As a young adult, a millennial, my heart breaks as I look across the scope of my generation. While it is disheartening to hear others say they do not believe in God, it is just as troubling to hear “I believe in God” when the person has no idea what they even mean. By their words and deeds it becomes evident the “god” they worship is not the God of the Bible. It is on that note I am grateful for Melvin Tinker’s work in A Lost God in a Lost World.
Melvin Tinker proposes the question we need to ask is not “Do you believe in God?” but “Which God do you believe in?” (Tinker 28). In each of his nine chapters, he points the reader to a biblical portrait of God, landing on one primary biblical text to meditate on and sift through. He is fair, saying the problem is not just outside the church but inside the church too. Furthermore, Tinker correctly asserts the main problem with people and their belief in the biblical God is not an intellectual problem but a moral problem (Tinker 143, 161). He corrects distorted, unbiblical views throughout the book and he tackles tough subjects like free will, the responsibility of man, and the sovereignty of God (see chapter 7). The greatest section of the book is laid out in chapters 3-5 where Tinker displays God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His intentionality on showing the biblical God as the Triune God is essential in understanding and realigning our thinking back to the Bible.
We do not replace God with idols but we are to revere Him and be in awe of His person and works. This book does just that. A Lost God in a Lost World challenges the reader to discover and worship God as He is revealed in the Bible, the Triune God who has made us and redeemed us and is coming again for us. Be sure to have your Bible open, ready to read, when reading this book.
I received this book for free from EP Books via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.