Thursday, August 22, 2013

Finding God in the Bible by Darren Wilson

How well do you actually know God?
Do you see Him as an absentee landlord? A distant deity? An old man in the clouds?

Have you heard Him laugh? Have you experienced Him as jealous, protective or wildly loving? Have you seen Him weep for His people or felt His bone-crushing embrace? Do you believe these things are even possible?
Maybe you've been settling for a caricature of God.
You don't have to.

In this poignant and down-to-earth book, popular filmmaker Darren Wilson takes a closer look at God by looking at the way He treats His friends. Through modern-day stories of supernatural experiences and an astonishingly fresh take on familiar Bible stories, you'll get to know God in a way you never imagined.
Learn to hear the thundering beauty of His voice, and begin your own crazy, life-changing friendship with your Creator.

My review:
    By all appearances, this may seem like an odd title for a book: Finding God in the Bible. The Bible is all about Him, and it is His Word, so who needs to find God in the Bible of all places?

    A more apt description of the book would be finding God's character in the Bible. Wilson pulls up several characters in the Bible, all familiar to us, and takes a fresh and unique look at them and their relationship with God. Wilson weaves all of the stories together to show us the character of God and gets to the ultimate point of his book, which is what God wants with all of us: a relationship.

   I'm a guy who has struggled all of my life with the wrong view of what God is like, and I found this book refreshing and helpful. The author does a great job of not just giving a unique perspective on several Bible stories that are old hat to most of us, but also does a great job of bringing the truth home of what God is all about, wanting a relationship with us, and not just a relationship, but friendship.

  Some non-fiction books are easier to read than others, and this definitely falls into the easy to read category. It doesn't belabor heavy theological or doctrinal truths, but in a simple and interesting way makes the reader want a real relationship with God, not just a shallow religion of serving a far off God, and gives us a look at some of the Biblical characters who were God's friends.

   I would definitely recommend this book. It is worth reading and re-reading.

About the author:

Darren Wilson is the founder of Wanderlust Productions. He has an MFA in screenwriting from Regent University. Wilson is currently the artist-in-residence at Judson University, and he speaks at churches and conferences with increasing regularity. He is the director of the feature films Finger of God, Furious Love, and the newly released Father of Lights and The Greatest Flight.

Wilson has been interviewed on It's Supernatural! with Sid Roth, and he was recently named one of the "21 Emerging Leaders of Tomorrow's Church" by Charisma magazine. He and his wife, Jenell, have three children and live near Chicago, Illinois. Learn more at

Finding God in the Bible is available from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Chosen for the review copy.