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  • Series: Re:Lit
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; a edition (January 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143352077X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433520778
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a wonderful piece of gospel work. It is case-study rich, evidencing lots of wisdom in the ways of people who suffer. It is theology rich, exegeting in a very practical way the transforming power of the gospel and all the ways we are tempted to distort or minimize it. This needs to be published and distributed widely. I know of no other work that does what Wilkerson has done. It surely does advance the cause of applying the gospel to brokenness of this generation. Well done!
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

“I am weekly confronted by the harshness of life as a result of sin—abuse, neglect, consequences of sin. The list goes on and on. As a pastor of a church full of younger people I have searched for a resource that I could with confidence recommend to those stuck in their sin. This book is that resource. It will help hurting people (which includes us!) come to grips with the reality of both our sin and the reality of being sinned against. Further, it will move people to Jesus, who is greater than our sin.
Darrin Patrick, Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; author, For the City and Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission

“Some support groups support without challenging people to be different. This book is a resource for a different kind of support group, a Redemption Group. Backed by good scholarship yet accessible to all Christians, it brims with great stories of redemption and keen insights into the souls of broken sinners, challenging readers to follow the Christ who can set people free.
Eric JohnsonLawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Director, Society for Christian Psychology

“Pastor Mike Wilkerson has penned a truly unique contribution both to small group literature and to the Christian ‘recovery movement. His gospel-centered focus using the Exodus theme of redemption provides an unparalleled biblical approach to facing our past face-to-face with Christ. The combination of gripping real-life vignettes, biblical narratives applied to sin and suffering, and the thought-provoking discussion-application guide makes Redemption the premier all-in-one book for small group recovery ministry.
Robert W. Kellemen, Executive Director, The Biblical Counseling Coalition; author, Equipping Counselors for Your Church

“Every genuine pastor and counselor prays to walk with the Savior freed ‘from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul (1 Pet. 2:11), enjoying a fuller measure of abundant life in Christ each day. Every genuine pastor and counselor prays to see his precious flock walk the same road. Redemption provides a guide for the journey, bringing the richness of the exodus story to bear where we all live, feeding the gospel morsel by morsel to our souls, and helping us behold more of Christ along the way. I commend this resource to every pastor and counselor who prays for Spirit-wrought transformation in the hearts of people.  
John HendersonCounseling Pastor, Denton Bible Church, Denton, Texas; board member, Association of Biblical Counselors; author, Equipped to Counsel

“This important book places the powder keg of gospel truth where it is most needed: on the frontline of pastoral ministry. A mixture of clear writing, real-life stories, and faithful Bible exposition makes this a powerful resource in the fight for redemption in the lives of those we are called to serve.
Joel Virgo, Lead Pastor, Church of Christ the King, Brighton

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“This is a wonderful piece of gospel work. It is case-study rich, evidencing lots of wisdom in the ways of people who suffer. It is theology rich, exegeting in a very practical way the transforming power of the gospel and all the ways we are tempted to distort or minimize it. This needs to be published and distributed widely. I know of no other work that does what Wilkerson has done. It surely does advance the cause of applying the gospel to brokenness of this generation. Well done!”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

“I am weekly confronted by the harshness of life as a result of sin—abuse, neglect, consequences of sin. The list goes on and on. As a pastor of a church full of younger people I have searched for a resource that I could with confidence recommend to those stuck in their sin. This book is that resource. It will help hurting people (which includes us!) come to grips with the reality of both our sin and the reality of being sinned against. Further, it will move people to Jesus, who is greater than our sin.”
Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, Missouri; Vice President, Acts 29; Chaplain to the St. Louis Cardinals; author, The Dude's Guide to Manhood

“Some support groups support without challenging people to be different. This book is a resource for a different kind of support group, a Redemption Group. Backed by good scholarship yet accessible to all Christians, it brims with great stories of redemption and keen insights into the souls of broken sinners, challenging readers to follow the Christ who can set people free.”
Eric Johnson, Lawrence and Charlotte Hoover Professor of Pastoral Care, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Director, Society for Christian Psychology

