Blogging for Books- “Who Do You Think You Are?” by Mark Driscoll

Who Do You Think You Are? is the most recent book by Mark Driscoll who is the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. I’ve read a number of his books and this is one of his best. It is pastoral, practical, and very helpful for Christians at any stage in their relationship with Jesus.

The book reads like an exposition of the book of Ephesians. The overarching theme that ties the chapters together is the identity that Christians have in Jesus versus the identities we create for ourselves. Each chapter begins with a text from the book of Ephesians and proceeds to use that text to reinforce different aspects of Christian identity. The names of a few of the chapters should give you an idea of what to expect: “I Am New,” “I Am Forgiven,” “I Am Adopted.” Each chapter serves as a reminder to Christians that their true identity is not in their job, their past, or their stuff but rather in Jesus.

The biggest weakness of this book, from my perspective, is the personal stories that Mark Driscoll shares at the beginning of each chapter to serve as practical examples of people who have had their identities changed by Jesus. Many of them have a common thread of sexual sin and sexual abuse. Those are certainly huge and pressing issues that many people face but I think that some folks will have a hard time identifying with some of the examples included in the book. Perhaps this is a symptom of his last book being Real Marriage and still having a host of unused stories and examples. Whatever the reason, it is something to keep in mind should you decide to pick up this book.

Overall, this is a strong effort by Mark Driscoll. It is an especially useful book for a new Christian who is wanting to learn more about their new identity in Christ.

Disclaimer- I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review.

 

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