For various reasons, some books that should get more attention do not. One such title is The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview & Holding on Tight by Dan Phillips. While there have been a number of “gospel-centered” books published in the past 7-10 years, I can confidently say there is no other book quite like this. Let me explain why.
First, let’s start with the author. For those who do not know who Dan Phillips is, he proudly describes himself as “a Calvi dispie bapto gelical.” In other words, a Calvinist, dispensationalist, baptist, evangelical. He is best known as one of the writers for the Pyromaniacs blog, which has a deservedly large following for its “call it like it is” approach to biblical truth and evangelicalism. In addition he writes for his own blog named Biblical Christianity. All of this is in addition to his “real job” as the Pastor of Copperfield Bible Church in Houston Texas. In other words, Dan has lots of time on his hands 🙂
Dan has a writing style that is all his own. Its hard to describe, which is part of the reason you should go read his blogs. He has a way of communicating truth with insight and humor. But the humor is not of the cheap laugh variety; its the kind that engages the intellect while “leaving a mark” because it hits so close to home (usually in a convicting way!).
This book is written from a desire to enable people to experience the fullness and power of the gospel in their lives. He argues that many of us have not grasped:
- who we really are
- what kind of world we are really living in
- how the world really operates and where it is really going
- who God really is
- what his eternal plan really was
- why we really needed him and his plan so desperately
- what his terms–the Gospel–really were
- what difference the Gospel will really make on our everyday lives
If you want biblically faithful, gospel-rooted, pastorally wise answers to these questions (or know someone who does), this book is an excellent choice. I had the privilege of reading the manuscript before it was published, and I had a hard time putting it down.
Go out and buy a copy. Read it for yourself. Grab a friend (Christian or non-Christian) and read it with him. Use it in a small group study or for your Sunday School class. You won’t regret it.