Book Review: The World-Tilting Gospel

How is it that the first century church–which lacked all the resources and technological advances we have today–managed to turn the world upside down? Why is it that so many Christians get so off track, professing to be Christians but not really getting anywhere in their Christian life?

Dan Phillips says the reasons for both problems is the same: People don’t have a full understanding of the Gospel. In our efforts to make the Gospel more palatable, we have robbed it of its power. He seeks to solve that error in his book, The World-Tilting Gospel: Embracing a Biblical Worldview and Hanging on Tight.

The book answers four questions: who we are, what God has done for us, how we get in, and how we get going. And he answers these four questions thoroughly, with plenty of helpful examples and Scripture references to further clarify.

I think this book be ideal for new Christians. I wish I had had it twenty years ago, because it would have saved me a world of hurt. But even if you think you have a firm grasp of the Gospel, Dan’s clear explanations will help you understand it better. It’s also possible (probable?) you might have a few fuzzy ideas that this book will help clarify. Besides that, Christians need to understand that though the Gospel is what saves us, it’s also what empowers us to live the Christian life. We all need the Gospel, and even if we already know it, we need to know it more deeply.

Most books are aimed at one group of people, to fix one particular problem. The beauty of this book is that anyone can get something out of it, regardless of how long you’ve been a Christian, or even if you’re just exploring. Not many books can fill such a tall order, but this one does. It’s worth your time and money.

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