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The Imperfect Disciple

Grace for People Who Can't Get Their Act Together

Author Jared C. Wilson
Narrator Steven Roy Grimsley
Runtime 6.45 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
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Release Date May 2, 2017
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Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. The Imperfect Disciple is for the rest of us--people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it's safe to say what they're really thinking.

For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn't afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows readers how the gospel works in them and in their lives when

- they can't get their act together
- they think God is giving them the silent treatment
- they think church would be better without all the people
- they're not happy with the person in the mirror
- and much more

Wilson frees readers from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples.

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Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. The Imperfect Disciple is for the rest of us--people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it's safe to say what they're really thinking.

For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn't afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows readers how the gospel works in them and in their lives when

- they can't get their act together
- they think God is giving them the silent treatment
- they think church would be better without all the people
- they're not happy with the person in the mirror
- and much more

Wilson frees readers from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples.

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The gospel is for you
The book as well as the audio reading was soooo good. A great book for those who grew up in the church feeling like they could never measure up to the legalistic standards of the flesh.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/5/2018)
First book from the author, and looking for some others. Very honest, very refreshing, very good.
After a few months of very sad time in my life looking at me as a wreck and somehow far from my Lord, who wants me only to obey Him (I cannot understand at that moment that it can be done by His grace and empowered by His Spirit). This book came to my ears as a refreshing remind of His very mercy and help in the middle of these struggles. This book is different than other books about discipleship and at the same time not loosing biblical balance.
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Review by / (Posted on 12/20/2017)
Grace and discipleship
In his book The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together, author Jared C. Wilson sets out to write a discipleship book for the rest of us. His assertion is that too many discipleship books are written for people who have it all together, or at least are good at making it look like they do.

This book succeeds because Wilson speaks on a raw, blue collar level, but with the theological chops of a seminary professor. He is both painfully honest about his failures and scholarly in his theological musings. He has a contagious passion for the message of the gospel—he wants this message front and center—and he reminds the reader why this all matters so much in the first place. It all matters because God loves and values people—messy, distracted, petty, wandering people.

Wilson begins every chapter with a metaphor, comparing the gospel to things like a burning ember or a well-worn book. His goal is to lead the reader to understand the gospel on a visceral level, and not just an intellectual level. When Wilson shares from his own life, he is uncomfortably honest about his shortcomings, struggles, and failures. He is very funny, and his humor is often self-deprecating. This also demonstrates to the reader that the gospel is something Wilson lives, not just something he believes or teaches about.

The biblical story he uses to frame this gospel treatise is the controversial, touching conversation recorded in Matthew 15 between Jesus and the Canaanite woman. Is Jesus being mean by calling her a dog, and why does she respond this way? Wilson holds the reader in tension with stories like this, bravely confronting the failure in himself and all of us, while emphasizing the glory of Christ.

I believe the greatest praise I could give this book is that it makes the gospel of Jesus Christ look really, really good. I believe that was Wilson’s goal. One standout chapter is entitled, “The Revolution Will Not Be Instagrammed,” with the subtitle, “When You Think Church Would Be Better Without All the People.” This chapter is one of the best visions of church life I have ever read or heard. As a church leader, my soul was encouraged. Also, the last chapter, “Lurv Wins,” stands alone as a beautiful essay on the unfathomable love of God.

Highly recommended.

Steven Roy Grimsley does a great job of narrating the audiobook version.

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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Review by / (Posted on 6/21/2017)
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