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What's Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions [Kindle Edition]

James N. Anderson
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How Do You View the World?

It’s a big question. And how you answer is one of the most important things about you.

Not sure what you’d say? Join James Anderson on an interactive journey of discovery aimed at helping you understand and evaluate the options when it comes to identifying your worldview. Cast in the mold of a classic “Choose Your Own Adventure” story, What’s Your Worldview? will guide you toward intellectually satisfying answers to life’s biggest questions—equipping you to think carefully about not only what you believe but why you believe it and how it impacts the rest of your life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway Books (31 Jan. 2014)
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars FASCINATING AND AWESOME BOOK! 27 April 2014
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What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions by James N. Anderson, and published by Crossway, is one of the most fascinating and awesome books I have come across in a long, long time.

To be honest, the concept is something totally alien to me. But going through this book, I find it really absorbing, and Anderson literally took me on a wild ride which I actually enjoyed. Why? The concept of this book is just plain fun. It is similar to Choose Your Own Adventure book but so different in many ways. It is similar as the book is not meant to be read from cover to cover. Anderson, rather, invites you to make key decisions or choices at a number of points in order to determine the outcome. It’s not a game book but there’s still a sense in which you are the player. How things turn out really depends on you.

But why in the first place is this book written? Here are the main goals of this book:
• To help you identify and clarify your worldview.
• To encourage you to consider the big questions and to think through some of the implications of various answers.
• To help you appreciate that there are important differences between worldviews—and that not all worldviews are created equal!

But how does the book work? Anderson explains:
You’ll be presented with a series of questions that are designed to be answered yes or no. (Don’t worry if you’re not really sure how to answer a particular question. Just go with the answer that best reflects your current beliefs, the answer that seems to you most likely to be true. You can always go back and choose a different answer later if you want to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly helpful 18 Jan. 2014
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The author concedes that his book offers summaries that are simplified, but he doesn't think that the book is thereby simplistic. I think I'd agree. This is a book that moves quickly and in broad strokes to expose the weakness of some world-views and the strength of what remains (at least against those issues). It works well.

As long as you understand and appreciate the concept, this book is exceptional. I'd highly recommend it - particularly to teenagers who are, I think, the target audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!! 23 Jun. 2014
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This books is a journey through different world views. It's very different to any other book I read so far but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It also stirred me to think and helped me to understand world views that are prevalent in today's society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. 24 April 2014
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What a surprise this little book was. It may be short but it is extremely helpful in understanding the different worldviews out there as-well as some of their strengths and weaknesses. The most quirky thing about the book is the way its presented and expected to be read, no page 1-100 here. It's set up like one of those children's adventure books where you navigate through the book determining where you want to go moving back and forth, and then start again if you wish to.

It's well written, clear and a good book to pass on to a non-Christian friend and will be a great tool for further discussion. Well worth the investment and can be read in two sittings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding the True Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Ultimate Questions 16 Jan. 2014
By Mike Robinson - Published on
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Worldviews are in dispute: Christian theism vs. modern atheism. Christianity vs. Islam. Truth vs. Eastern ideas. There are powerful and compelling arguments for the existence of the Christian God, but one wouldn't know it if one only read the works of Hitchens, Harris, and Dawkins. They assert numerous fallacious and deceptive arguments as they often erect the frailest of straw-men in order to push them down with the greatest of rhetorical ease. Most world religions are not much better since they generally rest on fideism. James N. Anderson (PhD, University of Edinburgh; assoc. professor of theology & philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary) helps you interact with essential ideas by presenting probing questions about important worldview concepts and applications. How you answer will lead you to the next concept or subject. Anderson engagingly leads the reader to the discovery that only the Christian worldview supplies coherent and persuasive answers to ultimate questions (by means of a type of "game book" or CYOA). This is a very unique and winsome way to not only keep the reader's attention, but teach him in a manner that may increase retention of essential truths.

You would think that atheism, Islam, finite Godism, and Eastern religions are forceful challengers to Christianity. But Anderson doesn't merely argue that these views, as amusing as some are, do not reveal the evidential or philosophical actuality, but he guides the reader to the truth. "What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions" draws the student, step by step, to the reality that the Christian worldview has preeminent rational arguments and worldview cogency on its side. The reader will discover that Christianity categorically provides coherency and makes the most sense--even more, concurrently, it provides the foundation for a truth-filled worldview.

