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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon March 17, 2017
I've read this book a couple of times. It is so excellent. I have most of Dr Zacharias's writings, and I love all them. Dr Zacharias is a brilliant and articulate teacher of the Scriptures. He is so humble and kind in his apologetic style. I appreciate these qualities. They are so genuine in him, and therefore he is a wonderful example of what it means to be a Christian. He is one of the only Christian authors I implicitly trust. I would absolutely recommend all of his writings. This is his 'autobiography' which is very well written. It sheds light on his life and how he came to be where he is today in His walk with the Lord. My hubby is not a reader, so I purchased this audio book for him. He is loving every moment of his commute to work now. :)
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on July 13, 2006
I really enjoy hearing Ravi Zacharias on his weekly radio show. He is probably the most intellectual of any of the radio preachers that I hear broadcast on Christian radio in my area. Ravi is from India, but he converted to Christianity as a teenager in India, and his missionary career consists of intellectually applying logic to support Biblical concepts, to audiences across the globe. That's my explanation of what he does, at least. So when I heard he had an autobiography out, I was curious enough to check it out.

It is pretty interesting to read the details of his growing up in India. It is very different from growing up in the USA, in many aspects, yet the human condition and human plight of us all is shown to have just as much in common whether growing up in India or the USA, or anywhere else in the world.

WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST: GOD IN THE SHADOWS is about 240 pages long. He writes about the exotic Indian neighborhood where he grew up, and how he ended up being the black sheep of the family, the one child whom his father found the most frustration and irritation with. He could never really please his father with anything he did, which is very important to be able to do, especially within the culture in which he grew up.

Ravi was bored with school, but he excelled in sports, especially playing cricket. His dad wanted the opposite from Ravi, and his father did not care about his sports abilities. Ravi talks about skipping school regularly, until the day that his father found out and gave Ravi the beating of his life for it! Then Ravi talks about his emerging plan to commit suicide over his despair and depression. This takes us up to about page 85.

After his failed suicide attempt, he gets Saved, with the help of some Christian missionaries. Like most Saved people, this turns his life around, and he becomes very serious and productive with his schooling--the most driven in his family, for a change!

He and his brother immigrate to Canada, to lay the foundation of a home base for the rest of the family to eventually join them. Canada is where he meets his future wife, Margie (pronounced with a hard G as in Margaret), and the rest of the book covers his college and missionary career, traveling the world, and right up to the present day.

These days, he is now an internationally known lecturer, and they have three full grown kids. What a wonderful, blessed life for this terrific Christian speaker!

The book is broken into three separate sections, which each show a few grainy b/w photos from his life on the starting page of each major section, but there are no captions. I guess you can figure out who is who just by reading the book. My favorite looks to be a photo from his wedding.

There is not too much of the typical Christian philosophy or apologetics. This book is meant to not get in-depth in those areas covered by his other books and works. This book is meant to be an autobiography of his life story.

He makes some interesting observations and comparisons between people and cultures, east and west. Such as, when he gives talks in the west, people are introduced onstage with a bio of themselves, but in the east, people are introduced by describing a brief family history.

If you really enjoy listening to Ravi Zacharias' weekly radio show, then you will probably find his autobiography just as enjoyable.
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on March 25, 2017
Ravi's transformation from a man of despair to a man of confidence provides an experience to which we should all aspire. His ravenous hunger for a God that could meet ALL his needs becomes satiated and the description of his journey reveals heartache, perseverence, stamina, suffering and adventure. I advise any Christian longing to observe the complete change wrought by salvation in Christ, to read this book. --Cristal Sawyer
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on June 19, 2016
Excellent autobiography of a life lived for Christ. Ravi speaks of his personal journey of faith as a young man, which began for him in the dramatic cultural context of India. Ravi takes his reader on his journey as he moves from being a young evangelist in India to a Christian apologist for the faith in the great halls of learning across the world. Central to Ravi's writing is a passion that all would hear the Gospel of Christ, and that through the Holy Spirit he would be used to open God's word in a way that is accessible to the thinkers of our age. Ravi writes in a style that is engaging and that points others to Christ. Ravi has been used to bring the Gospel of Chrust to leaders and academics across the world but always his heart is to be less so that Christ be known. A wonderful and inspiring autobiography written to encourage the faithful and lead the reader to Christ.
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on March 8, 2017
Amazing book. My favorite book for 2015. My Aunt read this and said it was her favorite of all times.
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on April 1, 2017
A book a read before a purchased again for a gift. Great book about conversion to Christianity
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on March 6, 2017
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on July 21, 2014
Awesome and timeless testimony from a humble man of God! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Must read.
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on August 30, 2013
used a lot of it to teach my Sunday School class enjoyed the interplay between the nations and their Ideas
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on March 29, 2017
Excellent book!
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