Godís Outrageous Claims,

Discover What They Mean To You

Lee Strobel

Godís Outrageous Claims, Discover What They Mean To You by Lee Strobel

Lee Strobel, the author of Godís Outrageous Claims, reviews his own book in these words: ďThis isnít a book to read passively. Itís not a collection of feel-good platitudes that offer easy answers. Youíll find much of it encouraging, some of it challenging, but all of it intensely practical.Ē

Within the thirteen chapters, Lee Strobel writes about the way accepting Godís challenge to follow Jesus and his way of life affects every area in the life of a Christian. Jesus taught ďlove your enemiesĒ and forgiveness. How is that possible? ďThe only way we can ever really emulate Christ is by yielding to the Spiritís influence in our life and allowing him to produce the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control that the Bible promises he will manifest over time in the followers of Jesus.Ē

The chapter on forgiveness includes several steps an individual can take to begin the process.

In Chapter Eight, he considers Godís cure for loneliness--friendship and community. He asks, ďWhat are the ingredients in a friendship thatís rich and real, caring and enduring, intimate and mutually fulfilling?Ē

And then answers: ďaffinity, acceptance, authenticity, assistance, and affirmation.Ē

And then issues a challenge: ďTo put it bluntly, you have a choice. God has given you the desire and capacity to enter into community with others and thereby drive a stake through the loneliness that would otherwise darken your life. Itís scary, itís risky, itís time-consuming, itís messy, itís frustrating. And itís worth it.Ē

This is only a taste of the advice he gives in this chapter. He also supplies examples of friendship in action.

In the last chapter, Lee Strobel confides, ďInstead of feeling suffocated through living by Godís game plan, Iíve found liberation and security.Ē He changed, in his own words, ďfrom being a stone-hearted, atheistic journalist to becoming a committed follower of Jesus. My world has been turned inside out--and looking back, I wouldnít want it any other way.Ē

The only way to know for certain whether Godís Outrageous Claims are true is to take God up on his offer. Reading Lee Strobelís book may give you the encouragement you need to do just that.


Book Review
By Scarlett Stough
Title: Godís Outrageous Claims, Discover What They Mean To You
Author: Lee Strobel, copyright 1997, 2005
Publisher: Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530
ISBN: 13: 978-0-310-26612-9, 10: 0-310-26612-2