Book reviews, mostly of Christian fiction, some classics, and nonfiction.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Persuasive & Informative! Forensic Faith - by J. Warner Wallace
A cold-case detective helps you rethink and share your Christian beliefs.
J. Warner Wallace has
asked this question in churches across America over the past several
years, and the answer he gets is often disappointing; it's almost always
rooted in some sort of personal, subjective experience. As a community,
we Christians aren't typically prepared to make the case for why we
believe Christianity is true from the objective evidence of history,
philosophy or science. Worse yet, many of us don't think we have any
obligation to do so.
In J. Warner's first two books, he made the case for God's existence (God's Crime Scene) and the case for Christianity (Cold-Case Christianity). In Forensic Faith,
J. Warner completes the trilogy by making the case for... making the
case! In Forensic Faith, J. Warner helps readers understand why it's
important to defend what they believe, and provides them with a unique
template to help them become effective "Christian Case Makers." Forensic Faith will help readers:
-understand why they, as Christians, have a duty to defend the truth
-develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
-learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God's Word
-become a better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers
real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical
insights, J. Warner hopes to teach readers the daily cold-case
investigative disciplines they can apply in their lives as believers. Forensic Faith is an engaging, fresh look at what it means to be a Christian.
I really enjoyed this informative book about the importance of knowing why you believe what you believe. He really made his case explaining why Christians should know the evidence for our faith, from teenagers to adults. It was fascinating to see how he used strategies for police investigations when investigating the Christian faith and showed us how to do it, too. The book is visually appealing, too, with sidebars that pull out definitions, training tips and challenges and also has little drawings to illustrate some of his points. There is also a cool section at the back called "rebuttal notes" that has some answers to common challenges and a handy section where resources are listed if you want more books about the evidence for Christianity or evidence for a creator or to examine alleged Bible difficulties, etc. Wallace has a very timely argument as our culture is becoming increasingly hostile and questioning our faith, sometimes with very difficult questions we can't answer unless we've studied up on the topic. I think it's especially good for parents and those who work with youth as so many young people are leaving their faith behind in college when they come up against tough questions they don't have answers for. He has definitely issued a challenge to all Christians and I highly recommend this book for Christians so they have a good action plan! I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.
J. Warner Wallace is a
cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, Fox
News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of "Cold-Case
Christianity" and "God's Crime Scene." Wallace has a master's degree in
theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.