A worldview is an overall perspective of life. One sees and defines the world through a basic grid of presuppositions, a worldview. It is the rational network used to evaluate reality. A worldview is a set of beliefs (often unconscious) which affect the way people see and respond to the world. It is a rational paradigm that provides a unified system of analysis. It examines human experience as it provides a set of explanations regarding the problems of existence. Anderson rightly helps the reader understand the important role worldview analysis plays in the development of Christian apologetics as well as the growth of the ordinary person's thought life.

In "What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions" topics include:

* The Truth Question
* The God Question
* The Freedom Question
* The Unity Question
* The Resurrection Question
* The Moses Question
* The Matter Question
* The Divinity Question
* The Muhammad Question
* The Salvation Question
* And much more

Different worldviews lead to different conceptions of reason, morality, and freedom. The person who goes astray from God's word falls into many needless troubles and hindrances. One always ends up being a servant to the confines of one's worldview.

An important function of a worldview is that it serves as an explanatory model of the world. A worldview informs a person's:

* Description of the world.
* Epistemology (what one can know and how does one know it).
* Ethics (what are moral values and what precisely are they).
* Eschatology (where humanity and reality is headed).
* Objectives (purpose, procedure, and production: what is the purpose of humanity, what should men aim to build, and what course of action should be taken).

"What's Your Worldview?" Anderson tackles a wide range of worldviews and theoretical categories. The reader can interact with dualism, atheism, Islam, monism, deism, finite Godism, Platonism, pantheism, and countless other worldviews.

The traveler discovers that a worldview consists of a number of background assumptions as well as ultimate beliefs--those are essential presuppositions used to view human experience. "What's Your Worldview?" gently helps the reader identify many of these presuppositions that constitute the grid through which one observes the world. Presuppositions stand on that which one considers to be the foundation for truth. One's presuppositions supply the source of their moral values and therefore the guiding source for their assessments and choices.

People tend to view the world in a way skewed to favor the elements essential to their worldview. Studies have demonstrated that people are inclined to think they are more intelligent and sensible than the average person. Obviously some people are engaged in defective reasoning. "What's Your Worldview?" smoothly challenges one's reasoning process at its core and ground. People generally view their worldview with foggy glasses (biased presuppositions) as they assume the weak and incoherent features of their worldview without critical inquiry. Anderson allows the reader to use one's own critical analysis upon their worldview and the worldviews of others. The author fills a vital need within the modern church: worldview studies. "What's Your Worldview?" is an innovative volume that is reader-friendly and accessible to those with little apologetic or philosophical training. As one digs in, Anderson guides with care, easiness, and appealing straightforwardness--this volume inventively escorts you from a selected worldview to its effects and consequences. Anderson gradually steers you to discover the result of your own ideas, as you either choose the truth or the unpleasant results of an incoherent worldview.

This is a book today's generation urgently needs--an approachable and hands-on resource that helps the reader evaluate the cogency and soundness of the assorted worldviews jostling for their souls. Herein, students as well as ministers, find the solution. Since it is an interactive book, it is great for campus ministries, youth groups, teachers, and the busy pastor. No apologist should miss this book. Endorsed by D.A. Carson, Marvin Olasky, K. Scott Oliphint, and John Frame.
Review by Mike Robinson author of numerous books including "God's Not Dead: Many Proofs for the Christian Faith" available on Amazon.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, But Not For Everyone 31 Mar. 2014
By Shane Lems - Published on
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This is a unique book! In just 103 pages, Anderson discusses and evaluates the basic worldviews – including monism, materialism, skepticism, relativism, polytheism, and so forth, totaling twenty-one worldviews. The book isn’t written like a regular book; instead, it is written in the style of a “choose your own adventure” book. He asks some basic worldview questions, and based on your answer you go to a certain page until you get to the end, which reveals your worldview. Anderson writes from a Christian perspective, so along the way he gently critiques other worldviews and makes a case for Christianity.

I appreciated how Anderson wrote in a very clear and to-the-point manner. He didn’t waste words and tell unnecessary stories and anecdotes. It was obvious that he knew the different worldviews quite well; I don’t believe he set up any straw-men in the various positions. Anderson also wrote with sensitivity and kindness. He didn’t use rhetoric and he didn’t smear other worldviews in an arrogant way.

