While my inner nerd wanted this to be a book about the slogan of the Adeptus Astartes of Warhammer 40,000, the real crux of this book is something else:
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”
These words from 1 Peter 3:15 are familiar to anyone engaged in apologetics – and I’d hope that anyone engaged in that ministry had heard about John Lennox.
But this book is not about that.
This book is a simple invitation – one I might be minded to use whilst training and changing minds – to consider how to do the above. If we revere Christ as the Lord of Truth, what would that mean for us in terms of speaking truth? If we are always prepared – what preparation do we need? If we have hope, what hope is it that we are excited to share, with gentleness and respect?
One downside to this book that I would not is that the language is often quite dated – I’d be interested to hear from other readers about this. This does not distract from the core message – but ultimately does raise questions about who this book is for and how it is to be read. Whilst reading it, I couldn’t shake the idea that the book was a bit of advertising for the Word One to One studies (where I might recommend UCCF’s Uncover) and so on.
Overall, though, this is a helpful book that sheds some beautiful light on John Lennox’s journey, invites us in to the bigger story of the Bible, and challenges Christians everywhere to consider what it means to invite our friends to the greatest party of all.
I recieved a copy of this book from 10ofThose to review – I hope that this has not clouded my opinions.