It’s not what you think. Or so the title tells us. The subtitle says “Why Christianity is about so much more than going to Heaven when you die”. Sadly that is what most people consider to be the only benefit of being a Christian. And I believe the author has struck a chord with the problem in modern evangelical Christianity. But it’s not a new problem. And unlike most books that identify the problem with people and their faith, this one offers a realistic approach to get beyond the obvious and perceived and make one’s faith more about a relationship with the Creator.
Although it’s not a How-To book on evangelism or apologetics, you’ll find practical examples of both in this book. Bethke has given what I would call a “millennial” look at the foundation of Christianity and why it should be more than surface level in a person’s life. And that is not a criticism against millennials, I just don’t happen to be one. So some of His suggestions, interpretations and approaches seem outside of the box to me when it comes to sharing your faith or reading the Bible for what it truly says and that can be a very good thing.
All in all, Bethke encourages the reader to grow and deepen their relationship with Christ instead of simply purchasing “fire insurance.” By using examples from Genesis to Revelation He challenges the reader to not just believe what you’ve always been told or heard but to search out the truth Of God for yourself and make your faith your own. And to consider that Christianity is not always what you think.
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