Darcia Helle's Reviews > If God Were Real: A Journey into a Faith That Matters

If God Were Real by John Avant
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I received this book as an early review copy. Whether you are religious or not, and no matter what religion (if any) you choose to follow, John Avant's message is one we should all pay attention to. Throughout the book, his main point is that we need to start caring more about each other, no matter what color, religion, or economic background we come from.

The author addresses the fact that most Christians do not follow Christ's path. People go to church as a routine but they don't live their lives any differently than those who don't go to church. There is no doubt that Avant believes strongly in God, Jesus, and the Bible. But he quite honestly (and commendably) admits that our current churches are not working. Religion is becoming a business.

I don't think that Avant is going to turn any nonbelievers into believers. His arguments are not that strong or that original. He chooses his Bible quotes carefully and does not address things in the Bible that nonbelievers struggle with. However, believer or not, his message is one we should all learn from. Living a little more like Jesus, whether you believe he was real or not, isn't such a bad idea.
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Johanna Moran A thoughtful review, Darcia. Johanna


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