The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables


The Storytelling God

Throw away your flannelgraphs…

The prodigal son. The good Samaritan. The treasure hidden in a field. Most of us have heard Jesus’s parables before. Yet if these stories strike us as merely sweet, heartwarming, or sentimental, we can be sure we’ve misread them. In The Storytelling God, pastor Jared Wilson helps us to see how Jesus’s parables reveal profound spiritual truths about God, humanity, the world, and the future.

Discarding the notion that Christ’s parables are nothing more than moralistic fables, this book highlights how each one is designed to drive us to Jesus in awe, need, faith, and worship.


Jared C. Wilson is assistant professor of pastoral ministry at Spurgeon College, author in residence at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and general editor of For the Church. He is a popular author and conference speaker, and also blogs regularly at Gospel Driven Church, hosted by the Gospel Coalition. His books include Gospel WakefulnessGospel DeepsThe Pastor’s JustificationThe Storytelling God; and The Wonder-Working God.

“Jared Wilson’s new book is a punch in the gut. Gone are the tame, bedtime-story versions of the parables we’ve been told in the past. Instead, Wilson invites us to see them afresh with all of their explosive, imaginative power.”
Mike Cosper, Founder and Director, Harbor Institute for Faith and Culture

“In showing us the parables of Jesus for what they are (and are not), Jared Wilson invites us into a deeper understanding of their author and the kingdom he came to establish. The Storytelling God teaches us to read and reflect upon the parables with great care, and rightly so. The parables, and this book, point the way to life abundant.”
Scott McClellan, Communications Pastor, Irving Bible Church, Irving, Texas; author, Tell Me a Story: Finding God (and Ourselves) through Narrative

“My own bookshelf has precious few commentaries on the parables and this will definitely fit nicely into that gap. In fact, this book is actually two books for the price of one. Part devotional commentary and also doubling as a solid gospel tract. This book serves the gospel straight up on a plate. His chapter commenting on the gospel and the poor is worth the price of the book alone. Clear, straightforward, biblical, gospel-centered writing. Definitely recommended reading.”
Mez McConnell, Senior Pastor, Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh, Scotland; Director, 20schemes; author, Church in Hard Places

“With a characteristic combination of wit and wisdom—humor and sobriety—Wilson grabs your attention, fixes it upon Christ, and keeps it there for the duration of the book. Readers in search of a pastoral introduction to biblical parables that is rich with real-life applicability can gladly make room for this volume on their bookshelf.”
Stephen T. Um, Senior Minister, Citylife Presbyterian Church of Boston; author, Micah For You

More Endorsements

1.  Postcards from the Revolution
2.  A Radical Refocus
3.  Uncommon Knowledge
4.  Three Times Found
5.  Justice and Good Sinners
6.  The Direness of Death After Death
7.  Jesus is For Losers         
8.  The Parables Before the Parables
9.  Jesus, The Living Parable
10. The Unstoppable and Unfathomable Kingdom


Christian Living

Format: Paperback
Case Quantity: 10
Page Count: 192
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3668-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3668-7
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.4 ounces
Published: February 28, 2014


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