“Pastor Mike Wilkerson has penned a truly unique contribution both to small group literature and to the Christian ‘recovery’ movement. His gospel-centered focus using the Exodus theme of redemption provides an unparalleled biblical approach to facing our past face-to-face with Christ. The combination of gripping real-life vignettes, biblical narratives applied to sin and suffering, and the thought-provoking discussion-application guide makes Redemption the premier all-in-one book for small group recovery ministry.”
Robert W. Kellemen, Executive Director, The Biblical Counseling Coalition; author, Equipping Counselors for Your Church

“Every genuine pastor and counselor prays to walk with the Savior freed ‘from fleshly lusts which wage war against the soul’ (1 Pet. 2:11), enjoying a fuller measure of abundant life in Christ each day. Every genuine pastor and counselor prays to see his precious flock walk the same road. Redemption provides a guide for the journey, bringing the richness of the exodus story to bear where we all live, feeding the gospel morsel by morsel to our souls, and helping us behold more of Christ along the way. I commend this resource to every pastor and counselor who prays for Spirit-wrought transformation in the hearts of people.”
John Henderson, Counseling Pastor, Denton Bible Church, Denton, Texas; board member, Association of Biblical Counselors; author, Equipped to Counsel

“This important book places the powder keg of gospel truth where it is most needed: on the frontline of pastoral ministry. A mixture of clear writing, real-life stories, and faithful Bible exposition makes this a powerful resource in the fight for redemption in the lives of those we are called to serve.”
Joel Virgo, Lead Pastor, Church of Christ the King, Brighton

“By God’s grace, Pastor Mike Wilkerson gets it. He is a pastor who does not mind getting his hands dirty in the lives of people who are hurting and broken. But then he takes sufferers and sinners alike to the life-giving cross of Christ. Organized around the powerful story of the exodus, this book will point you to the marvelous Redeemer and his life-changing grace. Redemption—just think of it. In this book, Mike will help you think of it a lot. And you will be glad he did. I certainly was.”
Steve Viars, Senior Pastor, Faith Baptist Church. Lafayette, Indiana; Administrator, Faith Biblical Counseling Ministries; author, Putting Your Past in Its Place

“So many tools for recovery groups deal only with wounds and desires, appealing to ‘the god you envision’ and boil down to self-help programs. Redemption goes to core issues and shows how following the pattern of the exodus can redeem struggling people from their ‘Egypts,’ such as addictions and trauma. Because it takes us down biblical pathways in very applicable ways, it is an outstanding tool for ministry.”
Gerry Breshears, Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary; coauthor, Death by Love: Letters from the Cross

“Praise God for Redemption, which is a gift to the body of Christ. God’s story of redemption, which serves as both the source and framework of the book, is applied directly to the sin and suffering we all face both in and out of the church. It is, therefore, a great example of practical theology. This is a resource that enables reproducible training and ministry in any church and with all of God’s people. I wholeheartedly commend Redemption to anyone who is on the front lines of gospel ministry in the church and has a deep desire and vision to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”
Robert K. Cheong, Pastor of Care and Counseling, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky; author, God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline; contributor, Christ-Centered Biblical Counseling

“As a church, we have implemented the message and dynamics of this book with all the leaders in our church. It has led to a renewal on a massive scale. On each page of the book, Jesus is presented as the healer of every situation, helper of every circumstance, and advocate for every sinner. I recommend Redemption to every church pastor, leader, and sinner who wants to meet the healing of the gospel of Jesus on the other side of the Red Sea.”
Ethan Burmeister, Core Community Church, Omaha, Nebraska

“The strength of Redemption is that it’s rooted in the sufficient and transforming work of the gospel, using exercises and strategies to effect real change, and the process takes place in the context of authentic community. I have recommended, and even required, clients to go through the Redemption group process, and have seen life changing transformation in weeks that would take months to years in individual counseling. I have been waiting for something like this for a very long time!”
Elisa Hope, licensed mental health counselor

“As a leader involved in a Christian recovery ministry, Redemption has proven to be extremely powerful! Using it to lead meetings has given me a unique opportunity to share the 'good news' with believers and nonbelievers. I have seen tremendous breakthroughs in reaching and dealing with core issues such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, and addiction as participants identify with the book and hear of God’s love for his children.”
Mitch Thompson, Director, All The Way House Ministries, Delray Beach, Florida

“We need this book. God’s grace is on full display in it as it begins and ends with the good news of God’s story of redemption throughout all of Scripture, which culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Redemption proclaims the faith, hope, and love we need and can offer to others. It is a gift to all who are suffering because of their sin and the sins done against them.”
Justin S. Holcomb, Episcopal priest; Adjunct Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando; author, On the Grace of God

