In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character

In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character

by Jen Wilkin

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This book by the best-selling author ofWomen of the Wordexplores ten attributes of God that Christians are called to reflect, helping readers discover freedom and purposeinbecoming all that God made them to be.

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ISBN-13: 9781433549878
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 05/31/2018
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 46,924
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women’s Bible studies. During her seventeen years of teaching, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen and her family are members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas.

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CHAPTER 1

God Most Holy

Repetition is the mother of learning.

Roman proverb

"Mom, my head is pounding and I have to go to class. I drank a glass of water."

"Mom, I'm feeling so anxious about my exam. Will you pray for me? I drank a glass of water."

Two texts, received from two different college-age Wilkins on two different days in the same week. To someone not familiar with our family, these messages from the now-flown baby birds to the mama bird back at the nest are probably part self-explanatory and part weird. But to my kids, they make perfect sense. For their whole lives, a report of any ailment has been answered with the suggestion, "Try drinking a glass of water."

I've been teased by my kids a fair amount for this home remedy advice. They joke that if they were to text me that they have lost a limb, I would advise them to hydrate.

So imagine my glee as I sat watching the evening news, my youngest child seated to my right, and heard a doctor report that the best first step for headaches and other common discomforts is ... you guessed it. The look on Calvin's face indicated that he had drawn the correct conclusion: there would be no living with me now. Luckily for him, he graduates this year. Perhaps by the time he leaves the nest, I will have received my honorary medical degree from the proper authorities.

"Try drinking a glass of water" is just one of many phrases etched into the psyches of my kids. Parents repeat things. Lots of things. Especially to small children. When we would leave the kids with a sitter, my last words were always, "Be ye kind one to another!" Before they could play at a friend's house, the standard question was, "Is your room clean?" And at bedtime, "Have you brushed your teeth?"

We repeat what we want others to remember. And we learn what we hear repeated.

As my children got older, they didn't wait for the reminder. A request to go to a friend's house would begin with, "Mom, my room is clean and I finished my homework." Because repetition had done its work.

It's no wonder that the repository of the greatest wisdom on earth utilizes this tool with regularity. By paying attention to what the Bible repeats, we gain an understanding of what it most wants us to learn and remember.

Who Is God?

My explicitly stated intention for this book is that we learn to identify God's will for our lives.

Our inclination is to discern God's will by asking, "What should I do?" But God's will concerns itself primarily with who we are, and only secondarily with what we do. By changing the question and asking, "Who should I be?" we see that God's will is not concealed from us in his Word, but is plainly revealed.

The Bible plainly answers the question "Who should I be?" with "Be like Jesus Christ, who perfectly images God in human form." God's will for our lives is that we conform to the image of Christ, whose incarnation shows us humanity perfectly conformed to the image of God. In this book, we will consider how we can demonstrate a resemblance to our Maker. But since the Bible's answer to "Who should I be?" is "Be like the very image of God," we must ask, "Who is God?"

Theologians have mined the Scriptures for centuries to answer this question. Stephen Charnock, Arthur Pink, A. W. Tozer, and R. C. Sproul have all explored the limitless character of God to my great benefit, and to lengths that I am not competent to go. Any systematic theology text lists and explores God's attributes. But I hope in these pages to take the lofty view of God presented elsewhere and ask a further question: "How should the knowledge that God is ______ change the way I live?"

I have elsewhere explored the implications of ten of God's incommunicable attributes that could fill that blank, those traits that are true of God alone. Only God is infinite, incomprehensible, self-existent, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and sovereign. When we strive to become like him in any of these traits, we set ourselves up as his rival. Human beings created to bear the image of God aspire instead to become like God. We reach for those attributes that are only true of God, those suited only to a limitless being. Rather than worship and trust in the omniscience of God, we desire omniscience for ourselves. Rather than celebrate and revere his omnipotence, we seek omnipotence in our own spheres of influence. Rather than rest in the immutability of God, we point to our own calcified sin patterns and declare ourselves unchanging and unchangeable. Like our father Adam and our mother Eve, we long for that which is only intended for God, rejecting our God-given limits and craving the limitlessness we foolishly believe we are capable of wielding and entitled to possess.

