None Like Him and Learning Contentment
Need some refreshment? Here are two readable books for wives and moms. None Like Him (176 pgs.) by Jen Wilkin considers how God’s attributes and their meaning in the Christian life. Nancy Wilson’s Learning Contentment (134 pgs.) sets forth a vision for contentment in the Christian life.
None Like Him
Download a sample chapter of None Like Him.
God is self existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible.
We're not. And that's a good thing.
Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone.
In her new book None Like Him, Jen Wilkin calls us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God's limitless power and invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.
“When we lose sight of the majesty of God, we invariably fill the gap in our vision with the fable of the majesty of someone else. We revere a spouse or a leader. We worship our children or a friend. We even give reverence and awe to ourselves. And this is complete folly. Not only is it unwise to give our worship to someone other than God, it is the very definition of irrationality. And it’s an exhausting business..."
In an upside-down world that has humanized God and deified man, Jen Wilkin brings us the best news imaginable: our God is infinitely greater, more powerful, more majestic, and more wonderful than we can possibly fathom. Jen calls us to lift our eyes upward, to earnestly contemplate his attributes, and to humbly acknowledge our own limits. As we do, our hearts will be filled with wonder and awe that such a God should stoop to save and love us.
- Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Bible teacher; host, Revive Our Hearts
My wife and I love Jen Wilkin. She represents a rising generation of evangelical women discontent with the status quo, yet fiercely committed to the Scriptures. Her teaching is provocative without approaching compromise, revolutionary without seeking novelty. This book is rock solid, and it portends an encouraging future for evangelicalism
- J. D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; author, Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send
We tend to think being “stressed out” is a normal state of affairs, and that contentment means sitting back and just bottling things up. For the Christian, however, contentment is something we must apply, work at, and make our own in every circumstance, because anxiety and frustration are not neutral behaviors.
It is certainly easier to just go with our natural impulses when times are “annoying” or when times are very hard, but contentment is an important part of our Christian life. Even the apostle Paul had to “learn” contentment. So we shouldn’t wonder why we’re still in spiritual kindergarten—repeating the same lessons over and over again—if we haven’t given ourselves to study contentment.
Thankfully, every test God gives on contentment is open book (even the pop quizzes!). In Learning Contentment, Nancy Wilson looks to the Bible and Puritans like Burroughs, Rutherford, Watson, and Spurgeon to help us develop the practical, spiritual strength and the perspective that comes from contentment’s deep satisfaction with the will of God.
This encouraging little book includes concise explanations, application questions and assignments that will involve and challenge everyone, and lots of biblical wisdom for individuals and groups.
“Contentment maintains control over the spirit and does not allow ungoverned passions and unrestrained emotions to bring discomposure right at the moment when the greatest composure is called for..."
Just finished leading a Ladies' Bible study based on this book. The chapters were the perfect length and breadth for busy women of all ages - just like the title says. Every Christian woman can benefit from this book. Don't let the shortness of it deceive you. It's packed with excellent thoughts, worth every page! Thank you Mrs. Wilson!
- Jacquelyn H.
This is my favorite Nancy Wilson book! It is beautifully written, encouraging, and convicting. We all struggle with discontentment to one degree or another, but Nancy spells out the problem and lays out biblical and practical ways to counteract it and replace it with deep contentment and joy. I would recommend this book to all women, no matter what stage of life. This is one of those books I am certain I will return to again and again. Thank you, Nancy!
- Diane B.