(Book review) A Call for Courage


Reviewed by: Hope Bolinger, a professional writing major at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: A Call for Courage

Author: Michael Anthony

Publisher: Nelson Books

Publication Date: 2018

Format: Print book

Length: 225 pages

OVERVIEW

The American church needs a revival. Several American Christians understand a need to revitalize lukewarm Christianity. But, pride and reliance on the government have hindered progress toward a more ideal image of believers than that depicted in the media. With our nation enrapturing itself with reverse-intolerance and the sexual revolution, Christians often appear judgmental or as person who just sit on their hands in silence. Michael Anthony confronts both predicaments, offering pragmatic ways to stand up for one’s beliefs with humility and integrity.

Anthony earns a high rating for several reasons. He does not sacrifice any veracity. His is not a watered-down, feel-good Gospel. He deals with Christians in a manner of tough love, urging them not to subject themselves to cowardice when dealing with confrontation from non-believers. He supports his points with undiluted scriptural passages and personal examples of how he has offered a biblical worldview with humility. The book does suffer some from a lack of organization, poor transitions, and unnecessary statistics or other supplementary research as opposed to personal anecdotes. But, overall, a Christian on any path of his or her walk can receive at least one take away point of wisdom from his encouragement for courage.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 out of 5

Suggested Audience

Christian adults dissatisfied with American lukewarm Christianity or believers who want to confront the depiction of American Christians in the media.

Christian Impact

If we do not stand for our beliefs, we will find religious freedoms slipping through our fingertips. This guide offers advice to hold our ground while doing so in a manner of love and meekness.



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