(Book Review)


Junk Food ChristianityReviewed by: Katherine Hiegel, professional writing major at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: Junk Food Christianity: The Decline of the USA, the End Times, and Biblical Prophecy

Author: Jay Anthony

Publisher: WestBow Press

Publication Date: July 2015

Format: Paperback

Length: 62 Pages

OVERVIEW

Junk Food Christianity offers a brief perspective on some of the modern-day myths that threaten to undermine the Christian faith and how people of faith ought to respond. The emphasis on convenience and personal satisfaction in today’s brand of Christianity saps it of spiritual nutrition, says Anthony—and we may soon be paying the price, as Scripture details. Heavy on generalizations but light on supporting evidence, Anthony’s criticisms will probably please those who already agree with his views. However, this book is unlikely to win over anyone who sees things differently. Although it is an extremely short text, it still manages to be quite repetitive.

Anthony does a good job making his views clear so that he does not merely come from a place of judgment. He also clearly possesses a strong, traditional stance and uses adequate biblical support. However, a lack of concrete facts to back up his cultural, economic, and political assertions undermines his credibility somewhat. Some errors and a tendency toward long-winded sentences are present but do not interfere with reader comprehension. Overall, this is a quickly read book that is useful as a glimpse of one person’s insights and opinions, but it should not be considered a detailed study of current times.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

2 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

Strongly conservative Christians, or any Christians who are concerned about the future of faith in the United States of America. Good for those who are pressed for time, but not good for those who will be frustrated by a lack of in-depth analysis.

Christian Impact

Many staunch believers will have no problem with the views that Anthony espouses, but more moderate-minded believers may feel concern about or have disagreement with his proclamations, particularly his critiques of the Episcopalian church.

Katherine Hiegel is a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana and a freelance writer for The Aboite Independent online newspaper.


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