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Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry

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Exodus is a real story about God redeeming his people from the bondage of slavery and how their difficult journey home exposed their loyalties--though wounded by Egypt, they had come to worship its gods. Most Christians don't make golden idols like the Israelites in the wilderness, but we do set up idols on our own desert road--idols like substance abuse, pornography, glut ...more
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Published January 5th 2011 by Crossway Books
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Jon Thomas
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gospel centered guide to recovery from "hurts habits or hang ups" which uses the exodus account as the main source for biblical parallels. He skillfully mines biblical truths while also making the story applicable to the reader. I learned so much!

Because he uses the exodus account for organization, at times it felt like the content was presented In a strange order. But each chapter itself was fantastic!

I don't think the book is practical enough to serve as the sole material for a recovery mi
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mars-hill
I don't know of any other book that does what this writing does. It's gospel centered, wisdom rich, and repentance producing for the reader. What you won't find here is a "how to be happier and live better" self-help book that is focused on wounds or desires. Rather it is case-study rich exposition of the gospel throughout scripture relating to our human tendency to be slaves to sin. I believe this book will be beneficial for all sinners; especially those dealing with habitual sin.

One comment I
Leslie Christopher
Great book. The personal stories were interesting, even if one is not facing the kinds of trials that are depicted here...but what I enjoyed the most is the interwoven exposition of the book of Exodus. I am not normally a fan of Mark Driscoll (I guess though I am Reformed I am neither young nor restless :)
However, Mark Wilkerson is actually the author here and he does a great job of integrating the story of the Hebrew's redemption from slavery with the stories of modern human beings also deliver
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good book about addiction! What I appreciated the most about this book is that the author doesn't like categorizing sins or addictions, rather he points to the grander story of God redeeming ALL of us from the idols we worship. He also emphasizes that pursuing God is not a means to an end, meaning one who is suffering with addition shouldn't turn to God just because they want to be healed from the sins. Rather, they must desire to be healed from the struggles so they can focus more on the ...more
I enjoyed the case studies in this book; it made the subject matter more relatable to the reader. The author makes some good points but I didn't feel it was anything new and, as typical with books of this nature, the author tried to play the role of preacher. I'm just unsure as to whether sitting around acknowledging that I am a sinner is productive in improving my life.
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book - thought provoking and helpful for anyone who has ever suffered or caused suffering! The book has lots of references, is full of scripture, and includes recommended resources, scripture reading and reflection and discussion questions for each chapter.
Chris G.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second half of the book pushed me to give this 5 stars instead of 4.

In a book focusing on how God redeems us from our slavery to sin and the wounds we carry, it could be easy to leave the focus on us: our healing, our growth, our stories. But Wilkerson makes sure to emphasize that we are not to use God to "fix" ourselves because we want to be a better or different person... We pursue transformation and freedom as blessings that come to us in "God's presence and [that] lead us further into h
J.S. Park
Sep 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
Absolutely one of the best books on grounding your identity in Christ beyond the troubles and treason of the past, Mike Wilkerson has written a theologically sound work with painful true stories and great application. Using the book of Exodus and tying it with the gospels, Wilkerson paints a big picture of the Bible that creates a big picture for us in God's story.

The most effective parts of Mike Wilkerson's work is the continual gutting of all excuses and rationalizations. In his lifetime of g
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. One issue some people have with it is its use of the Exodus narrative as a case-study, or an illustration, of what God does in our own hearts when we sin. If held in tension with a correct, redemptive-historical interpretation, this is actually a wonderful application of the Exodus story. Even the NT writers refer to Exodus as the stereo-typical act of redemption.

Wilkerson draws parallels from the Exodus narrative to daily life now, comparing the slavery of Egypt t
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book looks at the big picture of God's redemption of His children from bondage Egypt. It does a great job at keeping the big purpose in mind and looking at reasons the Israelites returned again and again to sin. This book also has a story from a different person in each chapter that helps illustrate the topic of the chapter and make it more relatable.

