Walking on water. Multiplying the fish and the loaves. Raising Lazarus from the dead. The miracles of Jesus may be well known, but they are often treated as nothing more than fanciful tales. Written as a companion volume to The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables, this book by Jared Wilson argues for the historicity and importance of the miraculous events surrounding Jesus’s life and ministry. From the humble wonder of the incarnation to the awesome glory of the transfiguration, Wilson shows readers how the amazing miracles described in the Gospels attest to Christ’s divinity, authority, and ultimate mission: restoring us and this world to a right relationship with God.
- Wonderfully Revealing of the Excellencies of Jesus
Thanks to Christian Audio's Reviewers Program, I was able to just finish listening to The Wonder-Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles by Jared Wilson. This book was also read by the author, which I always prefer.
In The Wonder Working God, Jared Wilson has gathered together descriptions and expositions of the miracles of Jesus. At first, I believed that the miracles were grouped according to their similarity of the miraculous occurrence. But just now, as I am typing this review, I have realized that the grouping goal was according to how the miracle revealed the Miraculous Jesus. Obviously there are similarities to the types of miracles that are grouped together in the chapters, but the author has done an amazing job at pulling back the details of the miracle and the comments and conversations around the miracle to show that each of these miracles was not simply about showing that Jesus could do stuff, but showing how Jesus is truly glorious in every way.
Even though the Wonder Working God is not simply a commentary on the miracles of Jesus, it could still be a wonderful tool to use in a study of these miracles. And as I listened to the book, I started to realize that each chapter reads more like an excellently crafted sermon than an exegetical commentary. As you read/listen, the gospel message is clearly there, but not in a forced way... in an expository way... The way a good preacher will pull back the words of Scripture to reveal Jesus. Jared Wilson has definitely done an amazing job of Preaching Christ.
I highly recommend this book.
- A God Of Miracles
The Wonder-Working God by Jared C. Wilson is a thorough examination of the miracles that Jesus Christ performed while on the earth and how the reveal the glory of God. He goes much deeper into these miracles that anyone else I have read about and the result is an interesting and helpful representation of God's character through Jesus' miracles.
I have been a Christian for a long time, so I have read these accounts in the gospel of Jesus' miracles many times but it is very easy to gloss over the fact that these miracles were amazing but also that they had a purpose, which was to reveal the glory of God on the earth.
The narrator was the author and he did a really good job in conveying his analysis of the miracles of Jesus Christ. He was really easy to follow and imparted great emotion into the stories.
This book would be great for anyone interested in Jesus' ministry on the earth and to gain a greater understanding of the truly remarkable miracles that he performed and the purpose behind them.
This audio book was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. More information can be found about this and other Christian audio books at christianaudio.com.
- This book preaches weak, sickly, impoverished, and hateful Christianity
Jared C. Wilson wrote and narrates this ChristianAudio.com title. Jared reads his book in a slow mellow voice. There is little emotion in Jared's voice. He speaks of atheist belief in science and the belief among them that if you can prove a miracle they would believe. In Jared's preface he writes that miracles are not supernatural in as much as they change the natural but that miracles are returning the unnatural to its natural state.
Jared speaks of miracles as valid only if they glorify Jesus. He calls other so-called miracles, witchcraft. He has no place in his belief system for the modern preachers who believe that you can have your micacle today. A belief that every good thing that happens is a miracle. I believe Jesus is Glorified through every good action and should be praised for it.
I agree that all miracles must glorify Jesus and that God throughout the entire bible used miracles as a fore shadowing of the coming messiah. When man asked Jesus for a sign he rebuked them because he himself was the sign manifested for all time before them.
When disciples forgot so quickly of Jesus's previous miracles, Jesus reminded them once again that He has the ability to take a little and make it into something abundant. Jared wants to explain the miracles of Jesus in a super spiritual and religious way that takes the humanity and joy out of the miracles Jesus performed.
Jesus performed many miracles and many times his miracles created an abundance, of fish, bread, wine, or a coin from a fish that more than pays the taxes due for Jesus and Peter. Jared wants to ignore this in an effort to take jabs at pastors who preach prosperity to their flock.
Jared goes so far as to say he "Hates, Hates, Hates Prosperiety preachers" and calls Joel Osteen a false teacher and says that "Joel Osteen is leading people to hell."
