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Wolters very succinctly lays out an overview sketch of world history: Creation - Fall - Redemption. His perceptions about the Big Story - the biblical meta-narrative - are hopeful and thoughtful. I have found myself referring to his view of history over and over since reading this. I absolutely recommend this as a useful way to help categorize and understand the world as we find it. And, there is a profound hope that the suffering that we experience is not without meaning that is yet to be resolved. JDM
Synopsis: This book is entirely about a biblical worldview and outlook on the world. It follows the structure of Creation, Fall and Redemption to tell construct a biblical understanding of the world as we find it. This book majors on all of creation being God's kingdom, not just church stuff. It does a wonderful job of cutting down the sacred/secular divide and instead insists again and again that everything is sacred for it is all under God. Selling cars is as holy as being a pastor. It's super helpful. Why I Read It: I read this book because my friend Luke mentioned it to me a couple months ago. The context was we were talking about all of life being under God's rule and regien and how work was holy and he said this book talked a lot about that. I wanted to know more so I read this book. It was a good recommendation Why You Should Read It: This book is slightly academic, it was originally written as an intro to a philosophy course. As a philosophy major myself I still had to slow down a little bit to read through it carefully. At just over a hundred pages this book isn't long, but like I said it takes a bit more time to sift through than your average book. That said, you don't have be a PhD to read it. I would recommend this book if you want to know more about how the Kingdom of God rules over all Creation. I would also recommend this book if you have questions about how we should engage culture. Honestly if I had my way I'd probably make this required reading for every Christian in America......but let's be honest I would probably say that about most books I read. The problem is you people, you guys just need to read more. Final Word: Mr. Wolters handles all issues with grace and candor. If you are a teacher of the Bible I would say you should read this book to be sure help give your flock a better understanding of how to engage culture and how to treat their day jobs as service to Yaweh.
I enjoyed reading this book, and I underlined copiously. I was impressed enough to buy a copy as a gift for my brother and (college-aged) niece.
This book was recommended to me by our pastor. I do not come from a reformed background, and the subtitle had me start at an arm's length. I wish that the author and publisher had chosen the subtitle "Biblical Basics for a Christian Worldview," instead, so that more readers would approach this book.
He introduces this idea of structure vs. direction of everything in the creation, which is a helpful tool to analyze everything in the world. His point is to look at everything and see if structurally they are within God's good design, and see directionally are they leaning toward God's way or the fallen way. I found this helpful, but there are other things in the book that I don't agree with.
Certainly belong to the bookshelf of anyone serious about their Christian faith. The arguments are jarringly convicting and offers a 10,000 ft view of the plan of God for humankind. If you do not know where you are heading in your Christian walk, read this book: I guarantee that it will help you see God's plans.
The author uses scripture and examples to make the case for looking at creation from a reformational perspective to guide Christians in daily living. The book is easy to understand, and presented in a logical format. This book would be an excellent resource for small group study in a local church.