Since Nobody’s Perfect, How Good is Good Enough? By Andy Stanley, Multnomah, 2003. (Two different covers, shown above.) Available HERE.
I’ve acquired copies of this brief book or booklet (94 pages, 6×4.5 inches) at my local thrift stores, and given them away to those with whom I wanted to share Christian faith. Yet, I’d only skim read the booklet, trusting Andy Stanley. Well, I decided I should finally read it cover to cover before giving more out! Ahem. Yes, always a good idea to actually read a book before giving it out evangelistically!
Well, 5 stars! I highly, highly recommend this booklet, for so many reasons. It is conversational and very readable – you feel like you are having a chat with Stanley – and that keeps you reading. He does not dump the whole load at once, but slowly builds a case for genuine Christian faith and what it actually takes to be in a right relationship with God.
Also, in an increasingly multicultural society, where we can no longer assume most people have an underlying Christian worldview by default, this booklet works! In our age, we can’t always jump in with the “Roman’s Road” or the “4 Spiritual Laws” anymore, but must back up to more rudimentary issues. In my opinion, I think this booklet could be given, not just to nominal Christians in name only whom we hope to help become genuine believers, but to those practicing other world religions too. Because…
The book quickly points out how the adherents of most religions of the world (unfortunately some adherents of Christianity too) believe that “good people go to heaven” – or if not heaven per se, whatever the related end goal happens to be of that religion to reach a good place or position involving God or gods.
The book very skillfully, through questions and thoughtful discussion, shows how this idea that “good people go to heaven” is flawed and problematic. It fails on many levels. Too many people are trusting in an idea that makes no or little sense, because they have never really thought about it.
As said, the book slowly builds on itself, and leads to a clear presentation of the gospel – salvation through faith in Christ. It even manages to do a great job with some apologetics, addressing the options of who Jesus was/is, and whether the accounts in Matthew/Mark/Luke/John can be trusted. The booklet ends with an opportunity to pray and accept Christ, and a reminder that good people do not go to heaven, rather forgiven people do.
I’d encourage you to get copies of this book to give away, after you have read it for yourself. Ahem. Even if you know and understand the gospel well and realize we don’t gain heaven by being good, this book can give you some ideas for having conversations with others in your life – helping them see the flaws in the idea that good people go to heaven.
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