For someone of N.T. Wright's caliber and ability to relate things, well simply, this book was a real disappointment. It's not at all clear who the audience was. I certainly wouldn't give this book to a skeptic or a seeker because the gospel is not at all clear. He majors on minor issues and minors on majors. There were helpful and even beautiful nuggets throughout (particularly his chapter on prayer), but most of them are also found in "Surprised by Hope," which is a much, much better book. If you've read that, you don't need to read this. For most people, this book would not be worth even the little time it takes to read it. Very disappointing from such an excellent author.