Friday, January 4, 2013

Review: Who Do You Think You Are? by Mark Driscoll

Review: Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in Christ
Mark Driscoll
Thomas Nelson

I didn't know quite what to expect from this book.  I had not read any of Mark Driscoll's work before and knew him only by some of the press he had received from various sources.  So I tiptoed into this hesitantly, but soon was totally immersed in this book.

Driscoll looks at the letter to the Ephesians as Paul's effort to encourage the believers in and around Ephesus.  This is not a full commentary, happily, but an examination of the true identity of a believer in Christ.  After some introductory remarks about the book, Driscoll begins in earnest on the different aspects of the believer's identity.  He starts with "I am in Christ” and ends with "I am victorious."   The material in between follows the text of the letter. 

His writing is crisp and clear.  It is not a read at one sitting book, however.  He covers each area with enough depth to be helpful, but does not overwhelm the reader.  His examples are appropriate and pertinent to the discussion.  There isn't much waste in this book.  It is encouraging, challenging, and inside the bounds of the letter to the Ephesians.  The loss of what Paul had to say has been tragic and this book seeks to address that loss and rectify it.

Overall I do recommend this book.  The only nit I can muster is that there were times that he seemed to struggle.  Nearly backtracking and reversing what he had said before.  Trying to tackle some theological issues and keeping it simple might be at the root of that.  A little background on the Reformed theology will help the reader in those areas. 

Don't let that keep you from this book, though.  It is very readable and helpful in ways that will free you completely.  Rediscover who you really are.

I received this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for this review.