Friday, March 22, 2013

Book Review: A Lively Discussion

     BookSneeze on behalf of Thomas Nelson provided a complimentary copy of God's Not Dead in exchange for an honest review.
     Peter 3:15 exhorts believers to, "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have..." Rice Broocks' book, God's Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty will help believers stand firm in their faith at the barrage of assaults from the world at large and specifically, atheists, encountered. He dissects many arguments that atheists adamantly believe and gives proof to the contrary pointing to the handiwork of the Creator. The first few tenets of faith he backs are more of a scientific viewpoint, such as creation and the ever-precise workings of the universe. Subsequently, Broocks moves onto other topics in a more a historical and philosophical context, including the Resurrection and grace. Yet, they are all done with such clarity and ease that many will profit from reading this work.
    It's not my faith was weak, but I feel a lot more prepared to discuss such topics with unbelievers now than I did. The scientific debates were particularly illuminating. Such fine-tuning is seen through Creation that Broocks easily provides a defense that indicates a creator that stands up to mere, feeble chance. Some chapters I was familiar with the topics, while others were novel and unfamiliar. Yet, I never felt lost in the chapter. The latter chapters were more easily readable as I was more comfortable with the material. So, whether you lean more towards science, philosophy or history there will be many chapters that will pique your interest.
    The current division in society over theological debates is frigid at best, as many are ridiculed into retreating from any discussion of depth. Believers have hope that others are seeking. Others have questions they want answers to. This work can assist us to live up to Peter's exhortation and ready ourselves with answers. Why is there evil? Why are we here? How can we help others to see God's glory? God's Not Dead is a book that can be read for leisure or studied for a more comprehensive understanding. Either way, it will help the believer strengthen their faith and their willingness to lead others to Christ. If nothing else, after reading this book, I pray you see God is well and very much alive.

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