If you read one piece of nonfiction this year, besides the Bible, read Detours, The Unpredictable Path to Your Destiny by Tony Evans.
The above is a strong statement from me, because I read and review many books, both fiction and nonfiction. This book, however, stood out among the masses because Dr. Evans has addressed so many of the questions we ask ourselves and others in 199 pages of masterful explanations and examples.
His use of alliteration focuses on the concept of detours. As in the purpose, pain, pattern, purifying, proof, presence, promotion, plan, pardon, pleasure, providence, perfection, perspective, peace, patience, and path of the detours in our lives.
First, don't skip the introduction! Those first sixteen pages answer the question that Forrest Gump asked the dearest person to his heart, besides Jenny.
"What's my destiny, mama?"
No offense to the writers of the classic blockbuster starring Tom Hanks, but Dr. Evans does a more succinct job of answering the question of destiny than mama did. On page 3, he defines destiny as, "the customized life calling for which God has equipped an ordained us, in order to bring Him the greatest glory and the maximum expansion of His kingdom."
Bam. There you go.
But then, we move into the question of detours. The biblical example used in the book is that of Joseph, who through his ups, downs, and sideways, experienced some of the most challenging detours described in Scripture.
From pg. 17, "Detours are delays. They are rerouted paths that keep us from our original route. Detours pop up in places we had not expected."
I don't know about you, but 42 years on the planet has presented me the opportunity to experience many detours. This book snapped those times of my life into a perspective I hadn't quite clarified. And then, directed my eyes toward destiny.
Transparent and real, to the point, and straight to the heart, Dr. Evans knocks this one out of the park and onto our path to explain some of the potholes and pits we may even be experiencing right this very minute.
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.