Jared's belief in a weak, beat up, sickly and poor church is not the Church of a Micacle Working and Reserected Savior. The Church of the Reserected Christ is a Church of Power, Miracles, Prophesy and Prosperity. Jesus died and rose again taking Death, Hell, and the Grave away.
John 10:10 says The THIEF comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come to give you Zoe, or Abundant Life (Life as God Lives It). Deuteronomy 28:13 says of the People of God, who we whom are born again are, The Lord shall make them the head and not the tail, above always and not beneath. This does not sound like a weak, poor, impoverished and miracles people. Anyone preaching a Gospel that ignores what Christ did on the Cross and preaches a weak, poor, lacking body of Christ is preaching false doctrine.
I cannot recomend this book because of the flawed views of the author. Hate has no place in the Body of Christ. Jesus was the Son of God but also a Man. A man filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and Love. He was, and is, a Miracle working Son of God and we are Miracle working Sons and Daughters of God. Above Only and not beneath, the Head and not the Tail walking and talking representatives of God. Jesus said, "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12.
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- Refocuses our view to the miracle worker and not just the miracle.
From the very beginning of Jared Wilson's The Wonder-Working God: Seeing The Glory of Jesus in His Miracles, I was enthralled. Wilson did such a great job of pointing the listeners (the copy I have is audio) to Jesus. He read the Biblical account of the miracle then offered a thorough explanation that revealed numerous truths about the character of Jesus. And to aid in our understanding, he also offered personal anecdotes throughout that I found helpful and interesting.
I have been a Christian for many years and I have been in church my entire life, so I have heard many Sunday School lessons and sermons that reference any number of Jesus' miracles- feeding the five thousand, water to wine, raising the dead- I've even taught about them myself. But this book goes beyond just a basic understanding of what took place during each event and explores the very nature of Jesus as he is performing the miracles. These miracles that we have heard about for years and years lose the complacency with which we view them and instead they become amazing examples of an amazing God, so that our focus when reading about these miracles becomes about the miracle worker, and not just about the miracle.
I highly recommend this book and the audio version of it. The book is read by the author, Jared Wilson who has an engaging voice. And because Wilson narrates the book himself, you can hear the emotion in his voice through the reading of his personal stories as well as the love he has for Jesus Christ. This book is for everyone who wants to know more about The Wonder-Working God, non-believer, seasoned believer, or new believer.
* I would like thank christianaudio Reviewer's Program for the audio version of this book in exchange for my honest review.
- Helpful Work on a Great Topic
The gospels are full of miracles. Bible readers are familiar with those accounts. But, what should we really learn from them? Are Miracles there to impress us? Are they there to identify Jesus as Messiah? Is something more going on?
Jared Wilson’s new book, The Wonder-Working God, takes a close look at the miracle accounts of the New Testament with an eye toward going deeper than we often do. As Wilson dives in, he shows us how the miracles of Jesus do more than remind us that Jesus is God or that Jesus is powerful; they also display for us the message of the gospel and the glory of God in great and life-changing ways.
One of the beauties of this book is Jared Wilson’s ability to write in a very relatable style. While he does a good job of digging deep into the theological implications of Jesus’ miracles, the author does not bog his readers down in the process. I have always found Wilson to be pleasant to read, and this book does nothing to change that view.
One thing that readers of this book might find interesting is that Wilson groups miracles together. Rather than study each individual miracle in its own separate chapter, Wilson has chosen to put similar miracles or miracles with a similar message together. This is helpful, as readers are then able to see the consistent message of the gospel writers. It can also be a little difficult, as at times I wanted to stick with one miracle account a little longer.
I would happily recommend The Wonder-Working God to anyone who wants to have a deeper grasp of the miracles of Jesus. I could picture this book being a great red for any individual. It would also make a solid source of material for a Bible study group or a helpful resource for a pastor wanting to do a topical series on Jesus’ miracles.
I received a free audio copy of this book from ChristianAudio.com as part of their reviewers program. The recording of this work is of the highest quality, as are all of the work sold by this company. Jared Wilson reads his own book in this audio recording. Were I to choose, I believe that I would prefer to have one of ChristianAudio’s other narrators. This is not to say that Wilson narrates poorly—far from it—however, I find that I generally do not enjoy listening to authors read their own works. Something in the intonation seems to lack when an author works through his own material. However, this would not at all prevent me from recommending the audio version of this work as well.
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