Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Review: The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers)

Review: The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers)
Mark Mittelberg
Tyndale Hose Publishers
2010

What a title!  But, they are some of the questions Christians tend to duck when they come up in conversation--- even among friends.   Apologetics put forward in a user friendly way is my description of what Mark Mittelberg has done for us with his book.  It’s an easy read and covers the topics presented well in my opinion. 
What I liked especially were the summary statements at the end of each chapter.    A quick overview of the high points helps if time is an issue.   The “Tips for Talking  About This Issue” section was probably more important than the discussion itself for me.  Remembering humility, gentleness, love, honesty and respect goes out the window sometimes when the discussion becomes more of an argument.  One piece of advice that I found to be most heartfelt was taking the time to discern when a “why” is a cry for help and not an answer.   Such good counsel!
The author included a reading list for each chapter for those that would like to examine the question more closely.   One objection to the list might be that the opposing views works are not listed.  I have found that in reading the opposing views in their own words I can understand their point of view better.  Depending on someone else to tell you what the other view says is not the best way to learn.  That works for both points of view, by the way.
Overall I would recommend this book as a place to start with the questions Mittelberg covered.   The discussion questions are great!  They probe, require thought, and may even help those that use them to settle some of their own questions about The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask.

Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. 

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