So, you know the other day I reviewed a new film from Pure Flix called God's Not Dead. It's the story of a college freshman who is put on the spot by an atheist philosophy professor who insists his students write the words "God is Dead" on a piece of paper and sign it. I loved the film (it's inspiring and empowering to say the least) and you can read my review HERE.
Here's the thing.
The movie is based on real life experiences by Christians (in this case college students) whose faith is being aggressively challenged on a daily basis. But once you've seen the movie (which premieres nationwide March 21) what will you do? How do you plan to equip yourself if someone asks you a tough question? I know there have certainly been times when I've found myself tongue tied. Which is why upon learning there is a book called God's Not Dead offering the "evidence behind the movie", I went to the bookstore and purchased it.
The official scoop:
A compelling argument for Christianity that equips believers like never before.
"The goal of God’s Not Dead: Evidence for God in an Age of Uncertainty is straightforward: to help readers develop “a faith that is real and credible—and strong enough to help others find faith in God.” To that end, Rice Broocks outlines a roadmap that guides seekers to acknowledge the most basic truths of Christianity:
- There is overwhelming and exciting evidence for God’s existence
- The God who exists is indeed the God of the Bible
- God has revealed his nature through his Son, Jesus Christ
Persuasive arguments crafted with tools borrowed from logic, science, and philosophy, as well as scripture, solidify the faith of the Christian reader and provide starting points for discussions with skeptics. With clear, easy-to-follow explanations of key concepts and controversies, God’s Not Dead is apologetics for the twenty-first century, presented in layman’s terms. Readers will be empowered not only to talk about their own faith with confidence but to lead others to a relationship with Jesus."
I've only just started reading but so far the book is well written, informative, and compelling.
The author, Rice Broocks, is the senior minister at Bethel Chapel World Outreach in Nashville, Tennessee. What I like is how he draws the reader into the topic by first sharing a story from early in his Christian walk. A time when his (then) atheist brother had determined he was going to "get my little brother out of this born-again thing". It was an eye opening conversation for both brothers and set Rice on a life-long journey of reaching out to atheists and encouraging God's people.
So far, God's Not Dead by Rice Broocks is the kind of book I want to mark up with highlighters, underline pertinent sections, and make notes in the margin. I'm excited to read the rest of the book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in having a better understanding of the evidence which supports our faith in Jesus Christ.