The Wonder-Working God
AUTHOR: Jared C. Wilson
FORMAT: Paper, ebook
The Wonder-Working God
breathes life into the miracles
of Jesus recorded in the
Gospels. Jared Wilson desires
that the reader look past
debate that often surrounds
the miracles and look to the
One Who performed them.
Wilson’s definition of miracle
is “a supernatural act of God that glorifies Jesus.” Miracles do
not merely prove the words of Jesus and His claims of deity,
but primarily display His majesty as the King. They were not
neat parlor tricks, but were windows into Heaven as the King
and His kingdom arrived with climactic force. “Jesus strained
the capacity of this world with his very presence,” Wilson says.
“The world’s breeches were too small, in other words, for the
King of the universe, and we should not be surprised that as
the seams split, glory streamed through.”
For the rest of the book (nine chapters), Wilson seeks to
display the glory of Jesus in His miracles. From water changed
to wine, to Christ walking on water, to the resurrection of the
dead, it is Jesus Who wields authority over nature, sin, death,
and the Devil. We must not be bored with Jesus, because bore-
dom is failure to worship the Savior. Paragraph after paragraph
Wilson presses the reader to believe and delight in Jesus.
The Wonder-Working God is an enjoyable read; Wilson is a
witty writer with many stories to tell. While some readers may
not agree with Wilson’s eschatology and view of the kingdom, his focus on the Biblical text is always helpful. This book
would be refreshing for a pastor preaching through one of the
Gospels and for any Christian who wants to grow in love for
—Jonathan Colby, associate pastor of New Life Baptist Church,
Lake in the Hills, Ill.
The 8 Great Debates of Bible
AUTHOR: Ron Rhodes
PUBLISHER: Harvest House
This book surveys eight current
debates in Bible prophecy: (1) a
pretation of prophecy, (2) the
distinction between Israel and
the church, ( 3) interpreting the
signs of the times, ( 4) the timing
of the Rapture, ( 5) interpreting Revelation, ( 6) the Antichrist,
( 7) millennial views, and ( 8) setting dates on prophetic events.
Several concise chapters are devoted to each topic, which
defines a particular view, synthesizes its primary arguments,
and then critiques the view from a dispensational, pretribula-
tional, and premillennial perspective.
Ron Rhodes clearly accomplishes his purpose of presenting a concise overview of each debate in a clear and precise
manner. He does a superb job documenting his discussion,
which both validates his synthesis and provides the reader
with primary sources for additional research. Pastors and
teachers will find this book a useful resource in their personal
study and preparation. It would also serve as a helpful guide to
any person who wishes to become acquainted in a general way
with the diverse views on these issues.
Several chapters contain a sound and Biblical treatment of
topics that are seldom included even in more thorough books
on Bible prophecy. For example, Rhodes discusses the role of
America in Bible prophecy, options for when the invasion of
Ezekiel 38 and 39 occurs, the identity of Babylon, whether
the Antichrist is a Muslim, and the nature of the mark of the
While this work does not present a thorough discussion of
these eight issues or the argumentation in support of them, it
is valuable as a concise and accurate overview of these debates.
—Tom Cragoe, professor of Bible and theology at Baptist Bible
College, Clarks Summit, Pa.
Women of the Word
AUTHOR: Jen Wilkin
FORMAT: Paper, ebook
Ask any Bible-believing Chris-
tian if a follower of Jesus Christ
should spend time in God’s
Word, and the answer will be yes.
But believers often assume that
they should intrinsically know
how to study the Bible. In Women
of the Word: How to Study the
Bible with Both Our Hearts and
Our Minds, Jen Wilkin addresses ineffective and unsustain-
able methods of studying the Bible and suggests a systematic
approach for sound Bible study. She begins by taking aim
at methods geared to stir women emotionally but that lack
substance and a lasting effect. In chapter 2 she specifically
identifies six common approaches that make Bible study about
us rather than about the awe-inspiring God of the Bible.
Wilkin does not leave her reader in the quagmire of what
not to do. Chapters 3–7 present the Five P’s of Sound Study:
Purpose, Perspective, Patience, Process, and Prayer.
One area I disagree with is Wilkin’s delineation between the
heart and the mind. She characterizes the heart as the seat of
emotions and the will. The mind, she maintains, is the organ