Monday, May 9, 2016
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin: A Book Review
God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible. We're not. And that's a good thing. Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
About the Author:
Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women's Bible studies. She has a background in jenwilkin.net.
women's ministry and has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen and her family are members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas. She writes and teaches the Flower Mound Women's Bible Study, an interdenominational community study. Jen's passion is to see women become articulate and committed followers of Christ, with a clear understanding of why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. You can find her at
As soon as I read the description of None Like Him, I knew it was a book for my personal library. To better understand the full concept of the book, let me share with you the complete title:--None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different From Us (and why that's a good thing). What a concept!
I have explored the attributes of God on many occasions. I have written about them in books and blog posts and taught about them in my ladies' Sunday School class. But in all the time that I studied and praised God for Who He is, it never really dawned on me to thank Him for not being like me. My moods and perspectives are ever-changing. God's are not. I am confined by time and its limits, but not God. I am dependent on food, sleep, and so many other things just to make it through a single day, but God is completely self-sufficient. He needs no one and nothing. The more I dug into these truths, the more relieved I felt that God is nothing like me in that He has no limits or needs. He is God--the awesome, wonderful Creator of all there is.
As much as I enjoyed the message of the book, I must admit that it took me a couple of chapters to get hooked. The writing style was not one that I'm particularly fond of, and for me, it seemed like the first few chapters moved rather slowly. After that, however, things picked up, and I found myself totally immersed in the attributes of God. (Perhaps my issues with the first few chapters were only due to my ever-changing moods and perspectives. Who knows?)
The author wove in some personal experience stories to help the reader better relate to her points, and I can honestly say that I identified with some of those stories. Ms. Wilkin also pointed out areas where we try to take God's place, and I was horrified to see some of those traits mirrored in my life. In all, she paints a very clear picture of who God is and who we are not, and in the end, instead of feeling inferior, I was left with a feeling of elation that I serve such an awesome, indescribable God.
If you want to learn more about who God is, how He differs from us and why that's a good thing, None Like Him is a must read!
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