©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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
It made me think in ways I have never thought. There were aha moments and times when I just had to shut the thing off and sit and think about the vastness of what was just presented.
The entire book is full of logic and common sense thinking.
The topic is difficult. Keller takes you through it in a very logical and even pace.
When Keller was speaking of Jesus personal relationship to God, his Father and comparing that relationship to our relationship with God and how Jesus must have felt on the cross.
The author presents the world of Christian faith in a new and fresh way. The book is deep but written in a way that makes the authors message understandable. I will be listening again to review some of the concepts. Timothy Keller make the Christian faith non-threatening without comprising on the message of Christ. I would highly recommend for anyone looking at the Christian faith or those that call the faith their own and want a fresh perspective.
I am very unlikely to try another book from Keller. I thought I was getting top notch intellect; I got very heartfelt, but weak perspective.
Reading the reviews of this led me to believe that this was going to be a compelling read of the case for god. While the narrator seems like a genuine person who believes in his causes from the heart and does care about his church and all people (believers or not), the logic used in this book is ultimately very weak.
The biggest argument, his self-stated strongest argument for the existence of god boils down to "god exists because you know god exists." That is painfully bad logic. It might appeal to emotional individuals who want to believe and just want someone to tell them they should, but it will not carry any sway in an argument with a person looking for logical, comprehensive, thoughtful insight.
I need real reasons. I need real evidence and analysis. A few anecdotes of people who say they don't believe and then come to church and then believe doesn't cut it. And the core argument is laughable.
The performance is good. It's genuine and you can tell he cares about his message, even if it's weak.
Honestly, it's fine for those who just want someone to tell them they should believe. In that regard, I'd leave it alone. For anyone looking for real analysis, I'd leave out pretty much the entire book save for a few historical details he includes.
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