Friday, August 6, 2010

Book Review: Beyond Opinion ---with Postscript

The book is in three parts: Part One deal with the major challenges faced by Christians and the response to those challenges. Part Two talks of internalizing the questions and answers. Part Three address living out our apologetic.
Ravi Zacharias makes it clear that this not just another book on apologetic or a book with answers to the questions people have. His goal is to equip the lay believer to able to give a reason for their belief. That means not just training their minds but building their convictions. For the best argument for the faith one has is the life that one lives.
With this he gathers his team and crafted out this book. The chapters of Part one read like mini-thesis with thesis statements and topic statements. Which means that this book can be read slowly at across a long period of time without losing track of the flow as long as you complete a chapter each time.
To be honest, I had a hard time reading the book.It can be dry and lacks imagery. In fact, I gave up on going through it in detail (ie reading it cover to cover). It is not the kind of book you would pick up and read like you would read a paperback novel. If anything, this could be the textbook for:- Christian Apologetics 101 - An introduction to Apologetics for the Layman, if such a course of study exist.

(Postscript: The book I received was a paperback. The print was small and my "old flower eyes" found it difficulty focusing. That could have been a factor that made this book difficult reading. The RZIM team was definitely trying to squeeze a lot into the book and give us as much as possible.)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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