Less Than a Rave Review

Dr. Greg Smith of sowhatfaith.com has reviewed my book, All That Jesus Asks, and is underwhelmed. He says, “Several people I respect have written glowing reviews and I looked forward to an in-depth exploration of Jesus as question asker that would aid in my ongoing journey to both better understand and more fully follow Jesus. Instead, I experienced a 350 page book that read like something written a generation ago directed at a narrow view of modern Evangelical Christians who would readily embrace the title of conservative.”

Here’s what I replied in the comments section:


Thanks for taking the time to read and review my book. I’m sorry that it wasn’t what you were expecting, but I can assure you that, at least in my case, the process of writing this book did indeed “aid in my ongoing journey to both better understand and more fully follow Jesus.”

While it is true that I am a conservative evangelical, I believe All That Jesus Asks can speak to anyone who is willing to sit at the feet of the master Questioner and answer him, whether you are a believer or someone who is still on the way. Because I dealt with all 295 questions of Jesus as recorded in the New Testament, I tried my best to let him set the agenda, not me.

Anyway, thanks for paying me the compliment of being disappointed with my book; at least you had high expectations going in. I hope your readers will go with your initial impression and give the book a try. I think they will find Jesus’s questions as challenging as I did.

Best wishes,


I invite you to pick up a copy of the book and decide for yourself.

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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