Monday, February 6, 2012

Book Review: Four Letter Words by Dr. Bill Giovannetti

About Four Letter Words:

Thou shalt tolerate every opinion... except the Christian's. Today's postmodern "prime directive" leaves many followers of Jesus tongue-tied. In the global village, isn't it unreasonable, and even dangerous, to suggest that the Bible has a monopoly on truth?

The church needs a new breed of Christ-follower. We need Christ-followers who are alert to today's touchy ideas, the truths that fire up more heat than light. We need Christ-followers who can make a clear case for the Bible's worldview; who are ready to help our friends think through their beliefs; who can recognize inconsistencies and challenge them; and who can do all of this with humility, confidence, humor, and love. For more information visit http://fourletterwords.org.
Link to buy the bookhttp://ow.ly/8FbUq   
About Bill Giovannetti:
Dr. Bill Giovannetti is a professor at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church of Redding. An experienced speaker and author, Bill informs the mind in ways that touch the heart. He enjoys life with his wife and two kids in northern California. For more information about Bill and his other books, visit  http://maxgrace.wordpress.com  and http://fourletterwords.org.

Four Letter Words is his second book. Bill hates legalism, loves grace, and teaches that God is infinitely more committed to us than we will ever be to him. He is a graduate of Trinity Seminary and earned his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary.

From the back cover:
When The Questions Are Hard…And The Answers Unpopular…Will You Stay Devoted To Christ?
       
My Thoughts and Review:
Four Letter Words by Dr. Bill Giovannetti is a book that examines common questions about faith, truth, evil, the Bible, hell, etc. It covers 9 four letter words: “True”, “Know”, “Pain”, “Ouch”, “Evil”, “Word”, “Damn”, “Wait”, and “Hope”. The author goes over different religious worldviews and asks which one truly satisfies our questions and longings. The only one that I am willing to put my faith in is Christianity. He feels the same way and does a good job of showing why. He also makes the case for absolute truth. I think that this book will be great for seekers, new believers, and skeptics. Those who have already studied opposing worldviews and apologetics will not find much new material. It is still nice to hear basic truths again. Four Letter Words contains QR codes that allow you to dig deeper and take advantage of further resources. The chapters end with “Talking Points" (advice and stuff you can discuss with your friends/seekers/etc. that is related to the chapter’s topic).

Here is a quote I’d like to share from the Talking Points in Chapter 8. “Finally, if the idea of hell bothers you, then tell people about Jesus. Invite people into His kingdom. Love people. Care for people. Serve people. Share your life with people. Above all, let the gospel/good news of Jesus ooze out of your life through words and deeds.

There is a Giveaway!

Bill is celebrating the new Kindle edition of Four Letter Words (for only $4.99)! He’ll be traveling coast to coast over the next few weeks on this virtual book tour and he's celebrating by hosting a great giveaway!

Click here to find out how you can win two gift certificates to Amazon (in the amount of $50 and $25) and free downloads of his yet-to-be-released title, Recession-Proof: Living a God-Blessed Life in a Messed Up World.
The whole scoop here: http://fourletterwords.org/2012/01/contest-giveaway/

Here are a few questions about the book and Bill Giovannetti's answers:
 
What's Four Letter Words about, and where did you get the title?
Four Letter Words is about defending your faith in Christ. If you've ever felt tongue-tied standing up for Jesus, this book can help.
Even though our culture claims tolerance as a virtue, that tolerance stops at Christianity's front door: witness the hostility directed toward a sincere Christ-follower like Tim Tebow. Judging by reactions to him, you'd think he just cussed out his grandma when all he did was say a word for Christ. Speaking God's truth and living your faith is quickly becoming today's profanity. Tougher days are coming; we need to get ready.
There has never been a truth-system more satisfying, consistent, logical and beautiful than Christianity. I wanted to help God's people rise up and say so. 

Did you ever struggle with your faith? How did you work through that?
Even though I've been a pastor for a long time, I struggle with my faith a lot. My earliest struggles – back in high school days – centered on scientific stuff, like evolution. In the book I tell the story of how I made peace with faith in a Creator God and how I fit together science, logic, and the gospel in my own heart.
Now that I'm a bit older, my struggles come more out of pain and suffering. Why does God let people hurt? I cover those topics too.
Struggles are normal – we just can't let them overwhelm our faith or uproot our joy. It's super-important for us to know every question raised against Christianity has an answer. I try to provide some of those answers along with simple talking points for everyday conversations.
 
If I read this book, what will I get out of it?
I wrote Four Letter Words with three simple goals in mind:
1. Clarity: Know what you believe.
2. Confidence: Know why you believe.
3. Courage: Know what to say when you don't know what to say.

~I received this book free of charge via Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. To read other reviews of this book, visit here.

1 comment:

  1. Alyssa, I have advanced theology degrees and taught preaching at a seminary for a few years. I now teach World Religions, The Life and Teachings of Jesus, and The Teachings of Paul. I guess I'm one of those who "won't find new material," but you're absolutely right that it's nice to hear basic truths again. No matter how much we study, we don't outgrow the basics of the faith. This sounds like a book worth looking into, and I thank you for your thoughts.

    Kathy

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