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Walking on water. Multiplying the fish and the loaves. Raising Lazarus from the dead. The miracles of Jesus may be well known, but they're often misunderstood. In The Wonder-Working God, pastor Jared Wilson wants to help us see that there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the miraculous events recorded in the Gospels.
From the humble wonder of the incarnation to the blinding glory of the transfiguration, this book shows how Jesus's miracles reveal his divinity, authority, and ultimate mission: restoring us and this world to a right relationship with God.
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His ParablesJared C. WilsonCrossway / 2014 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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The Pastor's Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and MinistryJared C. WilsonCrossway / 2013 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Following up where The Storytelling God left off, this book by Jared Wilson examines Jesuss miracles as recorded in the Gospels, defending their historicity, explaining their meaning, and highlighting their significance for Christians today.
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.
The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri
Could it be that Jesus's miracles were not the paranormal, but actually the true normal breaking into our world of paranormal sin corruption? Wilson gets to the biblical heart of why Jesus performed miracles - these harbingers of God's mission to set right all that has gone so terribly wrong. Along the way, Wilson helps us hear what Jesus has to say to enlightened postmoderns, skeptics demanding apologetic proofs, and the paranormally fascinated. A soul-refreshing, gospel-drenched read.
President, Desiring God
Jesus walked on water and healed the sick. He turned water into wine and raised men from the dead. How often we skim over these familiar stories, but as Jared Wilson writes, 'Miraculous events in the Bible are God putting an exclamation point where he normally puts a period.' The Wonder-Working God teaches us that these miracles aren't meant only to amaze us, they are to point us to Jesus Christ himself. I'm convinced I will never read about Jesus's life the same way again. Read it and think deeply about it as you glimpse the glory of Jesus - our Savior.
Jared Wilson brings his characteristic wit and careful exegesis to the often-misunderstood passages on God's miracles in a fresh and insightful way. The Wonder-Working God is a timely and necessary work for the church if we are going to better understand the workings of our great God in the present age.
The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin, Texas
Finally, a treatment of Jesus's miracles that presents them more as a 'preview of coming attractions' and less as God's attempt to convince skeptics of his existence - as though God has ever 'attempted' to do anything. As Jared shows us, Jesus's miracles are more normal than we realize - an indicator of the way things used to be, before sin and death invaded Gods story, and a precursor of the way things will be one day, when Jesus returns to finish making all things new.
West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee
Into a world where naturalism is the prevailing philosophy, Jared Wilson casts a fresh vision for the wonder-working power of the God-man, Jesus of Nazareth. This biblically engaging, Christ-exalting, and never-boring book deserves your close and attentive reading.
Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jared Wilson's crisp, potent, and winsome style portrays the Savior whose worth is magnified by his miraculous power. If youre holding this book, my advice is: Buy - Read - Wonder - Worship!
Four Oaks Community Church, Tallahassee, Florida
VictoriaUnited StatesAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Overall: Nuggets of GoldSeptember 19, 2014VictoriaUnited StatesAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3"Wonder Working God" by Jared C. Wilson is a book to read slowly. If you're like me, you'll find yourself reading a chapter or two at a time and then spending several days going back over the key points.
Wilson is an excellent theologian. I have enjoyed reading his articles on the internet for quite some time, but this is my first time reading one of his books. He tends to be very true to the text so I was disappointed and surprised when I came across sections where he embellished Scripture by filling in the blanks and talking about what else MIGHT have been going on. I find it extremely unhelpful when people handle God's Word this way. Another thing that kept stopping me in my tracks was the way that he communicated in certain places in order to make a point. I'm sure many would find his writing style in these places relatable, but I had to work very hard to get past it.
HOWEVER, every single time I would decide that this book just didn't pass muster, he would come right back around and share an application of Biblical truth that was spot on. I'd find myself highlighting a sentence or paragraph and making a note so that I can return to it later.
I have come to the conclusion that while this book did not meet my expectations or unpack the miracles of Jesus in a way that was particularly unique, it is not a book we should dismiss. Grab yourself a copy and get ready to see how Jesus' miracles fit into God's big picture. You might even discover that many of them contain convicting lessons that will bring you to your knees.