Author Pamela Christian examines the basic tenets of Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular thinking and Islam before presenting the case for Christianity. In the first part of her book, she addresses “Defending Truth” in light of today’s culture. She points out postmodern Americans tend to select aspects of different beliefs and practices, which leads to syncretism. Some esteem religious pluralism, claiming that no religion is superior to another. All this leads to a lack of core convictions on which to rely. We also live in a day when many believe truth is relative, so there are no hard and fast reference points for faith and conduct. She writes: “The growing popularity of tolerating contradictory points of view is precisely what is contributing to the cultural moral chaos we’re suffering today.”
Part Two of the book examines the various faiths. Part Three, titled “Deciding Truth,” makes the case for Christianity, ending with chapters that offer prophecies fulfilled concerning Jesus and evidence for the resurrection. Chapters contain footnotes to lead you to original sources.
Pamela Christian is well qualified to write this book. Known as “the Faith Doctor with Your Rx for Life,” she is a radio broadcaster, author, speaker and teacher. She holds a certificate in apologetics from Biola University and heads up Pamela Christian Ministries, dedicated to helping Christian lead the abundant life. Her ministry began in the early 1990s as teaching director for Community Bible Study, an independent, international organization. This led to invitations to speak across the country, and she has written workbooks for retreats and conferences along with books, magazines and e-books.
I liked this book because it gave me an overview of various religions without getting into too much detail. It also offers a review of why we believe what we believe. It would be a great book to give someone pondering the truths of life and faith; it clarifies the distinctiveness of Christianity while offering a good overview of other faiths, their founders and core beliefs.
Examine Your Faith is the first of a three-book series. The second book, Renew Your Hope: Remedy for Personal Breakthroughs, won The 2015 National Indie Excellence award in its category. The third book, Revive Your Life: Rest for Your Anxious Heart, is due to be released this year.