Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

by Josh McDowell, Bob Hostetler
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KS_Chew More than 1 year ago
This book present apologetics in a lively, easy-to-relate manner to these young people. I like the way the chapters are presented - short and crisp! Each chapters contain only 2 - 3 pages, can be easily read in a few minutes. The best part is the 'Brain Food' section found at the end of each chapter - more serious stuffs for those to go further and more detailed on that topic. In short, this is a highly recommended! Highly recommended apologetic book for young people....
VicG More than 1 year ago
Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler in their new book, "Don't Check Your Brains At the Door" published by Kregel Publications endeavor to stem a troubling tide among Christian youth. Recent polls illustrate what Christian parents have feared: kids are dropping out of church early and for good. Age 16 is the average age at which teens are dropping out, says one poll, and 70% of Protestants ages 18 to 30 quit church by age 23, says another. "We receive all kinds of messages, myths, and misconceptions in the course of our lives," says co-author Bob Hostetler. "One of those messages is the idea that following Jesus requires us to check our brains at the door-that reason and faith are incompatible. And that mistaken idea leads to others. That's why this book exists: to help a young man or woman weigh the evidence and lay a firm foundation for a strong faith in Christ." "Don't Check Your Brains at the Door" examines questions that today's youth face and explains how to give reasoned answers in a Christlike manner. Readers will find answers to common cultural myths and misconceptions: Myths About God, Myths About Jesus, Myths About The Bible, Myths About The Resurrection, Myths About Religion and Christianity and Myths About Life and Happiness. Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler have added a great reading comprehension section after every chapter called "Brain Food." Readers, parents, and teachers alike will find this tool helpful in processing and retaining the facts presented in every chapter. While "Don't Check Your Brains At the Door" is written primarily for our youth to give them the answers to the questions that they have and to provide them to others who are also questioning it is also a good resource for adults who have the same questions and have never had the answers provided to them before. The authors have done a great job in presenting the questions and giving the answers in a clear, concise format. This book will help change your thinking by providing you the truth you need. I highly recommend it. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Han More than 1 year ago
A lot of times we as humans just do things because that's what we were taught through our culture, family, etc. Sometimes we never fully understand why we do the things that we do. Over time it becomes a "that's just how its done" scenario. The goal of this book is encourage people to really understand their beliefs. Without this understanding,we're just going through the motions of religion and never building that connection that we need as christians. I think that they did a really good job meeting their goal. The way the information is presented is both informative and exciting. It's not dry or preachy at all. The best part is that they constantly give scripture references and activities that encourage you to get in the bible and examine the scriptures for yourself. This makes it more than just a book packed full of information, its interactive. The authors also do an excellent job relating things from the bible to modern day situations and facts by using real life stories and pop culture that everyone can relate to. You certainly don't have to be a teenager or new christian to learn from this book. Even if you've been a christian for 25 years, you can still be inspired by the simple truths that are found here book. This is a great book to not only enrich your christian walk, but to also use as a tool to tell others exactly what we believe. I would recommend this to teenagers and new believers especially, but I believe all christians can enjoy this book.
Nawny More than 1 year ago
I just got through reading "Don't Check Your Brains At The Door" by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler and I tried to think back to when I was a teenager in the youth group with questions about Christianity when I read this book and come to the realization this book could or would have helped me during this time in my life. This book is geared toward teens and older children who are at that stage in their lives when they start wondering what why they believe the things they do. This little guidebook is real easy to understand and puts thing on their level. Each reading is broken down with a little extra verse reading at the end to back up and make you think about what the authors are trying to convey to the reader. I would certainly recommend this to a youth who is questioning their faith.I just got through reading "Don't Check Your Brains At The Door" by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler and I tried to think back to when I was a teenager in the youth group with questions about Christianity. In this wonderful book from Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler, they write about how you can know what you believe about your faith and also to know why it is true. It is written mainly for teens in today's society; however, I enjoyed this book in reminding myself why I believe certain things. The authors take an approach of exposing certain myths that teens may believe or hear about their faith. They back up how the myths are not true with Scriptures from God's Word. They use humor as well to relate to today's teens which is wonderful. I also love that at the end of the chapters it causes you to dig deeper by looking up Scriptures to look farther into the lesson they have taught. I mainly requested this book to review because we are the teen leaders at our church and I thought it would be a good resource to have. I am also going to keep it for when my children are older and have questions about their faith or when their peers may challenge their faith.
