BOOK REVIEWS

When Faith Fails – Dominic Done (2019)

faithDominic Done, When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2019, 211 pp.

When Faith Fails by Dominic Done is a book that addresses the epidemic of doubt that plagues many people. The subtitle accurately expresses the heart of the book – “Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt.”

The author does a good job at surfacing some of the typical objections that followers of Christ deal with, most notably, the authority of Scripture, the interplay between science and historic Christianity, the problem of evil, and the silence of God.

Mr. Done encourages readers to get comfortable with uncertainty and challenges them to embrace mystery. Indeed, not everything is certain in life and some things must be accepted by faith. This certainly does not preclude vigorous examination, study, research, and scholarship. Rather, it forces the doubter to trust the word of God and rely on the weighty evidences in Scripture and general revelation.

The author pounds the “drum of uncertainty” too loudly for my own personal taste. In some cases, he swings the pendulum too far. Yet, the overall emphasis of the book is encouraging as he wrestles honestly with valid questions, which will ultimately point the reader heavenward.

When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt is a good book for young people those who find themselves on a path of skepticism. The author is honest, vulnerable, and transparent about his own doubt, which renders the book credible and worthwhile. My hope is that many doubters will be strengthened and enriched by this thought-provoking book.

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

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