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.