*Finding Truth by Nancy Pearcy

*Finding Truth: Five Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes by Nancy Pearcey. David C. Cook, 2015. 383 pages

Reading Level: Young Adult, ages 15-18findingtruth_0
Recommended for: ages 16-up

Bottom Line: Finding Truth offers a way for older teens to examine the presuppositions and errors of the intellectual culture around them and strengthen their own faith.

Readers of Nancy Pearcey’s Total Truth know what she’s all about: a determined skeptic in her college years who encountered Francis Schaeffer and a whole new mode of thinking, she is now a tireless advocate for Christian apologetics. As the first chapter of Finding Truth indicates, “I Lost My Faith at an Evangelical College” is a sad refrain among young adults today (though plenty of them manage to lose their faith in secular colleges too). Pearcey quickly gets to the root of this problem: not the intellectual insufficiency of Christian faith, but the prevalence of modern idols (see Romans 1). “Idols Have Consequences,” especially when a Christian teen is not equipped to recognize them. Most of the book is a five-point strategy for defining and addressing the problem:

  • Identify the idol.
  • Identify the idol’s reductionism.
  • Test the idol: does it contradict what we know about the world?
  • Test the idol: does it contradict itself?
  • Replace the idol: make the case for Christianity.

This is a lifelong battle, but the major front is usually between between high school and settled adulthood, whether or not the young person attends college. Finding Truth is an excellent introduction to the issues he or she will encounter if they are paying attention—though the material isn’t easy, it’s concise and readable and she provides additional information and references in the footnotes. A study guide at the end provides much more than discussion questions—it’s more like a final exam for this course in standing firm (there’s even a sample essay test!). The need for Christian apologetics has never been greater, yet it’s a subject long neglected in most churches and Christian colleges. Books like this will help address that imbalance.

Overall rating: 5 (out of 5)

  • Worldview/moral value: 5
  • Artistic value: 4.5

Categories: Young Adults, Nonfiction, Starred Review, Christian, Christianity, Gift Books, Education

Cover image from amazon.com

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Janie is the VERY senior staff writer for Redeemed Reader, as well as a long-time contributor to WORLD Magazine and an author of nine books for children. The rest of the time she's long-distance smooching on her four grandchildren (not an easy task). She lives with her equally senior husband of almost-fifty years in the Ozarks of Missouri.

1 Comment

  1. Kim G. on June 22, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I am reading her book Saving Leonardo right now, and I will definitely add Finding Truth to my list of books to read soon. She is very good at what she does!

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