Subscribe now

Before you say ‘I don’t believe’

By Roger Carswell
May 2015 | Review by James Chittenden
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN: 978-1-90961-154-2
  • Pages: 208
  • Price: 6.99
Buy this book »

Book Review

In his usually clear and easy-to-read manner, Roger Carswell sets out to encourage non-Christians to ‘consider a little of the evidence for Christian belief’. Following his previous book, Grill a Christian, this new title aims to address a society pervaded by professing atheists, agnostics and sceptics.

Seeing 34 chapters listed on the contents page might be off-putting at first. However, they are all fairly brief, while offering enough content to provoke thought. Carswell acknowledges that the issues are not dealt with in depth, but this makes it a more accessible book for the non-Christian to read or dip into on occasion.

Among other issues, the reader is encouraged to consider creation, conscience, human kindness, science, the main theme of the Bible, the accuracy of biblical prophecy, why Jesus’ name is uniquely misused, what ‘church’ is, and the death of Jesus. Some chapters parallel others, but this results from differing approaches to the same theme. The gospel is presented clearly throughout the book. A chapter is reserved for considering a right response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is worth noting that there is a chapter which includes several written prayers aimed to help someone know how to pray in different situations. These prayers could only be said by a Christian, but the concept of showing how someone should approach God in prayer is helpful. In addition, there is a version of the ‘sinner’s prayer’; it is, thankfully, clearly pointed out that it must be a genuine expression of the heart.

This book will be helpful to those seeking to know more about Christianity. It will also assist believers in being better equipped to engage in evangelism and answer objections to biblical Christianity.

James Chittenden

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Why Should I Trust the Bible?

We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…

See all book reviews
Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
Who Am I? Human Identity and the Gospel in a Confusing World
Thomas Fretwell

In today’s secular society, religion is often regarded as without rational or scientific basis, and therefore irrelevant to life in the modern world and all areas of public engagement. If that is our social context, then it is no wonder…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans
Matthew D Haste & Shane W Parker

This book highlights ‘some of the many lessons that today’s pastors can learn from the Puritans’ (p.151). As such it is aimed at pastors, but the lessons are really for anyone who is a Christian leader. The opening chapter provides…

Star RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar RatingStar Rating
5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in the History of the Church
Stephen J Nichols

What a breath of fresh air this book is! Stephen Nichols has given us 40 vignettes from church history that are brief enough to be digested over a bowl of cereal. The book doesn’t aim to be a beginner’s guide…