Book Review: The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together, by Jared C. Wilson
While most of us would agree that discipleship means following Jesus, most of us would also agree that we never feel we never measure up to “the standard.” We struggle to believe God has a plan or that he truly loves us when nobody else does. We wrestle with trusting God for doing something good because it feels like our life has been terrible up to now.
If you identify with those struggles, then consider reading Jared Wilson’s latest offering, The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together. It is a book that describes discipleship for the rest of us. As he explains,
You are not your quiet time. You are not your cruddy prayer time…. You are not your standing before people. You are not your past. You are not the accumulation of harsh words from others and negative self-talk. You are not even your sin, as primary and as serious as that problem is.
I’m not trying to affirm your sense of goodness. I’m doing the opposite, in fact.
I want to, by God’s grace, give you the freedom to own up to your not having your act together. I wrote this book for all who are tired of being tired. I wrote this book for all who read the typical discipleship manuals and wonder who they could possibly be written for, the ones that make us feel overly burdened and overly tasked and, because of all that, overly shamed.
Using biblical teaching, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows how the gospel actually works through us and in us, even when we can’t get our act together. While the concepts are helpful and encouraging, the style of the book did not grab my attention. I had a hard time being interested and came away with mixed feelings.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.