Everyday Apologetics–Brief book review

Everyday Apologetics is a small book written for the “everyday” Christian to help them become “humble and effective advocate[s] for the gospel.” (5) The question is does it do what it sets out to? I think that is a qualified yes. It is an introduction to apologetics for those who are uninitiated. As such it provides a solid basis for young Christians to have a little more confidence in engaging their skeptical friends and family in discussions about their beliefs. It addresses both negative and positive apologetics. Thought it is by no means the only book one would ever need on the subject, it doesn’t pretend to be. Young Christians wanting to dip their toes into the sea of apologetics would do well starting here. The writing is engaging, full of stories, anecdotes  and practical tips as well as accurate and concise. 

One of the chief strengths of this book is its easy-to-follow logic that translates well into its structure/organization. The book is divided into three sections addressing doubts and the changing frontier of skepticism in our world, and as I mentioned above, both positive and negative apologetics. Many lay-level apologetics resources focus on either answering objections, negative apologetics, or building the case for Christianity over other worldview. Everyday Apologetics does both in a very concise manner. The whole book including notes and About the Authors section is a hair over 300 pages. Even then the pages seem to have more space between lines, and a tad bigger font, and size-wise the dimensions are smaller than most books. That is to say, it doesn’t take long to cover a lot of ground. Reader’s new to apologetics will appreciate the stories and illustrations, as they are very effective in communicating what can sometimes be abstract and difficult ideas. 

If there is a negative to the book, its strengths cut both ways. It’s use of space for stories and anecdotes make it engaging but they use up valuable space that could be used addressing more objections or more positive arguments for the Christian faith. As such, a young and overly zealous Christians (as I was in high school) armed only with this book will quickly find themselves in over their heads in conversations/discussions with many skeptics. It seems to me that there is no substitute for more information. No book can truly be exhaustive, but given it’s audience I think the editors could have communicated just how much in the world of apologetics lies beyond the back cover of this book.  Perhaps a sequel that deals with more? I’d be on board!

Finally, by way of disclaimer I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher, Lexham Press, but was in no way encouraged to give a positive review in exchange. The assessment above is my honest opinion, and I hope it proves useful to you.

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