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Who Do You Think You Are? A book Review

Who Do You Think You Are? By Mark Driscoll

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

5:20 AM

Who Do You Think You Are? Is the first Mark Driscoll book that I have ever read.  I had heard a lot about Driscoll and I even had some friends who attended the church that he pastors for a short time, until they had to move to a different part of the country, and I had intentionally stayed away from him because of some of the things I had heard.  However, the premise of this book was so good and so needed that I decided I couldn't pass it up.

I will have to say I wasn't disappointed at all.  Driscoll's main idea in the book is that we as Christians desperately need to understand who we are in Christ.  This helps us see what God has done for us in Jesus and it also serves as motivation to live our lives as children of God in our world today.  Because of that this book serves as a gift to the church.  There is nothing in it that is earth shattering per se, no truths that we haven't heard before, but having them all laid our together in one very well written package serves as a great discipleship resource for the local church.

Driscoll takes the book of Ephesians systematically going through it and using the "in Christ" statements that are found in the book to show us what our identity is in Christ.  Many people struggle today because they just simply do not know who they are.  Many try to find their identities in the things of the world and they end up miserable because of it.  Christians are not immune from this trap, as many times we too try to find worth and meaning in the things of the world, simply because we don't know who we are in Christ.

I can envision using this book with a friend who might be lost , or using it with new Christians to teach them some of the fundamentals of the faith.  That being said this is a book that more mature Christians will appreciate as well.  It is written in a very gospel-centered, Bible focused style, with Driscoll keeping his focus firmly on what the Bible teaches in the book of Ephesians.  His writing also utilizes many different stories of people who were in different stations of life because they had no idea about their identity in Christ.  These personal testimonies show us the power of the Gospel and remind us of the fact that God can transform even the most difficult heart.

Our identity in Christ also motivates us as Christians to live life God's way and always try to do the right thing because we are children of God.  Driscoll says that Paul presents the "indicatives before the imperatives."  In other words he tells us the good news of who we are in Christ before telling us what we should do and how we should live in Christ.  Driscoll follows this same pattern in his book and because of that it is very motivational and it serves as a great discipleship tool for followers of Jesus in any stage of life.

Because of that I would recommend this book to anybody.  For those who don't know Jesus, it serves as a good tool to show them what they are missing.  For those who are young Christians it could be a foundational resource to help them learn who they are in Christ.  And for older Christians it is a book that could be highly motivational as they continue to walk with Jesus. 

(4.5 out of 5 stars)