Review: Don’t check your brains at the door by Josh McDowell

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Don’t check your brains at the door: know what you believe and why.

by Josh McDowell & Bob Hoestelter
Thomas Nielson 2011 – eBook edition

Josh McDowell is one of the original atheist-turned-apologists, and is perhaps best known for his book ‘Evidence that demands a verdict’.

This book, aimed at teens, is part apologetics, part spiritual guidance, and essentially seeks to answer a whole bunch of questions or challenges (or ‘myths’ as the authors call them) that often arise in regards to the Christian faith.

I have to admit, I’m a little wary of the this type of apologetics, which tends to overplay their hand a little sometimes. Never-the-less, many of the short chapters were quite good; some however, I felt were too short and surface level. A couple of chapters were, sadly, cringe-worthy; it may be because this is a revamp of an older book, but when the authors tried to employ ‘trendy’ language in describing stereotypes of young people, it really was dated and, well, far too much hollywood stereotyping. I just don’t think kids these days buy into that.

Overall it really did feel like an old book being rehashed. In my opinion, it spent too much time on post-modernism, which I think is not as prevalent these days as naturalism. If I was to give it to kids, I’d want to read it with them, in order to discuss some of the issues in more depth, and as such a spring-board, it might be useful. However, in comparison to say, the engaging work of someone like John Dickson, this book just didn’t really standout, and could perhaps have tried to cover less ground.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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