Rich, a corporate presenter and retreat leader, understands that it is easier to learn something new than to relearn something familiar. From this premise, Rich successfully tackles timeworn misconceptions about God, grace and the Christian life. Rich delves deeply into erroneous beliefs that will have many an evangelical searching scripture either to disprove his statements or back them up-exactly what Rich desires. Provocative assertions abound, including these statements: the 10 Commandments were not given to be kept; attempting to live for Jesus will only frustrate; and prayer doesn't change God's mind. Rich explains why, for example, the 10 Commandments (as well as other laws) were given. The law is God's vehicle to judge the unbelieving world; it reveals people's need for a savior; and God uses its message to direct humanity to Christ. Throughout his book, Rich rounds out each biblical principle with engaging, humorous and frequently revealing personal anecdotes. In a time when many evangelicals seem content to skim the surface of biblical claims, Rich's challenging study is a refreshing and necessary alternative. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.