The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can't Get Their Act Together

The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can't Get Their Act Together

by Jared C. Wilson

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Overview

Too many discipleship books are written for clean, perfect people who know all the right Sunday school answers. The Imperfect Disciple is for the rest of us--people who screw up, people who are weary, people who are wondering if it's safe to say what they're really thinking.

For the believer who is tired of quasi-spiritual lifehacks being passed off as true, down-and-dirty discipleship, here is a discipleship book that isn't afraid to be honest about the mess we call real life. With incisive wit, warm humor, and moving stories, Jared Wilson shows readers how the gospel works in them and in their lives when

- they can't get their act together
- they think God is giving them the silent treatment
- they think church would be better without all the people
- they're not happy with the person in the mirror
- and much more

Wilson frees readers from the self-doubt and even the misplaced self-confidence they may feel as they walk with Jesus down the often difficult road of life. The result is a faith that weathers storms, lifts burdens, and goes forth to make more imperfect disciples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493409273
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 209,914
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jared C. Wilson is the director of content strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and managing editor of For the Church, Midwestern's site for gospel-centered resources. He is the author of several books, including Unparalleled, The Story of Everything, The Wonder-Working God, The Prodigal Church, and Gospel Wakefulness. His writing has appeared in Tabletalk, Rev! magazine, Exponential's Leadership Learnings, Pulpit Helps magazine, and numerous other publications. His blog, The Gospel-Driven Church, is hosted by the Gospel Coalition, and he speaks at numerous churches and conferences throughout the year. Wilson lives in Kansas City.

Table of Contents

You Should Probably Read This Introduction 11

When You Wonder If This Book Is Worth Reading

1 Sin and the Art of Soul Maintenance 15

When You Can't Get Your Act Together

2 Good News for Losers 33

When You Don't See the Advantage of Being at the Bottom

3 Staring at the Glory until You See It 53

When You Struggle to Believe Beholding Is Better Than Behaving

4 The Rhythm of Listening 73

When You Think God Is Giving You the Silent Treatment

5 The Rhythm of Spilling Your Guts 99

When You Realize You're the One Giving the Silent Treatment

6 The Revolution Will Not Be Instagrammed 117

When You Think Church Would Be Better without All the People

7 The Nine Irrefutable Laws of Followship 147

When You Feel Stuck

8 Will the Real Me Please Stand Up? 175

When You're Not Happy with the Person in the Mirror

9 Does Grace Go All the Way Down? 197

When You Wonder If It Could Get Any Worse

10 Lurv Wins 211

When You Look Forward to the End

This Conclusion Isn't Very Long 229

When You're Almost Done Reading This Book

Notes 231

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The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can't Get Their Act Together 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CisnerosCafe More than 1 year ago
I rushed to pick up this book because I am attracted to the notion of an Imperfect Disciple. The title resonated with me and the book cover design was beautiful. I often judge books by the cover. Who are we kidding? I completely understand Wilson’s approach. It’s a conversational text on walking in discipleship and a call to have an actual relationship with the Most High. But, I am not sold on the approach. I was put off by the joking jabs at teenage girls, the incessant need to drive a point home by pointing out that Jesus called a woman a dog in the Bible, and the overwhelming amount of times the word idiot, loser, and stupid used to refer to the writer and the reader. I mustered the courage to finish the book through the lens of what jarred me from the beginning. This is the first encounter I’ve had with Jared C. Wilson. It is also the first book of his I’ve picked up. At this point, I’m not a fan. I will pick up another book because I feel we can’t entirely know an author until we’ve read a couple of their works. I’m still on the fence about recommending this book.