Book Review: So The Next Generation Will Know (Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace

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One of the question we often ask when we pick up a new book is: How do I apply this to my life? Another one is: how do I make an impact to the world knowing these truths found in this book? Often enough, books do have a sort of action plan included in the book. Those parts can be found at the end of every chapters or on the epilogue. However a few page of practical applications is not enough for some heavy truths we might learn from a book.  I think that’s the task that has been laid to Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace in writing So The Next Generation Will Know. And they did an amazing job of pulling off a practical book that will compliment an apologetics book.

So The Next Generation Will Know is the latest book of apologist Sean McDowell and J. Warner Wallace. Renowed for their own works, they came together to deliver a book that will help Christians get down and dirty. The book is geared to basically everyone who wants to teach or already teaching apologetics in the church. It give you the how’s on teaching apologetics and mobilizing the Gen Z to live out and defend their Christian convictions. First, McDowell and Wallace opens your eyes to the reality that some Christians specially the youth are abandoning the faith through stats and personal stories. They also discuss how culture and social media shape the minds of Gen Z spiritually. Then they serve the readers practical things from Scripture and on experience. If noticed a side bar in almost all the pages of the book, it’s not just fancy after thought nor some trivial. If the main content is meaty, so is the side bar.

To be honest I’m not into books that has two authors. However this book is a exemption. McDowell and Wallace writing together in  So The Next Generation Will Know is a match made in heaven. Aside from sharing their indispensable wisdom in apologetics which is already a great help for Christians, they have a unique background that makes the book even more interesting to read.  We get to have glimpses to Sean’s moments with his father, Josh McDowell (the popular apologist) as he teaches his son living out the Christian life. Wallace on the other hand, let us peek on his life as a cold case detective. Different backgrounds but one mission: to help Christians connect to the next generation on defending the faith. For me that’s a runaway hit of a book.

You might ask: Do I have to get a book on apologetics to understand this? Of course and it’s a must. However if you have read one, read something online, already expose to the arguments in Christian apologetics or practicing it already, then I could say you don’t have to. If you  forgotten what you have read or learned, So The Next Generation Will Know has some refresher points here and there. Nevertheless, this is not a book that will give you all the details of arguments about Christianity like the usual apologetics books. You have to get it from somewhere else.

So The Next Generation Will Know is a must read because of it’s accessibility and it reeks tons of practical advice on why and how we teach apologetics. If your apologetics book lacks or doesn’t make a connection in terms of applying apologetics to real life then don’t freet.  This excellent book got you totally covered. One of my best reads so far this year.

My verdict:

5 out of 5

Book Review: What Does the Lord Require? by Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

I can place biblical ethics into two things. One, it is a sticky topic, since the Bible is somewhat silent or unclear in some issues under morality. Two, the most asked questions comes from this area. So the usual response will be either ignore it, compromise it and be a legalist. Though their are many response, one result the will be on everybody’s mind will be that Bible is not relevant to the 21 st century.

“What Does the Lord Require?” focuses on the sticky topics related to Christian ethics. This book will unglue you to those situation and see it in a biblical perspective. From relational (cohabitation, adultery), stewardship (environment, financial), law (civildisobedience, capital punishment), media (entertainment, pornography), health (stem cell research, genetic engineering) etc; all pack in this one great volume. You dont need to check one or two books, you can get it all here. A no nonsense book that feed you biblical response not only to give you answers but also helps you teach it. Kaiser’s experience in classroom and church setting is indistinguishable while reading the book. That means this book will work in any settings.

What so great about this book, Kaiser provided an ready-to-preach outline for pastors and preachers so they can communicate it easily to the church. The indexes are accommodating to readers who wants to find specific topics.

This is great book for the church to digest and for unbelievers who ask questions. More than a guide book to pastors, Christian professionals working in teaching environment will benefit from this book. Well arranged and well written, a clean cut book that you should place in your study table. Highly recommended.

Book Review: What Shall This Man Do? by Watchman Nee

Since being a new Christian I (like others) has this sort of an appetite to find his or her own niche in the ministry. We try and try various things to know what we will do in the ministry. But still their is hanging question to me: What is the will of God for me? How do I fit in the kingdom of God? What can I do for the church?

“What Shall This Man Do?” provides a biblical perspective on your calling from and your place in the ministry. This book draws up bio sketch from leaders used by God in three areas of the ministry namely evangelism (Peter/Way), teaching (Paul/Life) and discipleship/mentoring (John/Truth). The book tackles not just what they have done in the ministry but also how did God revealed their place in the ministry which is crucial to a believer. Nee calls the Christians not just to know his place in the ministry but to have a personal knowledge of God in their life.

Please bear in mind that this book (or collection of writings) were from the pre-WW2 times. This doesn’t mean that its irrelevant for our time but still strikes the very heart of the believers inquiry on his place in the ministry. Pure and raw, far from books coming out today with all those strategy stuff that you can dismiss it as business management book rather a Christian book. This volume resembles like those vintage books of the late J. Oswald Sanders, which is meaty with biblical insights that you wont crave for quick fix.

Finally a book that will answer your question, “How can God use me?” Watchman Nee’s book “What Shall This Man Do?” will give refuge for that question and much more so that you can built and carry God’s calling to your life.