July 22, 2011
Book Review: Don't Check Your Brains at the Door By Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler
“Seven in ten Protestants ages 18 to 30—both evangelical and mainline—who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research.” (USA Today)
Do you ever wonder why the statistics are so grim? How could Tom from youth group or Jane from your Bible study, abandon their faith? As Josh and Bob both show in this interesting book, the cause is that these seemingly devoted highschoolers were playing a Christian game, rather than having a real relationship with Jesus Christ. They knew the scriptures to recite, just not the significance of them. This handy book ( which also can be purchased as an e-book) shows 42 myths, and how we can disprove them using scriptural proof, archeological proof, and good ol' common sense.
I thought this book was a well organized, easy-to-understand book. Never had I realized how many of the facts I had not ever thought about, and how necessary they are to maintaining a relationship with Christ through the rest of my life. I looked at my youth group, and applying the statistic, I realized that seven of every ten could possibly leave their faith. This is a tragic story, that we as Christians will end. With the easy to access chapters and the "Brain Food" section at the end, I would highly recommend asking everyone in their early to late teens to read this. Overall, it was a highly researched book, full of vivid detail, and wonderful truths.
P.S. Thomas Nelson gave me the book for free to review honestly