BOOK REVIEWS

The Logic of God – Ravi Zacharias

raviRavi Zacharias, The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials For the Heart and Mind (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019), 301 pp.

Ask students of apologetics, “Who has wielded the weightiest influence in the 20th century?” There may be a variety of responses, and will, no doubt include the well-known names of Francis Schaeffer, Gresham Machen, and C.S. Lewis. Each of these influential thinkers are with their Savior in heaven.

Who has stepped in to continue the legacy of these titans of the faith in our generation? In my mind, Ravi Zacharias must be included in that list. While his first book, A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism was largely unrecognized, it came at a crucial juncture in my Christian journey and continues to serve me over twenty-five years later. Since that day, Zacharias has continued to write in the field of apologetics and has influenced thousands of students around the world.

Ravi Zacharias has encouraged Christian thinkers to craft careful biblical arguments and equipped them to engage people in the marketplace of ideas. But he has also challenged the skeptical mind with his brilliant intellect, keen insight, and winsome personality.

The Logic of God is the newest offering by Zacharias. This book contains 52 Christian essentials for the heart and mind. The book is targeted to Christian readers but it would be an excellent resource for skeptics to consider as well.

Each chapter follows a predictable pattern. A topic is introduced, a Scripture is offered, and a brief 2-3 page discussion ensues. At the end of each chapter, readers are invited to consider a series of reflection questions and to walk down a path of personal application.

As an avid reader, I must say that Zondervan has gone to great lengths to make this a beautiful book. The hardback edition includes high quality glossy paper. The writing style is engaging and lucid. The person and work of Jesus Christ is celebrated. The Word of God is treasured. And readers are challenged to think through the exclusive nature of truth. Indeed, as the author notes, “Truth by definition is exclusive … The law of contradiction does apply to reality: two contradictory statements cannot both be true in the same sense. Thus, to deny the law of noncontradiction is to affirm it at the same time.” Such a statement reveals how Zacharias alerts readers to the importance of philosophy and how good philosophy contributes to effective apologetics.

One of the things that emerges in this book is Ravi’s passion to wed reason and faith. This makes his style unique and resembles the pattern that Francis Schaeffer popularized in the twentieth century. Zacharias writes,

“The connecting of faith and reason is the wonderful journey of the soul. When one’s thinking is set aright again and when the flesh has its shackles broken, the mind and body come under God’s liberating and fulfilling plan. Then we see as He designed us to see. When we come to know our Creator, the questioning is not for doubting but for putting it all together and marveling at His wonders.”

Zacharias has a gift for blending rationality and experience and wouldn’t think of having it any other way. His approach is desperately needed in these postmodern times.

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

Apologetics and Worldview · BOOK REVIEWS · Culture · Discipleship

THE GRAND WEAVER – Ravi Zacharias (2007)

Our culture has for the most part been washed ashore on a beach littered with relativism and0310324955_b pragmatism.  Anyone who aspires or seeks refuge in something larger than him or herself is caught on the horns of a dilemma – either admit the hopelessness of such a pursuit or embrace transcendent truth that derives from the absolute-personal God which leaves the well-meaning pilgrim in a posture of responsibility and accountability before Him.  Ravi Zacharias addresses these concerns in his notable work, The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives.

The author sets out to demonstrate why life matters, how life matters, and how a sense of purpose ultimately rests in the hands of a sovereign God.  Zacharias discusses important themes such as calling, morality, spirituality, freewill, worship, and destiny.  He vividly shows readers how God designs the events of our lives, like a weaver who forms a beautiful tapestry.

Ravi Zacharias never ceases to amaze me with his ability to not only analyze culture but also probe the depth of the human heart.  His blending of theology, apologetics, and philosophy is deeply encouraging and valuable.   Interestingly enough, the one who is so good at encouraging people also infuriates some who are committed to atheism, agnosticism, or radical postmodernism.  When I finish a book by Dr. Zacharias, I generally think to myself, “I’m glad this guy is on our team!”

4 stars

Biography · BOOK REVIEWS

WALKING FROM EAST TO WEST – Ravi Zacharias (2006)

0310324963_bAlmost 20 years ago, a good friend gave me a book entitled, A Shattered Visage: The Real Face of Atheism by Ravi Zacharias.  The book was filled with biblical wisdom, apologetic prowess, evangelistic fervor, and philosophical genius.  It marked the beginning of a long personal journey that fueled a personal fire for evangelism and apologetics.

Walking From East to West: God in the Shadows is the firsthand account of Zacharias’s conversion, call to the ministry and the remarkable story of God’s grace.  This readable biography is a delight to read and a rich reminder of God’s Providential hand in the details of our lives.

Ravi Zacharias is a fresh voice who brings the truth of Scripture in philosophically satisfying ways with a passion to reach the “happy pagan.”