Book Review: The Reason For God

The Reason for God by Timothy KellerTim Keller released this book in February of 2008. The book spent 12 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list, peaking at #7. Keller is the founding Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church of New York City.
 
Keller has written an amazing book on apologetics. For years he held a regular open forum for the intellectual, urban elite of Upper Manhattan. He has spent years in discussions and debates with intellectual heavyweights. Through this process he has honed his debate skills, but, most importantly, he has really learned to understand the mind of the nonbeliever.
 
He takes these real life discussions with real people and puts them to paper. The 14 chapters of this book are broken into the 14 most common topics of disbelief about Christianity. Each chapter is broken into several subsections dedicated to answering some of the most frequent questions he encountered in New York.
 
This book is similar to the intellectual prowess expressed by C.S. Lewis’ “Mere Christianity”. In fact, Keller’s intellectual dexterity has been compared to Lewis in his ability to debate and intellectualize the Gospel in a way that some nonbelievers demand. Keller is powerful and gentle with his handling the truths of scripture and the challenges on doubters.
 
If you are a Christian you should use this book to sharpen the tools you may need when you evangelize. This book is also a great gift for those nonbelievers that have come to the conclusion that only dolts can believe the Jesus “story”.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.

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