One weakness of this book is in its brevity. I realize it is hard to write a book like this – keeping things simple and brief. But there were parts of it that I thought were too brief (i.e. he described pantheism in 7 short paragraphs and his presentation of Christianity was very introductory). I’m guessing some skeptics reading this book would discount it for being too simplistic – they might say it doesn’t represent their worldview with enough detail (I would like to see some reviews of this book by people who are not Christians). And it is true: this book just gives the basics, not the details. Remember that before you buy it or give it to someone.

Another thing to note about this book, in my opinion, is that its audience is limited. In other words, I couldn’t think of many “average” non-Christians I know who would want to read this book. This book is only for people who are somewhat philosophical in their thinking. You probably wouldn’t give this book to the average woman who lives next door with her husband and three kids or the guy across the street who drives truck for a living. A good audience would be college age students who are thinking about religion, philosophy, and life’s meaning. So this book is not for everyone.

In summary, this is a good book for the right audience: those who want a brief introduction to various worldviews and those who are open to thinking through the worldview issue(s). It doesn’t go beyond the basics, so a person will have to do further reading on these areas if he or she wants more information. If you’ve read more than a little on worldviews, you might not need this book as it would be a review. But again, for the right audience this is a good introductory level book: "What’s Your Worldview: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions."
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Choose your own adve...worldview! 25 Feb. 2014
By J.W. Wartick - Published on
When I first learned about What’s Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions (I heard about it at The Domain for Truth), I was struck by the notion of an apologetics book written like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” Novel. Genius!

The book’s format is set up such that it outlines something (like what it means to say there is objective truth), then asks whether you believe in it. If you choose yes, you flip to one page; if no, you flip to another. Ultimately, your answers will land you in a worldview. Each worldview has a few pages of brief discussion on how it views reality and what problems might arise with that worldview.

I decided to indeed choose my own adventure and start out reading it from an atheist’s perspective. I figured that would give me a good look into the approach. I quickly realized that answering the questions in such a way got me to “dead ends.” If I said “No” to whether I believed in objective truth, I flipped to the worldview of “Relativism,” had the view explained and some major issues brought up. The end. Full stop. Or is it?

Anderson encouraged readers to go back to the previous question after any worldview evaluation if they didn’t like the conclusions drawn. Thus, continuing the example of relativism, he argued that it is self-defeating: after all, if all truth is relative, is that itself a relative truth? If so, why should I hold to it? Back to the questions! The book encourages such flipping back and forth. It encourages engagement in a way many apologetics books do not.

There is, however, one major drawback to the approach. That is, because it is a book about worldviews, and because it is only just over 100 pages long, there’s not a lot of meat to the discussion. If you’re looking for major critiques and interactions with response-rebuttal-counterpoint on various worldviews, this is not the book you’re looking for. Alongside that, there is a real danger of oversimplification. For example, in the “worldview” section on “nihilism,” it was stated that nihilism is “the view that there are no objective values” (Kindle location 1022). Properly speaking, this only refers to moral nihilism, not nihilism as a full system, which would entail a whole system of “nothings”: no meaning, no objective values, possibly even no reality one can access, etc. Due to the short length, much nuance to each worldview must be lost. Possible objections to Anderson’s brief critiques abound, and readers may be left thinking their own view was perhaps a bit too blithely dismissed.

Of course the length could just as easily be seen as an advantage. One can very easily pick it up and read it in an afternoon; one could hand it to an interested neighbor; it lends itself to use in a brief study period (youth group? adult forum?). These are all advantages. Readers just need to be aware of some disadvantages as well.

I was also very impressed by the depth of insight Anderson gave to rival theist worldviews. Once one answers that there is at least “a” deity, the book still has many more questions to peruse: do you think there is only one?; is Jesus God?; did God communicate with humans? If so, was this communication open?; etc. I found these to be fun to flip through and very informative and on-point. This isn’t an apologetics book that focuses purely on the existence of God; it is, really, a book on worldviews: complete totalities. That said, remember it is not intended to be comprehensive, by any means.

What’s Your Worldview is a really fun apologetics book. The fact that I’m able to write that shows how unique it is. I don’t know of any other book in the same format. It’s refreshing and handy. That said, at times it does feel just like those old “Choose Your Own Adventure” books; you come to the end too quickly. It was a conscious decision on the part of the author/publisher to keep it light and easy to read. And, to that extent, they succeeded. I just found myself wanting a little more. However, I do think this would be an excellent book to pick up and hand off to a friend or relative who may have doubts or may want to explore the beliefs of various worldviews. Just remember the caveat: the book may raise more questions than it answers; so be prepared to have some reasons for the hope within (1 Peter 3:15).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Find Your Worldview! 11 Oct. 2014
By Tim Challies - Published on
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Sometimes the form is as important as the function. This is common when it comes to art or to certain kinds of technology, but rare when it comes to books. But here’s an exception: James Anderson’s What’s Your Worldview? employs a unique form to address a common function, making this an unusual and unusually creative work.

