Life In The Wild - A Little Book With A Lot Of Big Truths
This was a fun and insightful little book.
Dan DeWitt is a master of analogy. He sees Biblical truth everywhere. I can tell that Dan DeWitt truly wears his “worldview goggles” wherever he goes and enjoys seeing the fingerprints of God in everyday life.
His writing style was slightly reminiscent of C.S. Lewis to me. The content was not hyper-organized but was littered with golden nuggets. Most of the non-fiction I read is hyper-linear, full of straightforward arguments and defenses. DeWitt seems to take a more artistic approach. He takes a thought or a passage of scripture and paints a picture.
One thing I really appreciate is how DeWitt takes the creation story seriously. There is so much truth to be found in the first chapters of the Bible that deeply impacts how we understand our world today. Everywhere I turn I see people primarily concerned with making Genesis match their scientific preference or gathering “themes” from the “poetry.” It was refreshing to see someone take the first couple chapters of the Bible at face value and focus on how they tell us who we are, how everything got here, and why everything is the way it is today.
I especially appreciated how he handled the Fall and how it makes natural suffering not surprising. While he does not go deeply into the problem of evil, I think he touches a profound point in how Christians can respond especially to evidential problems of suffering.
In order to best live in the wild, we need to understand what life was like before the wild, and what is promised to come after. Dan DeWitt does a great job making the case, and in an artistic way, for having faith as we make our way through the wild.