MASTER'S SEMINARY JOURNAL

BOOK REVIEW

Be Myself


By Warren W. Wiersbe
Wheaton, IL : Victor (1994). 347 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Alex Montoya
6.2 (Fall 1995) : 262-263

Be Myself is the autobiography of Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, written to build a bridge, or as he puts it,

As I look back, I can see that I've always been building bridges. Some of the bridges I've built are the kind that everybody has to build for themselves if their lives are going to be meaningful; a few of my bridges were special assignments from the Lord. . . . I'm writing it [this book] to fulfill another assignment in bridge-building, this time between me and you (12).

So begins the autobiography of a legend. Here is a story of one man who did the work of dozens. Wiersbe recounts how he began his life in scholarship and tranquility, and then how God took him into ministry, first to Youth For Christ, then into the pastorate, which included his pastoring of historic Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, then to Bible teacher of the "Back to the Bible" broadcast. He has written over 100 books and the autobiography contains an appendix dating the sequence and occasions of these books.

 This reviewer has always been a great admirer of Wiersbe, both of his books and of his sermons. So it was with great anticipation that he read this volume and was by no means disappointed. The author in a simple and humorous manner relates the delights and trials of his ministry. He has the reader both laughing and deeply moved throughout the book.

 Be Myself is a glimpse of a human being used mightily by God. It is not one boasting of his accomplishments, but rather an invitation of the writer to the reader to witness the "Ebeneezer stones" of a life lived in dedication to God.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe will undoubtedly go down as one of the greatest Christian leaders of our century. We are indebted to him for this volume in helping us appreciate his life and ministry.