I have long known that I am broken. I would have never thought to call myself a “LOSER”; yet, like the apostles, I am.
I find some books fun to read. I find some books helpful to read. There are some books I think will be helpful to others. But, every so often, I find a book that is life changing for me. Losers Like Us is one of those books.
One of the first books that opened my eyes in this way was Charles Swindoll’s “The Grace Awakening”. Losers Like Us does it again. The author takes each of the apostles and describes why they had no business being chosen by Jesus as one of the twelve. He could have chosen almost any individual from Biblical history, but because these twelve spent the most time living with and around Jesus, these twelve serve as perfect examples of who not to choose as a disciple. There were the nobodies, the do nothings, the followers, the faithless. Each, in their own way, were losers. Yet, Jesus chose them, not by default, but individually, to be leaders in the early church. Similarly, there is no reason that God should allow me to serve Him, but he does.
That is the significance of this book, God can take individuals, regardless of how broken or lost they are, and remake them into His image. Whether it be an unscrupulous tax collector, an unknown named James, or two apostles that we know nothing about other than they appear in lists of the twelve that spent three years with Jesus.
This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.