I read this book once on my own and then went through it a chapter a week with a men's group at my church. It is a great book for spawning di
Matthew Hodge
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, christian
An all-in-one counseling book for people suffering some sort of addiction or people who have been victims of some sort. The author finds the common theme of sin and its consequences and details out what it really means for us to be redeemed and what that should look like.

The author cleverly uses the book of Exodus as a framing device for the whole book, drawing the parallels between Israel's redemption from Egypt and Christ redeeming us from sin.

The only thing I felt was lacking was information
Julie Powell
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you worship? Redemption makes the point that we all worship. We were created to worship. We either worship God or we worship something other than God. Mike Wilkerson uses the Exodus story to share Truths about the conditions of our hearts and how that effects the way we live life. There is the way we want things to be and the way God created us to be. The things we desire and live for can lead us away from God instead of toward Him.

God wants us to desire all of Him. So often we ask God
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-living
Mike Wilkerson authors the best book I have read which is a commentary of the book of Exodus. The sub-title, "Freed by Jesus from the idols we worship and the wounds we carry" sums up the content of the book really well.

In this book, Wilkerson weaves personal stories of struggle with sin, in and out of the commentary of the book of Exodus. This is a very practical book in which he draws from the book of Exodus and the life, death and resurrection of Christ specifically how to deal with addiction
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very clear understanding of redemption using the story of the Exodus and true stories with the names changed of their battle of freedom. Like Israel longing to return to Egypt and instead of turning their hearts to God. Like Israel placing a false hope in what was, instead of who God is. Like Israel, we tend to use God as a means to achieve the choosen ends of personal transformation. "If you're a Christian mainly because you want to be changed, that's a problem. If you have given your life to ...more
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as part of a Redemption Group, so in addition to this amazing book, I also had the benefit of hearing a weekly lecture by pastors on each chapter, and the input from group leaders and other group members. If those resources aren't available to you, you will still learn a lot about God's grace, his plan for redemption, and how you can be freed from the slavery of past sins (both committed by you and to you), all paralleled with the story of Exodus.

While I expected to have the "bi
Aug 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am typically not a fan of these types of books, but this one surprised me and I actually found it to be useful and enlightening in very tangible ways. It doesn't just spit out a bunch of catch phrases and seemingly easy solutions to a better life in Christ, but really attempts to have the reader get to the heart of what could be hindering a relationship with God. The book's approach of using the Israelites' journey from Egypt to the Promiseland was incredibly affective for me and a great way f ...more
Carrie Daws
"If your story of redemption stops at your healing or your freedom, then you do not yet have God's vision for redemption. If you are content to keep God's presence all to yourself, then you haven't truly been changed. He wants to do something in you, yes; but beyond that, he wants to do something through you. He wants to make his name known. 'Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble' (Ps. 107:2)"

This is just one of many quotes from the book that spoke volumes to me.
James Tucker
Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the most Christ-centered books I've read. Wilkerson does an excellent job of integrating stories of sin and brokenness to not only remind us of our problems and idols, but also to remind us of the solution---the renewing grace that comes from Jesus. Through this book, I have come to see the O.T Exodus story as something more than just an old story-- I now see it as something I can relate to in life. Like Israel, I was a slave to sin, but Jesus delivered me. I still struggle with sin, but ...more
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-this
Reading this book could not have come at a more timely manner. This book has a number of very gritty and real gospel stories of addiction, abuse, and sin that spoke into my heart, life, and current struggles. Although Wilkerson focuses primarily on the model set by God's deliverance of the Israelites in the book of Exodus, it does a great job outlining the redemptive storyline of the Bible. It has passages for reading and reflective questions at the end of each chapter that allow Scripture and t ...more
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the long intro and the first couple of chapters I was not to impressed with this book.

However, each chapter gets better and better and ends on this great high note about genuine faith and being in the presence of God. I did not particularly care for the real-life examples in the book but they were not really that much of a distraction. I can see their use.

