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New from the Best-Selling Author of Women of the Word In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin reminds readers of the life-giving power of God's perfect law for the believer. The Ten Commandments are words God spoke to a nation recently set free. They are words about obedience and holiness--timeless in their importance and wisdom. Yet today these same words are often misundersto New from the Best-Selling Author of Women of the Word In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin reminds readers of the life-giving power of God's perfect law for the believer. The Ten Commandments are words God spoke to a nation recently set free. They are words about obedience and holiness--timeless in their importance and wisdom. Yet today these same words are often misunderstood, forgotten, or simply ignored. Wilkin teaches readers how the Ten Commandments come to bear on their lives today, helping them to love God and others, live in joyful freedom, and long for that future day when God will be rightly worshiped for eternity. Ancient and timeless, these words cannot be overlooked. They serve as the rightful delight and daily meditation of those who call on the name of the Lord.


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New from the Best-Selling Author of Women of the Word In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin reminds readers of the life-giving power of God's perfect law for the believer. The Ten Commandments are words God spoke to a nation recently set free. They are words about obedience and holiness--timeless in their importance and wisdom. Yet today these same words are often misundersto New from the Best-Selling Author of Women of the Word In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin reminds readers of the life-giving power of God's perfect law for the believer. The Ten Commandments are words God spoke to a nation recently set free. They are words about obedience and holiness--timeless in their importance and wisdom. Yet today these same words are often misunderstood, forgotten, or simply ignored. Wilkin teaches readers how the Ten Commandments come to bear on their lives today, helping them to love God and others, live in joyful freedom, and long for that future day when God will be rightly worshiped for eternity. Ancient and timeless, these words cannot be overlooked. They serve as the rightful delight and daily meditation of those who call on the name of the Lord.

30 review for Ten Words to Live by: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amber Thiessen

    Perhaps you’ve felt like the rich young ruler. He came to Jesus asking what he should do to gain eternal life. Pointing him to the commandments, Jesus led him, yet, “all these I have kept from my youth” (Luke 18:21) he declares. Then, Jesus extends an invitation: sell everything, and follow me. The man he just addressed as “good teacher,” presents him with a bold summons. A step of humility, obedience and trust, revealing it wasn’t so much about the rules, as it was about the desires of the heart Perhaps you’ve felt like the rich young ruler. He came to Jesus asking what he should do to gain eternal life. Pointing him to the commandments, Jesus led him, yet, “all these I have kept from my youth” (Luke 18:21) he declares. Then, Jesus extends an invitation: sell everything, and follow me. The man he just addressed as “good teacher,” presents him with a bold summons. A step of humility, obedience and trust, revealing it wasn’t so much about the rules, as it was about the desires of the heart. Yet, he went away “very sad, for he was extremely rich” (Luke 18:23). The ten commandments are familiar to those who have grown up in the church. So familiar that we mentally check off the list, with a false sense of righteousness for what we seem to have accomplished through following the moral law. Building for ourselves, with some ease, a faith of outward actions. But how much deeper are the things of the heart. Jen Wilkin’s new book, “Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands” invites us to explore the ten commandments, not merely as rules for our adherence, but as truths to believe, enjoy and follow. She teaches us the historical context of the commandments, as the people of Israel understood them, and encourages us toward a deeper, expansive obedience, leading us to wrestle with the issues of our own hearts. She writes, “while legalism builds self-righteousness, lawfulness builds righteousness.” The journey to righteousness is not found in ourselves, but in Christ alone, through the salvation he purchased for us through his life, death and resurrection. We have what he has freely given us. Yet, while we have been saved by grace, through faith, we keep on stretching our obedience in faith, by repenting of our sin, and pursuing Christlikeness. This is where the law helps us, because, “obedience to the law is the means of sanctification for the believer.” Why does it matter? Enticed by the trend of self-sufficiency, we seek measures and checklists to define our qualifications as followers of Christ. Longing to be affirmed and validated by our works we observe the commandments and give ourselves a ‘gold star’ for meeting the criteria. But is Christianity about rules, or is it about relationship? Jen answers this by saying, “the Christian faith is absolutely about relationship. But while that faith is personal, it is also communal. We are saved into special relationship with God, and thereby into special relationship with other believers.” The Ten Words instruct us to live as a people who honor God and others, in our thoughts, words and actions. This is how we learn to become more like Jesus, by clinging to the Word, thus guarding our heart, “for from it flow the springs of life” (Prov 4:23), and, “out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). What do I think? “The Ten Words show us how to live holy lives as citizens of heaven while we yet dwell on earth. For the believer, the law becomes a means of grace.” I appreciate Jen’s books; her teaching challenges me to dig deeper in the Word, and to reflect on my own journey to Christlikeness. If you’re looking for teaching on the law, and how it applies to your life today, I highly recommend this one! 5 stars from me! **A big thanks to Crossway and Netgalley for a copy of this book, and the opportunity to post an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn S.

