I am always on the lookout for books to add to our ministry library. Having been in full-time pastoral ministry for 13 years, my husband and I have often been in need of resources to help those who are not yet in the faith but who are seeking, those who are struggling in their faith, and those who want to go deeper into study on their own. I chose Changed by Faith: Dare to Trust God with Your Broken Pieces…and Watch What Happens by Luis Palau with Jay Fordice, hoping it would be a book that could encourage and challenge those who are hurting and discouraged. It is exactly that.
Changed by Faith is full of life-changing stories – stories of lives that have been radically transformed by faith in Jesus Christ. At first I found the stories a bit much. I was getting the impression that the book was going to focus more on the people Luis had encountered than how to practically make that change. However, as the chapters progressed, more was given.
At times I felt that there were too many pat answers and not enough concrete steps given about how to live an “amazing, world-shaking spiritual journey” (taken from the back cover). Also, when giving a defence for the historicity of Scripture and supporting archaeological evidence, it would have been helpful to include footnotes with the sources to encourage further study.
This book is evangelical in nature – not a surprise as Palau is an evangelist. It is geared toward a seeker audience as well as those who are discouraged or stagnant in their faith. There are no new answers given as to how to be changed by faith. I found this refreshing. After all, the gospel hasn’t changed and it is the ultimate guide for our life in Christ.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.