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Deliver Us From Evil: Restoring the Soul in a Disintergrating Culture

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Social observer Ravi Zacharias shows how many of today's most popular ideas, seemingly innocent thoughts, and beliefs are vandalizing our culture.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published February 1st 1998 by Thomas Nelson (first published August 28th 1996)
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Julie G
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-faith
Oh Ravi. I may have mentioned once or twice before that I am absolutely obsessed with Ravi Zacharias. And that he's brilliant. Any time I come up with anything even halfway insightful, Luke says "You heard that from Ravi, didn't you?". He knows me so well. Anyway, the first book I read and reviewed by Ravi after falling in love with his radio broadcast/podcast (Let My People Think) actually turned out to be edited rather than authored by Ravi. I liked it, but felt it was a bit simplistic. I was ...more
I like listening to Ravi Zacharias speak, but I am not so impressed with his books. I only finished this one (which was recommended as one of his best) because it was a church book club choice and it ended up that we were hosting. I read it with some skepticism and a feeling that this book reflects the time in which it was written, but for better or worse, we don`t live in that world anymore. If you are going to spend the time to educate yourself about the complex issues touched on here, there ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Ravi Zacharias is a phenomenal apologist. In this book he breaks down the prevailing world view in the west today and reveals its deficiencies as well as presents the glorious alternative available in Christ.
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ravi Zacharias looks at the West and sees a culture at risk. And he is not referring to the problems that most of us would grant - problems that, given the right combination of legislation at the national level, and enlightenment at the personal level, we can have confidence will eventually be overcome. He is talking about something far deeper, a crisis at the very heart of the West that despite our best efforts, is getting worse. It is causing a decay that, if unchecked, must eventually lead to ...more
Jeff Williams
May 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ravi does a great job telling stories and getting his point across using illustrations. I don't recommend this book if you don't consider yourself very intellectual. You'll just feel bored. This isn't a book for people who like books about "huntin', fightin' and monster trucks." This is a book for those of you who want good theology and apologetics, and a challenge to your Christian life. Or if you're a Christian who turns on the radio/t.v. and just shakes his head at what our society is ...more
Rod Innis
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have just finished this book for a second time. It was written in 1997 but is as relevant to our day as it was when it was written. Some of the illustrations are dated but the truths shared are unchanged and unchanging. It not only shows us the errors of our disintegrating culture. It offers the only real solutions.
Robin Patchen
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent look at why our nation--and the world--seems to be falling victim to increasingly heinous evil. It was written in the 90s, so many of Zacharias' predictions have now come true. If you're ready to face the truth--and be a part of the solution--you'll love this book.
Sep 05, 2009 is currently reading it
Re-reading this after a couple of years....finding new nuggets of wisdom each time I go through.
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
A lesson in worldviews...not for the faint of heart. Whew. and Wow. and Hmmmm.
First sentence: If there is an image that mirrors the mind of the West today, it is strikingly reflected in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Deliver Us From Evil by Ravi Zacharias is in large part about the secular ideas that shape modern society and culture. What ideas shape the culture? Are worldviews being shaped--created--intentionally or unintentionally? Is it even possible to be objective? What biases shape us and shape others? In light of this secularization and privatization of
Brian Meadows
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book that is scholarly and challenging to read but well worth it. Although written in 1997, it is fascinating how much of it applies to today's world! It is a good testimony that after 17 years, it is even more applicable that when it was written. It deals with the state we are in today. THere is less belief now than in the decades past. It has come to the point where an alarmingly high percentage of people in our world believe that there is no such a thing as absolute truth ...more
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I picked this book up at a book swap. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very readable and addressed a very real issue of the twenty-first century, namely the demise of the idea of truth and the the rise of postmodern relativism.

