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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).Read more ›
"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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Powerfully sound and cogent while describing what Christianity ought to be according to the bible. Great job, Ravi!Published 13 days ago by Roberto
Love Ravi. I enjoyed the book. I didn't feel he answered al my questions as I hoped, but, he had some interesting things to say about prayer and I really liked the questions he... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kris
Ravi provides sensitive, informative, interesting, and most importantly, incredibly wise views that stimulate our own thinking on this important topic that most christians have, or... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mike
It's very helpful in understanding some of the mysterious of Jesus and coming into a better understanding in a very real way by comparison of different beliefs and view points,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jacob larsen
Well written apologetic using both persuasive argument and well chosen stories to developed a strong and effective case for Christianity.Published 4 months ago by Lindsay Rowe
Ventage Zacharias, good read to many people who have left their first love, Jesus Christ.Published 5 months ago by Jerry
Mr Zacharias (like the bible character) writes with honesty and straighforwardness; yes "the love of many will grow cold" in the last days as the Bible predicted 2000 years... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Timmy Zionfriend
For those who have been wounded by the church or have had detrimental experiences in church this book is written for you. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Edwin Handley
Ravi Zacharias is a Brilliant Christian Apologist. His writing is very readable and full of insights. I have read several of his books and they have all been great. Read morePublished 8 months ago by F. Homan