I have been looking for a book like this. Being salt and light in the world, loving others while speaking the truth- this book is comprehensive. It also covers the oft-neglected intellectual realities of our society, encouraging Christians to think and communicate to the unbeliever where he is. Recommended? Certainly.
This is a great book! It explains where our culture is headed in this era of Postmodernism. We, as Christians, have a responsibility to understand this worldview and to counter it intelligently with the Christian worldview. We need to know why we believe what we believe. This book makes a wonderful gift to fellow Christians who wish to impact our world for Christ. The study guide is a wonderful supplement to this book.
This book has a lot of valuable information about the origins of some distorted philosophies that not only have engulfed our culture, but have made some headway in creeping into the church. I think it's important for Christians to become informed about this. Understanding why people think the way they do will help us to more effectively relate the truth of the gospel to them. This book is helpful for sharpening our skills to identify erroneous thinking, and to refute it according to the biblical world view of creation, the fall, and redemption. Parts of this read somewhat like a textbook, so I wouldn't say it is the most riveting book I've ever read. But it is certainly worth reading for anyone who wants to be informed about how things have gotten in the shape they're in, and what we can do about it.
I was very disappointed with this book. I kept wanting to refer Colson back to his own "Loving God" book. I do not believe there is a parallel cultural commission to the great commission. Jesus and the Apostles had many opportunities to confront the frailties of culture but often passed them by. I have no doubt whatsoever a cultural commission does implicitly exist, but it is not on the same level as the great commission. The great commission, if it is truly great, will include cultural confrontation as a natural consequence. But they absolutely are not parallel!Contrary to the hype, I thought this was Colson's most disappointing book. And I own every book he's ever written.Sorry!