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A Preacher's Perspective on Timothy Keller's The Reason for God

Reviewing books of interest to preachers from the Christianity Today book-of-the-year awards

Sometimes a good book makes all the difference. On the eve of the 1996 U.S. Open Golf Championship, my friend, Steve Jones, read a book on legendary golfer, Ben Hogan. The book showed Jones how to improve his practice and his focus. Jones won the tournament by one stroke! Afterwards, he told a reporter: "I don't think I would have won the Open without reading that book."

I recently read a book that has the potential to do for our preaching what the Hogan book did for Steve Jones' golf game. Ironically, it is not a book on preaching. Timothy Keller's book The Reason for God: Belief in An Age of Skepticism (Penguin/Dutton) received the 2009 Christianity Today Book of the Year award in the Apologetics/Evangelism category. The judges called it "the best apologetics book of the new millennium." Therein lies its value. Keller models for preachers the way to talk to people in a world that he claims "is getting both more religious and less religious at the same time." He says: "In many cases I ...

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