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Has Christianity Failed You?

RAVI ZACHARIAS (Zondervan, 240 pp, hardcover)

How should Christians respond to those who have: (1) stumbled and fallen in their faith? (2) been affected by hypocrisy in the church? (3) unanswered intellectual questions? (4) been tripped up by challenges to biblical teaching?

When Ravi Zacharias spoke at Atlanta’s renowned Fox Theatre addressing the theme, “Has Christianity Failed You (and What Does That Say About Jesus?)” organizers were astonished as over 5,000 people packed the auditorium. Following this event, Zacharias began writing, according to him, “one of the most important books I have written.”

While containing apologetic material, numerous anecdotes allow the general reader entrance into helpful truths. I found myself highlighting many sentences and paragraphs.

Chapters include, “Who is Jesus?”; “What Does It Mean to Be a Christian?”; “Points of Tension”; Does Prayer Make Any Difference?”; and “What Difference Does Christianity Make?” Readers need to know that the issue of eternal security is not a theme of this book.

A recent Pew Research study reveals that 67 percent of those surveyed believe religion is losing its influence. Writer Anne Rice recently made headlines by “quitting Christianity.” Pastors today only dream of what size their church would be if those who prayed the sinner’s prayer continued in their walk with Jesus. This book will help alert readers to see the broken person in every pew, and know how to respond.

—Reviewed by Guy Fisher, lead pastor, First Assembly of God, Atlantic, Iowa, and executive secretary of the Iowa Ministry Network.

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