(Book review) Faith Among the Faithless


Reviewed by: Caleb Amick, a Professional Writing major at Taylor University

 


Introduction

Title: Faith Among the Faithless

Author: Mike Cosper

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Publication Date: May 8, 2018

Format: Print

Length: 208 pages

OVERVIEW

Where is God in our times of trouble? Why does God seem to be hidden or absent, especially when we need Him the most? How do we maintain our faith and identity as Christians in our pluralistic, and increasingly secular world? Pastor Mike Cosper seeks to explore these questions in light of the story of Esther. Far from being the typical Sunday school story, Esther’s saga is a gritty story focused on prejudice, sexual slavery, rape, idolatry, genocide, and a struggle to establish an identity in a hostile world. Cosper uses insights from Ancient Jewish sources, scripture, and his own experiences to bring this story to light in a fresh and practically applicable way. Cosper’s goal is to show that many of the social pressures and political conflicts people are facing today are not unlike those challenges earlier people had to deal with.  Lessons can be learned from them, especially in regard to invoking God’s intervention in world events through prayer, worship, and witnessing.  The writing style is conversational, and the use of illustrations and examples and anecdotes helps to reveal the modern applications of the lessons.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

I would recommend this book for readers from ages 12-17, simply because of the themes discussed. It’s a concise, insightful, fast-paced text.

Christian Impact

 I think that this book could be inspiring to believers who are going through tough times, who are wondering why God seems hidden. It does not offer a “quick fix” solution, only a promise that those who endure will one day experience God’s grace.



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