The Reason for God by Tim Keller is truly an incredible book. Written primarily to the skeptic, it acknowledges and gives answers to some of the most common objections to Christianity, to Jesus, in an anything-but-dry manner.
The book is for believers, too. In the introduction, he speaks of two camps: liberalism and conservatism, progressives and fundamentalists, unbelievers and believers, skeptics and those of faith. But he says there is a third camp, “Christians who [have] a concern for justice in the world but who [ground] it in the nature of God rather than in their own subjective feelings.” He calls believers to wrestle with their doubts, to confront them instead of ignoring them. “A faith without some doubts is like a human body with any antibodies in it.” People who don’t “ask hard questions about why the believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. A person’s faith can collapse almost overnight if she has failed over the years to listen patiently to her own doubts, which should only be discarded after long reflection.”
This book is intellectually challenging but still manages to reach the heart of the matter and to touch your own heart in the process, bringing you closer to God’s heart and the object of our faith: Jesus!
Verdict: Excellent. (Quality on literally every page!)