Building on years of research and teaching, experienced author and theologian David Wells offers a remedy for evangelicalism’s superficial theology and weightless conception of God: a journey to discover the paradoxical nature of his holiness and love. We all struggle, at times, to hold that paradox together, commonly resulting in problems such as liberalism or legalism. Yet understanding how God’s holiness is inextricably bound to his love is what enables us to live between the two extremes and defines our life of service in this world. In the vein of classics such as Packer’s Knowing God, Wells’s biblical theology is written at an accessible level so that all readers can cultivate a balanced vision of the God who belongs in the center of it all.
I had a hard time getting into this book. This was the first book I’ve read from this author and definitely he has become one of my favorites.
As Wells puts it, this book is a journey into the understanding of the character of God. In order to arrive, Wells develops the concept of God’s holy-love which is the destination.
Through the book it is shown the way our culture has defined our life and our understanding of who God is and the way he acts. God’s holiness and love are described in order have a better understanding, not just about the plain meaning of these two interconnected words but also described from a biblical perspective contrasting with the understanding that comes from our experience.
Like I said when I started reading I just couldn’t keep the pace after a few pages. The first chapters are dedicated to build the foundation to get a better understanding of the whole book. After some pages I started to highlight something almost in every page. Wells knows how to put into words what many of us feel as christians about the negative impact of the culture in our lives and in the church.
What I liked about God in the Whirlwind is that it’s not only a book full of theory but also a book full of applications for our daily life in and out the church.
Any book that puts Jesus in the center of everything becomes a favorite one to me and this is no exception. I recommend this book specially to young adults that have let culture, even church culture, to influence negatively in their perspective about the true nature and character of God.
I received this e-book for free from Crossway for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.