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Dr. Friesen Writes Second Edition to Popular Book

4/6/2004

Dr. Garry Friesen has written a second edition to his book "Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View." The book is scheduled to be in bookstores this August.

The second edition retains the original thesis, which in summary is: Where God commands, we must obey. Where there is no command, God gives freedom. Where there is no command, God gives wisdom. In everything trust the sovereign God to work out the rest of the details.

The second edition includes a shortened explanation of the traditional view of decision-making.

Instead of a 55-page discussion, the book has a 5-page outline. Dr. Friesen also revised some terms for clarity.

As a way to address 20 years worth of questions from more than 1,000 letters, the book now contains a frequently asked questions section at the end of many chapters.

An appendix with critiques on 15 other books on God's will and a study guide are also included.

The first edition was published in 1980. It has since sold more than 250,000 copies. The publisher-Multnomah Press at the time-was not enthusiastic about the books appeal and cut the initial run from 15,000 books to just 7,500. The book sold out in three weeks and many customers were left in want. Zondervan had also passed on the book twice.

Dr. Friesen's book was the culmination of a 10-year search through Scripture concerning the proper way to make godly decisions based on wisdom. He then took his findings and wrote his doctoral dissertation about the Bible's teaching on decision-making.

His friend and writing advisor, Robin Maxson, who is a pastor at United Evangelical Free Church in Klamath Falls, Ore., joined Dr. Friesen to help write both book editions.

"Hopefully, we have written a more mature defense of the way of wisdom view of guidance," Dr. Friesen said.