Tuesday, January 30, 2018

book review: Life in the Wild

Title: Life in the Wild: Fighting for Faith in a Fallen World
Author: Dan DeWitt
Publisher: The Good Book Company
Date: 2018

In “Life in the Wild”, Dan DeWitt aims to help us better understand, from a Biblical perspective, where we are and how we can live in the world around us.

Life in the Wild” is an exploration of living in what DeWitt calls “the wild,” the place between the Garden of Eden and eternity in God’s presence. 

Life in the Wild” is, in at least some senses, an exploration of the opening three chapters of Genesis, and specifically the consequences of the fall. All of us have a longing for what was lost and a longing for the blessings that are to come in the future, but now, we are stuck in a place that is marred by sin. DeWitt walks us through several areas of life to show us not only how to survive but how to thrive in the wild (which we can’t actually do by ourselves). 

I’m not going to summarize all the chapters, but a few highlights are his excellent description of guilt and shame, their relationship to each other and their differences.

The second area I would highlight is the idea of stewardship of the earth being a Christian duty. Sadly, not many Christian worldview books highlight this. Too many Christians view this as a secular/liberal thing to do.

If you are living between Eden and eternity, this book is for you. Read it and be encouraged for your journey “in the wild”’ rooted and grounded in biblical truths and the hope that one day all things will be made new. The book is accessible, short, full of hope, helpful for anyone with questions about “life in the wild.”

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