I chose to review this book because of the title. Who wouldn’t want to be more of a confident Christian?! I loved the imagery that “shot of faith to the head” inspired and looked forward to some humor. However, it was deeper and harder to read than I had expected, even though Dr. Stakes does have a quick wit! He breaks his book down into three parts to address the atheists’ and to help strengthen Christians’ faith. Part 1 addresses “belief in God is irrational” with an “intermission” on self-defense. Then part 2 and 3 cover the claims that “science has shown there’s no God” and “evil and suffering show there’s no God”, respectively. At the end of each chapter is a handy summary of what was just discussed.
It was well written and the information was interesting, some more than others. However, I do not feel like it is very practical to the average believer. Actually a class connected with this book would be an awesome suggestion. People could read a chapter then get together with a leader for discussion, more explanations when needed, and guidance on how to practically use this information. (This is a series suggestion I hope Dr. Stokes and Thomas Nelson publishing will look into. Christians need to be confident in this age. Dr. Stokes has lots of information to share, but how can I use this information?)
A Shot of Faith to the Head was not quite what I expected, but don’t let that discourage you. There is a lot of great stuff in there to stretch you and make you put on your thinking cap! Doubts happen in all Christians’ lives, but, as Dr. Stokes says…
“All thoughtful believers – even those who faith is mature – encounter doubt. Not a single person has had unadulterated faith. In any case, it certainly won’t do to ignore your doubts, and defusing them will only strengthen your faith. To be sure, doubts can be strong enough to become a trail in your life; but like all trails, they’re meant to refine faith, not stifle it.”
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