The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and MindRavi ZachariasZondervan / 2019 / Hardcover$12.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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PianoArtAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5So Much Covered!July 1, 2019PianoArtAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is an impossibly hard book to review. It covers so many topics and so very thoroughly and well, I can't begin to give a cohesive overview. There are chapters on fear, peace, hope, convictions, confrontation, dealing with diverse world views... basically, it is a good book for any Christian to read. It has gotten me to think deeply about many things. I do wish to read it in a slower fashion and not on a review-book deadline, because it's not the best book to skim.
Personally, I preferred reading the Scripture quotations from KJV (each chapter began with several verses). But the theology was sound, from all I could tell. I highly recommend it.
Just a sample of the quotes:
"Behind every belief is a believer, and behind every question is a questioner."
"Listening is a vital part of responding. The more and better we hear others, the more and better they will hear us."
"God has revealed Himself through His Word, through Jesus Christ, His Spirit in the life of the church, and even His created world. Is God hidden?"
"For every person who feels that prayer has not 'worked' for him and has therefore abandoned God, there is someone else for whom prayer remains a vital part of her life, sustaining her even when her prayers have gone unanswered, because her belief and trust are not only in the power of prayer but in the character and wisdom of God. When God is the focus of our prayer, I believe He sustains and preserves our faith."
"There are only two options: either go to God on His terms and find our perfect peace in His acceptance of us, or play God with self-defining morality and kill." (Speaking of Cain)
"The kings steeped the young men [Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego] in Babylonian philosophy and tried to change their names and worldview. But God's faithful servants ended up changing the kings' allegiance and identities."
"I would suggest that sometime we lose our ability to sense God or see Him at work because we choose not to obey Him."
"Only when we surrender to the light of God's truth in our own lives are we enabled to truly see and then be a beacon of hope and healing in our dark world."
"...Thomas Merton observed that man is not at peace with his fellow man because he is not at peace with himself, and he is not at peace with himself because he is not at peace with God.... So what lies beneath our struggle is a daily routine based on a momentous decision. That decision is to deal with what we do to hurt ourselves, not what others do to hurt us. The attacks of others simply will not succeed if we have taken the protection to guard our souls."
"... giving all that is your best to God is worship at its core. This cannot be done without the sacrifice of the acclaim and adulation of the world."
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Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Logic of GodJune 5, 2019Cindy NavarroCullman, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind by Ravi Zacharias is a weekly offering on the topics that are important to Christians on why the Bible and God are still vital, relevant and life-changing. Ravi says, "I am convinced that Jesus Christ alone uniquely answers the deepest questions of our hearts and minds." Each week's reading provides Scripture, questions for reflection, and some practical application steps that apply to your life.
The book itself is a beautifully bound hardcover that is meant to be used frequently. It's not necessarily one you would normally read straight through but to be used in either your own quiet time and study or as part of a small group. Some of the topics are going to make more of a personal impact than others, but each is important as part of your faith-walk. I rushed through much for review purposes although some did cause me to linger a bit. I look forward to reading the book again as part of a weekly devotion. As always, Zacharias uses rational thinking, courtesy, intellect, and humor to challenge the reader to seriously consider the topic.
I received a copy of this Zondervan published book from BookLookBloggers at no cost to myself for review purposes. I was neither influenced or required to write a positive review.
Julie D.5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful Book With Great TeachingMay 17, 2019Julie D.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ravi Zacharias is one of my favorite Bible teachers because he shares Biblical truth with common sense and reason. He writes beautifully and clearly so that we can truly understand the Scriptural teachings that he shares.
This book is beautiful, with heavy slick pages. I can tell a lot of thought was put into not only the content but the visual aspect of this book. It's a pleasure to hold and read.
There are 52 readings which could either be read as a daily devotional or a weekly devotional. I recommend the weekly reading as there is a lot to glean from his teachings and this would give you the time to do so. At the beginning of each devotion, there is a topic followed by an appropriate Scripture. Then there is a teaching on this that are approximately 2-3 pages. Finally, there are questions to ponder and answer as part of what you just read. I enjoyed this as it helped me to put into my own words what I learned so I could really remember it.
This is a wonderful book that takes you deeply into Scripture without talking over your head. If you've heard Ravi speak, he writes in the same way - engaging us with his words and Biblical Scripture. I highly recommend this book! 5 stars.
*This book was provided to me by BookLookBloggers. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Sue5 Stars Out Of 5The Logic of GodMay 11, 2019SueQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Love this book with the incredible writing of Ravi Zacharias. Short, very well explained truths for every Christian to know and be able to explain!
Jon GibsonAge: 45-54Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Thoughts for every week of the yearMay 6, 2019Jon GibsonAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ravi Zacharias has become fairly renowned for his apologetic work. I would be surprised for anyone who followed him through his speaking or writing to suggest that he comes across as arrogant or simplistic. He is thoughtful and courteous, using logic to explain his own rationale for belief in God.
It makes perfect sense then that this apologist would write a book entitled "The Logic of God." Belief in God, Zacharias claims in the introduction, "offers the most coherent and logical answers to life's four essential questions - origin, meaning, morality, and destiny." With this claim in mind, Zacharias set about to write a book that would encourage Christians to build up their worldview.
I appreciate Zacharias' words when he says that, "apologetics is often first seen before it is heard." We live out our worldview and our faith before we are ever given the opportunity or permission from someone to explain why we believe what we believe. In today's culture, where everything and anything goes, Zacharias reminds his readers that, "Truth by definition is exclusive. Everything cannot be true. If everything is true, then nothing is false."
"The Logic of God," like other works of Zacharias, is well-written. His thoughtfulness comes through in his writing as it does when one listens to him speak. This book is organized into fifty-two chapter, one for every week of the year. Each chapter begins with a Bible verse or passage, followed by narrative written by Zacharias, and concluding with reflection questions and personal application points. This allows the reader to read and reflect on a chapter per week, should they so desire.
The subtitle of the book is, "52 Christian essentials for the heart and mind." As I read through the book, I appreciated everything that I read, but it was hard for me to see a cohesion between all the chapters. The information was encouraging and helpful by itself. The book is hardcover bound with a fabric bookmark sewn into the binding for the reader. So, it seems this book is really meant to be a gift book or coffee table book.
While I would have liked the chapters to flow better together, I don't think that was Zacharias' intention with the book. It serves as a book that can be left on the table, in the living room, at your bedside, in the bathroom, or wherever you read the most. The reader can pick it up whenever and wherever they want, easily reading through the short chapters one at a time.
With that in mind, this book succeeds for what it is, a devotional read for encouragement and uplifting.
(This review is based upon a copy of this book which was provided free of charge from Booklook Bloggers. These opinions are my own; I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for this review.)