I’ve been studying the gospel of Matthew this year, but you can’t study just the gospel of Matthew without studying how it compares to the other gospels. So, when I heard that the book Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World was a book length treatment of the seventh chapter of Luke, I was interested enough to want to take a peek at it.
In this book, first-time author Rich Wilkerson, Jr, examines four stories from the gospel of Luke to show how our deepest longs will not be met in other people, material things, or even the trappings of religion. Instead, our ultimate desires and the meaning in our life can only be found in Jesus. When we look to him, we’ll find the peace and joy that our hearts crave, and we’ll be able to satisfy the desires of our hearts.
I thought that this was a great, and yet still simple, treatment of this chapter of the Bible. Perhaps my favorite point in the whole book is when Wilkerson is examining the periscope of John the Baptist’s followers coming to him to ask him questions. He quotes from Luke, “Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Luke 7:23) Then, he spends some time reminding us not to lose faith when Jesus doesn’t act the way that we expected him to. That’s been a very difficult and hard-fought lesson for me to learn, and I enjoyed seeing the affirmation here.
I also really like the way he sticks with one passage (chapter) of the Bible and builds the theme of his book based on the themes that he sees develop across the chapter. It’s a beautiful and contextual method of building an interpretation of the chapter.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.