Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book Review: A Shot of Faith (to the Head)

I do not struggle with my faith.  In my heart I know that what I believe is Truth, no matter how much the American culture screams that what I believe is intolerant or outdated or prudish or simplistic.  What I do struggle with is how to defend my faith.  My gut instinct is usually to simply write people off; I believe what I believe because the Bible says so.  If you don't believe in the Bible, then I can't help you.  But that is the easy way out that doesn't answer any questions, and I definitely want to be able to intelligently dialogue with people who believe differently than I.

Enter A Shot of Faith (to the Head).  Our world prides themselves on their secular, skeptical, rational view of the world and of all things spiritual.  Outspoken atheists smugly declare anyone of faith to be naive and irrational.  But Mitch Stokes gently points out that quite possibly atheists are the irrational ones.  He dismantles their claims while constructing a simple, yet solid case for Christian belief.  He has answers for those who claim that science has proven that God does not exist, and for those who claim that the presence of evil in this world proves that God does not exist.

It has been eight years since I was in college, and while I was there philosophy was no where near my favorite course.  This book made me feel like I was back in that class, muddling through and trying to grasp at its ethereal concepts.  I'll be honest; much of this book was hard for me to understand.  But I wanted to read it, because there are people out there that might use these very arguments, and I don't want them walking away thinking that they've won the debate simply because I had nothing to say.  The best part of the book was at the end of each chapter Dr. Stokes provided a feature called "For Your Arsenal," neatly summarizing the main points that we need to hold on to.  I do plan to use this book as more of a reference.  If questions come up, I can try and dig through the chapters again to find the answers I need.

If you are into philosophy, I'm sure you'll love this book.  If you're like me and had a hard time with philosophy in college, you might struggle with this one.  But that doesn't mean you shouldn't read it.  This book provides real, solid answers to questions that many people have, and if you want to engage those people, then this book can help you.

Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a free copy of this book as a part of their blogger program called BookSneeze.

1 comment:

  1. I have really enjoyed your reviews of books especially this one on 'A shot of faith to the head'. Your careful discernment and absorbtion into the book really shows not only how much you like to read but that you read for understanding. I am writing because I just published a book and would love to get your review of it (no matter what you end up thinking of it!). It would help me not only in exposure but I really appreciate a review from someone who will give their attention to it.

    The book is actually only a part of a large project called 'Days With Jesus'. It combines the book, which walks the reader through the first half of the Gospel of John, with numerous videos shot on-location in Israel hosted on the website where a person can see where that particular Day took place. I call the book a 'Docuvotional' as I attempt to take the reader through the life of Jesus as told to us by His disciple John, then help the reader to try and apply the teachings in a devotional manner.

    I can send you the ebook if you would like to read it unless you would prefer a different format. Feel no rush but if you would like to do a write-up on it I would be grateful. Please just shoot me an email if it interests you to do a review so I can be on the lookout for it.

    Thanks for your consideration!

    Blessings,

    Jim
    www.dayswithjesus.com

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