Monday, April 9, 2012

Book Review: Road to the Resurrection

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I’ve always liked listening to Greg Laurie preach on the radio. He has one of those voices that never gets tiring and makes me want to get up and go. He’s motivating and encouraging. He wants to see people get saved and follow Jesus.

His new book, Road tothe Resurrection: Explore and Share the Miracle of Easter, doesn’t really project the same voice I hear on the radio, and I’m not just talking about the narrator. I really wish Laurie had narrated it himself, and the book was short enough that it isn’t inconceivable that he could have done it.

Still, I can’t fault the book for being exactly what the title says. The main point of the book is for the reader to explore the miracle of Easter, that is, discover what the Bible says actually happened and what that means for us today, and to share the miracle of Easter, namely, using the book as an outreach tool. The gospel is there, and praise God for that. Anyone reading (or listening) to this book will definitely come across a straightforward and clear presentation of the gospel.

Overall though, the book is lacking. A whole chapter goes from A to Z like an encyclopedia on the people and places involved in Christ’s passion and resurrection, which is great in print format, but not so much for an audio book. Likewise, some parts sound like a multi-columned table is being read, which may be easy on the eyes, but definitely not so much on the ears.

In print it may be worth checking out, but if you’re hoping to look at the Easter story through a new lens or to share your faith with someone else, I’d pick something else out (like Piper’s Fifty Reasons why Jesus Came to Die).

I received this audio book from christianaudio for review.

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