Jared C. Wilson, The Storytelling God. Crossway, 2014. 187 pp., paper. ISBN 1-4335-3668-4

The heart of Jesus’ preaching in the New Testament is found in parables, and these power-packed stories provide the basis of much of our contemporary preaching in the gospels. In The Storytelling God, Jared Wilson draws us into the parables to help us understand how Jesus used them to reveal profound spiritual truths.

As Wilson notes, “When Jesus teaches a parable, he is not opening up Chicken Soup for the Soul or a fortune cookie but a window to the hidden heavenlies. He is revealing a glimpse of eternity crashing into time, a flash photo of his own wisdom brought to bear. The parables give us a direct portal to the kingdom of God being done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Wilson initially discusses Jesus’ emphasis on the kingdom of God, and then offers background into the nature and purpose of parables before launching into an interesting and insightful analysis of the life issues and spiritual truths so beautifully articulated by the parables of Jesus. He helps us see those parables with new eyes, recognizing they are not offering us brief morality tales about righteous living, but revealing an entirely new, grace-filled reality to which God invites us.

Wilson does a marvelous job of analyzing and applying the truths of the parables. Frankly, I can’t imagine preparing to preach from a parable without taking a glance at Wilson’s observations. This book has found a place on my bookshelf and deserves a place on yours.

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About The Author

Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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