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People are broken all over the place. Places are broken all around us. But we were made for better than this: We were made for shalom. We were made to be whole--and to make things whole. This is an empowering journey for those who hunger for a better life, for a better world...for those who want to plant and grow the seeds of restoration in themselves and their communities. And for those who want to see the jagged edges made smooth as we move from brokenness to wholeness. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 1631464043
ISBN-13: 9781631464041

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Look around, and you’ll notice: The world is covered with jagged edges. People and places are broken all around us.

We were made for better than this: We were made to be whole, and wholly human, to tend a world that is wholly humane. We were made in the image of God. This book is a quest to recover that image in ourselves and our neighbors, to help us all become human and humane again.

For Christians who lament the brokenness in themselves, their neighbors, and the world around them, Whole offers a rallying cry to pursue wholeness together.

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  1. Bonnie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A beautiful book about God's heart for seeing His people experience restoration
    October 8, 2017
    Bonnie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was my first time reading a book by author and pastor, Steve Wiens. I received a copy of the book for review from Tyndale House Publishers and was excited to have the opportunity to read something by a new author. Although this was Mr. Wiens second book, I had no idea what type writing style he enjoyed but found it to be pleasantly surprising.

    The book is all about restoration. I enjoyed the way Mr. Wiens was able to weave beautiful analogies and personal experiences into a story of love and compassion from Christ. I also enjoyed the various word studies included in the book. I found it very helpful to have the original Hebrew, Greek, and German word meanings included in Steve's book. They helped me gain a better understanding of what he was trying to convey.

    Mr. Wiens touched my heart with several of his statements. In the beginning of the book, he says, "When something shatters, the broken pieces find their way into hidden cracks and crevices. Then they end up inside of us, causing pain, especially to the most vulnerable. It's easy to walk past the fragments of brokenness. We're busy and overwhelmed. And maybe that particular piece of jagged glass hasn't hurt you. But it is hurting someone." There is profound truth in those statements.

    Over and over again, I found myself relating to what Mr. Wiens was sharing. When he talked about the root word Racham, which is used to describe the action of someone showing deep affection, compassion or mercy for another, I was surprised to learn the root word also meant the same as the word womb. Since my oldest daughter is currently pregnant and dealing with the possibility of a premature birth, I completely understood what he was trying to say. In essence, when we show compassion for another, we're providing a womb, or safe place for them to be loved, fed, and grow.

    Mr. Wiens' word pictures were so vivid and the in-depth studies he provided were excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have highlighted so many passages in it. I'm sure I'll refer back to it many times in the future and I'll recommend it to others as well.

    This book is filled with so much truth! I think it will probably speak differently to each person who reads it. If you're interested in learning more about the heart of God and how He longs to see us live our best life, I know you'll enjoy this book.

    I'd like to thank Tyndale House Publishers for giving me the chance to review this remarkable book. I was not encouraged to provide a positive review however, it is my pleasure to do so.
  2. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Questioning What Wholeness Means - And Learning How To Get There
    August 22, 2017
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Whole: Restoring What Is Broken In Me, You, And The Entire World by Steve Wiens is more than just a book on the topic of spiritual wholeness. Steve has crafted a portrait of what it means to be whole, using both personal anecdotes and classic Bible stories.

    He starts the journey to wholeness by carefully plotting out five questions for us to consider on this quest. Where are you? Am I my brother's keeper? What are you seeking? Where are you going? What will you bring? Posed from the Bible itself, these questions will open your eyes to a new understanding of what it means to be whole, as well as why it's so important for us to find that place of wholeness.

    After careful consideration of these questions being asked of us, we move on to ponder the scenarios laid out in the exodus, the wilderness, and the promised land. Steve guides us through the implications of each, as he reveals how these stories relate to our current lives and what we can do in order to get through the exodus to the wilderness and, in turn, lean on God while in the wilderness so that we may find the promised land.

    With questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter, this book is a wonderful tool for individual or group study. I would suggest Whole for anyone who feels the singe of brokenness within themselves or questions their place in this world and how they can help restore the brokenness of the world around them. 5/5 stars.

    *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  3. Benjamin Liles
    Marble Falls, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Whole Is a Good Book
    August 21, 2017
    Benjamin Liles
    Marble Falls, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    By Benjamin H. Liles

    Whole, by Steve Wiens, is an interesting book by far. I have been able to review it and from what I read I truly liked a great deal. The way he writes is reminiscent of Max Lucado, to a degree. Steve Wiens takes certain stories from scripture and embellishes them a little. Bit he does it to draw us a picture. He does it with a gentle grace to get to the point he's trying to make.

