by Trevin Wax
I usually don’t read fiction, but Trevin Wax’s book is a great blend of fictional narrative and theology. In his book, Trevin tells the story of Chris, a young man wrestling with his Christian beliefs. The book begins with Chris engaged and involved in a church plant. His religious professor had gotten him doubting his faith, however, and he breaks off his engagement and backs out of the church plant. His grandfather, Gil, has a stroke and Chris goes to stay with him. Most of the book is dialogue between Chris and Gil, with Chris expressing his doubts and Gil answering his questions/objections.
I really enjoyed this book. As a matter of fact, I had a hard time putting it down. The conversations seemed real, for the most part, and it was easy for the reader to picture the relationship between modern, doubting grandson and older, wise grandfather. Also, it was a quick and easy read. The book was only 160 pages, and the pages were relatively small. It would only take an “average” reader a couple of hours to read from front to back. I also felt the content was good. Many of the questions or struggles that Chris faced are actual struggles that modern students face. The book does a good job addressing these issues, and I think the book would tremendously benefit students.
I would certainly recommend this book to others. It is a quick, easy read, and the content and message of the book are solid. Students would especially benefit from this, as it attempts to answer many of the arguments against Christianity that are made on secular college campuses. Gil models a gracious spirit in providing a defense for the Christian faith, so the book contains apologetic material AND an apologetic model. If you enjoy fiction, or theology, or both…pick this book up and read it!