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About Finding God's Life for My Will

ECPA BESTSELLER • The lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for award-winning contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North shows readers that by seeking God first and focusing on serving Him, we can live daily in His will.

"Perhaps God isn't giving me the plan because He wants to be the plan."

This was the aha moment for Mike Donehey after years of wrestling with his obsession to know God's specific plans for his life. He came to the realization that waiting for absolute certainty from God before making decisions may seem uberspiritual, but it can lead to a life of intense stress, paralyzing fear, and crushing regret--just the opposite of the freedom granted to those living a Christ-filled life.

"This is my story...how I gave up begging to know God's will and began to ask His life to come and change my will."

With his signature humor and relentless hunger for God, Mike will show you that discovering the Father's purpose and plan for our lives is not the shell game that we all too often make it out to be. If you're unsure what to do next, take heart and accept the ultimate invitation: learn to see God as the plan, not simply the formula to the plan.

Praise

“With many instances of divine inspiration that come from his dedication to prayer and biblical study, Donehey advises readers to focus only on what one knows and to ‘stop living for God and experience the sweetness of living because of God.’ Donehey’s upbeat tone will appeal to Christians looking for inspiration and motivation when making tough decisions.”Publishers Weekly

“Mike has been a friend of mine for years. He is equal parts fun, wise, and kind. He says what he believes, and he believes what he says. This book is full to the brim with words from a voice I trust, because Mike lives out the gospel message without pretense and with tremendous vulnerability.”—Bob Goff, author of New York Times bestsellers Love Does and Everybody, Always

“Who is waiting for you when the road rises up and smacks you in the face, when life sneaks up and hits you from behind and knocks you to your knees? Mike Donehey realized that it was from these positions he was in the best place to reach out for God’s hand and rise up. From accidents and intentions, decadence to ascension, his life and God’s will found a place called home.”—Ken Mansfield, author, producer, and former US manager of the Beatles’ Apple Records

“Some books are fun to read while others just hit home, but my friend Mike Donehey has a way of doing both here. He is brilliant with words; his storytelling makes you laugh out loud; and yet— with all humility—in every chapter he blindsides you with truth that spins you right into freedom. When you have all of this writ- ten by someone with the highest values and character, you end up with a resource God uses in your life. This is a must-read.”—Chuck Bomar, pastor of Colossae Church and author of Better Off Without Jesus and Serving Local Schools

“At times in our friendship, God has used Mike to tell me exactly what I need to hear at just the right moment. I believe many will feel that Mike has done the same for them after reading Finding God’s Life for My Will. Reading Mike’s words is like getting a new eyeglass prescription. You’ll see Jesus and life with new clarity, and the result will be joy, freedom, and peace. This is a great read for anyone looking to take a next step with Jesus while laughing along the way.”—Timothy Ateek, executive director of Breakaway Ministries

“Challenging, captivating, and convicting. In Finding God’s Life for My Will, Mike not only offers a refreshing perspective, but he also gives us the wisdom we need to really live the life we were always made for!”—Jordan Lee Dooley, bestselling author of Own Your Everyday and host of the SHE podcast

“It was a little intense, especially the car-crash part. It’s awesome. It’s amazing. It’s wonderful. It’s just a book you can read when you’re feeling down. It inspires you to help your feelings courage up so you’re feeling happy and have a great new start for the day.”—Eisley Donehey, age nine

“It’s very, like, calming, you know? It’s very peaceful, you know . . . like . . . it’s very good, and it has lots of pages, and I bet you would want to read it.”—Nora Donehey, age eight

About Mike Donehey

MIKE DONEHEY is the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the Christian contemporary band Tenth Avenue North. Since 2000, he has been sharing the truth of the gospel in front of millions of people through song and speaking. Mike, his wife, Kelly, and their four daughters live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Product Details

240 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Aug 6, 2019

Trim Size: 5-3/16 x 8

Carton Quantity: 24

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Read the first two chapters of Finding God's Life for My Will. The lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for award-winning contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North shows readers that by seeking God first and focusing on serving Him, we can live daily in His will. "Perhaps God isn't giving me the plan because He wants to be the plan." This was the aha moment for Mike Donehey after years of wrestling with his obsession to know God's specific plans for his life. He came to the realization that waiting for absolute certainty from God before making decisions may seem uberspiritual, but it can lead to a life of intense stress, paralyzing fear, and crushing regret—just the opposite of the freedom granted to those living a Christ-filled life. "This is my story...how I gave up begging to know God's will and began to ask His life to come and change my will." With his signature humor and relentless hunger for God, Mike will show you that discovering the Father's purpose and plan for our lives is not the shell game that we all too often make it out to be. If you're unsure what to do next, take heart and accept the ultimate invitation: learn to see God as the plan, not simply the formula to the plan.