To crave an incommunicable attribute is to listen to the Serpent's lure, "You shall be like God." It is the natural inclination of the sinful heart, but as those who have been given a new heart with new desires, we must learn to crave different attributes, those appropriate to a limited being, those that describe the abundant life Jesus came to give to us.

We call these God's communicable attributes, those of his traits that can become true of us, as well. God is holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, truthful, patient, and wise. When we talk about being "conformed to the image of Christ," this is the list we are describing. It is this list I intend to explore, ten attributes that show us how to reflect who God is as Christ did. The more gracious I become, for example, the more I reflect Christ, who perfectly images God.

But where should such a reflection begin? What should be the first thing that comes into my mind when I think about God? Is there even a right answer? I would argue that there is. We just have to lend an ear to the mother of learning — repetition.

First Things First

If it's true that we repeat what is most important, one attribute of God emerges clearly as belonging at the top of the list: holiness. Holiness can be defined as the sum of all moral excellency, "the antithesis of all moral blemish or defilement." It carries the ideas of being set apart, sacred, separate, of possessing utter purity of character.

Following the rule of repetition, the Bible wants our first thought about God to be that he is holy. The word holy appears almost seven hundred times in the Bible. Its verb form, sanctify, appears an additional two hundred times. Those mentions of holy in all its forms are related to things and people and places, but its ties to God himself are striking. No other attribute is joined to the name of God with greater frequency than holiness. Twenty-nine times the Bible mentions his "holy name." He is called the "Holy One of Israel" twenty-five times in the book of Isaiah alone.

God's holiness, his utter purity of character, is what distinguishes him from all other rivals:

Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders. (Ex. 15:11)

There is none holy like the Lord:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God. (1 Sam. 2:2)

The gods of Egypt and Canaan, of Greece and Rome, among their other limitations, made no claims of possessing utter purity of character. The chronicles of their exploits read more like a reality TV show than a sacred text, compelling the devout to gaze voyeuristically on their lurid antics. But the God of Israel possesses a holiness so blinding that no one can look on him and live, a moral purity so devastating that not even the sinless angelic beings who inhabit his immediate presence can bear to look upon him, instead shielding their gaze with their wings:

and day and night they never cease to say,

"Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!" (Rev 4:8; cf. Isa. 6:3)

I am no expert on angelic beings, but it seems likely that the first thing that comes to mind when they think about God is revealed in the one thing they repeat without ceasing: holy, holy, holy.

Here is a repetition particularly worthy of our attention. The rabbis commonly employed twofold repetition to emphasize a point, and we see Jesus employ the same technique in his own teaching with phrases like "Truly, Truly I say to you" and "Many will say to me 'Lord, Lord.'" R. C. Sproul writes,

Only once in sacred Scripture is an attribute of God elevated to the third degree. Only once is a characteristic of God mentioned three times in succession. The Bible says that God is holy, holy, holy. Not that He is merely holy, or even holy, holy. He is holy, holy, holy. The Bible never says that God is love, love, love; or mercy, mercy, mercy; or wrath, wrath, wrath; or justice, justice, justice. It does say that he is holy, holy, holy, that the whole earth is full of His glory.

We repeat what we most want remembered, what is most important, and what is most easily forgotten. The people of God can grow forgetful of what the Bible extols as God's highest attribute, choosing instead to emphasize another in its place. Some churches focus on repeating almost exclusively that he is loving. Some repeat almost exclusively that he is just. The first thing that comes to our minds when we think about God can sometimes be more heavily influenced by our background than by the Bible itself. Even though the Bible repeats God's holiness, our churches may avoid doing so. If the utter purity of God makes the angels avert their gaze, preaching holiness may not be a crowd pleaser. Better to go with an emphasis on love so everyone feels welcome, or better to go with an emphasis on justice so everyone behaves.

God deserves our worship for both his love and his justice. But his love and his justice are imbued with and defined by his holiness — he does not merely love; he loves out of utter purity of character. He does not merely act justly; he acts justly out of utter purity of character. If we emphasize any of his attributes above or apart from his holiness, we fashion him after our own imagining or for our own ends. His love becomes love on human terms, rather than a holy love. His justice becomes justice on human terms, rather than a holy justice.

