©2008 Timothy Keller; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks
Keller is masterful at conveying the heart of Christianity. Entrenched in ministry in NYC, he's certainly the seeker's saint. He does an EXCEPTIONAL job of defending his faith in a way which would not (in my opinion) make others defensive about theirs. While not dumping anything down, he delivers a message which is concise, meaningful, effective and ENGAGING.
A GREAT listen filled with anecdotal stories, high theology and historical facts. Would recommend it to both battle-hardened apologists who have forgotten WHY they do what they do, and to seekers who have no basis for Truth. Not the biggest or most comprehensive evangelistic works out there, but certainly the one with the biggest heart!
I know.. a good child of God should never compare, but this is far superior to any defense I've ever read by Stroebl, Piper, or Yancey (my favorite writer). As the pages were being read, I became overwhelmingly sad.. sad that I couldn't possible retain all the points being made to memory.. sad that I had so many audiobooks on my wishlist and couldn't just listen to this one over and over again.. sad that not even a meaningful fraction of this planet's inhabitants will ever read or listen to this book.
Having read all that Hitchens and Dawkins (atheist writers) have to say, this sub-6-hour listen puts every major argument to rest with the subtle efficiency of Keller's brilliant prose.
WOW! I am (almost) speechless! This has got to be my FAVorite read in the last year!! Tim Keller is the strong bridge between the dichotomy of super intelligent (head) and super lover (heart)! Listening to him read his own words made it so personal - I felt as though we were having a deep and meaningful conversation over coffee in a comfortable cafe somewhere in the city. Again, I say, "WOW!" - ANY person, regardless of creed or religion would benefit from diving into the "deep-end" with this very thoughtful, very intelligent man! Thank you, Mr. Keller - you are well-read, respectful, and incredibly gracious!! And thank you, Audible, for making this so accessible! It is one I will listen to over and over again - and suggest to ALL my friends!
Tim Keller does an excellent job in this book. His love for the congregation clearly comes out. I only disagree on some doctrines that I do not consider critical to one's walk as a Christian. Read his chapter on forgiveness - excellent. It has helped my wife as well as myself with family struggles.
Lewis wrote to deal with Modernism, Keller writes for postmodernism. Keller offers a unique and loving approach to explain the conflict of theism and atheism.
Keller is not as deep as C.S. Lewis but makes up for it with heart. A most excellent read!
Timothy has an excellent reading voice. Also I appreciated his ability to take complex material with a clear, critical eye. His philosophy education was shown throughout the book.
Makes perfect sense
Mere Christianity, Case for Christ series
He is a very animated speaker - as a reader he could be better, sound more live - but love the whole thing!
No, more a study book, to hear slowly, and then a few more times. Boght the Kindle book as well, will probalby order the hard cover copy - great to study and to lend. [Can't lend the audio files nor the kindle files-yet)
I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to strengthen their personal faith, gain a broader perspective about Christianity, and have answers to give to others of why you're a believer.
This book is a thoughtful essay. It was well written because it was carefully thought! I appreciate it when a thoughtful man is able to articulate what I think but am unable to find the words to express.
Keller's narration is solid, although weak in a few places. His book proves outstanding, as he marshals new and very fitting arguments for God in our contemporary world.
Central to everything in this book is the age-old notion of sin, given a strong, new, and strangely appealing twist. Sin is placing your value in anything beyond God, and is the reason why everyone so easily finds him or her self in conflict with others, no matter what value system he or she adopts. Only with our value in God can we truly love others, not for ourselves or to prove a point about ourselves, but for the others themselves and for the joy of loving them- as God loves us. This is only possible through Jesus' costly sacrifice which simultaneously provides justice for the oppressed and forgiveness for the oppressors- both of which all of us sorely need.
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