Whole: Restoring What is Broken in Me, You, and the Entire World, Steve Wiens, NavPress, 2017.

We do not have to look far to see just how broken the world is. It seems that almost daily the news is reporting on another shooting, another disaster, another event that gives us pause. It could be argued that the world is broken because we who make up the world are broken too.

There is brokenness all around us.

It is in this context that Steve Wiens writes his beautiful and relevant book Whole. Wiens is not afraid to call attention to the jagged edges of his own life, and the world.

Since reading his book, I have been following him on Twitter, and he does the same there. The Wiens we meet in the pages of Whole seems to be the real thing.

Wiens explores how biblical and cultural redemptive stories intersect with our own. He uses the familiar narrative of Moses and the Exodus, Wiens takes the reader on a journey to redeem the image of God within each of us.

Wiens does what so few writers are able to do. He welcomes the reader in and is able to deliver profound ideas and thoughts in a matter that does not turn the average reader away.  All while leaving enough room for the reader to reflect on how all of this intersects with our own lives.

And, Wiens is a lover of words and where words come from. He often shares not just what a Hebrew word translates to, but gets to the root of the word. He is gentle in his explanation of these words, as well as in his explanation of how they connect to our brokenness and redemption.

Racham is a word used to describe the action of someone who is showing deep affection, compassion, or mercy for someone else.” (page 90)

Compassion is essential to the life of the Christian.

Author Steve Wiens

As an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, I appreciated Wiens’ discussion on compassion. And for about a dozen pages, he weaves the meaning and act of compassion with freedom from fear and brokenness. “Compassion,” Wiens writes, “paves the way for miracles.” (page 100)

Wiens’ Whole is a small group resource. Each chapter ends with a prayer and discussion questions. Wiens also includes a glossary of Hebrew words used in his writing. The book could easily be used as a church-wide study, complete with a sermon series based on the book. As a study, it invites individuals to share their own stories of brokenness and redemption, which could be a very powerful way for church members to connect to one another.

Wiens does what so few writers are able to do. He welcomes the reader in and is able to deliver profound ideas and thoughts in a matter that does not turn the average reader away.  All while leaving enough room for the reader to reflect on how all of this intersects with our own lives.

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Thanks to Tyndale Blog Network and the publisher for a review copy.