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Has Christianity Failed You?

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This book is for the Christian and skeptic alike. Is Christianity a mindless game hurling us into the storms of life, or are the instructions so detailed that we can know well enough what the storm will be like, who is in control, and what to do when on solid ground? In the end, is it Christianity that has failed, or is it the Church---as God's representative---that has fa ...more
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Published July 6th 2010 by Zondervan (first published June 22nd 2010)
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J.S. Park
Dr. Ravi Zacharias, as others have opined, has a unique voice that merges both the intellectual and aesthetic. Those who prefer completely analytical works will not be pleased; those preferring lighter works in the vein of Max Lucado will be confused. The work here is a fusion of the heart and mind: a look into how we have become dissatisfied with the Christian faith. His own style is itself a critique: we've lost faith because we have treated it as either intellect or beauty instead of both/and ...more
Michael Jenkins
I had a pleasure of hearing Ravi Zacharias in person, he was so articulate and wise. The way he tackles controversial topics with ease and clarity is a gift from God. I also enjoyed how he develops stories into realities, therefore it is interesting to see his viewpoints concerning trivial and tough topics of what it means to live out authentic Christianity Additionally I watched many videos of him answering questions from the fans, always showing love without ever being evasive. Now unto the re ...more
Michael Locklear
In the opening pages, the author defines his book:
Many of our young people in particular are finding themselves trying to survive the terrifying high seas of their faith journey without chart or compass.
When Noah was building his ark, God gave him detailed instructions for everything: how high, no higher; how long, no longer; what species to include and in what numbers – details ad nauseum. But when all had been done according to God’s instructions and the door was finally shut, it must have
Jonathan B
I don't like the style of Ravi Zacharias. I prefer clean arguments that are laid out as clearly and as economically as possible. But Ravi loves to make his points in an indirect manner by telling stories... lots and lots of stories. Illustrations are good, but in my opinion Ravi overdoes it, especially in this book. I frequently found myself getting lost as he would spend several paragraphs laying out a detailed story to make a very simple and sometimes peripheral point. Unless you like to hear ...more
Jacob Meiser
I started this book really excited to hear what Ravi had to say on this topic, but I was slightly disappointed. Not at all because of the content itself, but because I felt like a lot of it was a little too abstract for the average reader. He certainly hits all of the main things that need to be addressed in the issue, but some of it was in a round-about way. I'm still looking for a great resource on this topic that I can give people who are struggling with their faith; this book could be really ...more
I picked up this book as soon as I saw it. The title intrigued me, and I love Ravi Zacharias, the Indian Oxford graduate who travels as an itinerate speaker, apologist, and evangelist for Christ. Also, at several low points I’ve gotten the feeling that Christianity has failed me; and certainly many other people have left Christianity totally with some story of how inadequate this religion was in one way or another. Ravi’s aim is to discuss this question with just such people.

I liked the tone of
May 17, 2011 Kristy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Okay, I generally tend to enjoy Zacharias' writing, but I could not get into this book at all. Perhaps I'm still suffering from post-partum "baby brain" because I was constantly getting lost and needing to re-read whole paragraphs. I got as far as the second chapter "What does it mean to be a Christian?" which appeared to be a confusing return to the Philosophy 1100 course I took in first year university. That said, Ravi Zacharias is a brilliant academic and apologist and I am not. I'll give thi ...more
Dawn Weaver
In this personal plea to those who have found Christianity wanting, Ravi Zacharias explores the heart of the Christian faith. Why are so many today living in silent doubt or actually abandoning evangelical churches for some other alternative? Is it the fault of the message, the messenger, or the hearer--or a composite of the three? Ravi explores these questions and challenges Christians and skeptics alike to examine the claims of Christ and not to confuse them with the way they are lived out in ...more
Zacharias' book is an interesting attempt to answer perhaps the most important question for those questioning the Christian tradition and especially those who have left the faith altogether. Over the course of the book, that the majority of the reason certain people have ask the question is because of misguided expectations of God, the church, and most importantly, of themselves.

One thing I found book is interesting in that he very blatantly tries to establish the origins of Christianity within
Chee Keong
Genre: Christian Theology / Apologetics

Page 157, this paragraph touch me:
I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.
Very helpful in understanding many who have become disenchanted with Christianity.
Good book - first and last two chapters are the best.
Brian The Furnace Man
Okay when I purchased this book it was totally an impulse buy. I was standing in the book store and needed something to read. I could tell by the look on the face of the person at the checkout counter that I didn't have much time to make my selection. Sure enough they were getting ready to close so I had to be quick.

This book was the very first one that caught my eye. While I've never read anything by this author, I thought hey this is a topic we have all been exposed to. Even if we have never s
"We argue for the existence of things and continue to believe they exist, even though they are mathematically impossible. We default to the belief that ultimate cause is something physical, even though no physical entity, however sectioned, explains its own existence. We hunger for love and meaning, even though we believe they are constructs of the mind and of culture or conditioning. We believe that only the empirical world is true, yet we posit this belief in metaphysical terms. We believe tha ...more
Ayame Sohma
During his introduction, Ravi regales us with a story about his family's Border Collie, GK, named after one of their favourite authors, GK Chesterton. Immediately I was struck by their callous attitude in forcing a member of their family to suffer the ravages of a natural death from cancer rather than put it quietly and peacefully to sleep. Sadly, Ravi takes a similar stance when he addresses the readers in the greater part of this book.

