Riskless Drivel (Correction)

Correction: Pass the paper towels so I can wipe the egg off my face! My apologies to the author and to my readers. This book doesn’t appear to be what I thought it was. I have been inundated with anti-Christian diatribes and thoughtlessly assumed this was another in a long line. The marketing hype that said the author was taking a “risk” got my goat, I expect. Anyway, next time I’ll be more careful. If one of my readers writes a careful and interesting review of this book, I’ll post it here.

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From a press release I received this morning:

ABC news correspondent Dan Harris interviewed author of the controversial new book ”10 Things I Hate About Christianity: Working Through the Frustrations of Faith.” ABC is featuring former rocker, ex-pastor, and new writer Jason T. Berggren as the subject of two separate segments due to the national attention his book has been attracting with his candid approach to faith.

… According to author Jason T. Berggren, the Bible is boring, praying doesn’t work, and Christians are self-righteous. Those are a few of the emotionally charged subjects Berggren answers for in the first of two interviews which debuted online this week on ABC’s video news blog The Quick Fix. Berggren discusses openly the challenges he has faced over the 20 years of his faith journey as chronicled in his bold new book ”10 Things I Hate About Christianity: Working Through the Frustrations of Faith.”

News correspondent Harris describes the book as “a fascinating and rather risky critique of Christianity.”

My comment: What drivel. Everyone’s bashing Christianity these days. It would have been a lot riskier if Berggren had written a book called “10 Things I Hate about Islam.”

I’m not holding my breath.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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