How to discover the will of God and bring purpose to your life
SAN FRANCISCO, November 15, 2012 – Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., wants to tell the world an important message: God created us for a purpose. In his new book, The Will of God: Finding and Fulfilling Your Purpose in Life, Fr. Baker explains that each one of us is unique, but each one has a destiny of eternal happiness. We reach this destiny by freely embracing the will of God who made us, as it is manifested to us in the circumstances of our daily life.
The Will of God provides the modern reader with guidance on how to reach intimacy with God and happiness with him forever by bringing one’s life into conformity with his will. The book consults many sources—the Bible, the teachings of the Church, and the lives of the saints—and in all three the formula is the same: Obey God in all things.
In discerning the will of God, Fr. Baker presents the reader many questions to consider: What is the relationship between human freedom and divine Providence? What good can result from sin and suffering? What is a vocation, and how does a person hear this calling from God? These questions are considered in chapters divided according to the verses of Psalm 119, which praise God’s commands as expressions of his will.
All the saints of the Church have this in common: They sought to discover the Creator’s will for them and then tried to accomplish it to the best of their ability and according to the grace they received from God. The task of all of us is to do likewise, and The Will of God assists us in this task.
Fr. David Vincent Meconi, S.J., Editor of Homiletic & Pastoral Review, says, “Bringing a lifetime of experience in prayerful discernment and sound theology, Fr. Baker shows what is meant by God’s will, how it is known, and why embracing it is the key to our holiness. These short chapters are meant to guide the Christian zealous enough to seek out God’s own desires, yet humble enough to follow them.”
Fr. Larry Richards, author of Be a Man!, says, “Fr. Baker helps us to discover God’s will and, what is even more important, how to live God’s will! He uses the Holy Scriptures, the teaching of the Church and the saints to help us become holy and transformed into the saints that God created us to be. Read this book and discover what God wants you to do!”
“Fr. Baker has long been known as a sound and wise guide both to the Bible and to the teachings of the Church. In this book, he relates the most important themes pertaining to the faith-such as love, suffering, sanctity, sin, grace, providence, and even the Old and New Testaments-to the imperative of St. Ignatius of Loyola that we must always strive to know God’s will and perfectly fulfill it,” says Kenneth Whitehead,Author of One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic.
Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J., was for many years the editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review, the premiere magazine for clergy and laity interested in pastoral issues for today’s Church. He is the author of Inside the Bible and Fundamentals of Catholicism.