Sunday, March 3, 2013
Book Review: God's Not Dead by Rice Broocks
Christianity is always being attacked by skeptics. Most of them are atheists who have some sort of grudge against God that want to disprove Him and make His people look like complete idiots. Christians are putting on the offense as to know what they believe and why they believe what they believe. More and more resources have been giving to the body of Christ to study and teach Christians on their faith and how to defend it. Some of the resources used can either be too complicated of anyone to understand or just not enough information.
When Rick Broocks wrote God's Not Dead, he wrote it with three kinds of readers in mind. First is the seeker, who "is attempting to believe but faces doubts about whether God is real" (pg. xviii). Second there is the believer, who "knows God is real subjectively but cannot easily articulate this faith to unbelievers" (pg. xix). Finally, there is the skeptic, who will pick up this book and read from a "critical point of view and a predetermined mind-set that there is no God" (pg. xix).
This book talks about the existence of God which is not a blind faith but based on evidence. Also that was all have a purpose on this earth which why we exist and not just floating around waiting for something to happen. Broocks addresses the problem of good and evil which is a stumbling block for many non-believers. One of my favorite quotes from that chapter says, "To be angry with God for allowing evil is to be angry with Him for allowing you to be born and live" (pg. 55). To be honest, I have never thought of it that way before. We question God on our own existence when we get ticked off at Him because of the pain and suffering we experience.
Broocks continues on with writing about creation and even ourselves as created beings. Broocks even discussed the Resurrection of Christ which is one of the biggest piece of evidence for the existence of God. Before he had to go on the resurrection, Broocks used nonbiblical sources to prove the existence of Jesus indicating that Jesus was no myth. The last chapter of the book delivers a interesting twist. The reason for saying that is Broocks talks about the living proof for the existence of God. What is that living proof? It is the activity of God in our world. Broocks uses stories from North American, Europe, Africa, and Asia to talk about what God is doing in and through the lives of people all over the world.
If you have a friend who is a skeptic, this book for you to read and answer some of the questions they have as well give them a copy of this book for them to read. This book for all Christians to read to be equip for the challenges of defending our faith by opening our mouths and not just living the Christian life.
Thanks Booksneeze for letting me review this book.