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”.