Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity In Christ by Mark Driscoll and published by Thomas Nelson is a book to help Christians know who they are. Taking the book of Ephesians as a roadmap, Driscoll moves through Ephesians showing how the apostle Paul describes what it means to be “in Christ.” Taking a paragraph from Ephesians, the author makes applications to the readers’ lives that the Christian is a saint, blessed, appreciated, saved, reconciled, afflicted, heard, gifted, new, forgiven, adopted, loved, rewarded, and victorious in Christ. As you read the book, you feel like you are moving through the six chapters of Ephesians with a trusted teacher who is making practical life observations so that you can become what God has called you to be in Christ.
One disappointment is his treatment concerning the doctrine of predestination.
“Why does God save some people and not others? Is God unfair and unloving to save some people and not others? Is there no hope of salvation for those who are not chosen by God? Sadly, the hard questions are often debated more than the divine truth of predestination celebrated — before time began, God predestined a plan to love and save his people” (Kindle location 1108).
It is completely unfair to ignore the hard questions of predestination by saying that we should just celebrate the doctrine. Driscoll does not prove that predestination means what he think it means and does not deal with the major objections to this interpretation of predestination. Assuming Calvin’s view of predestination and failing to give a defense, or at least an explanation for why he thinks Calvin’s understanding of predestination was correct, is a shortcoming. If you think that predestination means that God is sovereignly choosing only to save certain people and not others though God declares that he does not want any to perish (2 Peter 3:9), then some sort of reconciliation of this issue would have been very helpful. While this book is certainly not intended to be an exploration in theology, for the author to admit difficulties and hard questions with the doctrine of predestination only to not answer them is quite stunning. Convince me as to why predestination means what you think it means! Otherwise I have not been helped in my faith that I have received “the blessing of predestination.”
Despite this disappointment, the book is well written and easy to read. As a Bible teacher, I look forward to using this book to assist me in my studies and teachings from the book of Ephesians. At the end of the book, the reader should have a much better grasp of the identity he or she possesses in Christ. Christians easily forget who they are and this book provides a great reminder of who we are and what that means for living godly lives. This book is worth buying and I looking forward to reading it again.
*This book was provided to me free of charge from Thomas Nelson in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.