Monday, July 12, 2010

Review of Beyond Opinion: A Teen's Perspective

Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias is a book that brilliantly addresses apologetics and equips the reader with more understanding of sharing and defending the Christian faith.

I first became interested in this book because my parents are listeners and supporters of Mr. Zacharias's ministry (RZIM) and teachings. His teachings also very much impressed me, so I decided to read Beyond Opinion. I was not disappointed in the least.

This book is made up of sections by different people who have worked alongside Mr. Zacharias and are definitely qualified for the subjects they write about. Some authors include Alister McGrath, John Lennox, and, of course, Ravi Zacharias.

Some sections are:
~ Postmodern Challenges and the Bible
~ Challenges from Islam
~ Challenges from Science
~ Conversational Apologetics
~ Existential Challenges of Evil and Suffering

My favorite sections include Challenges from Atheism (by Alister McGrath) and Challenges from Youth (by Alison Thomas). I have previously learned about atheism in my Christian curriculum, and I believe Mr. McGrath presents his views in a very comprehensive way. Challenges from Youth was so relatable for me, because I completely understand what Ms. Thomas conveys. The modern Christian youth culture is often so lukewarm, bland, and so let's-feel-good-together. Ms. Thomas emphasizes a need for youth today to be interested in apologetics, and rightly so.

The subjects in this book are highly equipping. I felt as if I learned a lot, and I know that I can speak more comfortably about my faith with others I know. I now understand some others religions and beliefs, and I know I can speak as a person who is compassionate and educated.This books gives a broad overview on many subjects, so I believe it can be helpful for youth.

I highly recommend Beyond Opinion to everyone, even teenagers. Yes, it may be a little dry at times, but certainly if one can spend several hours on end reading the latest fiction book, can one not take time to read a book with real substance?

I recommend reading this book chapter at a time, slowly, to take everything in. Also, keep a dictionary at hand. My previous education in apologetics and Biblical doctrines helped me understand a lot of the language in Beyond Opinion. If you are a teen new to apologetics, I suggest consulting with a trusted adult from time to time to discuss Beyond Opinion's content and perhaps even share ideas. This book may be a high-level read, but it is definitely what I have personally been searching for in my reading material.

At last, I have found substance! I am sure many teens will also find this book educating and uplifting. I wouldn't be surprised if teens who read this book felt even more grounded in their faith. That's definitely one thing about this book for me- I felt even more grounded in my faith as a Christian.

I highly recommend Beyond Opinion to readers interested in apologetics, theology, and becoming more grounded in their Christian faith.

I rate this book five out of five stars. Excellent!

~Specifics~ (from amazon.com)
~ Paperback: 384 pages
~ Publisher: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (January 12, 2010)
~ Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.1 inches

Note: This book was provided freely to me by Thomas Nelson Publishers. I am not obligated to write a positive review, only an honest one.

Blessings,

3 comments:

Maggie said...

Great book review. I am going to have to see if they have that in the book store because I missed it on the reviewing site.

Blessings,
Maggie
www.foreverfindingmybliss.blogspot.com

Violinist4Christ said...

I'll have to look for it. I've read a few books on apologetics, but this sounds like it covers some more topics. The Case for Faith by Lee Strobel answers a lot of questions as well. I haven't finished it yet, but there are some good points in it as well.

Annie said...

This book looks like "Do Hard Things". Have you ever read that book? I bet you'd do a great book review on it!

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