July 29, 2009
Book Review: Religion Saves + Nine Other Misconceptions
"Religion Saves" was an appealing read. In it Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, attempts to address common misconceptions people have in regards to religion, the Bible, and cultural issues. Driscoll's in-depth analysis had my brain churning over the topics discussed.
I opted to read a chapter at a time, allowing myself to download and process all that Driscoll presented in the jam-packed pages. Each chapter is full of scripture references and straightfoward explanation of topics ranging from birth control, grace, and the emerging church.
"Religion Saves" oozes with authenticity, as it is apparent Driscoll put much time, thought, and preparation into each misconception presented. Using humor and his own personal experiences, it was easy to relate to the author on many of the issues being discussed.
One topic that Driscoll addresses is predestination and Romans 9. Admittedly, an issue that has kept me up many-a-nights tossing and turning. While I can't say I have fully arrived at understanding why some are elect and others are not, I feel much more educated and knowledgeable about the subject and my faith. I applaud Driscoll for his comprehensive explanation of a subject that is too commonly danced around.
This book is not for the faint of heart, as it is thorough and intense at times. However, it is a book that I highly recommend to anyone that desires to understand their faith more completely or that wants to sort out any misconceptions they may be believing.
About the Author:
Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest-growing churches in America. He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and is the author of several books, including Vintage Jesus.
Pastor Mark preaches on Sunday, trains pastors, and writes curriculum. Mark is married to his high school sweetheart, Grace, and they enjoy raising their three sons and two daughters. More about Mark here!
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