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Book Review: Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door — Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler

Book description:

“Seven in 10 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)

Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door gives teens answers that make sense, even for the toughest of questions. Internationally known defender of the faith Josh McDowell and co-author Bob Hostetler offer clarity laced with humor to expose common myths about God, the Bible, religion, and life to show how Christianity stands up to the test of fact and reason. Teens will be better equipped to stick with their faith as they begin to understand why they believe and why it’s important to make a lifetime commitment to Christ and the church.

Now, being a Sunday School teacher working primarily with preteens, this book seemed like a promising one. The introduction is still very promising, and so is the table of contents. It covers an array of topics and does try to answer it.

Each chapter starts with a story and explains how the world perceives things in the view of the topic being discussed. It then says that the world’s view is wrong, and gives the Christian view. Classically apologetic. The chapter is then closed with a set of questions for further explorations.

My complaint? Some of the examples used are old and might not apply to today’s younger generation, and some of the explanations are way to simplicistic to satisfy someone who is really thinking about his/her faith.

I would recommend using it as back-up material to start a presentation/curriculum for kids rather than give the book to a kid to read.


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