(Review) None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin
Publication Date: April 30, 2016
Genre: Nonfiction, Christianity, Attributes of God
Rating: 5 stars for excellent
Chapter One---Infinite, The God of No Limits
Chapter Two---Incomprehensible, The God of Infinite Mystery
Chapter Three---Self-Existent, The God of Infinite Creativity
Chapter Four---Self-Sufficient, The God of Infinite Provision
Chapter Five---Eternal, The God of Infinite Days
Chapter Six---Immutable, The God of Infinite Sameness
Chapter Seven---Omnipresent, The God of Infinite Place
Chapter Eight---Omniscient, The God of Infinite Knowledge
Chapter Nine---Omnipotent, The God of Infinite Power
Chapter Ten---Sovereign, The God of Infinite Rule
The introduction begins with an emphasis on being a "God-fearing woman," and Wilkin's never thought she would write an intro piece on this subject or on Proverbs 31. It's a chapter of the Bible she has steered clear of because it has been zealously taught in the church in reference to being a Christian woman. Nevertheless, Wilkin's began to look at this verse not from the perspective of what it states about women but what it says about God. It was a light bulb moment, and it is the start of a remarkable book on God's attributes.
When we fear God rightly, we recognize him for who he truly is: a God of no limits, and therefore, utterly unlike anyone of anything we know. This is the start of becoming wise. Page 13.Several attributes of God are taught in None Like Him, and they are outlined in the chapters section. God is alone is worthy of all praise, all glory, and all honor.
This is the third book I've read from Jen Wilkin.
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with all Our Hearts and Our Minds
1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ
Several reasons led me to give None Like Him 5 stars for excellent:
- Jen Wilkin is a teacher who is concise. I've never had to try and figure out what Wilkin is teaching. Her statements and points are understandable.
- She speaks direct and with conviction, and this comes through to the reader. For example: "When we ask another human to be unlimitedly trustworthy in any area, we are asking someone who is only human to be God." Page 27.
- She pushes my mind to reflect on things I'd not considered. For example: "If God needed anything at all outside himself, he would be capable of being controlled by that need. A need is a limit, and as we have seen, God has no limits. Because he needs nothing outside himself, he cannot be controlled or coerced, manipulated or blackmailed by another who possesses what he lacks...We humans know well the relationship between need and control." Page 61.
- Chapter Five held wise advice for me. I am to live in the present. How often I've thought of regrets and the changes I would make differently. For example: not become involved in an abusive relationship. But I am reminded to live in the present, live for this day. Don't think about past failures. Don't worry about tomorrow. Just deal with today.
- On page 103, Wilkin expresses: God does not need to be invited into our day, whether the day is good or bad. God is with us. He is with us in our pain and He is with us in our joy.
None Like Him is one of the best Christian nonfiction books I've read this year. I want to encourage you to invest in this gem!