This remarkable book is a compilation of letters exchanged between an agnostic father and his believing son in which they alternately raise ...Show synopsisThis remarkable book is a compilation of letters exchanged between an agnostic father and his believing son in which they alternately raise objections to the Christian faith and responses to them, resulting ultimately in the father's conversion.Hide synopsis
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Really good questions regarding God and Jesus and answers which allow one to think. The book also shows love and tolerance in a very good way. I would recommend this book to Christians and non-Christians alike.
Gregory Boyd is a professor of theology at Bethel College in St Paul, Minnesota. During the fourteen years since he became a Christian he had made several attempts to share his faith with his father, Edward, but was always met with skepticism. But in 1989, when he finally tried to initiate a written dialogue with his father, he was surprised to find him open to the subject.
With a barrage of the hardest questions about this world and God a Christian could ever face, Boyd senior lets loose. With no stone unturned he challenges his son to the furthest reaches of his faith.
But with great patience and love Gregory answers all his fathers? questions in a rational and concise manner that almost anyone could understand. His arguments do occasionally get philosophical, but remain approachable by even the less literate.
Over time we see a man who was once ?intensely skeptical? soften to his son?s arguments??this obviously is no ?blind leap of faith? you?ve been making?I must admit you stand on some pretty solid ground.?
More than three years and thirty letters later Edward Boyd admits to his son; ??I?ve still got a number of questions, and I?m sure we?ll continue to hash these out. But my disposition has completely changed. I?m asking them no longer as a skeptic, but as a believer. You don?t need to end your letters ?with hope? any longer.?
By publishing the correspondence of their journey together, this father and son duo give the reader not just a glimpse of their hearts, but lay bare all their doubts, fears and convictions.
The raw honesty of a doubtful aging father combined with the exhaustive and persistent arguments of a loving son can and will appeal to any one.
An internet blogger named John writes: ?I highly recommend this book to people as myself that are agnostic. You will get logical answers to your questions.? *
The strength of this book not only lies in the diverse audience that it targets, but also in its testimony. We discover in the epilogue how much Edward Boyd was impacted and changed by his personal relationship with a personal God that his son had been advocating for so long.
This book is unique in the Christian world in the sense that it is not presenting a doctrinal argument or a great theological thesis or even a forty step guide to spiritual success, but that it is a collection of letters between two men on opposite sides of the fence who openly and honestly wrestle with the important issues of the Christian Faith.
A great read!
Our Ladies Book Club wanted this book as a resource aid for some of the more difficult questions that are being brought up concerning our Christian beliefs. It is a very frank discussion, through letters, between a father and son that in the end, brings them closer together. It's highly recommended.
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