Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Litfuse Review: Forensic Faith

Being the daughter of a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper, I learned about deductive reasoning and forensic science at a young age. When I saw the title for this book, Forensic Faith:A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J. Warner Wallace, I knew I wanted to review it.

The Book:

Forensic Faith is a dynamic resource every Christian should read. In the opening Wallace shares some scary statistics that show too many Christians, especially young adults, are wandering away from their faith because they don't have a deep enough understanding of their beliefs. In Forensic Faith, Wallace clearly, concisely, and competently helps Christians learn how to investigate the "evidential" truth of their beliefs. He provides tools and insight to help you become a thorough investigator of the Truth by examining every piece of evidence and not merely going by your "gut feelings.". However, our faith doesn't stop with just knowing what we believe. We are also called to share our beliefs and the Truth, which Wallace addresses by helping provide the tools necessary to be a good communicator much like a Prosecutor laying out all of the proven facts and evidence for the jury. Being able to present the undeniable evidence in way that makes unbelievers and doubters truly listen is essential, especially during a time when Christian faith is dwindling at alarming rates.

Firsthand, I know the heartache of not being able to convince a family member of the Truth in Christian faith and in God being our Abba Father, in Jesus not only being God's son but also dying for our sin, and in the Holy Spirit being sent to guide us. My uncle was raised by believing parents who faithfully took him to church. He believed in prayer but not in God. Until his dying day, he held to his Atheist belief. My uncle was a very smart man who believed in science, in things he could see and test and know to be true beyond the shadow of any doubt. My mom, their sister, and I tried to show him the truth. Yet, I can't help but find myself wondering if we had read Forensic Faith sooner could former Atheist believer J. Warner Wallace's insight have helped us reach him with evidential truth. As Christians we are fighting a battle and we need to be armed. We are called to bring in the harvest and not merely agree with society because it is easier. Forensic Faith will teach us how to be prepared.

Purchase Book:

Book Information:

Title: Forensic Faith
Author: J. Warner Wallace
Publication Date: May 1, 2017
Publisher: David C. Cook
Number of Pages: 256
Formats: Paperback, e-book
ISBN: 9781434709882
Retail Price: $18.99

The Author:

J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective. He has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, and Court TV. As a former Atheist, Wallace provides a unique perspective to Christianity. He earned his degree in theology and has worked as a church planter. His previous works include Cold-Case Christianity, Cold-Case Christianity for Kids,  and God's Crime Scene. Wallace and his wife live with their four children in California.

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