July 4, 2016

Book Review: The Case for Faith Student Edition

The Case for Faith Student Edition: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity, by Lee Strobel with Jane Vogel is a well-written non-fiction book regarding the Christian themes of faith in an investigative method. 

While describing his journey towards Christianity, Strobel shared on page nine, "Eventually I decided to check out the Christian faith.  I would separate the make-believe from the reality and what was left.  After all, that's what I did every day as a journalist--I was experienced at investigating things to see what was true."

The author continued to share on page 10, "I committed myself to asking hard questions and not being satisfied with easy answers.  I wanted to find out what both doubters and believers had to say about some of the most challenging obstacles to faith....  If you've ever asked questions about faith, this book is for you.  Come along as I retrace my journey, and I hope you'll find answers for yourself."

This book is based on the author's personal reflections and experiences, particularly interviews and conversations with various people.  And there are stories from American culture and recent history, as well as biblical examples and scripture verses.

The Case for Faith Student Edition is divided into six main chapters with the following titles: Objective #1: Since Evil and Suffering Exist, a Good God Cannot, Objective #2: Miracles Contradict Science; Therefore They Cannot Be Real, Objective #3: Evolution Explains Life, So God Isn't Needed, Objective #4: It's Intolerant to Claim Jesus Is the Only Way to God, Objection #5: A Loving God Would Never Send People to Hell, and Objective #6: I Still Have Doubts, So I Can't Be a Christian.  Also, the introduction and conclusion are titled as Introduction: Questions Worth Asking and Conclusion: The Power of Faith. 

Throughout the book, there are supplemental boxes of additional text with the following titles: Can You Believe the Bible?, Droughts and Drive-bys, From Prisoner to Prime Minister, The Megaphone of Pain, Schizophrenic God, Timeline: When Religion Turns Ugly, Other Doubters I Have Known, Faith: Act of Will or Gift of God?,Quote to Consider, To Think About, For Quick Reference, Other Resources on This Topic, etc.

This non-fiction teen book is fairly short and easy to read, yet it's extremely informative and thought-provoking.  

According to page 95, "That's the power of faith to change a human life....  God intervened with his forgiveness, with his mercy, with his power, and with the presence of his Spirit.  That same kind of transforming grace is available to everyone who acts on the evidence for Jesus Christ by making the decision to turn away from sin and embrace him as their forgiver and leader.  It's there for all those who say yes to God."

The Case for Faith Student Edition is ideal for those interested in the Christian faith or wanting to delve deeper into questions regarding the faith.  

In essence, this book is a condensed version of Strobel's The Case for Faith (which is another excellent book to read) with a focus towards teen readers.  While it's geared towards teens and young people, this book is worthwhile and highly recommended for readers of all ages.

Note: I received this book from Book Look Bloggers, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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