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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
In his theological memoir Lost the Plot: Finding Our Story in a Confusing World, David S. Wisener takes a hard look into the dynamics of family, faith, and identity, examining the influence of genetics, life experiences, and ancestral traumas on shaping opinions and beliefs. Through a reflection on his paternal lineage, Wisener critiques the modern church's shift toward intellectualism and advocates for a return to the fundamental principles of discipleship and sanctification. He takes on questions about the complexities of personal transformation, the role of community validation, and the limitations of scientific knowledge in understanding existential questions. Throughout his work, Wisener explores themes of repentance, forgiveness, and the redemptive power of love, ultimately proposing a purpose-driven identity rooted in a belief in God's plan and the pursuit of costly grace.
Lost the Plot: Finding Our Story in a Confusing World by David S. Wisener offers an interesting perspective on Christianity and the modern world, or, more specifically, the modern person. The world does not change on its own; people change it, and in doing so, Wisener points out that with each flip of the page, humanity is moving further away from the one that created the world. That would be God, in case you haven't caught on. From a literary standpoint, the writing is clean; it is clear that Wisener has done exhaustive research, and the work is presented in an accessible manner. The standout chapter for me is where the author provides a reflective analysis of the sociocultural context in which faith evolves, acknowledging the influence of cultural norms, societal expectations, and historical narratives on belief systems. He uses personal anecdotes and observations to critique the tendency to reduce complex theological issues to binary debates and champions the importance of understanding faith within its broader cultural framework. A timely, intelligent, and rational argument from cover to cover. Recommended.