Book Review: Urban Apologetics by Christopher W. Brooks

How do we bring Jesus Christ into every day life? How does Jesus influence life in the inner city of America and beyond? Answering both of those questions it the gift that Christopher W. Brooks brings in his book,  Urban Apologetics.

Brooks identifies 2 audiences that he writes for the urban Christian seeking to evangelize and engage his community, and the apologetics student who sees the value and heeds the call to reach the inner city.

My reason for reading is more in a third group, finding a better way to articulate the Christian faith in the heart language of those who need to hear and even more experience it’s life saving message. The message of the Bible is not merely the story of long ago, but a picture of life at its best today, tomorrow and for all eternity.

Jesus goes beyond another religious philosophy but the way of living a transformed life. That’s why I appreciated Brooks approach that went beyond winning a philosophical argument, but laying out and living out the difference of the power of Jesus Christ at work in us and through us. The most powerful attraction to the difference Christ makes is that of an authentic life lived in Him.

The Holy Spirit works through the power of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit grabs the world’s attention by the neighbor who lives out his faith in authentic love.

Though Brooks succinctly tackles issues like ethics, abortion, sexuality, the family, pluralism and social justice. He even more lays out how to witness with one’s faith in such challenging issues in our day with his 3 B strategy.

Boulevard: Look for the natural inroads into a person’s life.

Beliefs: Identify a person’s unique set of beliefs by asking questions.

Barriers: Discover the points of resistance that prevent someone from coming to Christ.

I give Urban Apologetics 5 out of 5 stars. Though I would not place myself in his core audiences, I found great value in the perspective Brooks brought and the way he communicated Biblical truth in practical language. For those who find themselves teaching and conversing on such social topics this book provides a great resource.

My thanks to Kregel Publishing for a free copy to review. I wasn’t required to give a positive review, just an honest one.


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