Christianity isn’t about following rules, it’s about a relationship. The rise in popularity of this phrase coincides with a growing disinterest and misunderstanding regarding the role of God’s life-giving, perfect law in the Christian life. Rather than the source of joy it was intended to be, the law is viewed as an angry god’s restrictions for a rebellious people.
In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin presents a fresh biblical look at the Ten Commandments, showing how they come to bear on our lives today as we seek to love God and others, to live in joyful freedom, and to long for that future day when God will be rightly worshiped for eternity. Learn to see the law of God as a feast for your famished soul, open to anyone who calls on the name of the Lord.
Table of Contents:
The Ten Words
Introduction: Remember to Delight
Chapter 1: The First Word: Undivided Allegiance
Chapter 2: The Second Word: Undiminished Worship
Chapter 3: The Third Word: Untarnished Name
Chapter 4: The Fourth Word: Unhindered Rest
Chapter 5: The Fifth Word: Honor Elders
Chapter 6: The Sixth Word: Honor Life
Chapter 7: The Seventh Word: Honor Marriage
Chapter 8: The Eighth Word: Honor Property
Chapter 9: The Ninth Word: Honor Reputation
Chapter 10: The Tenth Word: Honor in the Heart
Conclusion: On Earth as in Heaven
Jen Wilkin is a Bible teacher from Dallas, Texas. As an advocate for biblical literacy, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts and authored multiple books, including the best seller Women of the Word.
“In this short book, Jen Wilkin takes the reader through the Ten Commandments with her characteristic depth, wisdom, and clarity. Whether you have studied the Bible for decades or it is brand new to you, this book will help you to understand what these ancient words mean for you today. This book makes me covet Jen Wilkin’s amazing gifts of writing and teaching while giving me the tools to combat the coveting. Don’t steal this book, but get it any other way you can, and you’ll be glad you did.” - Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
“Jen Wilkin leads us to look at the Ten Commandments anew—welcoming obedience from a place of love and delight for the Lord, rather than fear and dread. For the believer set free in Christ, this is a reminder that the good news produces good fruit.” - Ruth Chou Simons, Wall Street Journal best-selling author, Beholding and Becoming and GraceLaced; artist; Founder, GraceLaced Co.
“In Ten Words to Live By, Jen Wilkin does what she does best: taking Scripture and making it plain; taking theology and revealing its everyday, here-and-now practicality. And once again, we remember that God’s ways and his commands are for our good. Once again, we remember that his words are life and health and peace.” - Hannah Anderson, author, All That’s Good: Recovering the Lost Art of Discernment
“Jen Wilkin has provided a fresh and timely guide through the Ten Commandments. She draws out their significance to those who follow Christ, giving us a mouth-watering vision of what life can look like as we follow the good words of King Jesus.” - Sam Allberry, pastor; author, 7 Myths about Singleness
“I try to read everything Jen Wilkin writes, and this book is another example of why. I found myself informed, challenged, and encouraged, and I think you will too.” - Andrew Wilson, Teaching Pastor, King’s Church London
“Jen Wilkin has provided a clear, insightful, and accessible explanation of one of the most important sections of Holy Scripture—the Ten Commandments. With ease and verve she helps us understand the heart of God’s laws and how they are given to bring us life. Highly recommended!” - Jonathan T. Pennington, Associate Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“What I appreciate most about Jen Wilkin is that as she teaches the Bible, she also teaches us how to read the Bible for ourselves. That’s exactly what she does in this book with one of the most important and yet misunderstood parts of Scripture—the Ten Commandments. Far from being cringe-worthy rules from a grumpy God, we learn that God’s commands are beautiful and lifegiving, revealing the pattern of Christlikeness that we can experience by God’s grace. Reading this book will help you not only to know the Ten Commandments but also to love them, delight in them, and ultimately live by them.” - Jeremy Treat, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Reality LA, Los Angeles, California; Adjunct Professor of Theology, Biola University; author, Seek First and The Crucified King
“I’ve studied and preached the Ten Commandments over the last thirty years, but Ten Words to Live By helped me to see new truths and consider fresh applications. This book is biblical, thoughtful, and deeply practical. Jen Wilkin masterfully brings the ancient summary of the law to daily life. Regardless of your background with studying the Bible, read this book. You’ll be led to appreciate the Ten Commandments and how much we need them today.” - Mark Vroegop, Lead Pastor, College Park Church, Indianapolis, Indiana; author, Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy and Weep with Me