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.) The question will be stated in a box at the top of the page, and the rest of the page will give an explanation of the question to make sure you understand exactly what you’re being asked.
Depending on your answer to the question, you’ll be directed to another page, where you’ll find one of the following: • A brief commentary on your answer and its implications. • A further question, to narrow down the remaining options. • A final worldview page.
The last of these will have “Worldview” in the page heading. If you land on one of these pages, you’ve hit the end of the trail you have followed. There you’ll find a summary of the type of worldview you have, based on all the answers you gave, along with some commentary designed to provoke further thought. You’ll also have the option to go back up the trail, so to speak, by returning to one of the earlier question pages.
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.
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.
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.