In reviewing Gansky’s A Conversation With God I took a look at a few very pressing questions that immediately send up red flags for any orthodox Christian, mostly related to Creation, Heaven and Hell and Jesus Christ as the one and only creator/savior and mediator before God. I am happy to report that Gansky passed the test, though we may disagree of verbiage or some lower tier issues I can say this book is a safe read to develop some worldview and entry level understanding to new believers.
I appreciate how the book was organized in Q&A format between reader, God, Jesus and others such that it offered concise answers on a variety of common biblical questions. Gansky attempted to offer basic answers to basic questions without theological jargon and highly academic language. He accomplished that but for a mature believer or someone who needs a little more meat, I would not recommend this book in particular.
I do however caution folks to follow the Bereans when reading this book or any other and check with Scripture as the measuring stick of accuracy. I would have preferred to see more scripture directly referenced in each question and more emphasis as whole put on God’s speaking to us in the way He already has, His Word. My concern would be that the simple answers would lead not to further biblical studies and developing a more thought-out theology but a “good-enough” answer that leads to easy believism or the inability to defend the faith in a detailed conversation.
Again given the right audience who just has some questions that need solid answers…this is a descent resource so long as they are counseled that further study in Scripture alone with the correct interpretative approach is the only way to continuously develop one’s own understanding of God and His Word.
The opinions expressed here are all my own. I did receive a free copy of this book from the publisher through BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program; and was asked to write an honest review.
Conversation with God by Alton Gansky
Thomas Nelson, Inc. Publishers