clarity to know it's what He wants. This is what I hope this book can bring to other Christians facing decisions."
Published by NavPress, A Compact Guide to Discovering God's Will sells for $9 and is available at Amazon.com, local Christian bookstores, or directly from the publisher. Jackson is also the author of Quotes for the Journey, Wisdom for the Way (2000), Outside Insights: Quotations for Contemporary South Africa (1997), and Breaking News: The South African Press (1993).
Jackson was born in South Africa, where he received his undergraduate education and worked for a newsmagazine in Johannesburg. He received his master's degree in communications at Wheaton College, Illinois, and his doctorate in mass communication at Indiana University. Jackson served as a communications professor at Whitworth for 18 years before assuming his current position as associate dean of academic affairs.
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