Book Reviews

The Grand Weaver by Ravi Zacharias

It is strange reading a Christian book written by someone who was born and raised in India. Why is this weird to me? I don’t know, I guess it is just that most of the non-fiction Christian books I read are written by someone who was born here and knows our culture but very little about other cultures. It’s nice to read Mr. Zazharias’ points of view on Christianity.

What is “The Grand Weaver” about? The subtitle reads: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives. However, every chapter of the book is titled with this “Your _______ Matters” – fill in the blank with words like Spirituality, Worship, Morality and even DNA.  The book like many non-fiction books did not immediately grab me, but  as I read I started to see that this book is more about motivating people to do God’s work than it is about the grand cloth that God is weaving out of our lives. Sure that remains the common theme, but the book could have just as easily been calling “What You Do For God Matters” or any number of inspirational titles.

I like this book because it actually does a lot of teaching about other religions. In the chapter titled “Your Morality Matters” Zacharias points out that Buddha and Muhammed built their religion around the basis that morality precedes redemption, then later points out that with Christianity it is the other way around. Christians are redeemed by God, not as a result of works, it is here the Christianity remains “distinct and definitively different”. (p.83)

There are times when I question my faith, we should, we should never stop seeking the truth, but there are some things you have to take on faith. Ravi Zacharias’ book The Grand Weaver is a definite “must read” for any Christian or non-Christian that wants to understand more about God and his plan for your life.

By Evan Stark

Eddie Renz is an avid fan of Egyptology, Wilbur Smith and bacon. Not a fan of humility but often finds himself humbled when he is around people who understand numbers like the Fibonacci sequence and Pi.

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