Let’s talk function first. This is a book about worldview, your “all-encompassing perspective on everything that exists and matters to us.” Whether we know it or not, we all have a worldview which accounts for our most important beliefs and the assumptions we have about this world. “It reflects how you would answer all the ‘big questions’ of human existence, the fundamental questions we ask about life, the universe, and everything.” Is there a God? Is there objective truth? Is there life after death? Is there a purpose to existence? These are all questions that pertain to and are answered by worldview.

Worldviews are like cerebellums: everyone has one and we can’t live without them, but not every knows that he has one.
Anderson says “Worldviews are like cerebellums: everyone has one and we can’t live without them, but not every knows that he has one.” This, then, is not merely a book about worldview—we already have plenty of those—but a book meant to lead a reader to understand and evaluate the various options so he can identify his worldview. He may be deist or theist, materialist or mystic, pantheist or polytheist, or just about anything rational or irrational combination.

This is the function of the book: identifying that worldview. But the form merits special mention. Do you remember those old Choose Your Own Adventure books? My brother loved those books when he was a boy and he accumulated quite a collection. Instead of telling a story in a linear way, beginning at the first page and ending at the last page, the Choose Your Own Adventure books allowed the reader to make decisions and, based on those decisions, to turn to one page or another, to move the story in this direction or that. In this way the reader was fully involved in the story and took on the role of a character. There were a variety of possible outcomes to the book, and the outcomes were determined by the reader’s choices.

What’s Your Worldview? is structured in much the same way. It is not meant to be read in a linear fashion. Instead, the reader is asked questions at the end of each page, and the answer to each of those questions will lead him along different paths and to different conclusions. “Is there a Supreme Being that deserves our worship and gives meaning, purpose, and direction to the universe and to human life?” If you believe there is, you will turn to page 45; if you believe there is not, you will turn to page 43. Your choices determine your outcome, which is to say, your choices define your worldview.

While the subject matter of What’s Your Worldview? is not novel, the form is, and that makes this an interesting and enjoyable book to read. It offers a uniquely interactive approach to finding answers to life’s biggest and most important questions. It makes identifying your worldview, and perhaps replacing it with a better one, just a bit of an adventure. I like it.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A concise worldview primer 23 Feb. 2014
By Jason Kanz - Published on
As a certified Centurion through the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I have continued to grow in my interest in how people talk about the issue of worldview. As I began to hear rumblings about James Anderson's book What's Your Worldview: An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions (2014), I was very excited.

Anderson took a novel approach to this book. Essentially, by posing a series of questions and providing a brief discussion of each, this book was modeled after the popular Choose Your Own Adventure books of several years past. I spent much of my time reading CYOA books, so this was an intriguing approach to a more "academic" book.

As an example, the second question, the freedom question, asked "is there any objective truth?" Over a single page, Anderson discussed this question in language that is easily accessible. At the end, he directs the reader to one of two different pages. This leads to a series of questions that, when the reader follows through, leads to the conclusion that a person fits into one of 21 different worldviews, such as Christianity, Panentheism, or Atheistic dualism, to name a few. The reader is then encouraged to explore different avenues to develop a fuller understanding.

On the positive side, this was a unique book exploring issues of worldview in a clear, concise manner. I fear that many people will think that it is too "concise"; in other words, the nature of the book limited the author's ability to explore questions and worldviews in any depth, which Anderson himself admits. His questions were well chosen. His worldview descriptions enlightening. His viewpoint relatively balanced.

The only negative I would point out is that although I found the CYOA approach novel at the outset, I came to the point where I found it cumbersome. Perhaps if I had been reading a paper copy rather than digital it would have proven more engaging. In retrospect, I would have preferred a more linear book, something along the lines of Glenn Sunshine's Portals, which is another excellent, concise volume regarding worldviews.

I would happily recommend this book to someone in the beginning stages of worldview exploration, either a believer or not. Readers will probably come away with more questions, but that is probably a positive thing as well.

I received this book free from the publisher through the Crossway Publishing Beyond the Page book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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