    This book is one that is so easy to read, and so convicting to read, and stepped all over my toes, and still I closed the book feeling refreshed and invigorated and ready to conquer my dragons. This was a book that I thought would be interesting. With the "New Calvinist" movement sweeping the reformed world, and all the cries of legalism and a general bent towards antinomianism, I'm not quite sure what I was expecting. I mean, a book written about the Law of God? In today's day and age? I'm pret This book is one that is so easy to read, and so convicting to read, and stepped all over my toes, and still I closed the book feeling refreshed and invigorated and ready to conquer my dragons. This was a book that I thought would be interesting. With the "New Calvinist" movement sweeping the reformed world, and all the cries of legalism and a general bent towards antinomianism, I'm not quite sure what I was expecting. I mean, a book written about the Law of God? In today's day and age? I'm pretty sure I went into it thinking that I could finally reconcile and *maybe* understand how Christians can be under grace, not have to obey any law of God, and yet we can still talk about the 10 commandments. So, I went into the book expecting to disagree with much of it, but hoping to learn more about this strange doctrine that I have personally encountered, so I could have a better idea of where these people are coming from in speaking with them. But I discovered so much more. This book DID address antinomianism, and legalism, and I basically agreed with much of it. And I was surprised. So often with a woman author, the book is all about feelings and not about theology. But not this one! No, Jen Wilkins delves deep into the commandments, brings out the importance of them in todays world, rebukes those who would think otherwise, and steps all over toes as she explains and spells out the heart-attitude behind the commands. And I discovered that I can be quite a pharisee, as we all can, obeying the letter of the law, and totally ignoring the spirit of it. This is a great book! It's one that I will be purchasing so I have more than a digital copy on hand, and I can highlight and make notes to my heart's content. It's one that I would recommend to all women to read. It's definitely one that can be breezed through, but I recommend slowing down and digesting the info slowly. I have not read anything else by this author, but I am excited to discover if Wilkin's other Bible study material is as sound as this book is. *I am VERY thankful to NetGalley and Crossway for sending me this eARC to read! I thoroughly enjoyed it!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    Ten Words to live by. Ten words to show us the pattern of Christlikeness and to stir in us a longing for the kingdom to come. Ten words to convict us, to shape us, and to give us hope. Ten words that Jesus came not to abolish, but to fulfill. Though for us they are prohibitions, for Jesus they proved prophetic. The Ten words rest like a benediction from the Father to the Son on the eve of carnation. You shall have no gods before me. You shall not make a graven image. You shall not take my name in Ten Words to live by. Ten words to show us the pattern of Christlikeness and to stir in us a longing for the kingdom to come. Ten words to convict us, to shape us, and to give us hope. Ten words that Jesus came not to abolish, but to fulfill. Though for us they are prohibitions, for Jesus they proved prophetic. The Ten words rest like a benediction from the Father to the Son on the eve of carnation. You shall have no gods before me. You shall not make a graven image. You shall not take my name in vain or break my Sabbath You shall honor earthly authority. You shall not murder, or commit adultery, or steal, or bear false witness. You shall not covet the estate of another. Jesus Christ fulfilled the law, opening the gate of salvation. "And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12. The law will be either our demise or our delight. Maybe just like me you have read several books on the Ten commandments. Watched the classic the Ten Commandments, or listened to a great sermon on the 10 commandments. So how could there be anything new. I have heard it all before. I have to say this bible study was intimate look at the heart of God. I never saw the essence of God in any teaching of the ten commandments as I did with this one. Just to be clear, I have failed each one. For many reasons. Some deliberately, some without thinking, and some with justification. So if we are doomed to fail what is the point. This text answers this and more. It does not leave the reader in despair but in hope for something better. I hope every Christian will read this book. A special thank you to Crossway Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    In this new book, Jen Wilkin takes a deep dive into the Ten Commandments and shows how the commandments are not irrelevant to Christians today. She looks at each of the commands and provides historical context to help the readers understand why God instructed His people to follow that particular command. She also applies each of the commands to our modern way of life in a way that is both gently convicting and thought-provoking. By the end of the book, Wilkin makes it clear that the Ten Commandm In this new book, Jen Wilkin takes a deep dive into the Ten Commandments and shows how the commandments are not irrelevant to Christians today. She looks at each of the commands and provides historical context to help the readers understand why God instructed His people to follow that particular command. She also applies each of the commands to our modern way of life in a way that is both gently convicting and thought-provoking. By the end of the book, Wilkin makes it clear that the Ten Commandments are not something that can be forgotten or tossed in the dust bin, but rather they are essential to rightly worshipping God and loving those around us. I am a long time appreciator of Wilkin's books. I learn a lot from her insights and always find them to be so helpful as I study the Bible. This book is no exception! I wouldn't say that I had forgotten about the Ten Commandments, but it's easy to gloss over them because it's a section of scripture that is thoroughly explored for anyone who grows up in a Christian family and feels really familiar . I particularly appreciated how she highlighted the tension between legalism (using good behavior as a standard for finding favor in God's eyes) and lawfulness (obeying the commands that God has given out of a love for Him). She distinguishes between them by stating that "legalism builds self-righteousness" while "lawfulness builds righteousness." I also appreciated the historical context she brings. She goes back to the Israelites' time in Egypt and what their culture may have looked like then to help us understand why God was giving them these new standards as He was showing them what it looks like to be part of His family. Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone who may have heard of the Ten Commandments, but struggles to see how they apply to us today. It's also a great read for anyone looking to thoroughly study and better understand this portion of scripture. A big thank you to Jen Wilkin, Crossway, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and honestly review this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Bittel

    Thanks to Netgalley and Crossway books for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book and always appreciate what Jen Wilkin has to say. I think the Ten Commandments are something that’s easy to skim over (especially when you’ve grown up hearing them in Sunday school). This book reminds you how important they are and gives you greater context. Would definitely recommend reading but you probably will want to break it up like I did (she always gives me a lot to think abou Thanks to Netgalley and Crossway books for this ARC in exchange for my honest review. I really enjoyed this book and always appreciate what Jen Wilkin has to say. I think the Ten Commandments are something that’s easy to skim over (especially when you’ve grown up hearing them in Sunday school). This book reminds you how important they are and gives you greater context. Would definitely recommend reading but you probably will want to break it up like I did (she always gives me a lot to think about and process.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Sugia

    "Christianity is about relationship with God and others, and because this statement is true, Christianity is also unapologetically about rules, for rules show us how to live in those relationships." I've been a huge fan of Jen Wilkin's writing since 2018 when I first read her book titled In His Image. Her books always managed to widen my perspective about God's Words, deepening my understanding and shifted my way of thinking about certain things. And so when I saw that Jen Wilkin is releasing "Christianity is about relationship with God and others, and because this statement is true, Christianity is also unapologetically about rules, for rules show us how to live in those relationships." I've been a huge fan of Jen Wilkin's writing since 2018 when I first read her book titled In His Image. Her books always managed to widen my perspective about God's Words, deepening my understanding and shifted my way of thinking about certain things. And so when I saw that Jen Wilkin is releasing a new book, I don't hesitate to pick it up immediately. In the past, I've heard so many teachings and read a few books regarding The Ten Commandments. I thought I've known enough about it, but this book proved me wrong; because I learned so much more about The Ten Commandments that I've never think about before. Ever since I was a Christian, I always thought that following The Ten Commandments isn't that difficult. I don't worship other gods, I honor my parents, I don't steal, and I most definitely do not kill. But now I realize that my thoughts are similar to the young rich man in the Bible who boasted to Jesus that he have performed the law. Without realizing, this way of thinking lean towards legalism and self-righteousness. However, as Jen Wilkin elaborated The Ten Words one by one, I soon realize that we are all sinful being and we continually need God's help to obey the Law and be sanctified."The Ten Words are encouraging words, meant to give us hope—hope that we will live rightly oriented to God and others, hope that we will grow in holiness. They are not given to discourage but to delight. They are no less than words of life."I had a ton of highlights from this book, but I think I will just share two in this review so that it won't be too lengthy. The first one that I'm going to share comes from Chapter 6: The Sixth Word - Honor Life, which in the BIble it says 'You shall not murder' (Exodus 20:13). As I said earlier, I was confident about performing some the Ten Commandments—this one, especially; because I can never imagine a day when I would take someone's life with my own hands. Jen Wilkin acknowledged that a lot of people think 'at least I haven't done that', but she took the earliest episode of murder in the Bible: Cain who murdered his brother, Abel. The root of his action began with being angry. Anger itself is not a sin; but the problem is anger nursed, anger indulged, and anger gratified. And so it is important to examine our hearts when we are angry and not indulge in it until it becomes a sin. We should be slow to become angry and quick to forgive; and deem other people's lives as worthy in our hearts. The eighth commandment, 'You shall not steal' is another one that I was pretty confident of. But just like the sixth Word, stealing is also an expression of contempt; and Jen Wilkin addressed that there is no such thing as petty theft. When we took something that may seem harmless to other people, God sees it all. And if we think that no one witnessed it, then we have mistakenly believe that God is unseeing. If we want to truly obey His Word, we should be faithful in the little things—things that may be unseen. In the end, we are just stewards of God's resources rather than owners. When we realize that, we learn to think differently about earthly treasures. Instead of having a mindset of acquisitiveness, we learn how to become generous. "No more external obedience. Obedience that pleases God begins in the heart." Overall, I highly recommend this book whether you're a new believer or has been a long time believer of God. I believe that we can all learn a thing or two from what Jen Wilkin wrote because I certainly learned a lot. Each chapter ends with a few verses that we can read and meditate on, along with some questions for reflection. These questions helped me to review my life and how this book expanded my understanding of the Ten Commandments. If in the past I thought I was doing pretty well in obeying the law, I am completely humbled after reading this book—knowing that human's sinful nature makes us weak and our hearts are deceitful. True obedience that pleases God begins in the heart; and when our heart is right, we will delight in doing what God tells us to do."Ten Words to put to death our sin. Ten Words to herald abundant life. Ten Words to steady and strengthen us on the narrow path that leads us home... May it be said of us on that day that our meditative delight was in the law of the Lord. May it be said of us that in thought, word, and deed, we remembered to delight." Read my full review here: http://www.thebookielooker.com/2021/0...

