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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Conversation with God

Note: This post is from my previous blog.

I found this book to be a very interesting approach to answering questions that many have. The questions are categorized as being about God, the Bible, the Future, Pain and Suffering, Jesus, the Kingdom of God, Heaven and Hell, Humanity, Christian Living, and Today's World. Each answer is just a few pages long, and is written from the persepctive as being answered by God, Jesus, and several characters from throughout the Bible. This book is meant to be written in a very personal way, which it manages to some degree, but it's not the smoothest dialogue. 

The Notes section at the end of the book quotes the verses that were alluded to in each chapter and gives the references to those verses that were quoted within the chapter itself. This is a minor thing, but I don't especially care for endnotes (I prefer footnotes if such notation is going to be necessary) - however, in the way that this book is written, I think it would have been something of a distraction to have parenthetical references within the text itself. 

This book doesn't use fancy terminology ("Christianese"), but neither is it incredibly deep. I got the impression it is targeted more specifically to non-Christians or newer Christians who have not had a great deal of theological training. It is by no means a tome on apologetics or systematic theology, but it is a good beginning for those not ready to step into the resources of academia, and I'd recommend it especially to middle and high school students who are asking questions. 

One nice feature is how this book is organized. The questions are all independent, so you can pick and choose which ones seem interesting to you at the moment. 

Overall, I'd rate this book 4/5. 

Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review from BookSneeze.

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