5 Stars Out Of 5
Excellent for understanding the basic foundation
October 18, 2012
It's ironic that for many who practice the Christian faith, knowing just the simple basic foundations of being a Christian and the Bible, is often missing.
Filled with study questions to not only reinforce the most basic understanding of the foundations of Christianity, but also to serve for either personal or group study, "What Ever Christian Ought to Know" seeks to help new, maturing, or "I didn't know that" Christians (and non-Christians) understand the basic foundations that play a part in the Christian faith.
This is not an in depth book that is going to cover everything under the sun and the moon and the stars, but I like how it does approach the basic of the basics, with scriptural backing and enough coverage to provide anyone with a starting point to go from, particularly with many churches, these days not teaching really, the foundation of the Christian faith.
Not, "preachy" or dry, "What Ever Christian Ought to Know" is filled with personal anecdotal stories that bring a personal tough to understanding the basic Christian doctrines and as the epilogue shares with the reader, its about growing in the faith, not just or about knowing about the Christian faith.
Twelve chapters long and covering key points, friendly, interesting, the book doesn't cover the "hot topics" if that is what the reader is looking for, instead this is a book about encouraging and taking the time to understand what the Bible is about, what following Christ is all about and not about hitting the hot topics that are prevalent these days and in conversations that people will and might encounter in their daily lives.
Looking for down points, it would have been nice if there was an appendix outlining the topics with related scripture or even an index, however, given this is a primer that is created for easy reading, yet with deep meaning, arguably this is a book that I would recommend to new, maturing or maybe even just those who are curious about the Christian faith, due to the book not being too heavy that it would lose a person's interest.
I would't recommend this book if the reader was looking for a book with deeper discussions, but for myself, I felt this was a very good "layman" for the Christian faith to have on one's bookshelf and to engage in personal or group study.
The writing is easy and conversational and with the scriptural references, many will find this to be a great starting point to understanding more about the essential truths needed for a growing faith that does need to be grounded in God's truth.
As someone who is personally busy and often find myself short on time amid juggling schedules and priorities, this is a wonderful book, i that allows time during those busy moments, to understand better the essential truths that make up the Christian faith and developing that strong foundation that is needed as a Christian.
"What Every Christian Ought to Know" truly reaches its goal of ensuring that every Christian can start their faith, understanding the basic essentials needed and in the process be empowered in their Christian growth and life.
***Thank you to TBB Media for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for my personal opinion. ***