Thinking Out Loud

December 16, 2008

He Loves Me by Wayne Jacobsen – a remix of 05/03/08

Filed under: books, Christianity, Faith, theology — Tags: , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 11:21 pm

he-loves-meWith all the excitement over The Shack, I’m always amazed at the number of people who don’t know about the other two books from the same publisher.   I actually read the books in a different order; I started with So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore by Wayne Jacobsen and Dave Coleman first.  (On some copies these authors names are mashed as Jake Colsen.)  Then I read Wayne Jacobsen’s excellent book He Loves Me. I actually read The Shack last.

One of my memorable ‘takeaways’ from He Loves Me is the section concerning what happened at the cross.

Wayne suggests that we tend to look at the Father and the Son as a kind of “Good cop / bad cop” situation where the Father’s wrath is poured out on the Son.   He suggests instead we look at the solution to our sin problem being resolved “in God.”   This fits well with other teaching in the book that relates Calvary to the events in Eden.

Wayne compares the transgression of Adam and Eve as similar to the story of the prodigal son.  He says the father in that story was not unwilling to grant the son’s request if it meant that he would eventually reach the end of himself, and return.   This is not unlike God’s position in Eden; He is already working out that Adam, Eve and their descendants — us — will get to that point where we reach the end of ourselves and seek reconciliation with the Father.

As I mentioned previously, this book is published by the same group that does phenomenal bestseller The Shack, and Wayne Jacobsen is half of the writing team behind So You Don’t Want To Go To Church Anymore. Unlike the other two books, this one isn’t composed as fiction and appears in the more familiar “Christian living” format.   However, if you enjoyed The Shack…

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  1. […] For He Loves Me, here’s my review from December 16, 2008, a remix review from May 3rd. […]

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