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Gospel Wakefulness

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  629 ratings  ·  71 reviews
Do you ever feel like your desire for God is waning? Are you numb to the routine of church? What does it mean to be truly awakened to the wonder of the gospel?

Jared Wilson contends that we must be regularly engaged and engaging others with the good news of the sacrificing, dying, rising, exalted person of Jesus Christ. Wilson reminds us of the death-proof, fail-proof King
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 6th 2011 by Crossway Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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J.S. Park
Nov 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
Jared Wilson writes a stirring work with such a flawed premise that he continually detracts from his own passion and eloquence. Because of this elitist, New Age "Gospel Wakefulness" that he drills over and over, at times he appears insincere in marketing a new breed of religion that ascribes transcendental experience as orthodoxy. While he spends many pages protecting his own idea with reasonable disclaimers, this isn't enough to ward off the uneasiness that this is his idea, an extrabiblical co ...more
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
way too many "stories". I felt like he sometimes drifted off topic.
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: hal
Harder to understand some of it. No discussion questions which would've been helpful
Joshua Ray
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I enjoyed several aspects of this book. Wilson is a great communicator and funny at times too. I highlighted like crazy because he just says things in a memorable way many times. But the book has some issues that detracted from it in my opinion.

First, the good stuff. Wilson states that "gospel wakefulness means treasuring Christ more greatly and savoring his power more sweetly." It is "not a second conversion experience...but rather a deeper and fuller appreciation of...conversion." What Wilson
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
Read my full review at Blogging Theologically:

What’s the thing that’s supposed to captivate Christians, above all else? What should motivate us to greater heights of joy, to greater levels of confidence and boldness in our daily lives? The gospel. For the Christian, there’s no better news than the good news of Jesus’ perfect life, death and resurrection. Nothing comes close. So why is it that we seem kind of ambivalent to it—as it it were something that we need to hear once and then can move on
It is so easy for Christians to become numb to the Gospel. It seems like it is a daily battle. Gospel Wakefulness reminds us of the Glory of the Gospel that we cannot but help to wake up to it or even to see that we have been neglecting our first love. I appreciated so much that wakefulnes does not start and cannot start without our brokeness. It is a brokeness that is freeing and God-glorifying. We cannot proclaim the Gospel unless we see that we are broken. This explained very well in the book ...more
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
A powerful call to live the Gospel - to eat, breath, sleep, live with the Gospel as the source of life.

Jared's prose is so full of honesty, insight and worship that the call to Gospel wakefulness has an integrity and power that is rare from my experience. The exhortation and exegesis comes from a life of living it and a faith that full of its promise.

The book covers a wide range of aspects of the Christian walk and includes a number of powerful and exemplary illustrations - stories told in the w
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Gospel Wakefulness is an excellent book that both convicts and encourages. It is something that I think all people who profess faith in Jesus Christ should read. It will definitely cause one to reevaluate your faith walk or journey and this is a good thing. I'm grateful for Jared Wilson's passion for Jesus and his exhortation for us to be gospel-centric; that we should never be bored with the gospel; that the gospel should be constantly renewing.

I highly recommend this great book.
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful. Compelled me to worship over and over again.
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, theology
"In the well-appointed study of a professor of history in a prestigious university in the American South sits a brick-sized piece of the Berlin Wall. It sits on the floor, because he uses it as a doorstop. He is not ignorant of the piece’s historical significance; as a historian he is deeply informed of the struggle and the repression attached to the wall, to the shame it symbolized and the division both literal and cultural it created. He not only knows about but also teaches on the internation ...more
Gareth Russell
I've struggled with some of Jared Wilson's books in the past and thought I'd give him another chance, and go back to one his earliest works that is supposed to be behind much of his writing. I wish I hadn't.

In Gospel Wakefulness, Wilson contends that there are two types of Christians: normal ones, and then those who have discovered true brokenness in the gospel, and complete dependence on God -- or "Gospel Wakened Christians". That is a little unfair on Wilson, as he goes out of his way to say a
May 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
The book was incongruent. From chapter to chapter there was little connection but much contradiction. Overall, it was difficult to ascertain the point if individual chapters and even more difficult to understand the main point of the book.
There is some idea of "Gospel Wakefulness" throughout, but this is never clearly or consistently defined. Just when the reader thinks there is a discernable point, it seems to flip the opposite direction.
From a reformed Christian perspective, I further struggle
Dr. Z
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Good book - solid exposition of the gospel. A product of its time (10 years ago) in addressing distracted boomer churches to remember what is of first importance. Would be of less help in the present day to churches on the other side of the gospel-centered wave whose challenges might be different: members who know they're supposed to preach the gospel to themselves but don't see the attributes of God in a transforming way, don't see the sufficiency of every part of Scripture for every area of li ...more
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gospel
Another solid work by Wilson. I particularly enjoyed the personal testimonies of people Wilson knows. Tying those stories in to the descriptions of Gospel Wakefulness was helpful. Wilson is careful to tie his insights to Scripture and to Church history, while looking for new(er) ways to describe how God is working. I would highly recommend this work.