When we apprehend his holiness, we are changed by the revelation. The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self always go hand in hand. We see ourselves differently because we have seen God as he is. And we understand our calling, to reflect God as Christ did, in a new way.

Holy as He Is Holy

I would expect the first thing we should think about God to be incommunicable — something characteristic of only the Almighty — but it's not. Holiness is an attribute of God that we can reflect. Take a minute to marvel at that thought.

Holiness permeates the entire Christian calling. It lies at the very center of the gospel. We are not merely saved from depravity; we are saved to holiness. Conversion entails consecration.

The Bible presents holiness as both given to us and asked of us. It says, "In Christ, you are made holy. Now be holy."

Hebrews 10:10 assures us that "we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (NIV). What a blessed truth! Christ's sacrifice grants us positional holiness before God. We are set apart as his children. Nothing can remove our positional holiness. Yet, the Bible describes not just positional holiness but also practical holiness.

Here again, repetition serves as our teacher. The Old Testament speaks of holiness as an imperative, and it does so repeatedly:

For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. ... For I am the Lord who brought you up out of the land of Egypt to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. (Lev. 11:44–45)

Speak to all the congregation of the people of Israel and say to them, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy. (Lev. 19:2)

Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. (Lev. 20:7)

You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine. (Lev. 20:26)

We might be tempted to dismiss these instructions as just one more weird part of a weird Old Testament book, no longer applying to those under the new covenant. But the New Testament finds these words echoed on the lips of Jesus himself in the Sermon on the Mount. He deconstructs the Old Testament laws on murder, adultery, divorce, oaths, retaliation, and treatment of enemies, pointing to a deeper obedience of not merely outward actions but also inward motives. Herein lies the righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees. What summary statement does he choose to conclude his point? "You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Matt. 5:48).

It is a statement so jarring that we may be tempted to think he uses it for its shock value. Surely this is just Jesus using hyperbole. But it doesn't sound like a certain listener seated at his feet on that mountainside took it as such. Some thirty years later, Peter writes to a group of fledgling believers: "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy'" (1 Pet. 1:14–16).

Peter repeats what had been repeated to him. Do not be conformed to who you were. Be re-formed to who you should be. Be holy as God is holy.

If you are still wondering what God's will is for your life, allow the apostle Paul to remove any lingering confusion: "For this is the will of God, your sanctification. ... For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness" (1 Thess. 4:3, 7).

Simply put, God's will for your life is that you be holy. That you live a life of set-apartness. That, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you strive for utter purity of character (Heb. 12:14). Every admonition contained in all of Scripture can be reduced to this. Every warning, every law, every encouragement bows to this overarching purpose. Every story of every figure in every corner of every book of the Bible is chanting this call. Be holy, for he is holy.

Chasing Holiness

Because our conversion affects our consecration, those who receive positional holiness will be compelled to pursue practical holiness. As theologian Jerry Bridges notes, "True salvation brings with it a desire to be made holy."

Growing in holiness means growing in our hatred of sin. But reflecting the character of God involves more than just casting off the garment of our old ways. It entails putting on the garment of our new inheritance. Growing in holiness means growing into being loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, truthful, patient, and wise. It means learning to think, speak, and act like Christ every hour of every day that God grants us to walk this earth as the redeemed.

A few years ago, I visited Detroit in early January to see my brother. I thought I had packed warm clothes, but when the plane touched down to a temperature of -2°F, I quickly learned that no matter what I had packed, I would have been unprepared. This Texan didn't own clothes for subzero temperatures. My brother enjoyed gently teasing me about my accent, my thin jacket, my absent scarf and hat, and my inadequate footwear. Unaccustomed to living with snow, I constantly forgot to remove my shoes upon entering the house.

When my brother moved to Detroit from Texas thirty years ago, no doubt he showed up as ill-prepared and odd-fitting as I had. But over time he learned to put off his old Texas clothes and accent and habits and to put on those that matched his new status as a Michigander. He acclimated to his new environment.

Holiness is like that. It is a process of acclimation, by which we learn to behave like the children of God and not like the children of wrath. The more we clothe ourselves in newness of life, the more incongruous we will feel in our old environments and the more at home we will feel with the redeemed. Our separateness will become increasingly evident to those among whom we once walked. Our conversion will affect consecration, a holiness that we need, certainly, but also a holiness that we want above all else.

