The Gospel Coalition Review for Wells’ “God in the Whirlwind”

Today The Gospel Coalition posted my review of David Wells’ book God in the Whirlwind:

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Read it here.

Update (June 28, 2014): TGC recently reworked their website and are still playing catch-up with getting it current with past reviews. In the meantime, you can access the review through Amazon (you may have to scroll down, but it’s there.)

Wells’ “God in the Whirlwind”: Essential Resources

Here’s a list of essential resources for David F. Wells’ book God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reorients Our World:

Wells compares the cultural and biblical understandings of love:

Wells explores how our culture influences the way we view God’s love and holiness:

Wells discusses the counter-cultural nature of the Christian worldview, especially as it pertains to the truth about God’s transcendent holy-love:

Wells on how he’s tried to “capture the truth that God has given us” related to God’s holy-love:

Justin Taylor interviews David Wells about the book:

The Gospel Coalition’s Matt Smethurst interviews Wells about the book.

—Here’s a PDF study guide for the book.

Finally, I’ll try compiling a list of book reviews as they become available.

03/10/14: The Gospel Coalition posted my review of the book.

Special thanks to Crossway for producing the videos and study guide.

[Apologies for the third video’s smaller size, as the embed code is incorrect.]

Trueman on Wells’ God in the Whirlwind

Carl Trueman wrote a review at First Things of Wells’ new book God in the Whirlwind. He interprets the title’s “whirlwind” as referring to the book of Job. His review is worth reading, but I especially enjoyed the concluding paragraph:

This is a book all Christians should read. And, while generally positive in its proposals, it has sufficient pessimism (though David, as a good fellow pessimist, will no doubt tell me he is not such a one) that this Englishman still enjoyed it. Christianity in the West is shifting to the status of an annoying, perhaps even unwelcome, sect. The future is, humanly speaking, bleak. David’s books in general are a good argument for seeing ourselves as a large part of our current problem and this book in particular offers helpful thoughts on what must now be done.

I heartily agree.

I have a review of God in the Whirlwind forthcoming for The Gospel Coalition, so stay tuned.

David F. Wells Interview on Book God in the Whirlwind


Crossway publishers interviewed David F. Wells regarding his forthcoming book God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reorients Our World (January 2014), asking six questions:

  1. How does God in the Whirlwind contribute to the work you’ve already done in No Place for Truth, God in the Wasteland, Losing Our Virtue, Above All Earthly Pow’rs, and The Courage to Be Protestant?
  2. In the introduction, you write that the primary thing that evangelical theology lacks is an understanding of God’s character that carries “weight.” What do you mean by this?
  3. You’ve coined the term “holy-love” as a way to refer to the essential union of God’s holiness and love. You write, “Today, our constant temptation, aided and abetted as it is by our culture, is to shatter the hyphen.” How does this happen and why is it dangerous?
  4. How should Christians answer the charge that we are intolerant and exclusive in our thinking about God and salvation?
  5. You argue that our thinking is fundamentally flawed if we seek to understand God’s love through the lens of our own experiences related to loving and being loved. Why is that? Doesn’t such a claim negate the importance of the imago Dei?
  6. What is the biggest challenge the evangelical church will face in the next 50 years?

For Wells’s (oft illuminating) answers, go here.