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jesvin Jose

    Jen Wilkin is a tremendously gifted writer. She has the God-given ability to communicate truth with stunning clarity and remarkable beauty. This book is full of pithy statements. It is brief but packs a real punch. It is by no means a boring look at the Ten Commandments. She mines the riches of God’s Word to draw out the heart of God and that I think is the beauty of this book. She shows us that we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, can truly delight in and live by God’s commands. I found the boo Jen Wilkin is a tremendously gifted writer. She has the God-given ability to communicate truth with stunning clarity and remarkable beauty. This book is full of pithy statements. It is brief but packs a real punch. It is by no means a boring look at the Ten Commandments. She mines the riches of God’s Word to draw out the heart of God and that I think is the beauty of this book. She shows us that we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, can truly delight in and live by God’s commands. I found the book an edifying and challenging read. She begins this book by showing us the relationship between law and grace, pointing out how law becomes a means of grace for the believer. She encourages us to look at the Ten Words as “a feast of righteousness spread in the wilderness”, a feast in which all of us can delight in. Jen shows us that the Ten Words primarily deal with matters of heavenly, earthly, and mutual submission – in that order. She shows us how the commandments move from honor toward God (commands 1-4), to human authorities (command 5) and to one another (commands 6-10). She fleshes out this concept of honor in each of the ten chapters. I especially found her explanation of the first four commands immensely helpful. The First Word, she shows us, is about honoring God and God alone. In other words, giving to God our undivided allegiance. The Second, Third, and Fourth Words, she points out, are about honoring God with our thoughts, words, and time. Pointing out the difference between the First and the Second Words, she writes, “The First Word prohibits worship of anything other than God, but the Second prohibits worship of any version of God less than God, specifically through images.” The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth commands, she shows us, are about honoring authority, life, marriage, property and reputation, while the Tenth command is about honor in the heart. Looking to Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount, she shows us that the Sixth Word is not just about being a non-murderer. She points out how anger and contempt are at the root of murder. Similarly, she points out that the Seventh Word is not just about the physical act of adultery. Lust, she shows us, is at the root of adultery. She shows us the deep connection between seeing, desiring and consuming. We consume what we desire, and we desire what we gaze upon. There are some brilliant insights in these chapters on murder and adultery. In both murder and adultery, she points out, we devalue the other person made in the image of God. She writes, “If the Sixth command prohibited regarding our neighbor as expendable, the Seventh prohibits regarding our neighbor as consumable.” In the chapter on adultery, Jen also has a fascinating discussion on how to slay the beast of lust by the Word of God. The last few chapters are also a captivating read. I especially loved her discussion on the four habits of untruthful speech, i.e., the sins of reviling, flattery, silence, and misattribution. I think this book is a real gem. Each chapter is packed with precious nuggets of truth. In each chapter, Jen makes a clarion call to what she calls “expansive obedience”, not just “bare-minimum obedience” (like the Pharisees). I highly recommend the book, not just to learn the importance of the Ten Commandments, but also to help us delight in it and live by it. Reading it gave me a fresh and freeing understanding of the law of God. It also helped me go deeper into the heart of God. I’m glad I read it and I hope you do too. 5/5 stars! *I received this complimentary book from Crossway and NetGalley, but was not required to write a positive review.*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bethany

    "We should love the law because we love Jesus, and because Jesus loves the law." When reading or studying the Old Testament, there are times that it feels like this may no longer apply to our current lives. We read about animal sacrifices, and what to do if someone has a skin disease, and think it cannot be relevant. However, the Old Testament is essential to the understanding of the New Testament, and our salvation in Jesus. One important part of the Old Testament that we still need to understan "We should love the law because we love Jesus, and because Jesus loves the law." When reading or studying the Old Testament, there are times that it feels like this may no longer apply to our current lives. We read about animal sacrifices, and what to do if someone has a skin disease, and think it cannot be relevant. However, the Old Testament is essential to the understanding of the New Testament, and our salvation in Jesus. One important part of the Old Testament that we still need to understand and follow is the Ten Commandments. In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin shows us why these laws are critical for us to follow, and how they fit into 21st century living. I learned about the Ten Commandments as a child, but I appreciated breaking each down and digging deeper. Each chapter includes personal stories, and highlights one of the Ten Commandments. I liked how Wilkin both teaches us and helps with application of the knowledge that she presents. At the end of the each chapter, there are verses for meditation, questions for reflection, and a prayer prompt. It is always important to me that studies have me actually crack open my Bible and use scripture, so I was happy to see that section at the end of every chapter. This would be a nice study to use with a small group. Here are some quotes that stuck out to me as I was reading: -"God has chosen to reveal himself through the Scriptures and through Christ. We know the truth about who God is by becoming acquainted with this revelation, by learning the Bible, and by measuring all teaching against his word." -"We represent a holy God accurately when we preach only what we practice." -"Is Jesus adding to the law by broadening our attention from murder to anger and contempt? By no means. He is pointing out the seedling that grows into the thorny vine that chokes out life." -"Covetousness hurts the community because it keeps close company with stinginess. The less content we are with our own possessions, relationships, or circumstance, the less inclined we will be toward the generosity that helps the community flourish." I would recommend this study for a small group, or to do with a friend. You could do it on your own, but it would be beneficial to go through the reflection questions with someone else. If you are looking for a study to help you to dig into the Ten Commandments, you should definitely pick up Ten Words to Live By. I received a copy of this book from Crossway, in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heather Wood