For this is the will of God, our sanctification.

Note: At the end of each chapter you will find verses, questions, and a prayer prompt to help you remember and apply what you have read. Consider keeping a journal in which you copy or paraphrase each of the verses for meditation, noting what each adds to your understanding of the attribute covered in the chapter. Then journal your answers to the questions, as well as a prayer of response.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Asking the Better Question 11

1 God Most Holy 19

2 God Most Loving 31

3 God Most Good 45

4 God Most Just 57

5 God Most Merciful 71

6 God Most Gracious 85

7 God Most Faithful 97

8 God Most Patient 109

9 God Most Truthful 121

10 God Most Wise 135

Conclusion: Engraved with His Image 147

Notes 155

General Index 159

Scripture Index 163

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In His Image is an invitation to become like the God we worship, to see his characteristics become true of us, the people he has created and redeemed. Jen Wilkin’s work provides a solid and accessible overview of a crucial part of Christian theology. Any believer who reads this book will benefit from its truth.”
Trevin Wax, Director for Bibles and Reference, LifeWay Christian Resources; author, This Is Our Time; Eschatological Discipleship; and Gospel-Centered Teaching

“I have one big problem with this book: people will assume it’s only for women. This couldn’t be further from the truth! God has given Jen Wilkin the gift of making big truths easily understandable, which is great news for a person of average intelligence like myself. All who desire to increase their knowledge of and passion for God should read this book. All who desire to grow in holiness and be conformed to the image of God need to add this to their library. I highly recommend it.”
Stephen Altrogge, author, Untamable God; Creator, The Blazing Center

“A. W. Tozer famously said that what we think about God is the most important and most formative thing about us. Jen Wilkin shows us how the best answers to what we should do are found in what we become, and what we become is determined by our view of God. There is no more important subject matter, and few authors are as capable at communicating such deep truth in simple, engaging ways as Jen Wilkin is.”
J. D. Greear, President, Southern Baptist Convention; author, Not God Enough; Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

In His Image is packed full of theological insight, pastoral wisdom, real-life application, and plenty of self-deprecation. Along with its predecessor, None Like Him, it is essential reading for understanding what God is like and what it looks like for us to live in light of that.”
Sam Allberry,Speaker, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries; author, Is God Anti-Gay? and 7 Myths about Singleness

“This book is for everyone who stresses over her decisions, constantly wondering whether or not she’s in God’s will. Jen Wilkin graciously turns these questions upside down by encouraging us to know and behold the character of God, allowing that to inform and transform our actions as image bearers. In His Image presents a biblical and practical explanation of God’s communicable attributes that anyone can grasp, enjoy, and apply!”
Emily Jensen, Cofounder, Risen Motherhood; Cohost, Risen Motherhood podcast

Who should I be? This is a question many of us don’t explore, at least not that explicitly, and yet the answer to this question is essential to everything about us as Christians. Jen Wilkin helps answer this question in her outstanding book In His Image. Wilkin takes us through God’s communicable attributes, teaching us how we can reflect our Creator God. Her careful study of God’s Word and theology makes In His Image a must-read.”
Trillia Newbell, author, Sacred Endurance; If God Is for Us; and God’s Very Good Idea