    Now, for me I don't use the Message Bible. And for some it may fit them and their style. I'm not going out of my way to be overly critical, I'm just stating what doesn't work, for me. My tastes may not be someone else's tastes. Do I like the message Steve is making? I have to give a resounding "YES" to that! Do I? like the text he used? Not so much. But it's just a preference.

    What interests me about Steve Wiens and what he's getting across is that we all have a broken part inside of us. Jesus can and does make those parts whole, again. We resist Jesus the Messiah because there are times we think holding on to what we have is good for us. Jesus says otherwise. "If you want to be perfect," Jesus tells the rich young ruler. "Go, sell what you have and give [it] to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me" (Matthew 19:21, New King James).

    We may often think that what we hold on to are our riches, but we aren't. We're holding on to things that keep us from doing God's will in our lives. If we basically take Steve Wiens advice in Whole, we also need to take the advice of Jesus. I mean take a look at Jesus's point with the rich young ruler:

    He first calls Jesus Good Teacher, to which Jesus tells him, "No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life,, keep the commandments" (Matthew 19:16-17).

    The young ruler acts as if he doesn't know which commandments to keep. I have this point to make. If you know God's commandments, the Laws of Moses, and you have faith God will do His perfect and pleasing will, it is easy to love your neighbor as much as you love Him. The young ruler's question on "Which ones?" shows his ignorance of the Laws.

    Jesus has to tell the young ruler what Laws he has not kept (see Matthew 19:18). We see the young ruler tell Jesus, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" Now correct me if I'm wrong here, but he just told Jesus he's kept those commands. And yet Jesus reminds him of the one thing he lacked.

    If we say we love God and yet we're not doing right by our neighbor, those we live next to, by giving them what we have which is Jesus and the truth He holds for all of us, we're not loving our neighbor as we'd like to think. And let's truly think on that. "But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions" (Matthew 19:22).

    What I take away from Whole is that what we hold on to doesn't necessarily help us in being made whole. Either we're holding on to things that have a hold on us--like our possessions--or we're unable to part ways with things that hold us back. So, Steve Wiens is making the point, overall, we can be made whole. It's just if we allow Jesus that right and to follow Him with all of who we are.

    I have received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest feedback.
  4. AmyL
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Must Read For Everyone!
    August 21, 2017
    AmyL
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I started this year, the word that I chose for myself was "decrease overwhelm." (I know, I know, it's not one word. But it's the theme I felt God asking me to chose.) As the year has gone on, though, I've felt a shifting in my soul. And without even thinking about it, "whole" became my word for the year.

    I began to seek out resources to help me better understand what it means to be whole.

    Sometime last year, I stumbled across a podcast called This Good Word with Steve Wiens. Wiens' approach to scripture, his love for language and how the nuances of words impact scripture, captured my attention. Earlier in the year, my brother had also passed on his copy of Beginnings, Wiens' first book. As I listened to the podcast, I discovered Wiens was working on a new book, Whole: Restoring What Is Broken in Me, You, and the Entire World.

    Though I haven't gotten to read Beginnings yet, I knew I needed to get my hands on Whole.

    It came with high praise from my brother, who is often hard to impress when it comes to non-fiction. It was titled after my word for the year.

    And the idea of restoring what was broken in me was something I instinctively knew I needed to hold in my hands. To do the work necessary for restoration. And to learn what it means to bring my whole-ness into the world.

    I don't want to givetoo much of this book away. It's an experience that can't really be broken into pieces. And one you really must embark on for yourself. To grow and change, and get comfortable being uncomfortable.

    One of the things that I love most about Wiens' writing is the dive into the original language. There is so much history and richness that appears when you go back to the original text. To see the intent of the authors of scripture as they wrote gives you a broader picture of what it really looks like to live whole.

    Wiens encourages us to change our language, change our definitions and jump into a whole life.

    Whole is an invitation to your Promised Land. The place where you feel most alive. Where you can live like Jesus lived. The place where you believe that God will never leave you or fail you. It's the place where you can be bold. Be confident. And walk out the plan God has for your life.

    I received a copy of this book from Tyndale. This review is my own, honest opinion.
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