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Dave@sherrill.blogSioux City, iaAge: 55-65Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Train Your Church, Equip Them With a Robust Christian WorldviewMay 18, 2017Dave@sherrill.blogSioux City, iaAge: 55-65Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4J Warner Wallace is a Christian author you may already be familiar with. His previous books, Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene have sold very well. His newest book, Forensic Faith, is presented as the final installment of the trilogy, all designed at making the case for the Christian faith.
This book is well worth reading. J. Warner Wallace is an engaging author, a skilled communicator, and a man on a mission. His enthusiasm for Jesus Christ is contagious. The book will challenge you in many ways, to think through how you have come to faith, and what you are doing to pass a solidly-grounded faith on to the next generation of Christians.
On The Author
J. Warner Wallace is a driven man. As a cold-case detective, his career included solving some very sticky cases through tenacity, logical thinking, and meticulous analysis of the known facts. As a convert to Christianity, J. Warner pursued a graduate degree in theology while staying in touch with his police background. His storied background, theological training, and ability to communicate clearly with creativity have all come together to deliver Forensic Faith.
A Concern For The Present With An Eye On The Future
J. Warner Wallace absolutely loves young people. Forensic Faith is distinctly a call for church leaders and teachers to adopt an active stance of engagement with apologetics, in order to ground our young people firmly in the faith. From beginning to end, the author brings up how challenges to the faith will certainly arise in the future lives of our young people and he does not want them to be unprepared or ambushed. This makes Forensic Faith a much different book than Wallaces previous two books. While those works were written to inform, educate, and model the reasonability and connectedness-with-history of the Christian faith, Forensic Faith is written to drive changes in behavior on a wide scale. It is much harder to move people to act, than to simply move people. Wallace has his work cut out for him, with such a lofty goal. I would say that he largely succeeds in making the case for making the case for Christianity. There is no doubt that J. Warner is driven to attempt this out of love for the church at large, and young Christians specifically. He is trying to move Christian leaders in the local church to help ground young people in the real-world connections that are part and parcel of the Christian worldview.
A Distinctive Voice In The Wilderness
J. Warner is an engaging, entertaining, inspiring speaker and writer. These qualities give him a platform across a wide range of churches. He has a unique opportunity to speak with directness to churches who fail to equip their flock with a robust, distinctly Christian worldview. Forensic Faith is that directness put in print. Worldviews reach far beyond worship services emphasizing emotion or great music. A worldview is an interpretive grid to help you make sense out of, well, the world. It is a lot of work to think through what you know, how you know it, and how to talk to others about it in meaningful and engaging ways. Wallace is calling a broad range of churches to engage in exactly that, the hard but worthwhile effort of bringing the Christian worldview to light in their people's minds and hearts.
Digging Up Old Bones
Forensic Faith is a concerted effort at being deeply evidential in its apologetic method. Some readers may be aware of previous internal skirmishes fought over apologetic method. Some may not know that history or the heat that can be generated between Christians of differing opinions. It is my hope that Forensic Faith will not be the epicenter of a new apologetic earthquake which leaves lay readers shaken by over-the-top reactions from within the Christian faith community. I wasnt born yesterday, and Im sure some discernment bloggers will not be able to keep their claws sheathed for very long, especially if this book lives up to the potential impact its author is shooting for. If it does, many voices will be compelled to make their opinions known far and wide.
Points of Concern
I do have concerns at the ease with which J. Warner appropriates his law-enforcement background and replaces biblical language with wording from his former profession. His proposal that the Christian's life mission is "to protect and to serve", rather than the Great Commission given by Jesus is a far reach which, I think, flattens out the richness of the Christian life we are called to by Christ. Likewise, his encouragement to replace the biblical picture of disciples as "sheep", instead speaking of us as "sheepdogs", is likewise concerning. I understand why he moves in that direction, but too much is lost in translation. To actively teach a robust Christian worldview is enough, without jettisoning biblical word pictures for more modern ones.
Take Up And Read
Even if you think you disagree, or that you might believe differently about important points of theology than Wallace, get the book and read it. I did, and I'm glad I did. He definitely gave me food for thought and action.
I received a complimentary copy of Forensic Faith and was not obligated to write a positive review.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5food for thoughtMay 15, 2017lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Forensic Faith is the third book of a trilogy with the other two being Gods Crime Scene and Cold Case-Christianity. The authors heart is to equip Christians with the ability to know and defend their faith with the multitude of evidence available to all. The author was an atheist most of his life and a cold-case homicide detective who has taken the tools of his trade and applied them to Christianity.
The book is meant to help people become informed Christians able to stand firm in the faith even under the most intensive questioning by others. In the book, we are told how the younger generation is leaving churches by large numbers, yet also states how some whose faith has grown as they have learned about their faith and how to defend it.
The way J Warner Wallace writes makes the book very engaging and interesting to sit, read, think and even apply what is gleaned. The fact is it is more than just defending ones faith, but also being able to take those objections and use them to persuade the person one might be in a conversation with. We can love people and share our faith with conviction and confidence while laying out the facts for others to view and let God work on their heart.
