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‘Naked God’ Book Review May 31, 2013

adornment_4670_1440x900Title: Naked God: The truth about God exposed

Author: Martin Ayers

Date I Finished Reading: May 30,2013

My Rating: 2/5

In this book Martin Ayers explores questions such as is there a God? Who was Jesus? How does this influence my life? And he does so in an attempt to persuade or encourage non-believers to follow the Christian faith. Having this knowledge, I was eager and curious to begin reading the book, hoping to find a great resource to pass on to others, Christians and non-Christians alike. However, the book was not what I had hoped it to be.

There were a few different issues, or arguments that I had against this book. One would be that it seems Ayers uses very little scripture or outside resources to support his points, instead following the path of reasoning and logic. Now reasoning and logic is not necessarily a bad or negative thing, but I believe that when exploring a theological issue God’s word should be at the center of our thinking, and other people’s writings and thoughts can prove to strengthen the argument. This is why I was disappointed that so few scriptures appeared throughout the book.

Another aspect of the book that I disliked was the fact that at one point Ayers promotes the belief that evolution and the big bang theory is in line with biblical teachings, and therefore can be true.  I personally was turned away by this. Scripture points to God’s creation of the world through his words in a six-day process. This is not what evolution and the big bang theory teaches, and therefore they cannot both be right. I believe that God’s word is true and right in everything, including creation. This alone would prevent me from passing this book on to another, especially a non-believer, because I find that it could become very misleading.

The final complaint that I have against this book would be that it does not seem to go very deep. I personally did not find anything in this book that was challenging or even thought-provoking. At the beginning of this book Ayers says that his goal was to remove assumptions and merely explore the truth about God, who He is and how it affects us. And although he does remain neutral, I feel as though not much was exposed, but merely the more obvious was stated.

To sum it up, I wouldn’t recommend this book to another person, especially to a non-believer. I just feel that resources we pass on to others should contain and be supported by scripture. This book is not. I simply feel that the points presented in this book are basic, and do not go very deep, and that there are many other resources for Christians and non-Christians alike that would be more beneficial to read from and to study on this topic.

Note: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.

You can find a copy of this book here: http://www.amazon.com/Naked-God-Truth-About-Exposed/dp/192144164X/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1370018335&sr=8-10&keywords=naked+god

 

‘Making the Most of the Cross’ Book Review February 1, 2013

thTitle: Making the Most of the Cross

Author: John Chapman

Date I Finished Reading: January 31,2013

My Rating: 4/5

Book Description from Matthias Media’s website:

Every now and then, humanity witnesses a history-changing event, like the invention of the wheel or the discovery of penicillin. But there has been no other event like the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
With characteristic candour and humour, John Chapman explains the meaning of this history-shaping event:
» How can we know that Jesus really died?
» How can we know that Jesus really rose from the dead?
» How can God love people and yet condemn them to hell?
» How can God forgive guilty sinners and yet be just?
» What does Jesus’ death and resurrection mean for me?
How does it affect my life?

The cross. So many questions surround it. Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? What did his death on the cross accomplish? What does it mean in our own personal lives? John Chapman answers these questions and more in this book.  Chapman covers many different topics in this book. He ranges from the purpose of the cross, to how a loving, just God can wipe away our sins. From how we can know that the Bible is true, to how the work on the cross can take away our guilt and condemnation.  He does so in a way that relates both to unreached unbelievers, and believing christians alike.

Some aspects of the book that I liked would include the fact that Chapman answers MANY questions that MANY people ask. Also, he does not over-explain or ramble. He is short, sweet, and to the point. The chapters are short, which makes for easy reading.   Something I did not like about the book would be the fact that although Chapman uses scripture to support his points, there were a couple of times that I was not sure if they really applied or tied into the topic being discussed very well. It just seemed that at times the writing did not flow very well or logically. This made for the reading to become a bit confusing at times.

Although I did not really find any of the book’s content extremely deep or eye-opening, the basic questions were answered well, making it a good resource to use in reaching out to and answering the questions of unbelievers. So I would recommend it to you as a tool to pass on to another, but I do not  believe that it would be overly beneficial for a believer who is more mature in the faith.

Note: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, my opinions are my own.