Press Release

Lead Singer of Tenth Avenue North Releases First-Ever Book, Flips Concept of Finding God’s Will on Its Head
 
With humor and vulnerability, Mike Donehey shares his personal story
to encourage readers to hold their dreams with open hands
 
 
“Perhaps God isn’t giving me the plan because He wants to be the plan.”
 
This was the “aha” moment Mike Donehey—lead singer and songwriter for the award-winning contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North—had after years of wrestling with his obsession to know God’s specific plans for his life. Through a series of life events, Donehey discovered that begging and blackmailing God into revealing His plan was robbing him of the true freedom found in a Christ-filled life.
 
In his first-ever book, Finding God’s Life for My Will: His Presence Is the Plan (WaterBrook, August 6, 2019), Donehey creates a double take on the age-old question, “How do I find God’s will for my life?” by rearranging the words into a bold, fresh concept of Finding God’s Life for My Will—seeing God as the plan, not simply the formula to the plan.
 
He uses his signature humor, captivating storytelling, and relentless hunger for God to challenge readers to surrender their own obsessions with knowing their future and instead trust-fall into wherever God leads.
 
Alongside his insightful teaching and funny childhood stories, Donehey opens up in total transparency about some of his own life challenges that have flipped his plans on their head—from his near-death experience in a car accident as a teen to later dealing with miscarriage, marital struggles, and the hardships of life on the road.
 
“I’ve seen some of the dreams I’ve had as a kid come to fruition, but I’ve also seen some of those dreams gloriously dashed,” says Donehey. “Finding more of God’s life for my will has taught me to hold all of the dreams I have with open hands. God doesn’t need me to accomplish any of my dreams after all; He wants to become my dreams.”
 
With more than 1.6 million social media followers, Tenth Avenue North is a favorite for many listeners of Christian music. Since the band formed in 2000, Donehey has shared the truth of the gospel in front of millions of people through song and speaking. Teens and millennials, fans of the band, as well as ministry leaders will appreciate Donehey’s honesty and relatability in his book as he invites them to move forward in their own lives, even without all of the answers in hand.
 
Donehey can speak to:
• His story of obsessing over God’s plan for his life and finally surrendering that
• The freedom God offers when we move forward and trust Him without all the answers in hand
• The hardships of life on the road, including his wife’s miscarriage and the band cutting back on
   tour dates for their families
• His near-death experience that led to his learning guitar and eventually forming the band
 
For more information, visit www.waterbrookmultnomah.com.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
MIKE DONEHEY is an author and the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist for the award-winning contemporary Christian band Tenth Avenue North, whose new album No Shame releases August 2. Since 2000, he has been sharing the truth of the gospel in front of millions of people through song and speaking. His transparent writing has attracted a diverse audience to his blog posts, social media commentary, and teaching based on Tenth Avenue North songs. Donehey, his wife, Kelly, and their four daughters live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Praise for Finding God's Life for My Will
“Challenging, captivating, and convicting. In Finding God’s Life for My Will, Mike not only offers a refreshing perspective but also gives us wisdom we need to really live the life we were always made for!”
Jordan Lee Dooley, author of the bestselling book Own Your Everyday and host of the SHE podcast

 “Mike has been a friend of mine for years. He is equal parts fun and wise and kind. He says what he believes and he believes what he says. This book is full to the brim with words from a voice I trust because he lives out the gospel message without pretense and with tremendous vulnerability.”
Bob Goff, author of New York Times bestsellers Love Does and Everybody Always
 
“Guess who is waiting for you when the road rises up and smacks you in the face, when life sneaks up and hits you from behind and knocks you to your knees? Mike Donehey realized that it was from these positions he was in the best place to reach out for God’s hand and rise up. From accidents and intentions, decadence to ascension, his life and God’s will found a place called home.” 
Ken Mansfield, author, producer, and former US manager of the Beatles’ Apple Records

“It was a little intense, especially the car-crash part. It’s awesome. It’s amazing. It’s wonderful. It’s just a book you can read when you’re feeling down. It inspires you to help your feelings courage up so you’re feeling happy and have a great new start for the day.”—Eisley Donehey, age nine

On-Sale: August 6, 2019
Christian Living / Inspirational
ISBN 9780525652816 ● Trade Paperback ● 240 Pages ● $15.99 US/$21.99 CAN
eBook ISBN 9780525652823 ● eBook $11.99 US/$13.99 CAN

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