In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His CharacterJen WilkinCrossway / 2018 / Trade Paperback$6.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 10 Reviews
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Hammerhead245 Stars Out Of 5Love Jen WilkinFebruary 12, 2019Hammerhead24Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have recently taken several Bible Study's by Jen. She really makes you think & then makes you understand things so much more clearly! I definitely recommend her books & Bible studies! She is a breath of fresh air!
farmgirlNew York stateAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5farmgirlJanuary 3, 2019farmgirlNew York stateAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We are going through this book in a ladies' Sunday School class. It is a great book--easy reading but with great insight which provokes good conversations.
Linda DietzColumbus, OhioAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5In His ImageOctober 22, 2018Linda DietzColumbus, OhioAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5We recently finished using In His Image as our ladies fall Bible study. Many commented that it was by far "the best Bible study they had ever done." I concur and I have been participating in and leading Bible studies for over 40 years! We loved Jen's premise of asking "Who should I be?" instead of the usual, "What is God's will for my life?" If we are reflecting the communicable attributes of God in this book, then we will be "doing" His will! Jen Wilkin's writing is a pleasure to read. She engages and challenges her readers, but with lavish grace...just like our Heavenly Father! The "homework" is not burdensome. There are additional verses for meditation and a few thought questions at the end of each chapter. (We found it beneficial to write out each verse verbatim...if time permits). Many of us benefited from it so much we purchased additional copies to share with friends and family. You will not be sorry for buying and reading In His Image! We are looking forward to studying None Like Him next!
rkfall5 Stars Out Of 5In His ImageSeptember 19, 2018rkfallQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book nails the premise of seeking God's will. The very fact that we are currently able to breathe in and out means that we are recipients of His mercy. I love how she spoke on justice, mercy, and grace. She said that justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we do not deserve. She called mercy and grace sisters. She talks about God and all His amazing attributes and HOW, we as His children, are to walk in the light of these truths about Him and us as we are made in His Image. I highly recommend this read and look forward to reading more from her in the future.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 510 Ways to Reflect God's CharacterAugust 13, 2018Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5He placed one hand on the door frame, shifted his weight to one foot, and then placed the other small boot toe-down on the floor. Looking at his dad, he checked his hand position and then assumed the facial expression he deemed appropriate to the occasion, a conversation among "the guys." My grandson's imitation of his dad is endearing, but it is also instructional. If you want to be like someone, even if that Someone is God, you study their actions and do your best to imitate and replicate them. If you want to be like God, and if God has revealed Himself through inspired writing as One who values and embodies particular qualities, then you have your marching orders.
In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character is Jen Wilkin's affirmation that God's character, revealed in Scripture, is the believer's template:
"How should the knowledge that God is _________________ change the way I live?" (21)
Who Should I Be?
A laser focus on the character and attributes of God impacts on my own character, but it also shifts my perception for decision making. When I am seeking the will of God, I have tended to ask, "What should I do?" when the better question is "Who should I be?" Wilkin expresses the tension well and from personal experience:
"Perhaps you've known the frustration of hearing silence, or worse, of acting on a hunch or 'leading' only to find later that you apparently had not heard the Lord's will. I know that process better than I'd like to admit, and I also know the shame that accompanies itthe sense that I'm tone-deaf to the Holy Spirit, that I'm terrible at discovering God's will. . . .His will does not need discovering. It is in plain sight. To see it we need to start asking the question that deals with his primary concern. We need to ask, 'Who should I be?'"
Here's what it boils down to:
"What does it profit me to make the right choice if I'm still the wrong person? A lost person can make 'good choices.' But only a person indwelt by the Holy Spirit can make a good choice for the purpose of glorifying God."
So while there is no list of words, no magical set of adjectives that can fully encompass the character and nature of God, Jen Wilkin has chosen ten attributes that assist the reader in modeling a life after the character of God.
For example, God's holiness is his most frequently cited attribute in Scripture. What does His utter purity of character mean for the believer who claims a desire to be like Jesus? Practical holiness, according to Jerry Bridges, includes a "desire to be made holy." This leads me to ask myself a number of razor-edged questions:
Am I praying about the sanctification of my kidsand myself?
Are my motives for right behavior results-oriented or am I seeking holiness for its own glorious sake?
Asking the Better Question
In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character has heightened my awareness of God's attributes as a doorway to worship, and the journey actually began for me when I read Wilkin's earlier release None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing). (Click here to read my review!) In our efforts to understand the nature of God and to reflect His character, it is true that we are invited by the God who is holy, loving, good, just, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise to enter into the embodiment of these virtues as part of our sanctification process. These attributes of God are communicable, and this is a list that the believer can grow into by walking in obedience to the commands of God through the power of the Spirit of God within.
However, God is also infinite, incomprehensible, self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and sovereign. These are His incommunicable attributes, which, by their very nature can be true only of God. When we "strive to become like God in any of these traits, we set ourselves up as his rival. Human beings created to bear the image of God aspire instead to become like God."
It is always a joy to return to the truth of the Gospel which is not self-help or advice for "better living," but rather Good News. So, what is the Good News? It is simply this: The believer's flawed and imperfect representation of the image of God can, by grace, be transformed. As we seek, by grace, to be "conformed to the image of Christ," we begin by asking, "who should I be?" and then enter into the life long process of discovering who God is as we look to Him for the answers our hearts desire.
Many thanks to Crossway for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which, of course, is offered freely and with honesty.