The subtitle of this book is “Exploring the Character of God”, which makes it sound a bit like a heavyweight theological tome. Though perhaps we all ought to try getting to grips with such from time to time. However, Incomparable is far from dense and unreadable yet it is deep.
Andrew Wilson explores the topic in four sections. The Being of God, The Names of God, God in Three Persons and The Attributes of God, with each section containing fifteen short meditations of approximately four pages each. The sections are easy to read. They start with a short scripture and Wilson then writes on the topic explaining its significance both from the Bible but also with short topical stories. The chapter headings range from “God Exists” to “The Most High”, and from, “The Happiness of God” to “The Glory of Yahweh.”
If the above makes it sound like hard work – it isn’t! It is easy to read and follow as Wilson conveys his ideas clearly. Above all though it is encouraging and heart-warming – not dull or dry. The greatness of God and His love and care for His creation and creatures (us!) becomes clearer. The character of God should stir our emotions and not just inform our minds.
It’s not the sort of book that you sit down with and read straight through, though I suppose you could do that. The book can be broken down easily into 60 equal sections to provide 2 months worth of daily mediations. You can then dip back in to revisit particular topics. My copy has a couple of bookmarks in it.
To end this review with a story. The manager of the CLC Bookshop in Dundee had a copy of Incomparable on his shelf for a while unsold so he put it in the sale. I saw it there on one of my area manager visits and promptly bought the copy and gave it to him telling him to read a section a day. He sold a couple of dozen copies over the next few months. Though not a new book I strongly commend this to anyone who has not come across it. A good way to start the new year is to focus our hearts and minds on Almighty God.
Incomparable/Andrew Wilson/Ten Publishing/ISBN9781913896638/£7.99 (RRP £9.99)