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rkfall More than 1 year ago
This book nails the premise of seeking God’s will. The very fact that we are currently able to breathe in and out means that we are recipients of His mercy. I love how she spoke on justice, mercy, and grace. She said that justice is getting what we deserve. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we do not deserve. She called mercy and grace sisters. She talks about God and all His amazing attributes and HOW, we as His children, are to walk in the light of these truths about Him and us as we are made in His Image. I highly recommend this read and look forward to reading more from her in the future. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"God's will for our lives is that we conform to the image of Christ, whose incarnation shows us humanity perfectly formed to the image of God. " - Jen Wilkin I was recently sent a complimentary copy of "In His Image" by Jen Wilken from Crossway to review. I chose this particular book to review because I absolutely love Jen's work. Her book "Women of the Word," is one of my favorites which teaches women how to stay focused and driven in studying God's word. There was no doubt in my mind that "In His Image" would disappoint me. What would I rate this book? Five stars! Why? That is why I want to share a few quotes that stand out to me in this book and why I love them. "Simply put, God’s will for your life is that you be holy. That you live a life of set-apartness. That, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you strive for utter purity of character (Heb. 12:14). Every admonition contained in all of Scripture can be reduced to this. Every warning, every law, every encouragement bows to this overarching purpose. Every story of every figure in every corner of every book of the Bible is chanting this call. Be holy, for he is holy." - Jen Wilkin For me, this quote reminds us, of our true purpose here on earth - to be holy! While we often wonder or parade the question of "What is God's will for my life?" This quote holds true. This is what we should place first! "The church must be a bastion of patience. As the rest of the world chases the next new thing every eight seconds or less, we must be those who turn our eyes toward the long view. We must be known for our staying power when loving our neighbors takes longer than we expected and is harder than we thought. It takes patience to run with endurance, but that is the race the world needs to see us run. It may just be what catches and holds their attention in a goldfish world. Let patience be found among the people of God. He is not finished with us yet." - Jen Wilkin Whew! Patience! Isn't this something that many of us need help with? I admit that this is something that I'm working on. This is a reminder that we MUST be different from "the world." Patience is a virtue. "A lost person can make "good choices." But only a person indwelt by the Holy Spirit can make a good choice for the purpose of glorifying God." - Jen Wilkin Following this quote, Jen goes explain how the Gospel re-images us. I stand in full agreement that if we are immersed and rooted in God's word, there is transformation! If you are thinking about reading this book, I would highly recommend it. I'm certain that it will calm the back and forth thoughts in your head about God's will for your life. The author points you to God's word in every chapter in order to trust God's process and not your own.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
He placed one hand on the door frame, shifted his weight to one foot, and then placed the other small boot toe-down on the floor. Looking at his dad, he checked his hand position and then assumed the facial expression he deemed appropriate to the occasion, a conversation among “the guys.” My grandson’s imitation of his dad is endearing, but it is also instructional. If you want to be like someone, even if that Someone is God, you study their actions and do your best to imitate and replicate them. If you want to be like God, and if God has revealed Himself through inspired writing as One who values and embodies particular qualities, then you have your marching orders. In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character is Jen Wilkin’s affirmation that God’s character, revealed in Scripture, is the believer’s template: “How should the knowledge that God is _________________ change the way I live?” (21) Who Should I Be? A laser focus on the character and attributes of God impacts on my own character, but it also shifts my perception for decision making. When I am seeking the will of God, I have tended to ask, “What should I do?” when the better question is “Who should I be?” Wilkin expresses the tension well and from personal experience: “Perhaps you’ve known the frustration of hearing silence, or worse, of acting on a hunch or ‘leading’ only to find later that you apparently had not heard the Lord’s will. I know that process better than I’d like to admit, and I also know the shame that accompanies it–the sense that I’m tone-deaf to the Holy Spirit, that I’m terrible at discovering God’s will. . . .His will does not need discovering. It is in plain sight. To see it we need to start asking the question that deals with his primary concern. We need to ask, ‘Who should I be?'” Here’s what it boils down to: “What does it profit me to make the right choice if I’m still the wrong person? A lost person can make ‘good choices.’ But only a person indwelt by the Holy Spirit can make a good choice for the purpose of glorifying God.” So while there is no list of words, no magical set of adjectives that can fully encompass the character and nature of God, Jen Wilkin has chosen ten attributes that assist the reader in modeling a life after the character of God. For example, God’s holiness is his most frequently cited attribute in Scripture. What does His utter purity of character mean for the believer who claims a desire to be like Jesus? Practical holiness, according to Jerry Bridges, includes a “desire to be made holy.” This leads me to ask myself a number of razor-edged questions: Am I praying about the sanctification of my kids–and myself? Are my motives for right behavior results-oriented or am I seeking holiness for its own glorious sake? Asking the Better Question In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character has heightened my awareness of God’s attributes as a doorway to worship, and the journey actually began for me when I read Wilkin’s earlier release None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing.) In our efforts to understand the nature of God and to reflect His character, it is true that we are invited by the God who is holy, loving, good, just, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise to enter into the embodiment of these virtues as part of our sanctification process. These attributes of God are ...continue reading at Living Our Days