    "We should love the law because we love Jesus, and because Jesus loved the law . Contrary to common belief, the Pharisees were not lovers of the law; they were lovers of self." I was highlighting this book from the second page. I appreciate so much Jen's solid Bible teaching. Our generation so badly need the Jen Wilkins who point us back to Scripture and away from mantras and catchphrases. Ten Words unpacks the Ten Commandments and shows how we can go beyond minimal obedience (or more popularly, "We should love the law because we love Jesus, and because Jesus loved the law . Contrary to common belief, the Pharisees were not lovers of the law; they were lovers of self." I was highlighting this book from the second page. I appreciate so much Jen's solid Bible teaching. Our generation so badly need the Jen Wilkins who point us back to Scripture and away from mantras and catchphrases. Ten Words unpacks the Ten Commandments and shows how we can go beyond minimal obedience (or more popularly, no obedience) to EXPANSIVE obedience of the law. There's much confusion about the law in the Church and so many women who claim to be "living free" while living as slaves to their passions and despising the law that their Savior loved so much. Why would we want to follow the law even MORE expansively when we live in what's commonly believed to be an age of grace? Well, expansive obedience is what Jesus Christ taught; going beyond rote service to the very heart. And what we find at our heart over and over is an addiction to self and sin. Guess what- that is the way of Satan, not of Jesus. By walking the path of obedience, we are able to see these things more clearly- they're in our line of vision - and allow Jesus to root them up and get them out. Following Jesus is not leaving our selfishness and sin in there and doing whatever we want. Jen shows us that expansive obedience over time trains our hearts more and more to desire and be like our Lord. Honestly, it was so refreshing to be challenged in this way. Meat is good for our souls, folks. For each ten of the commandments (or, words), she challenges us in ways to go beyond the "don't do"s to the "do this instead"s. Don't just "not hate" - love actively. Because it's what Jesus did. Because it's good for the community and for ourselves. She asks probing questions at the end of each chapter and gives a prayer to start us on the path of asking God to reform our hearts in that way. I could see already how God would take me beyond what Jen said to ways that my own heart rebels against the commandments. This book was very readable, with chapter lengths that were doable, not daunting. It's a little book that packs a punch. I think it would be great for book club discussions. I read an advance copy which I received from Netgalley and the publisher but I was not compensated in any way or required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bella Schroeder

    When I saw that this book in Crossways, I could not wait to get my hands on it. I always try to read every book that Jen Wilkin writes, because her view on the things she writes about is unlike anything I have ever heard or read. Wilkin has been blessed with such a way with words that allows every reader to understand the point that she is trying to make. Her books are that only book that I have to force myself to highlight only the key important things. There is always too many good things I fe When I saw that this book in Crossways, I could not wait to get my hands on it. I always try to read every book that Jen Wilkin writes, because her view on the things she writes about is unlike anything I have ever heard or read. Wilkin has been blessed with such a way with words that allows every reader to understand the point that she is trying to make. Her books are that only book that I have to force myself to highlight only the key important things. There is always too many good things I feel the Lord teaching my through Wilkin's words, that it feels like I end up with the whole book highlighted. Being a teenage does not allow me to read a bunch of theology books, because most are geared towards an older audience who understand the complex nature of theology, but with Wilkin's books everyone is able to understand the firm point she is trying to make. Even when Wilkin uses words that are often difficult to understand, she often takes the time to explains what she means. She is able to write her books in a way that allows readers who are new and familiar to the Bible to learn from what she writes. I always find myself struck by what she says. There is so many things that I have never noticed before in my walk with Christ. One point that Wilkin made that really hit me hard, was when Wilkin made a point to tell us that, "Our idolatry is a “both-and” arrangement: I need God and I need a spouse. I need God and I need a smaller waist size. I need God and I need good health. I need God and I need a well-padded bank account." While I might need not have a need of a spouse, a well-padded bank account, or even a smaller waist, I find myself in needing God and Sports. I find so much of myself in being good at any sport that I play, when I am not good at them I often lose myself in trying to work to be better at that sport. Instead of giving it to God and realizing my sin, I often continue on sinning until someone calls me out on it. Reading these sentences helped me to realize my sin. In reading this book, you not only learn about God's word, but you also learn to study the Bible in different ways. She shows you how to look and listen to all the Lord has to tell you. She takes well-known Christian beliefs and allows you to see things that you never saw before. For example, "Bearing the image of God does not mean we look like him in physical terms but rather in spiritual terms—not so that others may worship us, but so that they may worship him." We all learn, during our walk as Christians, that we are made in the image of God, but we fail to dive deeper into what it truly means to be made in the image of God. In one simple sentence, Wilkin is able to write not only what is means to be made in the image of God, but she is able to write it in a way that everyone will understand. She firmly expresses how she believes we are to react as Christians made in the image of God. I received this book from Crossways Book Review Program. My thoughts are my own. I was not paid to write a positive review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michele Morin

