BOOK REVIEWS

A Call For Courage – Michael Anthony (2018)

callMichael Anthony, A Call For Courage (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2018), 219 pp.

A Call For Courage by Michael Anthony seeks to embolden and inspire readers and spur them to live courageous Christian lives. The book is specifically designed to “spark a genuine spiritual awakening” which will spill over into every arena of daily life.

Anthony sets the stage by providing relevant facts that pertain to the postmodern times we find ourselves in. He makes it clear that truth is disregarded and sometimes even discarded. The remedy involves Christian courage which withstands every assault and persecution that is unleashed by people who are hostile to biblical principles.

Courageous Humility in Action

Each chapter concludes with a point of practical application, which is entitled courageous humility in action. The very idea of courageous humility is countercultural in and of itself is the most commendable aspect of this volume. It is rare to find someone who incarnates these both courage and humility. People tend to be courageous, yet lack humility. Or they manifest the quality of humility but they battle a subtle cowardice. The author strikes the biblical balance by combining these two necessary character qualities.

One criticism is worth noting as readers are encouraged to “rediscover, re-embrace, and reteach the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, and our Constitution, along with the historical contexts in which they were forged.” I certainly understand the sentiment and personally celebrate these documents. But turning to the founding documents, in the final analysis, is not the solution to the postmodern dilemma. The solution lies in turning to the Lord Jesus Christ, turning from our sins, and living according to the Word of God.

This objection notwithstanding, A Call For Courage is a helpful book, one that will spark good discussion and instill humble courage in the hearts of God’s people.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

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