Few men have had as big of an impact on my understanding of cultural engagement and theology as David Wells. His books combine serious scholarship with biblical and theological engagement that in my opinion is rare these days. Furthermore, I have only have a handful of authors and writers who I feel like I need to read everything they write and on that list is Dr. David Wells. With that said, Dr. David Wells has come out with a new book God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-Love of God Reorients Our World. This book builds on years of research, writing and cross-cultural ministry and seeks to define God’s greatness and give shape to the Christian life through what he calls the “holy-love of God”.
God in the Whirlwind seeks to explore the relationship between the holiness and love of God, showing how God’s holy-love provides the foundation for our understanding of the cross, sanctification, the nature of worship, and our life of service in the world. In the author’s opinion, this renewed vision of God’s character is the cure for evangelicalism’s shallow theology, with its weightless God and sentimental gospel.
Chapter one sets forth the author’s vision for God being our vision and the culture our context. Chapter two explores faith and the exclusivity of Christ. Chapter three looks at the person and work of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Chapter four examines the love of God, and chapter five looks at the holiness of God. Chapter six examines divine sovereignty, justification, reconciliation and the incarnation. Chapter seven looks at positional and progressive sanctification. Chapter eight examines the nature and purpose of worship. Chapter nine concludes the book by looking at how Christians are to serve God.
God in the Whirlwind is an important book in my opinion. The book explores topics through a biblical-theological framework for the purpose of not only helping the reader understand what the Bible says about them but how to engage topics in a culture that is hostile to biblical Christianity. As I read this book I was once again reminded of the keen theological insight that Dr. Wells brings to all of his writing. The style of writing is warm; even pastoral which helps make this a great book not only for the pastor or seminary student but also for the serious-minded lay person wanting to know more about the character of God and its importance to the Christian life and worldview. All-in-all, I think God in the Whirlwind is an excellent book that will help evangelicals to see the value of a biblical-theological framework in practice. God in the Whirlwind is a rich book that brings readers back to foundational theological truths that will help them to have a truly God-centered lifeview. I highly recommend this book and believe it will greatly bless and enrich reader’s lives.
Author: David Wells
Publisher: Crossway (2014)
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