Sunday, May 22, 2011
The Reason Why: Faith Makes Sense by Mark Mittelberg
And furthermore, why have active, evident faith in God? After all, "even the demons believe." (James 2:19)
In times like ours as well as throughout history, many people question their once firm faith in God and many others do not believe that God exists at all. In fact, many of those who do not believe have made it their mission to prove it so and even to convince believers to give up their faith in God.
Mark Mittlelberg has done quite the opposite for us in his book The Reason Why: Faith Makes Sense.
If you recognize the title, it is because Mittlelberg has updated and expanded the original book The Reason Why which was written by Robert A. Laidlaw almost a hundred years ago. Mittelberg has done a fabulous job updating this little (a.k.a. short) treasure of a book.
Mittelberg walks the reader through several tough but necessary topics such as "Matters of Faith that Really Matter", "Is there a God?", "Can the Bible be Trusted?", "Are We Accountable to God?", "Who Was Jesus and What Was His Purpose?", "Is Divine Forgiveness Available?", and such. He covers all of this in a book whose dimensions are about the size of a postcard and includes 127 pages. Short, small, easy to read but tackles some heavy topics. Regardless of where you stand on the spectrum of faith in God, I challenge you to get a copy of this book and read it and see what revelations may happen in your heart and mind.
If you are skeptical, I challenge you with Mark's words, "May I encourage you to think again, and at least to say, 'Maybe'? Admit to yourself that if these things are true, then Jesus' point about the importance of the soul is valid---big time! Do you doubt that? Then at least be consistent enough as a skeptic to also doubt even your own doubts..."
Mittelberg, once a skeptic himself set on disproving God, states, "I am confident of this: the deeper you look---assuming you'll read with a receptive mind and an open heart---the more you'll become persuaded concerning the basic claims of the Christian faith. I say this because after more than three decades of studying both the attacks against that faith and the evidence for it, I'm surer than ever that it is based on real facts. In short, I'm convinced that Christianity is true."
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers. No other compensation was received. The fact that I received a complimentary product does not guarantee a favorable review.