Far too many resources for those who are suffering or stuck in sinful patterns are of the self-help variety. Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry, by Mike Wilkerson, is for those who have given up on self-help. This book is the curriculum for Seattle’s Mars Hill Church’s Redemption Groups, gospel-based, mixed-issue recovery groups for those dealing with “abuse, addiction or assorted trouble.” The ministry staff of Mars Hill collaborated with Gerry Breshears of Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and the staff of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in working out the theological and biblical underpinnings of this material. Redemption has been tested in the trenches. Woven through Wilkerson’s excellent exegesis of the Exodus narrative and it’s implications for recovery are stories of redeemed lives that bear witness to the transforming power of the gospel.
Pastors and counselors will appreciate the extensive endnotes and the recommended resources. Group leaders will also value the thought-provoking discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Anyone who has faced a difficult struggle will find the hope that only the gospel can deliver within these pages. The result is a very practical and applicable resource for those who seek healing, and those who are called to help them.
For more information on how Redemption Groups work at Mars Hill, check out this Vimeo by Mike Wilkerson.
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