Steve Wiens’s, Whole: Restoring What is Broken in Me, You, and the Entire World was published by NavPress in alliance with Tyndale House Publications, Inc. I selected this book for review from Tyndale House in exchange for my honest review. I was given a free paperback copy.
Whole is about recognizing the broken parts of ourselves and the brokenness of what surrounds us. It’s about restoring our inner most parts and making things whole. It offers hope where maybe we see none. With the ongoing struggle of Christians wanting to gain acceptance into the Kingdom, Wiens offers his reader grace in every unhealed place with biblical truth.
“I am more convinced than ever that what restores us most fully is the belief that Jesus wants us to be with him, exactly as we are and not as we should be, and that he is not in a hurry for us to change right away” (Wiens, 79).
This is one of my most favorite books so far this year. I appreciated Wiens’ approach to the reader. Although the entire text reads as pieces of different sermons, it comes together very richly. His tone is not condescending and not rapture-filled. I thoroughly enjoyed learning new words. Earning my degree in English, I was always drawn to root words and the deeper meanings of different words. Wiens breaks down many words and places them in biblical context for the reader.
Days after reading the book, I still hold on to this idea. Sin is not the first true thing about being human. The first true thing about being human is spending time with God (re: Genesis). This is a hope I want to grasp and never let go. It is changing my daily walk with Jesus. This has changed my life and my approach to my relationship with Him.
Wiens isn’t afraid to write on privilege, identifying with the Egyptians and not the Israelites, and many other important concepts. I can’t recommend this book enough. Let it be next on your never ending list of reading.
STEVE WIENS is the founding pastor of Genesis Covenant Church. Steve has been a pastor since 1995, serving congregations ranging in size from 150 to 5,000. He is the author of Beginnings: The First Seven Days of the Rest of Your Life and podcasts at This Good Word. He, his wife Mary, and their three young boys live in Maple Grove, Minnesota. Visit him at www.stevewiens.com.
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