Libbi_Heart More than 1 year ago
"Seven in ten Protestants ages 18 to 30-both evangelical and mainline-who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research." (USA Today) Do you ever wonder why the statistics are so grim? How could Tom from youth group or Jane from your Bible study, abandon their faith? As Josh and Bob both show in this interesting book, the cause is that these seemingly devoted highschoolers were playing a Christian game, rather than having a real relationship with Jesus Christ. They knew the scriptures to recite, just not the significance of them. This handy book ( which also can be purchased as an e-book) shows 42 myths, and how we can disprove them using scriptural proof, archeological proof, and good ol' common sense. I thought this book was a well organized, easy-to-understand book. Never had I realized how many of the facts I had not ever thought about, and how necessary they are to maintaining a relationship with Christ through the rest of my life. I looked at my youth group, and applying the statistic, I realized that seven of every ten could possibly leave their faith. This is a tragic story, that we as Christians will end. With the easy to access chapters and the "Brain Food" section at the end, I would highly recommend asking everyone in their early to late teens to read this. Overall, it was a highly researched book, full of vivid detail, and wonderful truths.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
Although this book is aimed at children, it seems like an excellent resource for all ages. It is essentially a simplified apologetics book that juxtaposes quick humor with deep insight. The chapters are tremendously short and to the point. This makes it easy for young readers to stay connected and for older readers for make time to read it. Various "myths" are dispelled about Jesus, the Bible, the resurrection, life, and more. Books written by two authors sometimes seem choppy, but this book flows very nicely with creative ideas. At the end of each chapter, there is an exercise section that involves questions, prompts, and puzzle-like activities that directly correlate to the Bible, oftentimes having the reader look up very specific verses. Bible verses are also quoted in the actual chapters, although those tend to be written out and not just cited. Overall, this book may not be a treatise on apologetics, but it will give Christians quick answers to those pesky questions both from the world and their doubting minds. The notes section includes great resources, including books on archaeology of the Bible that the authors cleverly yet succinctly summarize.
meowth2011 More than 1 year ago
Although designed for teens, Christians of all ages will find something to relate with in this book. It aims to give us a clearer view of what the bible really means when it says a certain thing. It is divided itno six parts, each busting a myth that hounds teenagers of today. It provides answers to questions in a way that is easier to understand, and thus equally easier to believe, with proofs backed up with Bible truths. This is a well-paced, well-phased book that is appropriate to the times. Teenagers as well as adults will find enlightenment from its pages, and thus have a better understanding of what God is really all about. I got an ARC of this book through Booksneeze.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book really has helped with a lot of my questions about christ. It is very modern, slilly, and easy to relate to. I recomend this book wholeheartadly! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im enjoying this book a whole lot. Im in a Bible class at my co-op and my teacher is really useing this book to its fullest. Even though some people think its going to be a stupid book sence its got tittles like " The vending-mechine God " what ever happened to the don't judge a book by its cover saying the tittles my be a bit silly but im in jr. High and Im enjoying it. It really helps explain what Iv'e had questions about. I think you will enjoy the book alot better if you have a teacher teaching it to you but if you don't its still a good book to read even if your not a Christian. J.N.M
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't Check Your Brains At The Door is a well laid out book about apologetics for students. It is broken into six different sections on different myths about the Christian faith. Within those sections are even more detailed chapters. The authors do a great job of covering a large amount of information in a fairly short amount of pages. I think this book is great! It would be perfect for a middle school to early high school small group Bible study or Sunday School. The layout is perfect for a group study or even on your own. While DCYBATD doesn't necessarily break any new ground in apologetics for teens, I think it is a great introduction into different myths about Christianity. I would definitely recommend this book to my students! I do, however, think it is better suited for guys or maybe a guys and girls group, but probably not just for girls. While the information is relevant to either, I think it appeals more to guys. It mixes stories, Scriptures, and facts together to create a great book for any teen looking to deepen their understanding of the different aspects of their faith. Get the book for your small group, Sunday School, or even just to go through with your own child! *I was provided with a free copy of this book to review by Book Sneeze*
