Friday, August 20, 2010

Has Christianity Failed You?

By Ravi Zacharias

This book is written for those struggling with questions of faith and those who have left the church.

Throughout the book the author attempts to answer questions such as “Who is Jesus?”, “What Does it Mean to be a Christian,” and “Does Prayer make a difference?”

I say “attempts” because most often his answers are vague and the chapters ramble on with endless illustrations and anecdotes. I found that the excessive use of illustrations actually detracted from the book and often muddied the waters rather than clarifying the point he was trying to make. He says on several occasions that he doesn’t want to use theological terms, yet often theological terms are what best describe theological ideas. To refuse to use them assumes that the reader is either ignorant or unable to learn “big words.”

I did find the last two chapters to be quite worth reading and deserving of a resounding “Amen” in that he finally gets to the root of the issue – churches who have compromised the gospel and have made promises that God never made, leading people to feel that they have been let down, when the truth is that they had the wrong expectation of Christianity in the first place.

Overall, it was a bit of a tedious book to read and I was left feeling that he didn’t thoroughly answer the question that he posed in the book.

I must mention that I did receive a complimentary copy of the book from Zondervan, but that in no way influenced my opinion of it.