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Are you looking for a book on discipleship that honestly addresses life's messiness? Here it is! With incisive wit, wise insights, and personal stories, Wilson shows how to follow in Jesus' steps when you can't get your act together, think God is giving you the silent treatment, or aren't happy with the person in the mirror. 240 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018951
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Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. The Imperfect Disciple is for the rest of us--people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it's safe to say what they're really thinking.

For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn't afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows readers how the gospel works in them and in their lives when

- they can't get their act together
- they think God is giving them the silent treatment
- they think church would be better without all the people
- they're not happy with the person in the mirror
- and much more

Wilson frees readers from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples.

Author Bio

Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and managing editor of For the Church, Midwestern's site for gospel-centered resources. He is the author of several books, including Unparalleled, The Story of Everything, The Wonder-Working God, The Prodigal Church, and Gospel Wakefulness. His writing has appeared in Tabletalk, Rev! magazine, Exponential's Leadership Learnings, Pulpit Helps magazine, and numerous other publications. His blog, The Gospel-Driven Church, is hosted by the Gospel Coalition, and he speaks at numerous churches and conferences throughout the year. Wilson lives in Kansas City.

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  1. Chris
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For disciples who struggle (which is all of us)
    June 12, 2017
    Chris
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Let's be honest: a lot of books about being a follower of Jesus make it sound like none of us are gonna make it. So many of these books, even as popular as they are, can often be driven by guilt and fear for not being this awesome super-Christian. Jared Wilson's book thankfully is not in that camp. I have read several of Wilson's books before this one and have really benefited from them and enjoyed his writing style. The subtitle for this book ("Grace for People Who Can't Get Their Act Together") is such an apt subtitle for a book on discipleship. I think if we're being honest with ourselves, this describes all of us (whether we know it or not). We don't have our act together, but then there's Jesus. There's grace. Wilson covers several important topics many Christians face, such as what to do when you feel like God is ignoring you or when you hate the person you see in the mirror. This book was just the kind of book I needed to read at this season of life I'm in. It reminded me that the gospel is for losers and I can't mess up too much that the grace of Jesus runs out for me.
  2. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Discipleship For The "Good Enough" Christians, Not The "Good" Christians
    May 27, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    The Imperfect Disciple: Grace For People Who Can't Get Their Act Together by Jared C. Wilson is not your standard book on discipleship. It is not a book for those people who attend church weekly (or several times a week), and feel as though they somehow almost always manage to act like "good" Christians, consistently saying and doing the right things. No, it's not for those people. Instead, this is a book on discipleship for everyone else. Those of us who - for one reason or another - would be "doing well" to make it to church once a month, if that. Those of us who "know" we should do better but somehow always manage to fall short. The Christians who find their "How To Be A Good Christian" checklist constantly having more empty boxes than it does checkmarks. This book is for people like me.

    While parts of this book spoke to me more than other parts, I feel that most people would find something useful within its pages. Jared explains why it's good to be a loser at the bottom of the Christian ladder, how you can learn to listen to and confide in God more, and how to focus on God's glory and grace instead of your own behaviors and actions. He reminds us that even at our worst - when we feel as though we're lower than low - God is there to listen to us, hold our hand, and help us rise up to meet Him.

    Overall, I'm giving this book 4/5 stars. It's a good theme, with a solid foundation and a witty writing style. But I often found myself re-reading in an effort to determine how the section I was on fit in to thelesson of the chapter or the book as a whole.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free print copy of this book from Baker Books for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own."
  3. mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Practical Example of God's Grace in Discipleship
    May 18, 2017
    mattparks35
    Joplin, MO
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is absolutely indispensable for the Christian who never seems to quite fit the mold of a regular disciple. It is especially helpful for those who grew up in the church and somehow missed grace through all the formalism and legalism. The subtitle of this book cuts straight to the heart: Grace for people who can't get their act together. The book is mildly autobiographical. Wilson shares about how he experienced grace through many good and bad times in his life. His story is also mine, and I am willing to bet that we are not alone. As he says in the introduction, this is a book written for normal people. It is less about what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus and more what to expect while being a disciple. With candid personal illustrations and a witty sense of humor, Wilson weaves the grace of God through every nook and cranny of this work. It literally drips with God's grace for imperfect, undeserving, and can't-quite-measure-up people. He reinforces the truth that we are defined not by what we do or fail to do but rather who Jesus says we are. I had the opportunity of hearing Wilson speak about beholding the glory of God, which is represented in chapter 3 of this book. It was powerful then and it is powerful now. Read this book and be encouraged by the grace of God for imperfect people, which includes you and me. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Gini
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Imperfect Disciple
    May 10, 2017
    Gini
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I had to read this one just because of the audacity of its title. A disciple that couldnt get their act together? The other disciple type books Id picked up didnt put it quite that way at all. In fact, I really cant remember this addressed directly. Wilson pretty much filled that empty space in my reading with this book.

    This is not a discipleship book in the usual sense of the word. In fact, he says, The essential message of Christianity isnt do but done. The gospel is news, not instruction, and it announces to us not get to work but it is finished.. (67) He arrived at that conclusion after a time of beholding, i.e. looking intensely, really seeing, Jesus Christ, not just taking a quick look on the way to supporting a point. Now hes ready to talk about the road forward. He in no way advocates sitting under a tree staring off into the distance as discipleship, nor does he support the do it yourself approach.

    I liked his forthright comments about the discipleship trail he had been taught and tried to follow earlier in his life. And does he ever go take on all the self-help books available that have a Christian veneer. So, is this just a rant? Not in my opinion. Does he offer any help for those of us who cant get it together and are near forgetting the whole idea? Yes, he does.

    Above all this book encourages and who doesnt need that? Thats why I liked it and would recommend it to you if you meet the title qualifications. No silver bullet or however many steps to success, but this book does help.

    I received this book from the publisher in return for a review.
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