The smart stuff:
- Good writing style.
Easily communicates ideas without dumbing things down. Interesting and fresh; thoughts that don’t just sound good but actually make sense.
- Tackles a topic that matters.
What we believe dictates how we live life. So if we believe in Jesus, we’d better make sure it’s not just a teary-eyed emotion triggered by Christian love songs, but something we can understand clearly and explain to others.
- Teaches you to think.
Makes a good case for intellect and shows you how to regain it. Equips you to confidently talk about your faith, answer questions, handle debates. I like the brain-weightlifting exercises at the end of each chapter.
The not-so-smart stuff:
- That cover? Seriously?
As if the title isn’t enough to chase away any reader from this generation. For me, it looks like a design cop-out.
- He said, he said.
Two authors, one book–always an awkward read for me. I’m not comfortable with “I (Mark)…” and “I (J.P.)…” but you get used to it.
- Too American in context.
Talks to the American Christian; contains a background on Western religious history. Helpful, but misses some of the nuances of my non-Western faith experience. When will a Filipino/Asian write about good stuff like this?
All in all, this is a great book–but here I am, stuck halfway through, skipping chapters, interest waning. It just makes the case for why I need this book! I’ve lost the discipline to stretch my mind with concepts that take more concentration and less instant gratification.