Review: Who do you think you are?
Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ
by Mark Driscoll
Published by Thomas Nelson.
Mark Driscoll is the pastor the internet loves to hate. He’s infamous for his loud, often obnoxious style, and saying things which get him into trouble. What relief then, to discover that there’s none of this bombast here.
The book is dedicated to his teenage daughter, and carries therefore, the appropriate love and passion of a father. In fact, Driscoll made the comment that this book is
the best thing I’ve written by a long stretch, and there’s no landmine of controversy—just the stuff I tell my 15-year-old daughter regarding who she truly is.
I think he’s right: this is the best thing I’ve read from him, and I would love to see him bring this gentler, fatherly approach into the rest of his public ministry. But to be honest, I found this book a bit of a struggle to finish at times*, not because of it’s difficulty, but simply that I personally found the style a little boring. While Driscoll is a charismatic speaker, I’m not convinced he’s a particularly great writer. The book consists of 16 chapters exploring Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians in regards to what it says about our identity.
Style aside, the strength of the book is the way Driscoll covers all the various implications of finding our identity in Christ in a way that young and new believers will be able to approach, exploring and explaining things like justification, adoption, prayer, and forgiveness. The strongest chapters for me were Chapter 6: I am saved, where he explains the work of Christ in justifying us, Chapter 11: I am new, where his passion to see his daughter embrace her identity as a new creation was really engaging, and Chapter 12: I am Forgiven, where he helpfully discusses what forgiveness is, and what it isn’t. The inclusion of some testimonies from his pastoral ministry, of people finding new life in the work of Christ was encouraging.
Whatever concerns I have about Driscoll’s approach to his public ministry, I have to admit that it’s difficult to reconcile this book with the image often portrayed by his (many) ardent critics.
Despite it not really being my style, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, particularly to teenagers, or new believers, as the teaching is helpful.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
* To be honest, I wouldn’t have gotten past the half-way mark if I wasn’t reviewing it – in fact, I took so long I had to get my Booksneeze account reinstated!
(The Kindle version is on sale for $3.49 at time of posting).