I havent read the other two books so I am not familiar with their content. However, I do wish the author didnt just focus on the New Testament to make a case, but the whole Bible as it is rich and replete with evidence that really does demand of others a decision to believe in Jesus or not. The author shares his website and other helpful material.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This Book is a Great Resource to Have!May 12, 2017Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am so impressed with this book! I haven't read any other books by this author, but I definitely plan to now! I plan to read Cold-Case Christianity as soon as possible, based on what I have learned in Forensic Faith.
I love how straight forward the author is in his explanations. He presents the information very clearly and in a method that makes sense. He does not speak down to the reader, yet he makes sure to not skip steps in his explanation.
I really appreciate the way the author takes the reader through the steps of solving and proving a cold case and applies that same method to proving the basis of the Christian faith.
I have already begun sharing about what I have learned in Forensic Faith with my oldest child and plan to do much more reading, learning, and sharing with all of my children in the near future in order to prepare them to be able to defend their faith when challenged.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best resources for Christians in helping you defend your faith and beliefs!May 11, 2017Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Some people believe that the word apologetics means to apologize for something, but it actually means a way to defend what you believe. Most Christians fail miserably to defend their faith when push comes to shove. They know what they believe but they can't prove or defend it when it comes to someone who wants to know more. How then can we, as parents, provide the means to do just that, when sending our kids off to public schools and colleges only to have our kids unable to communicate effectively the case of faith in Jesus Christ?
The answer is so simple, and I myself found out the hard way when I opened up Forensic Faith, by homicide detective and former atheist, J. Warner Wallace. He found that by using the very same principles he used to re-open cold cases, and applied it to discovering the claims of Christianity, Jesus, the resurrection, God and if the Bible is in fact true. He pointed out something that is missing in churches and youth groups everywhere, that we are spending countless hours, teaching our children about the Bible and Jesus, but failing to train them in defending their faith, so when they leave home, they can be confident in their answers of why they believe what they believe. Just like our military and police don't receive teaching on their jobs or skills, they are trained in every potential situation that might come up in their line of work, that this is the very reason so many are walking away from their faith in Jesus temporarily or often times for good. We are missing the point of what we, as parents, teachers, pastors and others, should be doing in helping our children to be deployed into a world that is growing increasingly hostile towards Christians.
J. Warner Wallace is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene, helps readers understand that the very sample principles and techniques he used to re investigate cold cases is the very same techniques he teaches to defend our faith and belief in Jesus. He invites readers to answer 7 simple questions in under 21 minutes to show you where you need to spend more time in training yourself in preparing to defend your faith. These are your areas where you are weak and need to devote some time and training should you need it. They are: 1. Why are you a Christian? 2. What evidence do you have to believe God exists? 3. Why do you trust what the Bible says about Jesus? 4. Why would God send people to hell just because they don't believe in Jesus? 5. If God is all-loving and all-powerful, why is there so much evil in the world? 6. If God is the creator of everything, who created God? 7. Why would a loving God command the total destruction of all of Israel's enemies (including their children and livestock)?
I received Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace compliments of David C Cook Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. I can't recommend this book enough to Christians. This is exactly what should be happening inside our youth programs and churches, not only for our children but for new believers and old believers as well. Most people haven't even read their Bibles from cover to cover, and the Bible is our "casebook" that we rely on to determine our relationship with Jesus Christ. Why are so many people walking away from their faith? How as parents can we accurately answer our children's doubts when they have them? This book is the perfect engaging resource to help you know why you believe what you believe and help you to truly understand everything you ever wanted to know about defending the faith we so desperately hold on to. This book provides the training we need as well as resources to help you launch your own investigation into forensic faith. I easily give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and also recommend you pick up Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene which are referred to in this book as well for more ways to become an expert detective and investigator of the Christian faith.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Making the case for ChristianityMay 5, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It's important to know what we Christians believe and why. Wallace wants us to understand our faith and know how to defend it. He wants us to know how to make a persuasive case for Christianity.
This, and the other two books Wallace has written, are unique in style in that he blends his experience as a cold case detective with his expertise in apologetics. Reading about some of the cases he has worked on is a good break from the intensity of reading about defending the faith. He also makes good use of his case work as examples about the nature of evidence, proving a case, making judgments, etc.
Wallace's work is timely and essential reading for Christians. We are in a time when many Christians are unable to counter the arguments of atheists. This book provides an interesting and effective way of evaluating the nature of those arguments.
Many Christians do not even know of the evidence supporting Christian faith. Wallace does a great job in presenting the evidence and helping us know how to share that evidence with others. This is a great book for parents, helping them answers those penetrating questions their teens are asking about faith.
He includes answers to common challenges to Christian faith, such as the claim that Christian faith and science are incompatible. He also has an evidence locker, a list of resources to make our case. He includes books and online ministries. I highly recommend this book.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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