    Christians, even the most devout, have an uneasy relationship with the Old Testament. We rhapsodize over the psalms and spin heroic tales from Israel’s hall of fame, but to be honest, we’re queasy over discussions of slavery, God-sanctioned Canaanite slaughter, the exclusion of women from worship spaces, and all manner of bizarre customs. We’re far more confident talking about Jesus and his gracious words from the Beatitudes–entirely forgetting that Jesus frequently referred to the Law, reminded Christians, even the most devout, have an uneasy relationship with the Old Testament. We rhapsodize over the psalms and spin heroic tales from Israel’s hall of fame, but to be honest, we’re queasy over discussions of slavery, God-sanctioned Canaanite slaughter, the exclusion of women from worship spaces, and all manner of bizarre customs. We’re far more confident talking about Jesus and his gracious words from the Beatitudes–entirely forgetting that Jesus frequently referred to the Law, reminded his listeners that if they loved him they would keep his commandments, and even claimed to be, himself, the fulfillment of the Law. Author and Bible teacher Jen Wilkin describes our estrangement from the Ten Commandments as “a PR problem.” In her latest book, Ten Words to Live By: Delighting in and Doing What God Commands, she admits that “we have trouble seeing any beauty in the Ten Words.” She counters the popular sentiment that “Christianity isn’t about rules, it’s about relationship” with the truth that “rules show us how to live in those relationships. Rather than threaten relationships, rules enable it.” Moses handed down the inscribed tablets fresh off Mt. Sinai as a basis for the people’s moral law, and I read them with new eyes as Wilkin’s commentary pointed my heart back to God, the loving Law Giver. Has there ever been an era in which all of this is more needful? Like Israel, we are a people steeped in paganism, so the Ten Commandments are more relevant today than ever. Examining what God forbids, we discover what God values. “The Ten Words show us how to live holy lives as citizens of heaven while we yet dwell on earth. For the believer, the law becomes a means of grace.” Because Christ has met for us the requirements of the law and dwells in us by his Spirit, we are empowered to live in an expansive obedience, not committing murder, certainly, but also not falling into the sin of contempt for others; not being merely a “not-thief, [but becoming] a provider of abundance.” Our New Covenant lives are shaped by the Ten Words, carved on our hearts, holding us in right relationship with God and others, helping us to hunger for a holiness that keeps us longing for our true home. Many thanks to Crossway and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book to facilitate my review, which is, of course, offered freely and with honesty.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    Remember to delight in the Lord ~ 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. Ten Words To Live By is Jen Wilkin’s newest book covering the 10 commandments. This book is about the lase of God in all of its life-giving beauty, Ten Words also known as the Ten Commandments, which result in life and blessing. This is not the first book of Wilkin’s I have read, so I knew it would be good. I highly recommend it! Each chapter provides a Remember to delight in the Lord ~ 1 John 5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. Ten Words To Live By is Jen Wilkin’s newest book covering the 10 commandments. This book is about the lase of God in all of its life-giving beauty, Ten Words also known as the Ten Commandments, which result in life and blessing. This is not the first book of Wilkin’s I have read, so I knew it would be good. I highly recommend it! Each chapter provides a study of the ten commandments, along with verses for mediation related to the chapter and questions for reflection, which would be great for small group and prayer prompts. I read through and worked through this book myself, but this is one I hope to do with a small group in the near future! Here are some highlights from the book I made: ~The God of the Old Testament and the God of the New have been placed in opposition, when in fact, they are one and the same. God does not change. His justice and compassion have always coexisted, and so have His law and His grace. ~Christianity is about relationships with God and others, and because this statement is true, Christianity is also unapolgetically about rules, for rules show us how to live in those relationships. ~Without rules, our hopes of healthy relationships vanish in short order. Jesus did not put rules against relationship. It was He who said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”. ~The very definition of sin is rejection of law. Lawfulness is Christ likeness. To obey the law is to look like Jesus Christ. While legalism builds righteousness. Obedience to the law is the means of sanctification for the believer. ~Obeying the second word is more than just remembering truth and denying false teaching. It is also living in truth. ~When God’s name is hallowed on our lips and in our living, we rightly reflect Him to a profane world. We shine like stars amid a crooked generation. ~God has ordained regular rhythms of rest for those who worship Him. How might I practice Sabbath in broader and deeper ways? ~The only argument more defeating than, because I said so is because God said so! There is so much I could share, but you really just need to read the book!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Stephens

