‘Paradox’ – that would be one word to describe the christian faith. Our faith teaches us to lose our life to gain it, to bless those who curse us, to pray for those who persecute us and that the meek will inherit the earth. So what does it mean for us to be followers of Jesus? What is the christian faith about?
This is what this book wants to communicate to us. Ken Wystma presents to his readers topics and issues in the christian faith that might often be overlooked. I especially like his chapter on doubt. Wystma writes honestly to his readers that christians, even faithful christians doubt certain things in their faith. To have doubts is not wrong, yet it is necessary for us to be honest with these doubts and to wrestle with them honestly.
Wystma also help readers wrestles with the paradoxical truths within the bible. Wystma must be commended for his efforts to help christians think through about such issues. In this day and age where the prosperity gospel thrive and grow, Wystma shows us that there are indeed hard truths in the faith which we must be prepared to accept and believe.
Having said that, I did however find that the book did not have an overarching direction. As such, it seems as though each chapter was individually independent from another. Each chapter was easy to read and understand and would be suitable for any christian. I do not have any particular recommendation for any age, but I would think this book would be aimed towards new believers or for believers who are very comfortable with the christian faith. Perhaps this book will help you see how our faith might not be as simple as what we think.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review