Book Review: The Mind Of God

The Mind Of God:  How His Wisdom Can Transform Our World, by Bill Johnson

[Note:  This book was provided free of charge by Chosen Books in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

It may be stated that the author is not completely unfamiliar to me [1], and one thing that can be said positively about him is that he has a consistent beat and perspective in that he thinks highly of the Vineyard movement and has a strong sense of postmillennial optimism in his writing.  The author has a strong desire to shape the external culture with his view of Christianity while also being aware of the fact that this is a deeply unpopular position from many people who have no desire to be shaped and influenced by godly morality.  Whether or not you embrace or truly appreciate this book will depend in large part upon your own presuppositions and worldview that you bring to this book.  As I happen to have brought different ones to the subject matter than the author I did not find this book as convincing as some will, but those who have a strong sense of postmillennial optimism will find this book’s hope of cultural renewal to be deeply encouraging.

This book is a bit more than 200 pages and is opened with a foreword by Jack Hayford as well as acknowledgments by the author.  After that the author talks about the greenhouse effect as a positive thing when it comes to growing plants in hostile environments (1) as well as the dream that God has for establishing His kingdom (2).  There is a discussion of the seven mountains of influence and the prototypes of cultural leaders (3) who happen to be believers as well as the nature of those who reform corrupt civilizations and societies like our own (4).  The author discusses the nature of God’s gifts (5) as well as the big tests that come in using them in a godly fashion (6).  After that the author discusses the power of beauty (7) and what Jesus preached (8) before moving on to discuss the difficult task of loving the people of Babylon without loving its corrupt systems (9) and in erasing the lines that divide people from each other (10).  After that there are chapters about the lack of a devil in a couple of passages (11), the author’s view of a theology of blessing (12), the power of the broken (13), as well as the joys of living full (14).

It is easy to see why the author has a strongly positive view about political power and the way that it can be a part of a general cultural renewal.  For one, the author has a high view of power in general and sees believers as being at least potentially the sort of people who can be like a Joseph or Daniel or Mordecai in serving as key figures within the administration of nonbelieving regimes and able to influence the course of those regimes in a godly fashion.  Notably, the author talks about doing just this with regards to Trump, seeking to influence him through providing what he views to be a biblical perspective on various matters such as the fate of Dreamers who were brought into this country illegally but not by their own will.  The author is quite right to point out that one cannot have influence on others without genuinely respecting them and engaging with them, but not everyone will view the author’s attempt to be a person of influence in a sanguine way.  The open search for power and the desire to speak truth to power and the experience of God’s power within our own lives are not matters that are always easy to keep in sync, after all.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2015/10/07/book-review-the-power-that-changes-the-world/

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