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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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.
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
General Index 159
Scripture Index 163
What People are Saying About This
“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, Bible and Reference Publisher, LifeWay Christian Resources; author, This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths in Light of the Gospel
“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, author, Not God Enough; President, Southern Baptist Convention; 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, God’s Very Good Idea; Enjoy; andFear and Faith
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.