Prototype is a book by Jonathan Martin. In it, he shares his own insights and experiences for how we relate to Jesus Christ. There are a lot of things in it that I am wrestling with and trying to allow to sit with my spirit. One aspect I found to be of great value is his ability to connect what he is writing using music and movies, though I felt he used them a bit excessively toward the end of the book. There were good aspects in this book. He brought up things that I would not have thought of before, such as how Jesus was confident and rooted in His identity, the need for the time in the wilderness, and the effect of knowing His identity had on those around Him.
I was excited about the chance to read this book, as it mentioned realizing we are God’s beloved. There is no greater treasure to be realized. I felt like this book didn’t highlight our identity in Christ like I hoped. For part of it, I felt like it was just watching snippets of Jonathan’s life and the lives of his friends, and their discovery to new spiritual heights in their church, as they soared through living out knowing their identity in Christ. There are inspiring things in this book. There are definitely worthy quotes from this book. While reading, I highlighted excessively as I found different things standing out to me (good or things to think about). It just is not a book I want to reread. I struggled following the author, and couldn’t see where he was going. I felt easily confused. There were a few things that bugged me: (A) excess of quotes and stories. (B) Lack of discussion of ‘sin’ or anything related to it, as topics came up surrounding it. (C) The passage of “Jacob wrestling with God” was misused as a way to make a point about struggles bringing blessings.
Overall, I felt like it missed and lost me a lot ways. I enjoyed some of it more than others. I highlighted my book abundantly, as I tried to follow Jonathan as he wrote about different things. It had some good quotes though. I wish, there was a core focus on identity without so much examples. I felt like it really blurred me from seeing the message.
“The only real antidote to the clamor of the crowd is time in the wilderness, where our true identity can be established and we can hear the still, small voice of God…Few are the moments when we are truly at home in our own skin, happy with who we are and how we were created—moments when we can grasp God’s delight?” (p. 48-49) Later in the book, Martin adds, “Our newfound identity as beloved of God makes us act in ways that, frankly, scare the natives.” (p. 84)
This book was sent to me by Tyndale in exchange for a honest review.