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LMM63 More than 1 year ago
Don't Check Your Brains at the Door By: Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler I am so glad I decided to review this book! Don't Check Your Brains at the Door is written with teens and young adults in mind, but it is full of information that anyone would benefit from knowing. The book takes myths and holds them up to the light of God's Word, showing them for what they are - myths. It was written in easy to read and understand language. It is full of down to earth and Biblically based information. Plus, each of the forty-two chapters ends with a "you check out what the Bible says" section. One doesn't have to just take the word of the author, but is encouraged to check out the information on their own. It would be a very fitting book for youth group, home school, or other Bible studies. It could also be easily adapted for new Christians and/or seekers. Too many people today are not grounded in the Word and thus fall for the myths that the world dishes out. This book exposes many of those myths in a way that teens can relate to. My teen doesn't know it yet, but this book is going to be part of her high school Bible curriculum. Thank you Thomas Nelson publishing for supplying a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
ChristianMomBookReview More than 1 year ago
This is a great book geared more for the teen audience that gives answers to questions that teens may have and provides solid information on the "whys" of the beliefs of Christianity in an easy to understand format. The chapters grouped in sections such as, "Myths about God", "Myths about Jesus", "Myths about the Bible", and "Myths about Life and Happiness". Each mini-topic is only two to three pages long, and ends with a list of "Brain Food" for the reader to digest which includes scripture references and questions to tie in the topic addressed. I thought that the authors did a great job of including most of the topics that young adults and teenagers may have questions about regarding their faith, and each topic was presented in a interesting and fun to read format. I especially appreciated that they put scripture references at the end of each passage to confirm in the reader that they are indeed basing the information off of scripture. I would recommend this book to any parent of an 11-18 year old to read together or separate as a tool to strenghthen a child's beliefs and faith. It would also be a great book for a group bible study! I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
lauraofharvestlanecottage More than 1 year ago
Don't Check Your Brains at the Door. What kind of title is that? I thought as I was looking for my next book to review; then, I saw the subtitle, Know What You Believe and Why. Now I was interested. As a woman with a twenty year old son and a thirteen year old daughter, I've been getting some questions about God and Christianity that I haven't always known exactly how to answer. There are some things that I believe simply because the Holy Spirit has confirmed them in my heart even though I cannot put my finger exactly where I read them in the Bible. This book has helped with that. You might think of it as an introduction to apologetics for young people. However, at 46, I found it to be quite well thought out and informative as well. The issues and questions are the same at any age. The target audience is definitely a younger generation though. The authors aim at teenagers; but, young adults would benefit as well. It examines and exposes myths about God, Jesus, the Bible, the Resurrection, Church, religion, and life with catchy titles like: The Cosmic Cop, The Vending Machine God, The Wimpy Jesus, The Prophet Jesus, One Among Many, The Swiss Cheese Bible, Playing Dead?, and When the Roll is Called Up Yonder Everybody Will Be There. I will warn you that #34 and #38 are not for young teens. They are a little too explicit for my children. I think the book is well-written as well as well-researched. The authors use the Bible to back up their hypotheses and include study questions for the reader. I recommend it to parents of teens. Four Stars I received this book for free from Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review
Cassie_D96 More than 1 year ago
*I would like to say that I am basing this review off of the new revised version. Who is God really? Is he some unseen and unknown power? Or is he like Santa Claus, giving us what we want if we're good or we wish enough? Or maybe he is some sort of awful disciplinarian, wanting to take us away from all these we might enjoy? Is living off your parents faith really enough? Is the Bible really true? Or is it just a nice story? What is religion about? What is life about? These are all questions that are facing teens today, as a teenager myself I know that I have asked these of myself many times. All of these questions, and more, are answered in this book. Don't Check Your Brains at the Door explores many common myths surrounding God, Jesus, the Bible, the Resurrection, Christianity, and life in general. I think the first thing I thought when reading this was, "this makes sense!". The authors did an excellent job at getting their point across in a straight forward manner. They