Defending The Faith – Book Review
Common sense dictates that a person of faith – any faith – know what they believe, and why. For Christians, however, this supposition extends far beyond human reason. God Himself – through the Bible – gave us the following exhortation in 1 Peter 3:15:
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…
So, I’d like to ask – if you are a Christian – have you ever really taken the time to study your faith? Do you truly believe the things that Christians profess? If a non-Christian asked you fundamental questions about your faith, could you give them a coherent answer?
I don’t ask these questions to make you feel uncomfortable or to put you on the spot. I ask you these questions because they stem from a fascinating book I am reading called Defending The Faith – Apologetics In Women’s Ministry by Mary Jo Sharp. This book raises important questions about the connection between what we believe and how we live.
In Defending The Faith, Mary Jo shares why it’s so important for us to:
- Know why we believe what we believe.
- Have a good, solid intellectual grasp on our faith.
- Ask deep, probing questions about God and Christianity.
When a woman does not have a solid basis for belief, she tends to live like a practical atheist.
What a provocative thought! But, that’s only the tip of the iceberg.
To combat national trends that companies such as Barna Research have documented – trends that indicate “Christians are becoming less and less a people who desire to know biblical truths” – Mary Jo encourages the church to bring good, solid apologetic teaching into the realm of women’s ministries. This, she believes, will enable more women to fully engage in their faith, encourage growth, and positively impact their families, schools, workplaces, and society at large.
One of the things that I like about Defending The Faith is that Mary Jo stresses honesty – with ourselves, with others, and our investigations – as a key component of apologetics. Her book includes tips for becoming involved in apologetics wherever we are, and for helping our church start its own apologetic program.
There is a lot of good information in Defending The Faith. I definitely recommend this book for your faith-based bookshelves!
About Mary Jo Sharp
Mary Jo Sharp is a former atheist from the Pacific Northwest who once thought religion was for the weak-minded. Today, she holds a Masters in Christian Apologetics from Biola University and was the first woman to become a Certified Apologetics Instructor through the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Mary Jo is also an Assistant Professor at Houston Baptist University, on faculty with Summit Ministries, an author with Kregel Publications and B&H Publications, and has recently produced a new DVD Bible Study with LifeWay Resources. She is a clear communicator with a heart for people who finds great joy in sharing the deep truths of her Lord and Savior.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Kregel Publications for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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