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on 28 October 2013
I bought this book last year and finally got round to reading it a few weeks ago.
It wasn't what I expected.
I was expecting to see far more positive affirmations of the question "Why Jesus?"
Instead, this book is mostly a critique of a broad understanding of "spirituality" - what we might call being spiritual but not religious. It covers topics such as hinduism, buddhism and particularly the works of Deepak Chopra.
Zacharias targets many "Eastern" understandings of spirituality and critiques them. As a novice in many of these areas however, I either had no idea what he was on about, or the people he was discussing. Sometimes his explanations were as vague as the philosophies he was seeking to refute. A greater use of footnotes would have helped, just to reinforce the points he was making. (He often relies on a mix of anecdote and research/academic works, but the latter isn't always as clear as one may like).
Interesting as learning new things are, most of what he wrote about has no bearing on my daily experiences - I'm not sure this book was for me, but for another person they may find it very beneficial. I mostly took away general principles about objective truth, worldview-building and why religious pluralism ("all paths lead to God") fails, rather than more positive reasons in how to share Jesus.
The main problem I found with this book was that I got 3/4 of the way in and was still left wondering about the question "Why Jesus?". He does expose religious pluralism very well, but his positive message about Christianity and the uniqueness of Jesus Christ was weak I think. It appeared almost rushed, stuck in the last 3 chapters of the book. He did, however, provide a mini-appendix of fairly standard apologetic works about the reliability of the Bible at the back that would be helpful if you've never encountered such works before.
I wouldn't recommend this book to a non-Christian, but perhaps read it if you have friends who would consider themselves spiritual but not religious, or influenced by Eastern understandings of religion and God.