The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables  -     By: Jared C. Wilson
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The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1433536684
ISBN-13: 9781433536687

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Jesus’s 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.

Author Bio

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 Pastor’s Justification, The Storytelling God, and The Wonder-Working God.


Growing up in church and Christian schools, I was taught that Jesus's parables were basically about how we should live. To be sure, many of the parables do show us God's standard for our lives, but they also reveal how we have failed to live up to that standard, and how God in his infinite mercy has done for us what we could never do for ourselves. My friend Jared Wilson shows how Jesus used parables to illustrate the upside-down and counterintuitive ways of God compared to our ways. We see how the parables are not a witness to the best people making it up to God, but rather a witness to God making it down to the worst people - meeting our rebellion with his rescue, our sin with his salvation, our guilt with his grace, our badness with his goodness. Thanks for the reminder, Jared. I keep forgetting that this whole thing is about Jesus, not me.
-Tullian Tchividjian,
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.
-Mike Cosper,
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.
-Scott McClellan,
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.
-Mez McConnell,
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

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    Jared 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.
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