Being less than perfect I really appreciated Steve Wiens book Whole. It touched a chord within my soul, so to speak.
We are all broken people in one way or another. Many of us don’t want to admit it. I know I rarely do.
Steve Wiens is not only willing to admit it, he’s working through his brokenness. Whole, which is subtitled Restoring what is Broken in me, you and the Entire World, is an invitation to all of us to share in the journey, to move beyond brokenness, to become whole once again.
This is a book of questions and answers, filled with broken people who are not so broken anymore, people whose pain has brought them to a place where that pain had to be dealt with or their very being was at risk. These are not trivial problems.
Wiens asks five basic questions straight from The Bible, questions that if answered honestly can take you a long way on the journey from brokenness to wholeness. Where are you? Am I my brother’s keeper? What are you seeking? Where are you going? What will you bring?
There’s more to it than that of course, but that gives you an idea of the starting point for the journey. Whole is the story of ordinary people who know that the status quo isn’t enough, that something must change. That change isn’t always easy, but it is always necessary.
At the end of each chapter is a series of questions you can ask yourself for personal reflection or as part of a study group.
Unlike The Perfect You, which I also read recently, Whole is instantly accessible. Wiens understands the importance and power of storytelling and uses it to good effect. His adaptation of some Biblical tales may irk a few purists, but I found he breathed new life into old stories by giving them a fresh perspective. We can be whole, that’s good news for anyone and everyone.
Whole drew me in from the beginning, and is the sort of book I can see reading more than once.
“Book has been provided courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers Inc.”
P.S. As I read this book David Crowder’s “Come As You Are” played over and over in my head. The video is below. Obviously I’m not the only one who appreciates this tune: it has more than 12 million views! (There are lyric versions also available, but I figure David’s enunciation is probably clear enough for most people,)