    When it comes to things that people recognize from the Bible, the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament ranks high on the list. You do not have to be a follower of Christianity or Judaism to know what the Ten Commandments are. There is a sculpture of Moses that hangs in the House Chamber of the United States Congress that serves to remind us that many of the laws of our land find their roots in the Ten Commandments. For something to be so well-known, it is interesting to me to find that there are When it comes to things that people recognize from the Bible, the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament ranks high on the list. You do not have to be a follower of Christianity or Judaism to know what the Ten Commandments are. There is a sculpture of Moses that hangs in the House Chamber of the United States Congress that serves to remind us that many of the laws of our land find their roots in the Ten Commandments. For something to be so well-known, it is interesting to me to find that there are still so many questions about these “Ten Words” that were given by God to the Israelites centuries ago. In her latest book, Jen Wilkin seeks to “present a fresh biblical look at the Ten Commandments, showing how they come to bear on our lives today as we seek to love God and others, to live in joyful freedom, and to long for that future day when God will be rightly worshiped for eternity.”1 I find that in Ten Words to Live By, Wilkin does a phenomenal job with this task. From the beginning of the book, Wilkin shows that while Christianity is about a relationship with the living God of the universe, there are some laws that have to be in place. This is an important point to make during the times that we live where many want to make things just about them and how they like them to be. There is a standard that has been set, and we are not the ones who drew that line in the sand. Wilkin shows how the Ten Words (another common phrase for the Ten Commandments) help us to live at peace with God and others. She takes a chapter to devote to each of the Ten Commandments, and she uses great insight to help the reader to get a better understanding of what each Commandment is saying to us. Wilkin is a gem that God has given to the Church to help understand God’s Word in a mighty way. I appreciate the style of writing and teaching that she uses in presenting God’s Word clearly and showing how it relates both to the original context and to today’s world. Ten Words to Live By is a very easy read. I believe that it took me all of a couple of days to work through from cover to cover. Each chapter is wrapped up with some “verses for meditation” to help the reader get a better understanding of the content from God’s Word. There are also “questions for reflection” at the end of each chapter that lead the reader to really internalize what he or she has just read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    "Ten Words to Live By. Ten Words to show us the pattern of Christlikeness and to stir in us a longing for the kingdom to come. Ten words to convict us, to shape us, and to give us hope. Ten Words that Jesus came not to abolish but to fulfill.”-page 151 I've been aware of the Ten Commandments since early childhood, well before I would have considered myself to be a Christian. I've always been able to rattle off a mostly complete list, and like many people thought I was doing right by God for many "Ten Words to Live By. Ten Words to show us the pattern of Christlikeness and to stir in us a longing for the kingdom to come. Ten words to convict us, to shape us, and to give us hope. Ten Words that Jesus came not to abolish but to fulfill.”-page 151 I've been aware of the Ten Commandments since early childhood, well before I would have considered myself to be a Christian. I've always been able to rattle off a mostly complete list, and like many people thought I was doing right by God for many years. As my relationship with God has grown and I've become more versed in the Bible, it's clear that the bare minimum is not what God wants for us, and reading the Commandments at face value does not truly capture their meaning. “This is a book about the law of God in all of its life-giving beauty. In the church today there exists a great forgetfulness about the role of the law in the life of the believer. This book is an exercise in remembrance”- page 11 This book devotes a chapter to each of the Ten Commandments, delving into the true meaning behind each thing God wants from us. There are many cross-references to other parts of the Bible to support each topic. I appreciate how Jen Wilkin demonstrates the ways we all sin and stray from the Commandments on a regular basis and encourages greater obedience. I also appreciated her discussion of legalism in the introductory chapter, explaining that we are not to follow the law to gain favor, but rather are to be Christlike in all we do, therefore fulfilling the Commandments. Jen Wilkin is quite possibly my favorite contemporary author of Christian Living/ Christian non-fiction. I adored In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character, which was my favorite read of 2020. I've given everything I've read by her five out of five stars, and this book is no exception. I adore her ability to delve deeper into Scripture, creating a more comprehensive understanding of topics that are familiar. Thank you to the publisher, Crossway, for providing an e-ARC for review via Netgalley; all opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    In this book, Jen Wilkin explains that even though many people aren't able to remember all of the Ten Commandments, much less recite them in order, they remain essential to our understanding of right living. She helps readers explore the commandments with new eyes, and shares insightful reflections about each one, locating it in its historical and cultural context while also providing modern applications. Each chapter ends with reflection questions, inviting readers to consider how their underst In this book, Jen Wilkin explains that even though many people aren't able to remember all of the Ten Commandments, much less recite them in order, they remain essential to our understanding of right living. She helps readers explore the commandments with new eyes, and shares insightful reflections about each one, locating it in its historical and cultural context while also providing modern applications. Each chapter ends with reflection questions, inviting readers to consider how their understanding of that commandment has changed, how they would grade themselves on it, and how they can grow. This book is concise and well-written, and Wilkin gets to the heart of each commandment, encouraging her readers to see their sin and find hope in Christ, without a checklist mentality towards behavior modification. Wilkin emphasizes the difference between God-honoring lawfulness and self-righteous legalism, and she shares personal stories throughout, showing ways that she has struggled to keep these commandments at different times in her life. Her tone is vulnerable and inviting, never condemning, and as Wilkin engages with the scope of redemptive history, she encourages her readers to put their hope in Christ.  I grew up with a firm grasp of the commandments and encountered regular teaching about them, so most of Wilkin's points were familiar to me, but I found her perspective and unique insights helpful. I especially appreciate the way that she filters the commandments through a contrast between honor and contempt. She shows us how our sin holds God and other people in contempt, and explains how following the commandments helps us to honor God and others, instead of using or rejecting them for our own ends. This was especially insightful in the chapters dealing with murder/anger and adultery/lust. Ten Words to Live By is a thoughtful guide to wholehearted righteousness, and even though Wilkin primarily wrote it for adult women, I would recommend it to men and teenagers as well. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    First sentence: This is a book about the law of God in all of its life-giving beauty. In the church today there exists a great forgetfulness about the role of the law in the life of the believer. This book is an exercise in remembrance. Jen Wilkin's newest book, Ten Words to Live By, focuses on the Ten Commandments. It might be easy to think, well, I don't need to read (more) about the Ten Commandments. I know the Ten Commandments. I know all I need to know about the Ten Commandments. And do the First sentence: This is a book about the law of God in all of its life-giving beauty. In the church today there exists a great forgetfulness about the role of the law in the life of the believer. This book is an exercise in remembrance. Jen Wilkin's newest book, Ten Words to Live By, focuses on the Ten Commandments. It might be easy to think, well, I don't need to read (more) about the Ten Commandments. I know the Ten Commandments. I know all I need to know about the Ten Commandments. And do the Ten Commandments even have any relevance for a believer's life?! (I'm supposing this last one). But Wilkin's book IS relevant and timeless. We all need to remember and cherish the Ten Commandments--for Christ is the fulfillment of the law. I read Ten Words to Live By devotionally--one chapter per day. Though I don't believer this one is being marketed as a "devotional" book, I think it makes an excellent one. Each chapter ends with verses for meditation, questions for reflection, and an invitation to prayer. Wilkin writes in a way to challenge believers to think, reflect, consider. This is obvious in the types of questions she asks readers at the end of each chapter! From chapter one: 1. Before reading this chapter, how would you have rated your obedience to the first commandment? After reading it, how would you rate yourself? What insight accounts for the change in your diagnosis? 2. What idol are you most tempted to worship alongside God? What are you hoping to control or avoid by this dual allegiance? 3. What current sinful behavior can you trace to worshiping something alongside God? How does forgetfulness of your costly deliverance factor into the way you respond to temptation? 4. In the introduction, it was noted that laws help us live in community. How does the first word help the children of God to live in community with one another? How does doublemindedness harm Christian community?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    It is common for Christians to talk about our relationship with Christ. That it must be personal, and I agree. It’s easy to focus heavily on grace because we like favor. Who doesn’t? I like and need to remember every day that I’m saved by God’s overflowing, miraculous grace. It can be easy to find ourselves thinking that grace is the opposite of the law instead of the law being something that points us to grace and shows us our need. I know I can tend to focus on relationship over rules. In Ten It is common for Christians to talk about our relationship with Christ. That it must be personal, and I agree. It’s easy to focus heavily on grace because we like favor. Who doesn’t? I like and need to remember every day that I’m saved by God’s overflowing, miraculous grace. It can be easy to find ourselves thinking that grace is the opposite of the law instead of the law being something that points us to grace and shows us our need. I know I can tend to focus on relationship over rules. In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin illustrates that rules enable a good, healthy relationship with God and each other. Allow me to give an example. If foster care removes a child from a home where the father is abusive and the mother is neglectful, its not because they just focused on the relationship over rules. No, there wasn’t a loving parent/child relationship AND there were likely not many rules. Rules are for our good. She takes us a chapter at a time, a commandment at a time, through the do nots and elaborates on each one and what it would have meant to the original hearers and what it means for us today. Not only do we begin to see what God’s good commands are pointing us to what we shouldn’t do, but they are pointing us to what His commands implore us to do. I think it’s easy for us to feel anxious about all of the what nots and want to sit on our hands, but they lead us to what is to be honored, cherished, loved, and conformed to. As Christ tells us in the sermon on the mount, our actions overflow from our hearts. I really appreciated the chapters on murder, which is really about anger and contempt and covetousness, which is never satisfied and always wants more. There are reflection questions at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book. It would make a great discussion with a group. This book will be released March 30, 2021. Thank you to NetGalley and Crossway for the advanced reader copy.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Oh, man, where do I start? Jen Wilkin is a treasure! She’s one of those gems who can communicate beautifully in written and spoken word alike! She loves God and it’s obvious. She cares about making the Word of God, rightly divided, easily accessible to each reader and calling all of us in closer to see more of the heart and voice of God. And I am grateful. From the first lines, I was hooked, reading page after page. I’m teaching through her Women of the Word book right now and I can see her putt Oh, man, where do I start? Jen Wilkin is a treasure! She’s one of those gems who can communicate beautifully in written and spoken word alike! She loves God and it’s obvious. She cares about making the Word of God, rightly divided, easily accessible to each reader and calling all of us in closer to see more of the heart and voice of God. And I am grateful. From the first lines, I was hooked, reading page after page. I’m teaching through her Women of the Word book right now and I can see her putting her own teaching into practice beautifully in these pages, bringing the text alive and asking the right questions to bring it home. It was hard to put this book down as night approached. Jen's turns of phrase and observations, bringing out the depth of the meaning of each word, calling us to changed hearts, not just simple moralism, are beautiful. She gives us a vision for a future where “the things we have exalted will be cast down to the level of their real worth,” – and a call to place them there now, giving “undivided allegiance to the God of our costly deliverance.” But we don’t have to wait to cast off the idols of our hearts. “Why wait until the next life to esteem what God esteems? Jen calls us to put off the idols of our hearts and to worship God with single-minded allegiance, to see the building of the commandments, all stemming from the first call to worship God alone. This book is a practical call to love God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength; to love the law that helps us see Him better and be transformed into His likeness; to love the law He has so graciously given to us; and to love our neighbors as ourselves - as He has so kindly loved us. Each chapter ends with a reflection question and a call to prayer. It's so good! I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book today!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debi