The author attempts to delineate "true" Christianity from t
I’ve spent years thinking I should read some apologetics, and this book has sufficiently cured me of that longing; I’ve fulfilled my craving for at least the next several years. Zacharias writes with passion, oh so much passion, and with an excessive number of references to his upbringing in the all-important East. Now, to be fair, I’m writing this review over a month after having read this book, and I remember very little of the content, other than not being especially convincing. He emphasizes ...more
Wendy C
AWESOME BOOK...Ravi has a real relational way of explaining deep philosophical truth to the everyday mind like mine....he is also very transparent and empathizes with those who have felt christianity or the church has failed them-and who of us has not truly felt that at some level, but makes a case that God has not. He also challenges us as individual and corporate members of the church to truly look at how we "do church" and what that is saying to nonbelievers and de-churched believers....I lef ...more
Will Robinson Jr.
This is an incredible nonfiction read. I like many followers of Christ struggle with this question. Ravi Zacharias is a very intelligent and engaging speaker. He has definitely put the thinking and philosophical excitement into what it means to be a Christian. For anyone who has never heard him speak this is a wonderful book for the believer and the nonbeliever. He very carefully guides the reader through the often challenging question many Christians face and he does so by using the great work ...more
Chauncey Lattimer
Excellent examination of the issues that make us question our faith. I have always enjoyed the way that Ravi blends personal experience, autobiographical information, stories from literature and the arts, and God's Word to bring Truth to life. This is a book that I would highly recommend to all Christians who are concerned about sharing their faith with non-believers as well as having a solid "reason for the hope" that substantiates their faith.
Pretty solid book discussing some of the main reasons people turn away from or become disillusioned with Christianity and Ravi's answers to them. The first chapter is discusses who Jesus is, b/c without this basic understanding one can't actually look at Christianity. Another chapter discusses prayer which was particularly good, especially if you've ever struggled with prayer or thought, "what's the point"?
Zacharias exemplifies God's Sovereignty in the life of skeptics and believers alike; beautiful cases and resources presented for the facts and miracles of the Lord Jesus Christ! If anyone--I mean anyone--has either been hurt by the church or has given up faith yet is wondering who Jesus TRULY is, what the Bible says about Him and what history says as well, this is a staple for anyone's library! God bless.

A very enjoyable read. Many great short stories thrown in that get you thinking.

Although i think Ravi is preaching to the choir. Its also kind of disturbing that the choir is quickly losing its faith. So I guess this book IS for the choir. Maybe if they read their Bible more?!

So has Christianity failed me? NO. And thanks to Ravi it never will.
Zacharias is undoubtedly a skilled orator, and is careful with his words. I enjoyed this book greatly, ended up taking a lot of notes. It features quite a lot of philosophical discussions of morality and the nature of man, and I frequently found myself jotting down authors and philosophers for further study. All in all, a great book.
Ravi has some great insights here, starting with an overview of how Jesus bucked culture and the like. He then works his way into debunking empiricism and rationalism (and specifically Robert Price). He also adds a very nice chapter regarding prayer. As always, a difficult but enlightening read from Ravi.
I agree with all the points that Ravi makes, but his style is much too wordy for me. Ideally, the main points of this book could be condensed down to 100 pages and it would still be a good read. I love Ravi as a speaker but I guess that his books aren't for me. Glad I gave them a chance, though.
Ravi always makes you think. I like to think. He does take some getting used to. I am used to him now and I like his style and his solid arguments. I think he lives what he preaches. That says a lot for anyone. Good thing he is for the truth. He has solid footing!
Justin Wiggins
I think this is Ravi Zacharias's finest work. He tackles in it the "arrogance" of exclusivity in Christianity, unanswered prayer, and people's genuine disappointments with Christianity. I found it to be of immense help when dealing with these really weighty issues.
Luke Brown
Has several good points, but takes awhile to get to them and sneaks up on them to take them by surprise. Not a writing style that especially appeals to me - probably won't search for more of his books, but glad I have been exposed to his writing.
In the past I have quite enjoyed and respected Ravi Zacharias. In the midst of my struggles with doubt, this book was a severe disappointment. It read as utterly dismissive and circular.
The answer is yes it has, and this book has done nothing to change my mind. The author is extremely hypocritical. I would give this 0 stars if I could
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For over thirty-five years Ravi Zacharias has spoken all over the world in great halls and universities, notably Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford. He is listed as a distinguished lecturer with the Staley Foundation and has appeared on CNN and other international broadcasts. The author of several books for adults and children, he powerfully mixes biblical teaching and Christian apologetics. His most ...more
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“I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.” 184 likes
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