One does not need to be a devout Christian to understand and feel the unease that Zacharias describes, one has only to listen to the lies and obfuscation that pour out of the mouths of our leaders, and the manipulators of public opinion, the media, to realise
Jeremy Rios
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Quite a mixed bag. Obviously the need to address the secularization of the West is important, and Ravi is making noise about it (which is great), but I find (consistently) that there are two problems with his writing: 1) it is confusing, and 2) his conclusions don't always follow from his evidence, which contributes to the confusion.

I suppose that if you feel that something is terribly wrong with the world (which there is), and you want a book that will tell you why things are wrong with the
Dianne Oliver
Jan 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
This was an enlightening read in regards to our culture and the current state of thought process in our culture. It began and ended especially well, with the appendix giving a nice overview of postmodernism- though I felt a bit of a drag in the center, it may just have been due to my interest level. There are some great quotes and arguments throughout-- I would like to own this one. I would refer back to it, it seems. An especially great poem in one of the early chapters on losing faith,(DEATH ...more
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book confronts a very real topic that few people take the time to examine but many people complain about: the deterioration of society because of a hypocritical view of morality. Ravi quickly opens the reader's eyes to the many problems facing a postmodern society, especially the desire for morals and right action in a society bereft of value.
Bryana Joy
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book more than I did like it. Ravi Zacharias is a great thinker and has much wisdom to offer. However, it seems like the book is not as well organized as it might have been, and the writing style employs quite a bit of unjustified circumlocution. In spite of this, it is also full of truth, which sometimes shines out with a glimmer of splendor.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
a good analysis of the problems that christianity faces in a post-modern world. Zacharias' method of drawing from stories is good reading and helps to see the heart of the issue more clearly. However, his writing style is hard to get used to: He uses a lot of adverbs and ambiguous words, which makes his thoughts, although compelling in content, difficult to really sink in.
Lisa Cline
Ravi is awesome, so much to learn from any book he writes! He is a master at weaving in interesting stories with solid truth that will stand the test of time. This was a very interesting book that delved into why America is in the predicament it now is in. It answers the question Why is evil rampant? This is well worth the time taken to read it...truths every person needs to know.
G Clay Leonard
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I rarely give five stars. This book is excellent. Zacharias had his finger on the pulse, and he used the best bedside manner he could to point out the illnesses of the West and the source of those illnesses. Top-notch.
Jesseca Wheaton
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wishlist
Wow. I've been reading Ravi Zacharias' books during my devotions, and they never fail to make me think.
This one was no exception. It's a deep and rather complicated book, and it took me a while to get though it, but it was so worth it!
Sep 10, 2008 added it
Shelves: q2-2008
November 29th - This book has so many big words, it's hard to keep up, honestly. I find myself having to read paragraphs over and over again. I love the way Ravi thinks, though! He has really cool ways of putting things into better perspective and I love things like that.
Lynne Ellen
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The author is a gifted and brilliant speaker and this book is a fine translation of those gifts. However, it was published in 1997 and feels dated a dozen years later, yet the greater points endure. The stories that illustrate his points are always compelling.
This is a refreshing, well-thought-out read about the source of some of the problems in our society.
Dec 14, 2007 rated it really liked it
If you like apologetics, Ravi is excellent in this book. It is kind of a downer, so I don't recommend reading this book if you are reading Job in your quiet time.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A philosophical treatment of what's going on in Western culture, Biblically based, best part, I think, is appendix, not tightly written, some good anecdotes
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
great read! very eye opening in where our morality is heading
Mark Schlechty
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great job

Deliver us from evil is one of the best books I've read lately. I would recommend it for every person who struggles with the moral relativism of our day.
Tim Bancroft
Jan 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Interesting perspective on post modern thought. Zacharias has a unique style. He is very insightful and this book rings true in examining our culture.
Chet Duke
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology, apologetics
This book is full of wisdom. RZ writes with such an enjoyable style and preserves truth and substance amid the elegance. His perceptions of culture seem accurate. Definitely worth a read.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
probably my second favorite book by Ravi.
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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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