Thursday, February 14, 2013

Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

Pastor Mark Driscoll is a very polarizing figure. So anytime he comes out with a new book, people tend to take sides. At least that has been the popular trend. Some people love him while others would rather treat him as if he is their enemy. It seems to be a disturbing trend for me on both sides of this argument.

But when his new book, Who Do You Think You Are? came out, I was encouraged to see some of those that have taken issue with Driscoll in the past to be open to this message. And they should. In this book, Driscoll tries to identify what it means to find our true identity in Jesus Christ. Not in our money. Not in our positions. Not in our relationships. Not in our clothes or friends. But in Jesus, we find who we were created to be. He says,
"My goal is to take one massive need in your life, your need for identity, and connect it to one book of the Bible, Ephesians" (18).
That is what he does. Did you know that hundreds of times in the NT, the Christian is identified as being "in Christ." That is the identity of the Christian. Driscoll simply identifies the major aspects of our identity as he teaches through the book of Ephesians. For instance, he begins with Ephesians 1:1-2 and shows how the Christian should say, "I am a Saint." He then goes on to talk about the Christian saying "I am Blessed" (Ephesians 1:3-14). In all, it is a very clever way of walking through the book of Ephesians. It is biblical. It is insightful. It is practical.

In speaking of our identity in Christ, Driscoll writes,
"But God knows that what you do flows from who you are. As Christians, we live from our identity, not for our identity. We are defined by who we are in Christ, not what we do or fail to do for Christ. Christ defines who we are by who he is and what he's done for us, in us, and through us. Understanding this information is the key to your transformation" (19).
Before the book came out, Driscoll tweeted that he thought this was his best work as an author yet. Many others who have reviewed this book have said they feel it is his best work yet. When I read that, and after reading the book, I wonder if they meant, "It is his safest work yet." There are very few jokes which push the edge of acceptability in this book. It does not contain the edge that is usually associated with him. But that is good. He simply lets the text speak. If you struggle with finding identity in your life, you might want to pick this book up. I think his words of explaining God's word will help you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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