I was introduced to Dan Dewitt and his writing at a youth conference in 2017 and since then have enjoyed reading his work. His most recent book, “Life In The Wild,” was published this past February. I had the privilege of reading a prerelease version — pretty cool. Here are some of my thoughts about the book.
As Dan says throughout the book, “Life sucks.” That is simply the reality of life. We live in a world that is terribly broken. We live life in the wild. Yet within the Christian worldview this is what we should expect. Dan says, “The biblical picture of living in the world is a constant sense of not belonging. We’re exiles — and this foreign country isn’t friendly.” We are caught in between Eden and Eternity. We live in-between the perfect world that God created — a paradise that was lost — and the perfect world that God will create. “So what are we going to do about it?” Life in the Wild is an excellent book that wrestles with that very question.
What I love about this book is that Dan Dewitt doesn’t down play the reality of evil neither does he paint a picture of hopelessness. Rather Dan points our attention to Jesus. Jesus is the better older brother. Jesus is the Second Adam who unlike the First Adam was perfectly obedient to the Father. It is through a “life-changing encounter with Jesus” that we can face life in the wild with hopeful expectation. This book points the reader to what was and what will be. It handles the issue of pain and suffering with clarity. This world is not how it should be that is for sure. But, Dan reminds the readers that the story is not finished. One day God will make all things right and the tragedy of life will be transformed into a divine comedy.
Dan references Star Wars, C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Charlie Brown, etc. He invites the readers to examine where history has been and where it is going. However, even apart from these references Dan’s voice on Life in the Wild can be clearly perceived. He writes with wisdom and offers a helpful perspective on some of life’s most difficult questions. I would happily recommend this book to anyone.
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