Last week during my trip to Boston I finally read it.
I have five things to say about it.
* Don’t say another word about the book, or its author, until you’ve read it. Don’t watch another interview or another vlog. People have seriously misrepresented the agenda and content of this book, and thus having others read it for you will seriously skew your opinions.
*Those who have commented on the book, specifically those who critique it for its lack of scholarship or incomplete references, are not the ones for whom the book was written. It is a pastoral book. It is first and foremost written for someone who has left the faith or struggles with faith. Not for those who have the answers (although he challenges us Christians as well).
*The book profoundly ministered to me. It also deeply convicted me.
*I do wish he wrestled more with what “judgment” is (and why it’s good) and with free will (and why it is not absolute, and why we at times do not do what we want). He does reference, but doesn’t always show his work (although you can figure it out yourself if you do your own homework). But it honestly doesn’t bother me that much… It seems fairly clear that he wanted to streamline his arguments and to disencumber the reader as much as possible, and that doesn’t bother me, given his intended audience.
* Again— READ THE BOOK YOURSELVES. If you’re concerned about paying money for a potentially-heretical book, then sneak over to Barnes & Noble and read it there— seriously, you can read it in three hours if you want. I’ll even lend you my copy, if you want. But don’t read another one of the 87 million reviews/articles about this book. Read it yourself—and even if you read it with a closed heart, at least you’ll have to wrestle directly with his words in order to disprove him.
Stop reading this right now.
(And no, no one’s giving me money to endorse him. )