Andy Stanley is one of my favorite authors and speakers. He communicates in an engaging way, both in the spoken and written word, and is also very practical. He continues that in his book The Best Question Ever.
In this offering, Stanley explores what he calls a new approach to decision-making. His premise is that rather than look to make the right decision, we should look to make the wise decision. He states it like this: “In light of your past experience, your current circumstance, and your future hopes and dreams, what is the wise thing to do.” Rather than just look at a decision and see if there is anything wrong with it, we should see what is wise.
In The Best Question Ever Stanley applies this question to decisions regarding our time, our money and our relationships. In all these areas, making wise decisions is vital because they can have lasting impact on our own lives and those around us.
I like how Stanley emphasizes the importance of making wise choices on page 125 of the book: “None of us plan – or intend – to get into trouble. The problem is, we don’t have a plan not to. Adopting the Best Question Ever enables us to plan not to.”
Everyone wants to make good decisions. In this book, Stanley gives some good insight from God’s Word on how to go about making good decisions and part of it is seeing that we are not as unique as we think we are. When faced with a decision, we can convince ourselves that we are the exception to the rule. We can go down a certain path because we can handle it, we are smarter or it simply won’t happen to us like it does to other people. On page 111, he puts on paper what many people think: “Nobody has ever felt this way before. No one has to deal with what I have to deal with. I can handle it. I’m not live everybody else…”
Stanley speaks directly to our need to see that we aren’t unique, that we do need wisdom outside of our ourselves, that wisdom seeks advice from others and God wants to help us make those wise decisions.
The Best Question Ever would be a good resource for high school and college students and young adults. While more mature adults would benefit from this book, many of the decisions to which he refers are being made by those in the young adult period of their lives. This would be a good tool for pastors and leaders in student ministry to work through in a small group setting.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review