I would like to ask you to say a prayer for my dad. As I’ve mentioned before, he’s an atheist. He’s been through many long spells of not being happy with his life, which I suspect has a lot to do with his atheistic worldview. He is firmly entrenched in his beliefs and, as an engineer, prides himself on being a scientific, logical thinker who doesn’t need any psychological “crutches” like religion to get by in life (I actually spent quite some time wondering if that comment from Anonymous was him).
Right now he’s living on the other side of the world in the United Arab Emirates, working on an engineering project over there. He’s lonely and a bit bored and emailed me the other day to ask if I had any good books to recommend. I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass me by! I gave him the names and a brief review of four books I thought he might enjoy and threw in Lee Strobel’s Case for the Creator.
Of all the Christian authors I’ve read I’ve found that Strobel is the only one who really knows how to talk to atheists about the Christian perspective. His Case for Christ was the first thing I ever read that made me think that maybe these New Testament stories are true.
To my great surprise, my dad actually ordered the book and I guess is actually going to read it. I don’t have very high hopes for this since he’s undoubtedly going to read it with an eye towards picking it apart. But I suppose there’s a small glimmer of hope that it might spark him to be slightly more open-minded on the issue of God. I don’t think he’s ever read a book by a Christian author so I doubt he’s heard these ideas before.
And of course now I’m second-guessing myself and wondering if this was really the best book I could recommend. I think this is probably my one shot to get my dad to read a pro-Christian or pro-God book, that if I’m mis-remembering it and it actually sucks he’s going to roll his eyes at any future suggestions. Ugh.
Anyway, please say a prayer that perhaps this book will at least take one little brick out of the mental wall my father’s built up against religion. It’s so painfully obvious how much more fulfilled he would be if he would just admit that maybe, just maybe, he and me and my son who he loves so dearly are something more than a bunch of chemicals. That maybe life actually does have a purpose.
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