Thursday, January 26, 2012

Four Letter Words

Four Letter Words:
Conversations on Faith's Beauty and Logic

Bill Giovannetti
(Endurant Press)
ISBN: 978-0983681267
September 2011/208 pages/$13.99

Thou shalt tolerate every opinion... except the Christian's. Today's postmodern "prime directive" leaves many followers of Jesus tongue-tied. In the global village, isn't it unreasonable, and even dangerous, to suggest that the Bible has a monopoly on truth?

The church needs a new breed of Christ-follower. We need Christ-followers who are alert to today's touchy ideas, the truths that fire up more heat than light. We need Christ-followers who can make a clear case for the Bible's worldview; who are ready to help our friends think through their beliefs; who can recognize inconsistencies and challenge them; and who can do all of this with humility, confidence, humor, and love. For more information visit the book's website.

Dr. Bill Giovannetti is a professor at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and the senior pastor of Neighborhood Church of Redding. An experienced speaker and author, Bill informs the mind in ways that touch the heart. He enjoys life with his wife and two kids in northern California. For more information about Bill and his other books, visit and

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This book endeavors to help teens know what and why they believe so that they are able to defend their faith. It has some excellent points and I like how each chapter begins with several Scriptures relating to that chapter's focus. The title is catchy, as the Four Letter Words of which Bill Giovannetti writes are not edgy but are simply words such as True, Know, Pain, Evil, and Wait, among others. Talking points in the back of each chapter, a discussion guide available for download, and scannable "QR Enabled" codes throughout make this an interactive book which will appeal to Christian teens. While I didn't agree with everything exactly as he presented it, this will be an asset to students looking for answers to deeper questions of faith. I would recommend this book be used in a group led by a wise adult rather than just handing it to a youth to read without discussing the content further.

I do think teens need to be cautioned against expecting to debate someone into becoming a Christian; the Holy Spirit must woo and draw a seeking heart. And the idea that folks have to understand and accept many theological concepts before believing is in opposition to the Bible's directive to come as a child. In fact, I'm reminded of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, where he said, "Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe." and "My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power." (I Corinthians 1:20-21, 2:4-5) The neighbors and friends of the blind man whom Jesus healed, and even the Pharisees, peppered him with questions about Jesus, and his response was ". . .I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!" (John 9:25)

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Marti said...

Sounds like a book to add to my grands collection.