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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1 edition (June 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310269555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310269557
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This is a book of simplicity, subtlety, and beauty. Weaving together memorable anecdotes with graceful prose and striking observations, Ravi Zacharias gives us Christian solutions not only for the head but also for the heart.” -- Dinesh D’Souza

About the Author

Ravi Zacharias is President and Founder of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM).  Their global outreach grew from humble roots in 1984 and includes fielding a team of itinerant speakers who operate from offices located around the world including the U.S., the UK, Romania, the Middle East, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Canada.  The Hallmark of Ravi’s heart is his strong evangelistic and apologetic that manifests itself from a position of compassion.


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For over thirty-five years, Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and numerous universities internationally. He is listed as a Senior Research Fellow at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford university. He has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most recent works include Walking from East to West, a memoir; The Grand Weaver, an exploration of God's intention in both the ordinary and the startling elements of life; and The End of Reason, a rebuttal of the claims of the so-called New Atheists. His weekly radio program, Let My People Think, is broadcast on 1,692 stations worldwide, and his weekday program, Just Thinking, is on 412. He is founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children and reside in Atlanta.

Customer Reviews

I am reading it a second time!
Eric Peloquin
I love listening to Ravi Zacharias and reading his books but I sometimes have a hard time understanding him and have to push though some of his thoughts.
P. Martin
Within this timely book, Ravi Zacharias explores several questions people have concerning Christianity.
V. L. Wilson

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80 of 83 people found the following review helpful By FaithfulReader.com on July 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias answers the call to those Christians who believe that Christianity has failed them with his characteristic spirit of humble grace. Christ followers, as well as those who are seeking to better understand the Christian faith and how it "works itself out" in our ever-shifting societal concept of faith, God and its pertinence to life on earth, will appreciate Zacharias's thoughtful and intellectual approach. Readers will certainly find much more than they might expect within the pages of this heavyweight text on a number of theological issues.

Zacharias opens the book by defining "Who Is Jesus?" from an Old Testament story-by-story unveiling of who God says He is. He very eloquently paints word pictures of who Jesus is by sharing numerous scripture references to Him as the Son of David, Son of Man, and Son of God and Savior. This full-bodied account of Jesus, as described throughout the Bible, offers readers the soundest basis for seeing Jesus Christ in accurate terminology.

The author also does a marvelous job sharing what it means to be a Christian; detailing points of tension concerning faith matters; looking at incoherence on the topic of pain squarely in the eye; unpacking the two phrases "purpose driven" and "reason driven"; and asking what differences prayer and Christianity make.

Particularly appealing to today's Christian (and skeptic) will be Zacharias's persuasive argument found in "Points of Tension," where he deftly handles the hot topic of suffering and pain versus the notion that a loving God would not permit (or cannot control) such evil to exist in His followers' lives (or even in the world at large).
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eric Peloquin on August 1, 2010
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This book addresses a topic that many Christians deal with but are often are too ashamed to admit. Ravi, in his usual inimitable fashion, helps the reader to navigate the oft stormy waters of being a child of God. Every Christian will find themselves, at one time or another, subjected to afflictions and trials that will test their faith. This book is a reminder that God is much bigger than our circumstance and that if we cling to the immutable truths about and attributes of our God, if we draw near to him, we will find ourselves with a very different mindset about the turmoil that of our lives. I am reading it a second time!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jean Payens on November 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I will be honest, the book is probably a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4.0); not because it is not good, but because I always expect great things from someone as skilled and well-travleled as Ravi. The book is at times (mostly in the middle) a little dry and sometimes hard to keep tract with where Ravi is wanting you to go, but having listened to the audio with Ravi himself reading, it helped to better outline his points. The beginning points and the concluding chapters bring together the heart of the message in simple stating:
"Don't blame Christ on the church/Christians failing you; instead recognize that people are full of problems so hold Christ-ianity accountable to Christ and church-ianity to the people. (And there is DEFINITELY a difference between the two.)"
I do wish that Ravi would have went further with this point and been a little more blunt vs. sugar coating/walking on egg shells with it; but nonetheless, Ravi solidly (yet passively), challenges the self-proclaimed Christian to look hard in the mirror as well as the non-Christian to not place the church coming up short on Christ.
-- Definitely word reading though I would recomend the audio book in this instance.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By V. L. Wilson on September 18, 2010
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Within this timely book, Ravi Zacharias explores several questions people have concerning Christianity. The discussion is lively and direct. Topics include "Who Is Jesus", "What Does It Mean To Be A Christian", "Points of Tension", "What Difference Does Christianity Make', and other topics of great interest to those who wonder why Christians are not all alike and prayers are not always answered to their liking.

With humbleness and candor, Ravi urges all who have left Christianity to return to the faith, study scripture afresh, and direct thoughts toward a faith worth living for.

I first read Ravi's memoir, "Walking From East To West" and was captured by his intelligence, writing style, and sincerity. I've since read several more of his works. This book reaches out to reassure skeptics and believers that have given up that Christianity is alive and well!

This book is 234 pages of examining Christianity against all other alternatives. Ravi believes the reader will be convinced that Christianity has not failed you and he makes his case well. I am giving this effort five stars.
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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jessica A. Dewaay VINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is written for those struggling with questions of faith and those who have left the church.

Throughout the book the author attempts to answer questions such as "Who is Jesus?", "What Does it Mean to be a Christian," and "Does Prayer make a difference?"

I say "attempts" because most often his answers are vague and the chapters ramble on with endless illustrations and anecdotes. I found that the excessive use of illustrations actually detracted from the book and often muddied the waters rather than clarifying the point he was trying to make. He says on several occasions that he doesn't want to use theological terms, yet often theological terms are what best describe theological ideas. To refuse to use them assumes that the reader is either ignorant or unable to learn "big words."

I did find the last two chapters to be quite worth reading and deserving of a resounding "Amen" in that he finally gets to the root of the issue - churches who have compromised the gospel and have made promises that God never made, leading people to feel that they have been let down, when the truth is that they had the wrong expectation of Christianity in the first place.

Overall, it was a bit of a tedious book to read and I was left feeling that he didn't thoroughly answer the questions that he posed in the book.

I must mention that I did receive a complimentary copy of the book from Zondervan, but that in no way influenced my opinion of it.
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