To follow Jesus we have to learn to think inside out, in looking-glass fashion: what the world counts as great is foolishness, and what the world counts as folly is the true wisdom. Cling on to your life and you’ll lose it; give everything you’ve got to following Jesus, including life itself, and you’ll win it. In every generation there are, it seems, a few people who are prepared to take Jesus seriously, at his word. What would it be like if you were one of them?
As with all of Tom Wright’s books, I thoroughly enjoyed. The …For Everyone series is proving to be spectacularly popular and I can see why. Following on from New Testament Prayer for Everyone, Tom Wright has published this recent addition, New Testament Wisdom For Everyone.
This book is very practical in nature, pocket sized and is very good bite-sized reading. There are five specific and crucial sections that the book is divided into, all bringing home the core messages of the New Testament. Of course, the book is New Testament Wisdom insomuch as that the book is an exploration of key New Testament texts. However, we as the readers get a little bit more…
Tom Wright then explains the texts in a very expository style but with helpful anecdotes, images and applications for us. Indeed, this is a very devotional sort of book. I personally found it great to read early in the morning or just before bed! The passages are short, but Tom Wright really puts the meat on the platter for us as we dig in to almost a Biblical Studies Feast!
Having explored wisdom in a general sense in the first chapter, Wright goes on in the following chapter about practically applying the wisdom found in the New Testament to the Christian life. He emphasises that the Bible is not merely a rule book but a way of deepening an already deep and multi-fasceted relationship with Jesus. I loved it! Again, throughout this section Bible passages were called upon to give strength to what Tom Wright is trying to accomplish in this book.
The book would be great as part of a small group or reading group. Whilst there aren’t questions and answers at the end of each section, the passages and explanations throw up all sorts of ideas, questions and areas for discussion. I certainly found Tom’s style (as always) very helpful and engaging. It is simple enough for all who have an interest and want to grow in both their Scriptural Knowledge and in their faith. I’d highly recommend this book as on of the ones that isn’t to be missed in 2013.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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