Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Book Review: Gospel Wakefulness by Jared C. Wilson

Goose pimples. Or is it goosebumps? I've heard both (perhaps it's a regional thing like the use of the words pop, soda, and Coke), but if you're like me you'll get both when you read Gospel Wakefulness by Jared C. Wilson. This book is an impassioned plea for every Christian to not just believe the truth of the gospel, but to feel and be carried along by it too. In Wilson, I found a bit of John Piper's zeal for the passion and glory of God in the gospel for a new generation.

 Gospel Wakefulness was a welcome breath of fresh air in the midst of the onslaught of social justice books making the rounds with Christian publishers lately. Not because the ministry of mercy and compassion shouldn't be a priority for the church, but because that ministry will be an utter drain (if successful) and unbearable guilt (if not) if the Christian is not first firmly grounded in the truths here. Don't misunderstand me, this book is in no shade a social justice piece, rather it is the fertile soil from which a minister of mercy and every other type of thriving believer may grow.

My one concern is that this book be used for diagnostic, not division. What I mean is this: this book is not meant to determine who's on the inner circle. This book is not intended to determine who has risen to the upper echelon of Christianity. Rather, as I read it, my heart stirred and cried "Yes, that's what I've been missing. Yes, I feel that as I haven't felt much in a long time!"

The gospel is deeper, richer, and far more expansive than we know or feel. Wilson writes as one who has tasted and seen just a glimmer, and who calls us all along with him further up and further in.

Rating: Five out of five stars

Recommended for: Every Christian who hasn't felt their heart and spirit moved in a time 

This book was a free review copy provided by Crossway.

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