Saturday, April 9, 2016

Visual Theology by Tim Challies & Josh Byers

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Visual Theology
by Tim Challies
& Josh Byers

ISBN-13: 9780310520436
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: April 19, 2016

Source: Review copy from the publisher through

Book Description, Modified from BookLook:
The rise and stunning popularity of the Internet infographic has given us a new way in which to convey data, concepts and ideas. But the visual portrayal of truth is not a novel idea. Indeed, God himself used visuals to teach truth to his people.

As teachers and lovers of sound theology, Challies and Byers have a deep desire to convey the concepts and principles of systematic theology in a fresh, beautiful and informative way. In this book, they have made the deepest truths of the Bible accessible in a way that can be seen and understood by a visual generation.

My Review:
Visual Theology is a basic theology book with some infographics to reinforce the ideas described in the text. The concepts were described in clear, simple terms, so don't let the word "theology" turn you off. The authors used effective analogies combined with verses from Scripture to explain some basic Christian concepts. While aimed at adults, I think this would also be an awesome book to use with teenagers to give them a firm foundation.

The overall idea of the book is how truly understanding what Christ did for us will impact how we view ourselves, our priorities, and how we act. The authors looked at how we grow in our relationships with other humans and how this is similar to how we grow in our relationship with Christ. They looked at the Bible, the purpose of prayer, and the value of knowing doctrine so you can discern what is truth and what isn't.

They provided one of the best explanations I've read on how to effectively turn from sin and pursue what is right. They got at the root of the problem and focused on God and why sin is worth turning away from. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book, especially to new adult Christians and teenagers.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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