THE STORYTELLING GOD: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables (2014)

wilsonI want to begin this review a bit differently.  I would like to thank Jared Wilson for his writing ministry.  Wilson is a young man committed to biblical authority, a Reformed framework, and has consistently demonstrated faithfulness to a robust God-centered approach to the Christian life.  His writing ministry has been of deep encouragement to me personally and for that I wish to thank him and commend him to the readers of Veritas et Lux.  I would also like to commend his other books to you as well.  Gospel Wakefulness is a powerful book that I greatly benefitted from.  Gospel Deeps is another worthy read.  And The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry will be noted as one of my top reads of 2014 (though it was originally published in 2013).

Wilson’s latest work, The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables is a logical extension of his previous works.  The author guides readers on a journey through selected parables, which as he rightly notes, “give us a direct portal to the kingdom of God being done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Wilson debunks some of the typical views concerning parables and suggests that “parables function in Jesus’s ministry as representative stories about the kingdom of God.”  He argues, “The parables … give us peeks behind the veil between earth and the place where God’s will is most manifest; they show us glimpses of the day when that veil is torn and that world conquers and integrates with this one … The parables show us that the kingdom of the ‘gospel of the kingdom’ is God’s reign over all creation, not just part of it … [they] show us how Christ-centeredness rebukes, subverts, and sabotages the sinful kingdoms of the world.”

Each chapter includes thoughtful and careful interaction with a selected parable and a good dose of practical application.  Like Wilson’s other books, the most important feature is the beauty and power of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I challenge readers to pick up The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables.  You’ll be educated and encouraged; you’ll be drawn in deeper to the riches of God’s kingdom!

4 stars

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