    I love Jen Wilkin’s books, so it was a no brainer for me to pre-order this ones, and I pretty much read it in a single sitting (except for breaks to take notes). I enjoyed it so much that I’m considering leading my students in a study on this book as I did with Wilkin’s book “None Like Him.” As per her usual fashion, Wilkin succinctly but so clearly and eloquently exposited each commandment, spending a chapter on each. She made reference to several scriptures and connections to other commandment I love Jen Wilkin’s books, so it was a no brainer for me to pre-order this ones, and I pretty much read it in a single sitting (except for breaks to take notes). I enjoyed it so much that I’m considering leading my students in a study on this book as I did with Wilkin’s book “None Like Him.” As per her usual fashion, Wilkin succinctly but so clearly and eloquently exposited each commandment, spending a chapter on each. She made reference to several scriptures and connections to other commandments that I hadn’t previously made myself. I think this book would be eye opening to long time believers, but especially to the legalistic newbies. I also think chapter 3 is definitely the highlight of the book (what it means to misuse God’s name). My main criticism is that the conclusion doesn’t really tie the commandments and the gospel together. While Wilkin often talked about how most of the sins outlined in the commandments are “heart issues,” there wasn’t a very clear gospel presentation, except in the introduction where Wilkin says Jesus is the greater Moses. This may seem like a slight issue to other readers, but it is significant to me. I also felt that Wilkin didn’t distinguish enough between the first and second commandments, and that some of the points could be interchanged. All in all, this was definitely an excellent read. I can’t wait to hear more from Wilkin in the future.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Jen Wilkin's Ten Words to Live By is a book that is poised to respond to our current cultural moment. Wilkin unpacks the Ten Commandments and poignantly connects Christians to their relevance in daily life today. Though our culture often tells us that these commandments are no longer relevant and are antiquated, Christians know that the Ten Commandments form the foundation for a life influenced by the way of Jesus. Wilkin points out that the Ten Commandments are not merely a list of "thou shalt Jen Wilkin's Ten Words to Live By is a book that is poised to respond to our current cultural moment. Wilkin unpacks the Ten Commandments and poignantly connects Christians to their relevance in daily life today. Though our culture often tells us that these commandments are no longer relevant and are antiquated, Christians know that the Ten Commandments form the foundation for a life influenced by the way of Jesus. Wilkin points out that the Ten Commandments are not merely a list of "thou shalt nots," but are calls to the way of Jesus. In the language of do nots we also see the things that we are called to do. For example, when we are told not to steal, we are also called to provide for others. Wilkin draws numerous important connections between the commandments and a life lived for Jesus to the full. Following the Ten Commandments strengthens us to endure the trials and scars of this life to ultimately mold us into who God has called us to be as his image bearers. I highly recommend this book! Look for it March 30, 2021 from your favorite bookseller. Many thanks to Crossway Books and NetGalley for the ARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Brown

    Perhaps you think you are a pretty good person. The Ten Commandments? Check. You don’t take God’s name in vain, you don’t lie, and you certainly haven’t murdered anyone. Ditto for the other seven. And then you read Jen Wilkin’s Ten Words to Live By. Using Scripture to interpret Scripture, Wilkin unpacks each of the Ten Commandments. She views them through the lens of Jesus’ teachings—teachings that show God’s desire for His people to reflect His character not just in outward behavior, but in the Perhaps you think you are a pretty good person. The Ten Commandments? Check. You don’t take God’s name in vain, you don’t lie, and you certainly haven’t murdered anyone. Ditto for the other seven. And then you read Jen Wilkin’s Ten Words to Live By. Using Scripture to interpret Scripture, Wilkin unpacks each of the Ten Commandments. She views them through the lens of Jesus’ teachings—teachings that show God’s desire for His people to reflect His character not just in outward behavior, but in the heart. Wilkin shows that these ten “Words” give us a glimpse of what heaven will be like. She argues that the Ten Commandments allow us to experience kingdom living in the here and now. Wilkin writes, “Ten Words to show us the pattern of Christlikeness and to stir in us a longing for the kingdom to come.” Ten Words that show us how to live in relationship with our Heavenly Father and all who bear His image. This book is bound to lead to rich discussion in a group setting. Verses for meditation, reflection questions, and prayer prompts extend the teaching on each commandment.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Taliah Kendrick

    Whether you’re a Christian or not, you’ve probably heard of the ten commandments. But for the Christian, you may be confused about whether they still apply to you today. Throughout this book, Wilkin walks you through the historical context and how the original audience would have heard and understood the commandments. Then she points us to how we can hold them near and wrestle with the sin they expose in our hearts. Since we have been saved by grace through faith, we do not follow the ten comman Whether you’re a Christian or not, you’ve probably heard of the ten commandments. But for the Christian, you may be confused about whether they still apply to you today. Throughout this book, Wilkin walks you through the historical context and how the original audience would have heard and understood the commandments. Then she points us to how we can hold them near and wrestle with the sin they expose in our hearts. Since we have been saved by grace through faith, we do not follow the ten commandments to be saved. Rather, by the Spirit of God, we obey these commandments because we are saved. After all, they summarize what Jesus says in Mark 12:29-31 “Jesus answered, “The most important is Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” (CSB)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ann Gemmel

    As our world grows increasing relativistic each and every minute, amidst social mantras of ‘You do you,” Jen Wilkin provides a timely, theologically astute as well as intensely practical book exploring the Ten Words/God’s 10 commandments. I found myself highlighting numerous sections for further contemplation, I appreciated the authors boldness in challenging Christ followers while at the same time, confessing her own struggles in observing God’s directives, A book on this topic could so easily As our world grows increasing relativistic each and every minute, amidst social mantras of ‘You do you,” Jen Wilkin provides a timely, theologically astute as well as intensely practical book exploring the Ten Words/God’s 10 commandments. I found myself highlighting numerous sections for further contemplation, I appreciated the authors boldness in challenging Christ followers while at the same time, confessing her own struggles in observing God’s directives, A book on this topic could so easily drift into legalism, but Wilkin’s book is blanketed with gospel grace. Highly recommend. This would be a great small group discussion book. I read an advance copy which I received from NetGalley and the publisher but I was no compensated in any way or required to leave a positive review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maria Allison

    Jen Wilkin is one of my favorite Christian living authors. Gods word is very near and dear to Jens heart and it is very evident in her writing. In her book, Ten Words to Live By, she reveals the importance the Ten Commandments has on our lives. Jen was vulnerable in her book admitting her defeat in sin when it comes to the Ten Commandments and encourages us with discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Her books are short, but packed full with helpful wisdom discerning scripture and our Jen Wilkin is one of my favorite Christian living authors. Gods word is very near and dear to Jens heart and it is very evident in her writing. In her book, Ten Words to Live By, she reveals the importance the Ten Commandments has on our lives. Jen was vulnerable in her book admitting her defeat in sin when it comes to the Ten Commandments and encourages us with discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Her books are short, but packed full with helpful wisdom discerning scripture and our daily walk with Christ. I highly recommend Jen Wilkin to those in the faith, and encourage small groups to read this book together to have meaningful and vulnerable conversations. Jen never fails to make an impact with her words and for that I am grateful for her teachings.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Barb Hegreberg

