None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)

None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)

by Jen Wilkin

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ISBN-13: 9781433549861
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 04/14/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 134,772
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women’s Bible studies. She has a background in women’s ministry, and has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. She is the author of Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.


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: On Becoming a God-Fearing Woman 9

1 Infinite 15

The God of No Limits

2 Incomprehensible 31

The God of Infinite Mystery

3 Self-Existent 43

The God of Infinite Creativity

4 Self-Sufficient 57

The God of Infinite Provision

5 Eternal 69

The God of Infinite Days

6 Immutable 83

The God of Infinite Sameness

7 Omnipresent 93

The God of Infinite Place

8 Omniscient 107

The God of Infinite Knowledge

9 Omnipotent 123

The God of Infinite Power

10 Sovereign 139

The God of Infinite Rule

Conclusion: Fearful and Wonderful 153

Notes 159

Scripture Index 161

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“I have had the privilege of personally knowing Jen Wilkin for several years. She is a woman intoxicated by the God of the Bible and has written None Like Him by staring at his majesty. The soul is healed not by gazing at its broken pieces, but by gazing at the beauty of its creator and surrendering to the ‘I can’ts, but he cans.’ I pray you melt into the relief of belonging to the One who is unlike any other as you read this book.”
Matt Chandler,Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Mingling of Souls and The Explicit Gospel

“In an upside-down world that has humanized God and deified man, Jen Wilkin brings us the best news imaginable: our God is infinitely greater, more powerful, more majestic, and more wonderful than we can possibly fathom. Jen calls us to lift our eyes upward, to earnestly contemplate his attributes, and to humbly acknowledge our own limits. As we do, our hearts will be filled with wonder and awe that such a God should stoop to save and love us.”
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author, Lies Women Believe and Adorned; Founder and Teacher, Revive Our Hearts

“My wife and I love Jen Wilkin. She represents a rising generation of evangelical women discontent with the status quo, yet fiercely committed to the Scriptures. Her teaching is provocative without approaching compromise, revolutionary without seeking novelty. This book is rock solid, and it portends an encouraging future for evangelicalism.”
J. D. Greear, author, Not God Enough; President, Southern Baptist Convention; Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

“Far beyond a Sunday school lesson listing the attributes of God, None Like Him evokes a sense of both familiarity and wonder around the characteristics of the Almighty we worship. This book puts us in our place, beneath the God of all and over all.”
Kate Shellnutt, Associate Editor, Christianity Today; Editor,Her.meneutics

“This book made me want Jen Wilkin as my best friend. But far more than that, it made me grateful that Jen Wilkin’s God is my God. Books that are this theologically rich while also being this funny, this personal, and this penetrating are rare. So don’t miss this one.”
Nancy Guthrie, author, Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story

"As [Wilkin] compares human flaws and weaknesses with God's steady and unchangeable characteristics, readers of faith will be reinvigorated by the assurance of God's unvarying, all-encompassing nature."
Publishers Weekly

“What happens when women learn about the attributes of God? They rightfully praise him for who he is! Jen Wilkin has written a helpful book introducing the attributes that belong to God alone, while revealing our own tendencies to try to produce counterfeits in others or ourselves. A better understanding of who God is builds our faith and helps to guard against damaging theology. Jen presses the reader to see how God’s incommunicable attributes affect our own spirituality.”
Aimee Byrd, author, Why Can’t We Be Friends? and No Little Women

“Many of us attribute to God the characteristics of our fallen earthly fathers. In this study, Jen walks us through a better foundation for knowing and relating to our Father in heaven—Scripture itself. None Like Him is a helpful resource that reminds us that ‘the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.’”
Wendy Horger Alsup, mother; author, Practical Theology for Women and The Gospel-Centered Woman

“This wonderful book is big on truth and big on God, which means it is very good for my soul. Jen’s exploration of God’s attributes and her reminder of all the ways I’m not God and don’t have to be God ministered to me as a wife, as a mother, and as a Christian. If true wisdom starts with the knowledge of God and the knowledge of ourselves, then here is a book full of wisdom.”
Trisha DeYoung, happy wife to Kevin DeYoung, author of Just Do Something and Crazy Busy; stay-at-home adventurous mother of six

“Many of us believe that greater peace and self-awareness come from exploring our own psyche or learning what makes us tick. But Jen Wilkin believes that greater self-knowledge comes from knowing and reverencing the One who is knowledge himself. In None Like Him, she invites us to learn how God’s nature transcends our own and why the difference between us is good news. In fact, it’s the very best news.”
Hannah Anderson, author, Made for More and Humble Roots

“In my ministry to college students, I am rarely asked questions about morality or theology. They ask for wisdom. Young people yearn to know how the world works and how to work well within it. Jen sets us on the right path by inviting us all to the essential starting point: awestruck wonder at our Maker. We must see how the eternal connects with the mundane if our lives are going to be filled with a sense of meaning. This is a resource that I would love to see in the hands of all of our students.”
Ben Stuart, Executive Director, Breakaway Ministries

