Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review of J by Howard Jacobson

J by Howard Jacobson is a story that takes place in a unique future dystopian world. An event has occurred sometime in the past that completely changed the tide of human history. It's an event shrouded in mystery, and it has somehow erased any record of history. The story surrounds a character named Kevern Cohen who falls in love with a girl named Allison. While their love for each other grows, their relationship reveals the brokenness of their world and the potential destruction that could occur as a result of their love.

Jacobson creates a world that keeps you turning pages in search of answers. This is a book that explores some deep themes, and feels truly disturbing at times. The mystery drives the story forward, and the love story keeps you committed to it until the end. This book has been compared to other classic dystopian novels, and it's an apt comparison. Definitely an interesting read if you're into dystopian stories.

Review copy provided by Blogging for Books

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review of ALOOF by Tony Kriz

Tony Kriz's new book ALOOF deals with one of the most frustrating aspects of the Christian life: we worship a God who is always there, and yet more often than we'd like feels not there. Tony Kriz shares his own experience of a God who seems aloof and the struggles he's had with making sense of a life of faith in which God often seems to hide.

More than just a recollection of his own experiences, Kriz strives to show us a God who is, in fact, there. The book reads as an encouragement to search for God and learn to see where he is working, which is often in the moments when we think he isn't. Kriz's honesty and transparency make this a book that's refreshing to read while also seeing our own struggles and hearing our own questions asked throughout its pages.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Review of STEALING FROM GOD by Frank Turek

Stealing from God by Frank Turek is the kind of book that combines careful logical arguments for the existence of God with a solid belief that this really is a world created by God where God calls the shots. Turek shows how atheists must borrow from basic assumptions about God in order to make their arguments against God's existence, and he ultimately shows where these arguments fail.

He dismantles the argument that something could be created out of nothing without an intelligent force doing the creating because of the nature of causality in the universe. He shows the problem of evil actually being an argument for God's existence rather than an argument against it, and he shows science to be the study of God's universe that more and more reveals evidence for a Creator. What's great about the science chapter is that scientists look at the facts and make interpretations, and their interpretations are presented as science instead of the interpretations they are.

Turek makes a solid case for Christianity after dismantling the atheist arguments against God's existence. This is a great book for Christians who want to better argue the case for God's existence and Christianity more specifically. It's also a great book for those who are seeking answers, even if they don't currently believe.

Review copy provided by the Tyndale Blog Network