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Can I Really Know Jesus?

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This is a good little book that covers the spiritual basics. That said, there is theology in here that could be in disagreement with the beliefs of some Christians. Other reviewers have mentioned some of the questions, but one that stood out to me is part of the answer to the question “Do I need to ask for salvation more than once?” Part of the answer states “…you cannot be unsaved.” I know many denominations who don’t ascribe to “once saved, always saved”

If you’re a Baptist, you will LOVE this book. It is a nice introduction to spiritual questions.

I do wish the book had a table of contents or an index. They would make it handy for a reference for those unfamiliar with the basic tenets of Christianity.

I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis

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C. S. Lewis was a literary genius who brought complicated theology to a level that anyone, even a child, could understand. He had what he referred to as a “baptized imagination” and that it was. He is quoted as saying, “Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.” Indeed, he packed unsurpassed meaning into his imaginative writings.

If you ever wondered about where the characters in Lewis’ books came from, and if you have a little time (and the ability to savor little bits of learning over time and come back for more), you may find The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis to be a worthwhile read. This book isn’t for the faint of heart. It is, in fact, a scholarly treatise written by a professor and an independent C. S. Lewis scholar. There are 71 pages of appendix, notes, bibliography and index!

Not light reading, nor for the average child who loves The Chronicles of Narnia, The Surprising Imagination of C. S. Lewis would be a great addition to any theology or literature library.

***I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.***

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Bonhoeffer Abridged: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

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I had high hopes for Bonhoeffer Abridged by Eric Metaxas. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a fascinating person who lived an extraordinary life. I found that Bonhoeffer Abridged was quite a disappointment. It reads like an abridgment (which it is, but it shouldn’t jump out at the reader). The prose is choppy and the topics are all over the place. There’s often no transition between paragraphs and sometimes the paragraph topic is just out of place, having no real connection to anything else being discussed. Often, I’d read something interesting only to find out that “well, that’s all you get”…I was left with more questions than answers.

There is SO much good subject matter on Bonhoeffer, but Eric Metals managed to make it tedious, dry and pedantic. It is written largely in passive voice and the author uses ridiculous, obscure words seemingly just to impress the reader.

I really wanted to like this book, but I really didn’t. Don’t choose this biography of Bonhoeffer. Yawn. Really. I couldn’t finish it.

I received a complementary copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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