Ronja Oksanen More than 1 year ago
Sometimes we ask What is God’s will for my life? when we should really be asking Who should I be? The Bible has an answer: Be like the very image of God. By exploring ten characteristics of who God is — holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise — In His Image helps us understand who God intends for us to be. In Jen Wilkin’s In His Image, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow his will and are conformed to his image. The first book I read from Jen Wilkin was Women of the Word, and I read that book twice in a row. Then came out None Like Him, and it immediately became on of my favorite books. The same happened with this one, In His Image. I was only a couple chapters into this book when I knew it would become a favorite of mine. As I read In His Image, I took pages and pages of notes. Because this book? It holds so much wisdom on the character of God — and on us. There wasn’t that much time between reading None Like Him and In His Image — and I think that is a good way to read these two books. Because when we understand how we are different from God, we can better understand how we can be like God. And we understand who God intends for us to be. Which is exactly what Jen Wilkin unpacks for us here, beautifully. And I know I will be re-reading this one again and again, as there is so much to learn and to apply to my own life. Jen Wilkin also provides space for own study in In His Image. Each chapter comes with references to Bible verses that speak on the attribute of God that is being discussed in the chapter. There are also questions to ponder upon and to reflect on, that help the reader to process all that has been discussed. I recommend reading In His Image, no matter where you are in life. Though this book seems like one written for women, it is not that. Therefore I truly recommend for everyone to read this — and then get a copy for everyone you know. This book is golden, so full of wisdom and truth.
stefanie_sugia More than 1 year ago
In His Image tries to help those who are always questioning about what is God's will in their life. The author states that instead of asking "What should I do next?", we need to start asking "Who should I be?". This book will help us learn to transform our lives into who we should have been according to God's will. First and foremost, there's a difference between God's incommunicable and communicable attributes. Incommunicable attributes are those that belong to God alone, such as: omnipresence, omniscience, etc. In this book, Jen Wilkin focused on describing 10 of God's communicable attributes that we can exhibit through our lives: that God is holy, loving, good, just, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise. I absolutely love this book because it has certainly made me reflect upon my life, pondered about whether my life has reflect God's character or not. I personally think the author was able to interpret God's character in a relatable way, using examples from our daily life and also her experiences, while at the same time quoting the Bible for references. Even though this is quite a short book to read, I find myself reading it a slower pace so that I'll be able to take it all in. I especially love the fact that each chapter ends with a reflection page filled with Bible verses to meditate on, some questions for us to answer and reflect upon, and also a prayer prompt. These pages will help us in remembering what we have understand and guide us in finding practical ways to reflect God's characters in our lives. One of my most favorite chapters in this book is the one about Wisdom. In this chapter, the author describes Godly wisdom and uses the example of Solomon from the Old Testament. And then she makes the comparison between wisdom and knowledge. This part really opened my mind because there are many times when I asked God to tell me what to do, and Jen Wilkin categorizes that as asking for knowledge instead of asking for wisdom. She uses a very good and relatable parable to illustrates the difference. Rather than constantly asking for knowledge, wisdom is having an internal framework for making decisions that will be able to discern what is the will of God, what is good, acceptable, and perfect. Another chapter that I really like is Patience. I certainly know for sure that God is most patient, because He's been constantly patient with me through my failures. In this chapter, the author encourages us to be patient as God is patient—which obviously is not an easy thing to do. Impatience is closely related to an easily kindled, unrighteous anger, thus we need to be able to prevent ourselves from losing patience. This chapter encourages us that every time we are about to lose our patience, we need to remind ourselves of God's perfect patience and follow His example. After reading this book, I'm really interested to read Jen Wilkin's previous book: None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us, which talks about God's incommunicable characters. I really enjoyed her writing in this one, so I think I'll be able to love her previous work as well. In His Image is definitely a book that I would want to reread again some time in the future, to remind and help me reflect upon my life as time goes by. I highly recommend this book because it has encouraged me a lot to strive to be transformed into the likeness of God.