    If you ever wanted to dig deeper into the Ten Commandments and how the apply to the modern Christian, Ten Words to Live By:  Delighting in and Doing What God Commands by Jen Wilkin may just provide the insight you’re looking for. “…the aseret hadevarim, the Ten Words. What the Torah and the rabbis called the Ten Words, you and I know as the Ten Commandments.” —- *I recieved this ebook free from Crossway as part of Crossway Blog Review Program.  I am able to read & review up to 12 free books per yea If you ever wanted to dig deeper into the Ten Commandments and how the apply to the modern Christian, Ten Words to Live By:  Delighting in and Doing What God Commands by Jen Wilkin may just provide the insight you’re looking for. “…the aseret hadevarim, the Ten Words. What the Torah and the rabbis called the Ten Words, you and I know as the Ten Commandments.” —- *I recieved this ebook free from Crossway as part of Crossway Blog Review Program.  I am able to read & review up to 12 free books per year. However, I am not obligated to provide a positive review. #GOODREADS #CROSSWAY #CROSSWAYBLOGREVIEWPROGRAM

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leslie

    In Ten Words to Live By by Jen Wilken we are given an eye-opening look at the Ten Commandments. The book dissects each Commandment and thoroughly researches their meaning. Through the book, you learn that the Ten Commandments aren't just rules to live by outwardly, but they are rules for our heart and for our spiritual well-being. Ten Words to Live By will change the way you look at the Ten Commandments and you may get convicted on some things. (I sure did!) I highly recommend this book! Thank y In Ten Words to Live By by Jen Wilken we are given an eye-opening look at the Ten Commandments. The book dissects each Commandment and thoroughly researches their meaning. Through the book, you learn that the Ten Commandments aren't just rules to live by outwardly, but they are rules for our heart and for our spiritual well-being. Ten Words to Live By will change the way you look at the Ten Commandments and you may get convicted on some things. (I sure did!) I highly recommend this book! Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for the opportunity to read this book! I loved it! (This review is also on GoodReads.)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Suz

    I was absolutely delighted to get an ARC of this new book by Jen Wilkin, having also just done her Exodus Study. Ten words to live by brings the 10 commandments before us and asks us to reflect on what they meant to the Israelites and what they mean to us today - as ever Jen highlights the challenge for us In God’s words and asks us to reflect on what these words mean to us, their purpose in shaping us as we dwell on them. I found Jen’s exploration of each commandment challenging, convicting and I was absolutely delighted to get an ARC of this new book by Jen Wilkin, having also just done her Exodus Study. Ten words to live by brings the 10 commandments before us and asks us to reflect on what they meant to the Israelites and what they mean to us today - as ever Jen highlights the challenge for us In God’s words and asks us to reflect on what these words mean to us, their purpose in shaping us as we dwell on them. I found Jen’s exploration of each commandment challenging, convicting and thought provoking and would recommend her book to all. Many thanks to Crossway and Netgalley for the ARC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lark Kelsey

    When you think about how God shows his love, giving us rules is probably not the first thing that pops in your mind. In this short and easy read, Jen Wilkin masterfully explains why love and rules go together perfectly. We've all heard of the 10 Commandments, but how often do we misread and misunderstand them? I remember learning them as a child when we did a craft of writing them on two clay slabs in VBS. I've learned so much about them since then but they still felt like a list of rules to abi When you think about how God shows his love, giving us rules is probably not the first thing that pops in your mind. In this short and easy read, Jen Wilkin masterfully explains why love and rules go together perfectly. We've all heard of the 10 Commandments, but how often do we misread and misunderstand them? I remember learning them as a child when we did a craft of writing them on two clay slabs in VBS. I've learned so much about them since then but they still felt like a list of rules to abide by rather than beautiful words to cherish. Once again, Jen helps us see the beauty of the Word and deepen in our love for the Lord by connecting the dots in our knowledge to our heart. Even though I've already done her Exodus study (also amazing!!) I still gleaned new and deeper understanding of how these words are to be read, obeyed, and appreciated as a beautiful gift from a God who cares for us. Each chapter has questions that can be used for personal reflection group discussion. To deepen our understanding of what obedience to these commands looks like, she connects them with New Testament and shows how Jesus expounded them. My favorite part was her observation in the closing that each word was not just a command for us to obey but a prophecy about Christ. "YOU shall have no other Gods before me, YOU shall make no idols, YOU shall not take the name of the Lord in vain...." Jesus fulfilled these words perfectly in action, mind, and heart. In loving these words we continue to love the Word of God as we become more like Christ. Blessed is the one who's delight is in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. (Psalm 1:2)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy Solomon

    “Ten Words to convict us, to shape us, and to give us hope. Ten words that Jesus came not to abolish, but to fulfill... Ten words carved in stone at Sinai and powerless to save us, now carved on our hearts and powerful to transform us.” If I could recommend one book that I’ve read in the last year, this would be it. There was so much content packed in this short book, I will be going back through it very slowly to digest it all. After my first reading, I’m deeply convicted and encouraged and I’m “Ten Words to convict us, to shape us, and to give us hope. Ten words that Jesus came not to abolish, but to fulfill... Ten words carved in stone at Sinai and powerless to save us, now carved on our hearts and powerful to transform us.” If I could recommend one book that I’ve read in the last year, this would be it. There was so much content packed in this short book, I will be going back through it very slowly to digest it all. After my first reading, I’m deeply convicted and encouraged and I’m left pondering many ideas presented. I have much to say, but I’ll just leave it at ‘read this book’.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    Jen Wilkin's new book, Ten Words to Live By, is for anyone who would like to dig deeper into the Ten Commandments. As a companion to my bible, I read Exodus while using this book as a guide to each of these teachings. I was truly impressed by Ms. Wilkin's knowledge and expertise on the subject. Her insight opened my eyes to so much that I had not considered before. I will highly recommend this lovely book for those hoping to enhance their relationship with Christ and His word. Thank you NetGalle Jen Wilkin's new book, Ten Words to Live By, is for anyone who would like to dig deeper into the Ten Commandments. As a companion to my bible, I read Exodus while using this book as a guide to each of these teachings. I was truly impressed by Ms. Wilkin's knowledge and expertise on the subject. Her insight opened my eyes to so much that I had not considered before. I will highly recommend this lovely book for those hoping to enhance their relationship with Christ and His word. Thank you NetGalley and Crossway Books for this advanced copy.

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