None Like Him is a religious book by Jen Wilkin. It is 163 pages long and a great read with some insight on God and humans, in his image. It tends to put a lot into perspective.
Summary of None Like Him –
God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.
And that’s a good thing.
Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
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My thoughts about None Like Him –
“God unbound by body, is not limited to one place. He is not merely big, he is uncontainable, able to be present everywhere,” Writes Jen Wilkin. She’s right. He’s everywhere and yet seemingly, he’s still not around enough. I guess we never really get God’s undivided attention as individuals, but occasionally, by miracle, he does intervene. More often than not, when we are least expecting it.
Jen Wilkin writes 10 ways God is not like us. I think it would be hard to debate that. God is not us. He can never be us, and we can never be Him. We can be like Him, but we have many limitations that God does not. God is limitless. We don’t get to have that privilege, or in ways I guess, it could be a curse. I certainly don’t want to see all the pain in the world, the cruel acts that go on. We’re only exposed to a certain amount of that in our lifetime. God’s lifetime, is ever-lasting, and he’s everywhere all the time, witnessing it all. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I would not wish that on anyone. I don’t think we as humans, could handle that amount of pain.
Jen Wilkin has a great insight of God and explaining who we could be like him. In None Like Him, she offers us writing prompts, allowing ourselves to explore our own minds. She offers us verses to study and meditate with. She offers us awareness of our online presence. This actually hit me a bit hard. I am often more present on the web, than in my own actual life. It hurts saying that, but maybe I need to waken myself up to that.
Jen Wilkin is a women’s Bible study teacher and although I didn’t know that going into the book. I can say the book set-up makes more sense now. She’s used to giving others instruction and insight on God. She’s also been able to relate to me in more ways than one, because she used to not be so sure of God. Statements like “Charm is Deceitful, and Beauty is Vain, but a woman who Fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30) always bothered me. And in a few other ones, she mentions she tried substituting the word fear with “Love”, but love and fear are not the same thing. They’re towards two different ends of the spectrum. However, she goes on to explain why she decided she’s quite alright with this statement and many others.
I do love how the book is set up. I love being able to process a book, then write down my own perspectives. I’m not a very religious person, I’ll say that over and over. I do, keep an open mind, and an open heart. I believe in all paths to God, and I hope what you believe in exists for you. Just as I hope what I believe in exists for me.
I suppose I should add, to be very careful with what you choose to believe, because I am pretty sure, you’ll get it. You’ll end up wherever you believe you can go. If that’s as far as just 6 feet under the ground, I suppose you’ll be fine with that. If it’s as far as heaven, I hope it’s as beautiful as you imagine. Anyway, the prompts in this book just allows me to explore the topic of God in a better way. It helps me analyze more of my views and life, and where I may just want to alter myself. We all could improve to be better, not just as humans, but as God’s creations.
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