There is a yearning within all of us to be ‘whole’ – a recognition that we live fragmented lives: striving and failing, believing but doubting, speaking one thing then doing another. We are all righteous sinners, in a battle with ourselves. In this semi–biographical work, Scott Redd examines this fight, discussing how we should be approaching it theologically and practically, in our day–to–day lives.
Filling each chapter with doctrines and biblical texts, Redd uses his theological training to tease out the idea of becoming fully–functioning, love–filled, Christ–devoted people. There is also a focus on using a cross–section of texts and concepts from the Old as well as the New Testament, making this a well–balanced and enlightening discussion. With an engaging, humorous tone, The Wholeness Imperative presents Christ as the unifying force of our hearts and minds – not abstract or unattainable, He is right in front of us, waiting to be embraced.
Dr. Scott Redd is the President and an Associate Professor of Old Testament at the Washington, D.C. campus of Reformed Theological Seminary.
Scott Redd gets behind the familiar truths that we recite and stirs us to think about what it means to love God with all our hearts. This book about holiness and wholeness aims at nothing less than healing the broken image of God.
Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Drawing from his extensive knowledge of Scripture, Scott Redd pursues the theme of wholeness through the story of salvation, from creation to the new heavens and new earth, in a way that is clear, faithful, and compelling. It will enrich both the pastor in the pulpit and the hymnwriter in the back pew.
Keith Getty, Hymn-writer
In The Wholeness Imperative Dr Redd helpfully draws out – and illustrates from personal experience – the Bible’s teaching about the integration of faith and life. The book is a heart–warming call to an ongoing and holistic surrender to the Lordship of Christ. The author encourages a sanctification that brings every part of life into captivity to Christ in obedience. This book will help Christians to grow in grace and become what we are.
David J. Randall, Vice-chairman of SOLAS, Centre for Public Christianity
How do we live a life of wholeness, and how do we live wholly for God? Dr. John Scott Redd helps us with a faithful exposition of Scripture on the theme. Wholeness is an important theme in the Christian life, and bears our attention. So take a journey into biblical wholeness with Dr. Redd as your guide.
Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary
The Wholeness Imperative is a delightful and encouraging read. Scott Redd invites us to walk with him as he reveals his own search for wholeness in Christ. He writes as a scholar with a pastor’s disposition. His humility, humor, honesty and hope lead us down paths that we should all be eager to follow. You will find yourself in this book time and again. You will find Christ and the wholeness He offers to you as well.
Richard Pratt, President, Third Millennium Ministries, Orlando, Florida