Thursday, August 8, 2013

Book Review: Is The Bible True...Really?

Is The Bible True...Really? Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett. 2011. Moody. 144 pages. [Source: Bought]

Is The Bible True...Really? is "a dialogue on skepticism, evidence, and truth." It is definitely a fictional framework. Nick, our protagonist, is a student studying theology. The framework needs him to go from believing to skeptic to unbelieving to persuadable to seeking to a firm believer once again. Because all the dialogue would be hard to accept without more characters coming into play, there are several other characters we meet: Dr Peterson, Jamal Washington, Andrea, Jessica, and Mina.

The book is full of information, and it's accessible--very reader-friendly. The chapter titles would definitely help you go back and find the information you're looking for. The book definitely plays devil's advocate, which is not a bad thing necessarily.

So the information is good and practical. But the narrative style is interesting. The characters play definite roles, perhaps slightly more fleshed out than mere stereotypes, but not very much more. The dialogue feels forced and unnatural. The dialogue is an excuse for info-dumping. The book felt very scripted and didactic.

I probably still liked this one more than Who Stole My Church? and Going Deep.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

1 comment:

Carol said...

Sounds too forced for me. I like that kind of thing in concept, learning through a fictional story, but in practice it rarely seems to work.