When Faith Is Not Enough Paperback – 1 Oct 1997
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About the Author
Kelly James Clark is associate professor at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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Dr. Clark, who is one of the most prominent analytic Christian philosophers in the US, writes in a crystal clear manner about the meaning of life and being an authentic Christian. I have read several books on these subjects, including ones by Tillich (The Courage to Be), Frankl (Man's Search for Meaning) and other stuff by Camus, Sartre, and Kierkegaard. The reading list could go on (even though actually there are not really many books on these issues), yet Dr. Clark's book is still unique because it contains a highly engaging discussion of deep philosophical topics (such as Kierkegaard's existentialism) while remaining extremely accessible to a broader audience other than philosophers or theologians or psychologists. This is partly because Dr. Clark also gives powerful personal illustrations that would both help the readers understand important points and relate to the issues better.
There is a very strong existential element in the book that would force the readers to boldly contemplate faith and the reality of life. This book really has helped me in my struggle to make sense of life as a Christian. The book starts off with a deep struggle of doubt, but it is victorious in the end. Dr. Clark elegantly talks about the need to have epistemic humility in our spiritual journey, as we must always consider taking a leap of faith into the embrace of our loving God. The nature and cause of doubt presented in this book indeed represent the concern of many people I know both at universities and in religious communities. Bill's remark in his review that Dr. Clark's approach is arrogant is completely unacceptable (and perhaps arrogant).
I have been recommending this book to my friends, especially lay people, and have heard unqualifiedly positive feedback from them. If you are also questioning about the meaning of life, as I am, I highly recommend this book to you. I am pretty sure that by reading this book, you will find strength and a spark of hope in the midst of the absurdity of life.
Interestingly, Dr. Clark keeps his readers on their toes with many insightful and philisophical pearls of wisdom. One of the best insights in this book, "We are as far from God, and understanding his ways, as a worm is from understanding us and our ways." An amazingly sensible analogy! Dr. Clark truly brings the image of a personal relationship with God to life! His book offers a step-by-step method to aligning a spiritual relationship with the Lord on the right track. A quick and splendid read for the philosopher and psychologist alike! It's a book you just can't put down until your finished!! Highly recommended.