Monday, March 18, 2013
God's Not Dead
Rice Broocks is no stranger to the controversial questions that arise from skeptics when the Christian faith is discussed in the various parts of the globe where he has ministered. As a seasoned Pastor, church planter, author and leader, he has been challenged to address a variety of "hot button topics" which continually arise from those who have unanswered inquiries about God, creation, faith and the proof surrounding these bedrocks of Christian doctrine. And, one of the ways he has developed that directly confronts these issues for those who are curious is his newest book, entitled "God's Not Dead - Evidence For God In An Age Of Uncertainty".
While the book can be considered primarily a tool to answer the questions of atheists, agnostics and skeptics, it is also designed in a way that can equip the saints to do the works of the ministry. One of those works can surely be considered going into all the world and preaching the Gospel to every creature. Undoubtedly, many of the topics he discusses in this manual will be those that believers everyewhere will confront when attempting to share a Christ-centered faith with those who believe otherwise.
The book is divided into ten chapters, each somewhat building upon the topic previously discussed in the prior chapter. Ranging from subjects such as "Good and Evil are no Illusions" to "Lie has Meaning and Purpose", there is a wide array of topics that are covered, which leads to a fuller understanding of the foundational beliefs of Christian faith. He attempts to address the most commonly heard issues of opposition and succeeds in his task.
The book and the topics discussed are vital to equip any believer to share their faith and to challenge non-Christians to examine more carefully the answers they assume they will receive when asking questions that are designed to thwart the faith of some. However, this book may not be easy for everyone to read. I, for one, am not very scientific in my natural inclination or understanding, so I found the chapters which addressed evolution based arguments and scientific discoveries to be less easy to finish. Yet, I am more familiar and comfortable with the truths surrounding the scriptures themselves, along with Jesus death, burial and resurrection, and this made those chapters simpler to digest and to grow from their material.
This book was given to me complimentary as a part of the book review program for bloggers at www.booksneeze.com . If you are one who likes to study the subject known as 'apologetics' or if you are one who feels as though you have no answers when you find yourself in dialogue with an atheist or agnostic, than this may be a good choice for you to read. But, even if you don't fall into those categories, any believer can learn, grow more and strengthen their faith by reading this book, to face the onslaught of attacks that often confront Christians who endeavor to fulfill the great commission and to make disciples of all nations.