Tuesday, January 7, 2014

{Review} WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS? by Eric Shuster

ISBN #: 978-1462112067
Page Count: 336
Copyright: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Where are the Christians?

Despite numbering two billion worldwide, this question is being asked with more frequency given the eroding moral state of society.

This ground breaking book explores the dynamics of American Christianity offering unique and timeless insights into one of the world's most prevalent religions. Whatever the reader 's beliefs, this book will challenge conventional notions and broaden ones understanding of Christianity's past, present and future.

Where are the Christians? uses the classic format of who, what, where and how to explore Christianity and the dynamics that unite and divide the religion into the unrealized potential it suffers from today. The book enlightens the reader as to who the Christians are from a historical perspective; what a Christian is from a spiritual perspective; where the Christians are from a behavioral perspective; and how Christianity can be strengthened and more united from a societal perspective.

Where are the Christians? examines hundreds of Biblical and scholarly sources, analyzing data from a multitude of studies and interviews leading to unique perspectives and solutions to the challenges facing Christianity in the modern era.

Mandy's Review:

I don't know if this book comes with the companion workbook when you buy it in the store, but it did come with one for my review. Even though it's labeled as a companion workbook, it can really be done on its own.

The book itself took me a long time to read. I'm not usually a fan of non-fiction, but I wanted to give this one a try since I consider myself a Christian and I was intrigued by the title and premise of the book. I will say this: Mr. Shuster is very thorough in his research. So much so that I got bored while reading it and even began to fall asleep during certain parts. I think I would've enjoyed this book more had it been more conversational in tone and less technical. I almost felt as if I were reading a statistics report or a scientific study ... both extremely boring to me.

If you're a fan of historical analysis or scientific research, then I would recommend this book to you. Otherwise, don't be drawn in by the title like I was. You'll find yourself bored into dreamland.

*A physical copy of both the book and workbook were provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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