I originally requested this book because the title – “Finding God in the Bible” – seemed so strange. God is everywhere in the Bible, so why would we need to find Him?
As it turns out, this book is remarkable and did indeed show me aspects of God’s character that I hadn’t thought about before. Darren Wilson’s witty writing style coupled with his genuine (and common) questions made this book difficult to put down.
I know that I’m not alone in this: so often when we read the Bible, we forget that these were actual people with actual emotions. We forget that Abraham really loved Isaac and that the almost-sacrifice was heartbreaking for him. It’s so easy to just read the black and white letters on the page and remove our imaginations from the process. Darren, as a filmmaker, invites us to use our imaginations and bring the stories to life, and to view God as these people would have viewed Him.
I really loved the chapter about what God looks like (titled “God’s Invisibility Cloak”). I’m sure we’ve all wondered what God looks like and why He doesn’t reveal Himself to us here on earth.
I can see this scene playing out, and I put myself in Moses’ shoes at that moment. It has to be a momentous situation. The God of the universe has just listened to you and has just opened His heart to you. There’s a lot of goodwill happening here, and Moses must have realized that he is never going to have a chance as good as this again. He’s heard the voice, but he’s never seen the speaker. So he goes for broke and blurts out the biblical equivalent of “Can I please see what You look like?” It’s the question that every human in history who has believed in God has thought at some point or another. What does God look like? – page 66
What I love the most about this book is Darren’s genuine writing style and questions. It’s like we’re sitting in my living room and he’s telling me a story. And through it all, I learn more about God’s character. It’s a win-win situation.
Definitely pick up this book. It will strengthen your faith and teach you new things about God’s character.
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.