For 2018 I decided to read through the entire Jared C. Wilson's corpus. Previous to 2018 to I had only read Otherworld and The Storytelling God.
Rebecca Ray
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book. It caused me to reconsider my testimony and answered some questions that I had about my own conversion to Christ. I also considered how often I act like what Christ has done is just a "down payment" that I need to keep working toward. I stand convicted there, and I am also convicted for not praying when I think I know what to do. Very powerful message.. . I also found the chapter on depression to be more than worth the price of the whole book.
D.J. Hamon
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a Christ follower who has had moments of gospel wakefulness, I knew Wilson's exact point in the first few pages. Nonetheless, he outlines a path to a deeper walk with Jesus. Deep in theology, but accessible to believers of any maturity level. If you're struggling to fit in among the "stronger Christians" or a church group, this is the book for you.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Some very good & necessary points regarding the Gospel but I would argue wakefulness is true salvation - if any man is in Christ he is a new creation. If our eyes have been opened we will never be the same & all of live is lived in & through Christ. ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great book on the importance of the Gospel in our lives and how it is SO much more than just the thing needed for salvation. It can be a little “heady” at times and a little repetitive but the truths in this book are great!
Brandon Siwula
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really uplifted my soul and has challenged me to rely on Christ and cling to Him in my brokeness. Alot to meditate on and I am thankful Jared wrote it.
Tim Michiemo
Simple yet profound. If you want to love the greatness of the gospel more, read this book!
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
J.R. Underdown
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Though occassionally a strong point sticks out, the prose wasn't as engaging. The key concept here is worth ruminating on but I feel like a chapter or two could've been cut down or cut out entirely.
Jordan Cuellar
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Gospel Wakefulness means treasuring Christ more greatly and favoring his power more sweetly."
This book breaks that definition down, explaining that gospel wakefulness isn't something that you can learn, but something that happens to you. It talks about worship, depression, sanctification, brokenness, the church, and the confidence we can have in the gospel.
An implied gospel is a gospel FAIL. The gospel is the power to save sinners, of which we are all the foremost. Jesus came to die so that in
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read in a long long time!
Becky Pliego
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book.

Some of my favorite quotes:

"Grace upon grace comes rushing in, filling in the dry valleys of your life, wetting your parched skin, reviving your dry tongue. In the words of the hymn, you “scarce can take it in.” That sort of expression makes new and greater sense when you’ve experienced gospel wakefulness."

"Really, there are only two steps to gospel wakefulness: be utterly broken and be utterly awed. But neither of these things are things you can really do. They are things only Go
Joe Stevens
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
This can be a very important book that can be difficult to read. The concept of making God the center of your life is extremely important to any Christian and one I've been wrestling with and asking God to make happen in my life so it was a timely read. I re-read and meditated on what was being said and believe I gained insights. Any book that can cause that result is worth reading.
However, there is a danger as much as the author tries to avoid it of multi-tier Christianity, making Gospel Wakefu
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book was recommended to me, and while the overall principle of the book was good, I had a difficult time with the author's writing style because he came off as especially arrogant. Not only was he going to present a great concept to us, he has it all figured out and thank goodness he's here to explain it to us simpletons! Blech!

In addition to not especially liking the author's method for explaining the concept, what it looks like, and practical applications, I really don't think we need ano
Jared Totten
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Goose pimples. Or is it goosebumps? I've heard both (perhaps it's a regional thing like the use of the words pop, soda, and Coke), but if you're like me you'll get both when you read Gospel Wakefulness by Jared C. Wilson. This book is an impassioned plea for every Christian to not just believe the truth of the gospel, but to feel and be carried along by it too. In Wilson, I found a bit of John Piper's zeal for the passion and glory of God in the gospel for a new generation.

Gospel Wakefulness wa
Joseph McBee
Feb 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book challenges Christians to stop settling for cultural Christianity and receive the real thing. It is a call for us to cry out to God for what Wilson calls Gospel Wakefulness, a revelation of Jesus Christ and the good news of the gospel that transforms the whole of a person's life.

Wilson describes Gospel Wakefulness as a revelation and as a gift. This is not something we manufacture, it is something we receive from a loving God. It begins with brokenness and results in transformed affecti
Josh L
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
You can read my full review at Quieted Waters.

“[G]ospel wakefulness means treasuring Christ more greatly and savoring his power more sweetly.” In his upcoming book, Gospel Wakefulness, Jared C. Wilson exults in the joy of that wakefulness and yearns that all believers would experience that greater treasuring and more sweet savoring.

This book is a trumpet sounding the joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and Wilson’s goal is that the sound would be so sweet as to beckon the reader into a richer rel
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Jared C. Wilson is the Director of Content Strategy for Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Managing Editor of For The Church (, and Director of the Pastoral Training Center at Liberty Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books, including "Gospel Wakefulness," "The Prodigal Church," and, most recently, "The Imperfect Disciple." Wilson blogs regularly at ...more

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