Monday, September 17, 2012

Made for TV Biography

Technically, the book I'm about to review is a made for movie biography.  It is the book undaunted by Josh McDowell with Cristobal Krusen.

I remember when I married my husband eleven years ago, he had a book by Josh McDowell--Evidence that Demands a Verdict.  Undaunted is the story of Josh McDowell's childhood through his journey to seminary.  The story itself was interesting.  It was interesting to see the root of his books--why he wrote about the evidence and how he approached the defense of our faith as Christians.  He might be considered a Saul turned Paul person.  He began as a persecutor of the church and became a follower of Christ.  I was encouraged by how God changed lives of several people in McDowell's family.  

The writing of this book reads like a movie script.  It is not a literary novel.  It is not a gripping biography.  I suspect, based on McDowell's own preface, it was told by McDowell and written by Krusen.  It was a simply told story.  McDowell had a hard childhood and there's no easy or gentle way to tell that story.  Nor should it be.  

If you're curious about McDowell's life, you'll probably find this book interesting.  For me, I didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped.  The writing detracted from his story for me.  But, I did learn about McDowell and how God worked in his life.  I particularly enjoyed the story of his entrance to seminary and what happened to him during his early days there because my husband just started seminary a month ago.  I retold that story to my husband to encourage him during a discussion we had.  

Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Tyndale Publishing.

1 comment:

Diane Estrella said...

This sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for your thoughts and the review. Hope you have a wonderful week! :O)