WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
“The fundamental problem we have in this world,” says Mark Driscoll, “is that we don’t understand who we truly are—children of God made in His image—and define ourselves by any number of things other than Jesus.”
I couldn’t agree with a statement more! This is why I’m excited to be announcing that Driscoll’s new book, dealing with this issue by examining the even greater book of Ephesians, releases today!
Full disclosure: Yea, I’m on the Street Team for the book, but all that really means is that I get to be part of an elite team of super humans who network together in a top-secret Facebook group with the undercover Mars Hill staff to devise ways to get you to consume this book and bring about the change of the world. Ya know, the secret elitist super stuff that Street Teams do!
I tried to make that sound awesome… Really the gist of the deal, and best of all, is that I’ve had the opportunity to read this book already and thus can tell you with certainty, instead of speculation, that this book is worth your time to read!
If you know me, you know I’ve got this complex about wasting time as well as a list of books to read that will take more than my lifetime to do so. This means, if I’m recommending this book from the place of having read it, I’m saying something here! If you’re simply a skeptic, you can get yourself a free chapter by going to this link, or you can get four quick and more specific reasons I think it’s worth your time, below.
OK, SO WHAT DO I REALLY THINK? 4 THINGS FOR NOW
I’m not going to tell you all the details about the book because you can get those on Driscoll’s website. He has better web developers than I do anyways – or better paid at least. What you really want to know from me is my personal and specific take on it. So here are four starter-reasons for you to read this:
- This could possibly be the most pastoral sounding book I’ve read by Driscoll.
I know I normally play my “youth” card in many matters, cause hey I’ve still got it, but in this case I’m coming from another angle – caring for the flock. Love his teachings or hate em, he’s always been an effective teacher, but Driscoll is speaking from a more, “I want to help you, care for you, and guide you to true and fulfilling life” tone than ever before. It’s mature and fatherly feeling. A good tone for us who are pastors to take note of! I mean, he even dedicated the book to his teenage daughter. Don’t fall asleep yet though, dudes – it’s still got his typical humor tossed in there too!
- It’s straight up Biblical.
Most books take a topic and give ya a great expanse of an author’s conviction on it, and I love em! However, this one is doing something I love even more, and that’s taking a topic from the Bible’s view on it – God’s view! As I mentioned, Driscoll did some heavy studying in Ephesians last year (even travels to ancient Ephesus), and wrote this book in a response to what the apostle Paul laid out in the book of Ephesians. He’s dealing with the text.
- We’re talking timeless truth in a timely manner here.
Made possible by the previous point, this book is delivering a word that’s much-needed in this present day. Driscoll has been accused of being “too edgy” or “like the culture he’s speaking to”, but in this case his “cultural mindedness” is paying off for others as he’s using what I feel to be an accurate sense of culture (and a truckload of research) to deliver a word that speaks to things that many “elder” ministers, teachers, and leaders are just out of touch with. Oop, there I did it… played my “youth” card.
- It’s a great layout! It just flows well.
Ha, yep, I’m a book critic… Most don’t realize it, but just like how you might not like a musical album because of the track mixing, a book can throw ya off with a crazy flow as well. This one is great though! You’re set up with the big question and the problem we all face: “I Am __________?” Then, you’re given the solution and placed in Christ, which then launches you through 14 truths about yourself based on this new reality! It deals with exactly what we all long to know. Everything from, “Am I appreciated?” to “Am I forgiven?” and ultimately we end up finding we’re “loved, rewarded, and victorious!”
I often say that as Christians we need to realize we fight from a place a victory, not for one! This book brings that truth home hard.
Go buy it and give it a read. You won’t be sad about it. Plus, if you’re a leader, there’s a study guide to go along with it. I think this will be a great series to take a men’s, women’s, or youth group through and really dig into what they form their identity around. I’ll be recommending it for ours here.
Stay tuned for more specific posts to come on the content, including “Why I Believe I Have A Book That Men Should Read” (coming later this week!). Aso go join me on Facebook and Twitter for a chance to win a free hard copy and study guide as well!