Book Review: The Imperfect Disciple by Jared C. Wilson

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I rushed to pick up this book because I am attracted to the notion of an Imperfect Disciple. The title resonated with me and the book cover design was beautiful. I often judge books by the cover. Who are we kidding?

The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together is not a hard read. It isn’t mired in theological or philosophical textbook vocabulary. It’s a bro’s book. I felt the writer was a dude’s dude. I had to read 35% of the book before I could set aside the conversational chatter and focus on what Wilson was asking of his reader – to cast down our nets and follow Jesus in all our imperfections.

“This book on following Jesus is for all of you people who, like me, are tired of the mass-marketed, self-helpy ‘be a better Christian’ projects” (Wilson).

I completely understand Wilson’s approach. It’s a conversational text on walking in discipleship and a call to have an actual relationship with the Most High. But, I am not sold on the approach.

I was put off by the joking jabs at teenage girls, the incessant need to drive a point home by pointing out that Jesus called a woman a dog in the Bible, and the overwhelming amount of times the word idiot, loser, and stupid used to refer to the writer and the reader.

“What Jesus has done is good news only for losers. If you’re not a loser, in fact, you can’t have Jesus” (Wilson).

I mustered the courage to finish the book through the lens of what jarred me from the beginning. This is the first encounter I’ve had with Jared C. Wilson. It is also the first book of his I’ve picked up. At this point, I’m not a fan.

I will pick up another book because I feel we can’t entirely know an author until we’ve read a couple of their works. I’m still on the fence about recommending this book.

I was provided a free e-book copy from NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions 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.”