A Conversation With God: If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would It Be?
By: Alton Gansky
This book seeks to answer many popular questions that the average person has about Christianity. It is done in a rather unusual way though. It is written from the perspective of God primarily but also as others from The Bible. I find this unfortunate. The author does this in an attempt to widen his audience by appealing to more people I believe. This fails because when he speaks as God it really comes across as a man speaking as God as opposed to God speaking. God comes across as weak and humanly in this book. It would have been far better to just give straight answers. The book is basically like that anyways only a little annoying by constantly saying “me” and “I” to pretend to be God or the Bible person rather than just saying “he” or their name. I feel, therefore, that the book was poorly written. People can handle straight forward grown up answers. He attempts to dumb things down and does way to good a job of it. It’s written at a very low level.
As to the actual content the author seems mostly orthodox although it’s possible I’ve overlooked something. My main concerns are he seems to teach in the chapter “What will we look like in Heaven?” that we receive our resurrection bodies at death. That’s very unbiblical and possibly should be considered heresy. He further seems to misunderstand certain theological concepts such as total depravity defining it as simply sinning alot as opposed to the state of complete and total sinfulness of the whole person. This is not all he misunderstands but this is the only example I’ll use. I’m also uncomfortable with how deserving he makes people look of the atonement of Christ, though this probably (hopefully) is unintentional. He just doesn’t really seem to understand what he’s writing about to put it very bluntly.
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