Oops. I guessed wrong. No matter how “good” Wrecked may be, it’s still missing the very core of its own message. Wrecked is a book written by a Christian. It’s about giving up your selfish life, and being compassionate and serving others. Goins, the author, calls this “being wrecked.”
What he completely misses is the fact that without Christ, such noble gestures are meaningless. Works don’t get us into heaven. We need salvation — by God’s grace — to even be able to do the sort of charitable acts that Goins talks about in this book. Without Christ to pay for our own sins, we won’t last long being compassionate on our own.
It was a colossal letdown to read this book expecting a Gospel presentation every other page. Goins came so close several times. I was all set up. Then he just kept going. God was only mentioned half a dozen to a dozen times at best. And unfortunately for the people Goins encourages us to help, a message of compassion and helping others is completely meaningless without the Gospel in it.
I’m not denying that Jeff is a Christian; I’ve read his blog a little, and this book, and I don’t doubt that he is a born-again Christian. Some may even argue that his keeping the gospel out of this book is intentional, so that it appeals equally to unbelievers and believers. But I’ll tell you something: a book that exhorts its readers to help others, without even telling these same readers of Someone who can help them — saving them from hell — is not much of a book. That’s an empty message.
And while the writing is good, and the message (what there is of it) is good, the book is practically useless. Sure, doing good may feel good, for a while, but without accepting Christ, it’s meaningless for eternity: whoever rejects Christ will still go to hell — no matter how many cups of soup or blankets they’ve handed out to the homeless.
Published on 16 August, 2012. Last updated on