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The prodigal son. The good Samaritan. The treasure hidden in a field. Most of us have heard Jesus's parables before. Yet if these stories strike us as merely sweet, heartwarming, or sentimental, we can be sure we've misread them. In The Storytelling God, pastor Jared Wilson helps us to see how Jesus's parables reveal profound spiritual truths about God, humanity, the world, and the future.
Discarding the notion that Christ's parables are nothing more than moralistic fables, this book highlights how each one is designed to drive us to Jesus in awe, need, faith, and worship.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
The Pastor's Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and MinistryJared C. WilsonCrossway / 2013 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Gospel Deeps: Reveling in the Excellencies of JesusJared C. Wilson, Matt ChandlerCrossway / 2012 / Trade Paperback$3.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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Jesuss parables offer Christians brilliant insights into the heart and mind of God. Forsaking a moralistic approach to the text, Wilson helps readers experience afresh the glories of Christ in these simple, yet profound, stories.
Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, and managing editor of the seminary's website for gospel-centered resources, For the Church. He is a popular author and conference speaker, and also blogs regularly at Gospel Driven Church hosted by the Gospel Coalition. His books include Your Jesus Is Too Safe, Gospel Wakefulness, Gospel Deeps, The Pastors Justification, The Storytelling God, and The Wonder-Working God.
Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Jared Wilson's new book is a punch in the gut. Gone are the tame, bedtime-story versions of the parables we've been told in the past. Instead, Wilson invites us to see them afresh with all of their explosive, imaginative power.
Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky
In showing us the parables of Jesus for what they are (and are not), Jared Wilson invites us into a deeper understanding of their author and the kingdom he came to establish. The Storytelling God teaches us to read and reflect upon the parables with great care, and rightly so. The parables, and this book, point the way to life abundant.
Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas
My own bookshelf has precious few commentaries on the parables and this will definitely fit nicely into that gap. In fact, this book is actually two books for the price of one. Part devotional commentary and also doubling as a solid gospel tract. This book serves the gospel straight up on a plate. His chapter commenting on the gospel and the poor is worth the price of the book alone. Clear, straightforward, biblical, gospel-centered writing. Definitely recommended reading.
Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh
With a characteristic combination of wit and wisdom - humor and sobriety - Wilson grabs your attention, fixes it upon Christ, and keeps it there for the duration of the book. Readers in search of a pastoral introduction to biblical parables that is rich with real-life applicability can gladly make room for this volume on their bookshelf.
-Stephen T. Um,
Citylife Presbyterian Church, Boston, Massachusetts
Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5A Storytelling GodMarch 18, 2014Floyd JohnsonUpstate NYAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Jared C. Wilson's book caught my eye for two reasons. The first was my own interest in storytelling - as a took for use in the preparation of sermons and in teaching. The second was the author's introduction. He uses Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" as a stepping stone to the rest of the book. In the days immediately preceding my picking up this book, I had just finished re-reading the "Sermon on the Mount" for the "umpteenth time."
The author makes clear that whether we are reading or telling the stories and teaching of Jesus, we cannot see them a flat story - but events with life, that must be seen in all the 3-Dimensional wonder in which Jesus lived and spoke them.
I enjoyed this fresh, lively look at the parables of Jesus. But at the same time, the author draws from the work of others, both historical and current, while adding his own contemporary twist. The result is an interesting, though often deep, look at the message, parables, and life of Jesus and others. The author does not stop with the life of Jesus, he also weaves in the stories of the Old Testament. Leading to a final look at the Kingdom of God in all its "Unstoppable and Unfathomable" glory.
At times the academic rigor of the text might make it a stretch for the average layman, but the book would make for an excellent textbook in a course on the parables. It could also serve well as an ancillary text for a New Testament or Biblical survey course.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.