“The Holy Spirit used the Redemption curriculum to set me free from years of enslaving sin. And since then he’s given me the privilege of leading men through several quarters of Redemption Groups. Each quarter, Jesus faithfully ministers compassion, conviction, and grace as he calls each participant to take part in his redemption story. The Redeemer is rescuing his people from captivity, transforming us into worshipers who look more and more like him.”
Greg, Redemption Group leader

“I had many fears about my future, living with the effects of the sin that was committed against me. As I read Redemption, I was blown away that the book put into words my unidentifiable worries and fears and addressed each issue with godly truths over and over.”
Susan

“Alongside the Bible, Redemption was one of the most helpful and practical resources for applying the atonement of Christ to the darkest and most hidden parts of my life. Through reading it, overwhelming shame and fear that had led to my deep desire to end my own life was flushed out as the gospel was revealed more clearly—Christ died for me!”
Justin

“When I first picked up this book, I read and re-read chapter one over a hundred times. Coming from a childhood of traumatic sexual abuse, I related to the Israelites’ slavery and desperate cries for help. Though God seemed absent (both to them and to me), he identifies with my pain. Realizing God’s covenant love for me brought healing to my wounded heart. He is the God who sees and knows—and I can call him my Abba.”
Stephanie

“After spending a decade in habitual sin and idol worship, including lust and homosexual prostitution, God showed up in my life. I was destroyed. I didn't know where to turn. Through the work of a church deacon and Redemption, God saved me from drowning in waves of torment and emotion. The eight weeks of the book followed me through the stages needed to put me back on solid ground. It helped me to realize my identity is in Christ alone, that he will never abandon me, and that God is love, true love that never lets go. Redemption was the map I needed to see that Jesus’ death had paid for all my awful sin and I am now God’s adopted son, bringing amazement I feel to this day. Should you need to help others broken and struggling with the intensity of sin, Redemption will be a great help in a time when people need it most.”
Nate


More About the Author

Mike Wilkerson is a Pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA since 2004. He has led the development of Mars Hill's Redemption Group ministry since its inception in 2007. He is actively involved in a network of pastors in local churches who are concerned about restoring gospel-based counseling to the local church and speaks at conferences. He is co-architect of Mars Hill Church's discipleship strategy, which aligns Community Groups, Redemption Groups, and Biblical Counseling together under the leadership of Mars Hill's preaching ministry. Mike is a contributor to the Resurgence blog at www.theresurgence.com. Before joining Mars Hill's staff as a pastor, he worked as a software engineer in Seattle's tech industry. Mike and his wife Trisha have four young children. Mike and Trisha are native to the American Midwest, but have called Seattle home since 2000. He enjoys hiking around Mount Rainier with his boys, daddy dates with his girls, listening to music and occasional songwriting, including some worship songs written for Mars Hill Church.

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It gives examples and is a very easy read.
LL
Genuine repentance, moving us from conviction of sin to, ultimately, rejoicing in God's favor, persevering day by day in faithfulness, is a great gift of redemption.
Aaron Armstrong
This is simply one of the best books I've ever read.
Joel Holtz

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Laura Hendrickson on January 31, 2011
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I just finished reading Redemption. Words fail me. It is remarkable. I'm a survivor of various kinds of abuse, and as I read I was struck by so many parallels between the way the Lord has led me into increasingfreedom over the last 34 years, and the teachings in Redemption. How I could have used this resource as a young believer! It will be very helpful for the many, many believers who are still struggling!

I have absolutely no doubt that this book will be incredibly useful in individual and small group counseling ministry. I've wished for a resource like this for years. I'll be using it in my own counseling ministry. Very highly recommended!
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on April 18, 2011
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Christians sometimes have an odd relationship with the Old Testament. Some simply avoid it, due to its particularly nasty depiction of humanity (well deserved at that). Others moralize it, treating everything as an object lesson. "David overcame his giant, what's yours," and that sort of thing. And still others seek to discover where the Old Testament bears witness to Christ. as He Himself said it did (cf. John 5:39; Luke 24:13-35). From the first word of Genesis to the last word of Malachi, it's all about Jesus.