I would highly recommend this book to someone who would like a quick overview of Exodus as well as for someone who would like to see how
Jeni Enjaian
It is difficult for me to write reviews such as this. I had hoped to participate in a small group counseling that my church puts on semi-annually but the group was full for this time around. Instead, I read the book chapter by chapter each week as I would have if I had participated. The only difference for me this time around is that I did not read to as in-depth an extent as I hope to when I am able to participate in the fall. For that reason, this review is simply a placeholder until the fall.
Oonkean Lin
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based mainly on the Exodus account of God's deliverance, the author shows how God's work of redemption works in the midst of people under bondage. His tying in with modern real life stories helps us to see that what happened in Egypt and the Israelites in the desert isn't that different in essence with believers today. I did not expect the "twist" in the last chapter, but it served as a very good reminder to our pursuit of freedom from idols and see a change in our life.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reading-list-sbf
“So many tools for recovery groups deal only with wounds and desires, appealing to ‘the god you envision’ and boil down to self-help programs. Redemption goes to core issues and shows how following the pattern of the exodus can redeem struggling people from their ‘Egypts,’ such as addictions and trauma. Because it takes us down biblical pathways in very applicable ways, it is an outstanding tool for ministry.” (Gerry Breshears)
Oct 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
Well-written book full of solid truths. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book. The only reason I don't rate it higher is because it is more or less a compilation of a lot of truths that have already been covered in a lot of books. That's not a criticism of the book; it's just an explanation as to why I'm not giving it a ton of stars. But the bottom line is this book is truth.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't terrible but as some other reviewers said, the material covered in it has been covered better in other books and I would suggest with a greater emphasis on the gospel and less on the sinner. Particularly Counterfeit Gods, by Timothy Keller, Gospel by J. D. Greear, and Jesus + Nothing =. Everything by Tullian Tchividjian.
Nicholas Maulucci
a good philosophical book on redemption, as the title suggests. the author does an excellent job of mixing biblical stories and truths with real-life counseling situations with which he has dealt. very psychological book. explains outlook of those looking for redemption. a good book for counselors to read. recommended.
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-the-lord
A book every Christian should read and be a part of a redemption group. We have gone through the book twice and learned different things each time. Community and being willing to be open about the struggles in your life is what makes this book worth every minute. Thankful for the vision and the work done at DBC!
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pastoral
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was worried it would be full of cliches and trite theology. It was very good and by no means trite. It also was very pastoral and not in your face confronting your sin. Just a really good book to help people with real problems and show in a real way how Jesus frees, heals, and redeems.
Ben Titsworth
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Execellent! Walking through not only Exodus but also pairing it with modern day circumstances, Wilkerson does an exquisite job of showing us our idols and then encouraging us to fight. But, in doing all of that the last line of the book states where everyone of us should stand in our walks with God, "God is our Promised Land."
Alexis Hurter
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is decidedly the best book I have ever read on redemption. Please, go buy yourself a copy. Wilkerson examines the book of Exodus and demonstrates the beauty of God's salvation for His people. Will definitely be rereading this on a regular basis.
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Mike Wilkerson, Founder of Redemption Group Network, spent ten years as a staff pastor in a large, multi-site church, developing discipleship and biblical counseling ministries, with an emphasis on training church members to minister to one another with biblical counseling skills in settings like standard small groups, or in Redemption Groups, which are a more focused group format for biblical cou ...more
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“Trusting in Jesus requires that you surrender every competing hope. For the Israelites, it was the call to abandon the worship of any other god and entrust their lives to the one true God (see Ex. 20:3). For the disciples Peter, James, and John, it meant surrendering their livelihoods as fishermen the moment after pulling in their most profitable catch ever and following Jesus (Luke 5:11). For each of us, it means trusting his promise of forgiveness and not working to try to pay off our own debt. It means trusting his cleansing and not hiding in shame (1 John 1:9). It means clinging to God’s steadfast love, his grace upon grace to us in Jesus Christ, as our only hope, the only true remedy against idolatry.40” 0 likes
“I knew a guy once who loved to read big theology books, and the bigger the book, the better to hide his secret sin. He justified himself by having better theology than others and wouldn’t let anyone speak into his life if they didn’t have the same level of theological sophistication. In the process, he traded an orthodox knowledge of God for relationship with God. He was able to appear spiritual to others according to his Christian orthodoxy while maintaining the lie of living in unrepentant sin.21” 0 likes
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