Reviewed by Dale Lewis
Throw It Down by Jud Wilhite
"...an excellent resource for those dealing with addictions and dependencies as well as the churches ministering to them."
For many who name the name of Christ, addictions, habits and dependencies
continue to haunt and wreak havoc on their lives. From perfectionism to
anger . . . substance abuse to overeating . . . sexual addiction to compulsive
shopping, we all overflow with sinful tendencies which separate us from
healthy relationships with our Creator and with our peers.
In Throw It Down, Jud Wilhite, former addict and senior pastor of Central Christian Church in Las Vegas, describes the stages that characterize an exodus out of slavery and dependency. Jud blends personally poignant stories and the biblical exodus of Israel from Egypt to make a meaningful metaphor while highlighting key points in the healing journey of those who struggle finding freedom. Just as God commanded Moses in Exodus to 'throw down' his staff, God asks us to throw down the things we tightly hold unto in order to experience freedom and His blessings.
Through the eyes of an addict, the reader is gently moved into the compassionate, grace-filled heart of the Almighty God. Without sugarcoating or pretense, the addict’s need to take the difficult steps is not disguised.
Wilhite is a pastor and Christ-follower who sees others through the eyes of God each and every day. His writing style is conversational: his insight simple yet profound! He both confronts and encourages with his words. Here are a few memorable quotes:
“By developing codes for restitution, God acknowledges the terrible risks we take in wounding others for personal gain. Restitution is the process of making loving attempts to reverse the damage of hurt caused either intentionally or unintentionally. Healing resides in the motivation to repair a relationship in the name and power of love.”
"We seldom recognize the reality—with each act motivated by lust or anger or greed or self-interest, we sacrifice the full life of living out loud. Will we take Jesus at his word (John 10:10), or do we through our own efforts continue to carve out another in a string of worthless idols, each failing to fill our lives with purpose, value, joy and love.”
"We cannot win on our own. We can't find freedom alone. Even with God on his side, Moses needed others to walk with him and hold his arms up. He needed others who would encourage and pray with him. So do we . . .”
I don’t believe you can read this book without rejoicing over the powerful testimonies and reflecting on the reality of your own life story. My self-centered imperfections were revealed in a whole new light. I’m reminded, once again, of our daily need for God’s undeserved mercy.
This book will be an excellent resource for those dealing with addictions and dependencies as well as the churches ministering to them. And I, for one, will continue to read Jud Wilhite, desiring a deeper understanding of my journey and God’s glory!