Review: The Case for Christ

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. I appreciated the level of detail that Mr Strobel uses in presenting the material. It was approachable for someone who hasn’t spent time examining original academic sources but was in depth enough to explain those sources in a clear and convincing way.

I am a Christian and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints. I was taught by my parents to believe in Christ and I don’t recall a time that I didn’t believe. This book confirmed my faith in Christ and helped to cement in my mind some of the intellectual reasons for my faith. I believe in studying things intellectually and looking for the truth in all of the evidence. I appreciated this book as an introduction to the historical evidence for Christ.

I would love to see Mr Strobel produce a book that examines the claims of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with the same rigor that he examines Christ in this book. He has a few paragraphs in this book where he offhandedly discounts the claims of the Latter-day Saints. While I trusted his presentation of expertise on topics related directly to Christ’s historicity, that set of paragraphs cast doubt in my mind about how truly unbiased he was in his approach.

The Holy Secret

I’ve just finished reading the book “The Holy Secret” by James Ferrell. I started reading the book several moths ago after I had finished reading “The Peacegiver” another book by Ferrell. I really enjoyed reading “The Peacegiver” and when I first started reading this book I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had enjoyed that one. As I started to read it again though, I found that it was at least as good, if not better, than “The Peacegiver.”

James Ferrell has a unique style that I really like. He creates characters in his books that are very realistic. For example, in “The Holy Secret” the main character is Michael. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints but he has become somewhat disenchanted with the church and the gospel in general. The book chronicles his decision to visit a member of his ward who gave a good talk in church and who he feels like he would like to talk to. As he visits this man, Albert, we learn more and more about Michael.

Michael in the story became a lot like myself in a lot of ways. Because I could relate to some of the ways he was feeling, the book really meant a lot to me. The book explains in simple terms how we can embark in the process of becoming holy, or in other words how we can come back into the presence of God our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The book uses lots of direct quotes from the scriptures and also quotes from modern day prophets to explain these principles in a logical and straight forward way. As I was reading the book, I knew that I had understood many of the principles on some level before but having it all laid out in front of me at once was very nice. Several of the teachings that are addressed in the book are: keeping the sabbath day holy, attending the temple, and loving and caring for our families. I would recommend this book to anyone. It is an easy read but is inspiring and uplifting.