That includes the exodus. This momentous event in the history of the Jewish people became the archetype of God's saving work as the writers of Scripture in both Testaments referenced it again and again. Indeed, Pastor Mike Wilkerson writes, "When it comes to understanding redemption, the key back story in the Bible is the exodus" (p. 33). But what does the Exodus tell us about Jesus--and how does reading it help me, practically? In Redemption, Wilkerson offers thoughtful answers as he examines the exodus account and shows us how through it Jesus frees us from the shame of sin and the futility of idolatry.

The challenge with many books of this nature is that it's very easy for solid, biblical answers to some of life's toughest questions to ring hollow.

"If God is really good, why did this happen to me?"

"Why does God feel so far away?"

"I thought this addiction was behind me--why does it keep coming back?"

"Do I really have to forgive him?"

"Am I destined to be alone for the rest of my life?"

Our anger at others, our anger at God, our frustration over besetting sin... these are not subjects handled lightly.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joel Holtz VINE VOICE on February 1, 2011
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This is simply one of the best books I've ever read. Wilkerson does an outstanding job of using the story of the Exodus from the Bible to illustrate God's plan of ultimate redemption.

He tells us that ultimately, redemption is all about God's presence. Wilkerson also shows us that redemption isn't just about deliverance..it also includes ransom and renewal.

Chapter 5, DEMANDING MANNA, is nothing short of brilliant.

Really more than a resource book for those wanting to break free of idols in their lives..every Christian will benefit from reading REDEMPTION, and become free of wounds they've accumulated along the way.

Highly recommended!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Leake on February 15, 2011
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I expected Redemption to strengthen the way that I do ministry and help me develop a plan for healing the brokenness in our church community. I did not expect it to confront my idolatry. But it did.

One of the things that I often pray is, "Break me where I need broken and heal me where I need healed". There are certain books that have a tendency to be used by God to do both. Wilkerson's book confronts our idolatry (breaks us) but it also displays the beauty of Christ and provides substantial healing.

As stated earlier this is an adaptation of what Mars Hill uses for their redemption groups. Their redemption groups are an interesting concept. Rather than having specific groups for various addictions they have one specific group. But what is even more interesting is that they not only combine the various forms of addiction, they also have those that are victims go through the same material in the same group. This book is essentially what they use.

How can something possibly tie together victims and addicts? The thread that holds these two together is the biblical theme of Redemption. In this book Wilkerson uses the biblical story of the Exodus as a framework for God's pattern of redemption. One thing that addicts and victims have in common is a desperate need for redemption (freedom).

Wilkerson uses the story of the Exodus to both break and heal sinners in the name of Jesus. The book is eight chapters long. Stories of real people is interwoven with the real biblical story of the Israelite Exodus. God redeems people today just as He redeemed the Israelites, and he does it through Christ. Wilkerson shows his firm commitment to the Scriptures and solid biblical scholarship. But he also shows that he is a physician of the soul as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Da Panda on February 17, 2011
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We live in a sin-stained, idol-filled, addiction-prone world and humanities' greatest need is for redemption. However, for many Christians, bridging the gap that often exists between the Bible and the trial is incredibly difficult. Even those who are well-trained in hermeneutics struggle from time to time to apply God's Word in a relevant way that speaks powerfully to the human condition.

With this in mind, Mike Wilkerson, counseling pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has written a brilliant book entitled Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry. Drawing upon the Exodus event and real-life stories of addictions, hurt and idolatry, Wilkerson paints a vivid picture on how Jesus leads us to freedom. Some of the stories Wilkerson tells are absolutely gut-wrenching and will make even the most jaded reader wince. Yet that makes the picture of the redemption we have in Christ all the more beautiful.

After an introduction that orients the reader to the reason why sin exists, the first chapter, entitled "When You Suffer, God is Near" outlines how just as Israel suffered under the brutality of the Egyptians, we too suffer. Yet it is in our darkest hour of suffering that we can see the evidences of God most clearly.

The second chapter, entitled "Bricks Without Straw: How Long Oh Lord" encourages believers and those who are hurting most to cry out honestly to God in the midst of our hurt. We may not always receive an answer for why we suffer, yet the Christian can place his or her faith in a God who is always faithful.

Chapter three, entitled "The Passover: At Your Worst, God Gives His Best" Wilkerson shows how the Passover becomes a picture of the cross and a model for God's dealings with us.
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