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None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm homeschooled and my mom loves to read this book when we are doing our honework
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Toward a Theology of Reverence and Awe It is staggering to think that the life of faith is really an invitation to share in the nature of God. He is holy, and he calls the believer to a life of holiness, providing the means and the might to make it happen. He is loving, and He pours His love through us in surprising ways. He is just, merciful, gracious, and wise — and the list could grow very long, but — miraculously — it is a list that the believer can grow into by walking in obedience to the commands of God through the power of the Spirit of God within. In None Like Him, Jen Wilkin ponders another list of God’s attributes: the ones in which humans are not invited to share, and which, by their very nature, can be true only of God. She examines ten of these traits, helping her readers to appreciate the uniqueness of God while at the same time disclosing the startling truth that, like our ancestor Eve, we are still in the family business of aspiring to become like God. The challenge for us, then, is to aspire to be more like our Heavenly Father without seeking to usurp His position! Only God is infinite. He cannot be measured, and He has no limits or boundaries. Job 11:7-9 finds even the vast heavens and the broad seas are not not up to the job of demonstrating the infinitude of God’s greatness. A right response to an immeasurable God is celebration of our own God-ordained limits. They teach us the fear of the Lord and remind us that we are not meant to be “like God in His unlimited divinity; we are to be like God in our limited humanity. Image bearing means becoming fully human, not becoming divine.” Only God is incomprehensible. A life time of searching the Scriptures will not uncover all that there is to know about God — and yet He is able to be “sufficiently known.” By contrast, we humans are knowable and known by a Creator whose expertise (expressed in Psalm 139:1-6) surpasses even our own self-knowledge. Believing that only God is an expert on human nature relieves me of the “responsibility” for judging my neighbor’s faults, allowing me to bring my own faults to the God who understands my nature and invites me into a life-long exploration of His limitless perfection. Only God is self-sufficient. Acts 17:24-25 makes the critical connection between God’s creative power and His absolute independence from His creation. This is a cause for rejoicing, for since God has no needs, He cannot be tempted by anything. On the other hand, our needs are many and urgent. Although we have been bent and broken by the fall, this state of dependence is not an outcome of our fallenness. Adam and Eve were created to need God and his provision. Ironically, it is when we view need as a flaw and suppress our humanity (again, striving to be God), we go without necessary rest, “starve ourselves to a size 2,” and practice saying “I’m fine” in front of the mirror until we believe it ourselves. Divine self-sufficiency is a given. Human attempts to masquerade as self-sufficient lead to prayerlessness, forgetfulness of God’s provision, anger at our limitations, side stepping the conviction of the Holy Spirit when we sin, and refusing help from brothers and sisters in the body of Christ. Only God is eternal. Time binds us like cords. It chafes against our do-list and keeps us in continual catch-up mode. Even our preferences and manner of life are time bound to the era that we call home. God, on the other hand, transcends time — ev
susanwalkergirl More than 1 year ago
It was my privilege to read Jen Wilkin’s newest book None Like Him – 10 Ways God Is Different From Us (and Why That’s a Good Thing). As a student in her Bible study class I was excited for the opportunity to read her latest release. If it was anything like her Bible studies, I knew I would be challenged and indeed I was. In None Like Him, Jen takes a look at God through His unique attributes: Infinite, Incomprehensible, Self-Existent, Self-Sufficient, Eternal, Immutable, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent and Sovereign. I felt like she was holding up a gem and looking at the different facets of God as the light shines through them. She does this through comparison looking at what God has revealed about Himself in Scripture and contrasting that to how different we are as humans. Jen effectively helped me to see God more clearly and look at myself in the mirror of God’s Word (not always a pretty picture). Because she is open and transparent, it makes some of the hard things she shares and confronts the reader with more tolerable. Especially in light of the good goal of becoming a God-fearing woman. There were times I felt like Jen had been reading my diary because what she expressed captured my thoughts, feelings and experiences. I highlighted many passages in this book to look back on. I especially appreciate the tools she has at the end of each chapter. She includes verses to meditate on that highlight the attribute of God studied in that chapter. Also included are thought provoking questions for reflection and the invitation to write out a pray to God. I highly recommend None Like Him by Jen Wilkin. This is a wonderful book. Even though I received a free copy of the e-book, I’m going to purchase a hardcopy so I can go through this again at my own pace and take a closer at each attribute of God. This summer I am hoping to join with friends as we go through None Like Him during our break from Bible study. I also want to purchase some additional copies of this book to share with family and friends. I would like to thank Net Galley and Crossway Publishers for the opportunity to read None Like Him by Jen Wilkin in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.