didn't get bogged down with little details but they didn't skip over important items for the sake of keeping it simple. The chapters are short and use interesting illustrations to reinforce their point, this went a long way in keeping my attention. Normally with books involving straight facts, doctrines, beliefs, etc. I get so bored and lost I give up and reach for the nearest romance novel, but not with this one. This book kept my attention long enough to go through several chapters in one sitting. I was glad to see that everything in this book is backed up by biblical reference as well as including a short, bible look-up activity at the end of each chapter. I have always struggled with faith, I think I have always believed but God and Jesus have never truly felt real. But after reading the chapter Plastic Jesus: The Ivory Tower Myth at least for a moment Jesus suddenly became so real that I nearly cried. This startled me a lot since I am not normally easily touched. While not all of the book is quite like this I did really find that this book made God and especially Jesus much more real to me. My one complaint is that the authors very much stuck to the "Myths and Legends" theme which I feel they could have branched off from. The effect of this was that rather than feeling like one complete book it felt more like a compilation of many short stories or papers. However this was not a major drawback and probably won't bother other people. So overall, if you are looking for something deep and thoughtful this probably isn't what you are looking for. But for a daily, easy-read devotional I would say this is perfect. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Sneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255
JennWF More than 1 year ago
Don't Check Your Brains At the Door by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler is a must-read for a new generation of Christians. In a postmodern world where simple faith is just not simple and truth is seemingly relevant, this book offers a fresh answer to the not-so-new questions surrounding the authenticity of Christian faith. Using language and illustrations geared towards young people, the book tackles major apologetic issues and subjects, calling them "myths" -- myths about God, myths about Jesus, myths about the Bible, myths about the Resurrection, myths about religion and Christianity, and myths about life and happiness. Each section hits on a worldly view of some element of the Christian faith, employing the use of stories, illustrations, and jokes to communicate the issue. Then, the writers use Scripture, history, and basic logic to illuminate the real truth and to point readers back to Christ. It is, in the simplest sense, an apologetics handbook for teens. I would highly recommend this book to anyone -- young or old -- who wants to be better equipped to give an answer for the faith that they have. Many thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book to review. All opinions expressed are mine entirely.
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JamieLittle More than 1 year ago
Don't Check Your Brains at the Door By Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler There are huge numbers of teens raised in Christian homes that don't really understand why their parents believe the things they do; until they start to question things on their own they tend to just believe what their parents believe without knowing why. This book aims to answer questions that may arise and help teens discover the understanding behind Christian world views and beliefs. McDowell and Hostetler want to encourage teens to really understand and develop a connection with their beliefs and really be able to make sense of it all. Without this understanding, it's all just going through the motions. This book is full of great points for anyone who wants to better understand Christianity and their relationship with God. Each chapter tackles a key concept and is presented in a way that is easy to understand. At the end of each chapter is a section called Brain Food that challenges the reader to examine the Bible for themselves. Rather than just present a bunch of information, the book really helps the reader to interact with Bible and do some critical thinking about what is presented. I would recommend this book to anyone who has questions about Christianity and why Christians hold the beliefs they do. Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.
CMorrison98 More than 1 year ago
This book can be used for personal growth, and the questions/references at the end of each chapter make it a useful tool for youth groups. This is a good reference book for those interested in offering truth to people who present you with questions about the Bible, God, Jesus, and other such areas of the Christian faith. This book approaches many of the doubts that Christians may have, as well as many of the questions that non-Christians may have. It is in an easy-to-read, amusing format. I am 13 and I love this book because it is so entertaining, and faith building at the same time. I recommend this book to all teens that struggle with myths about the Bible and their faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of what we are exposed to these days seems as if we either *have* or are *expected to* check our brains at the door. The evening "news" broadcasts are filled with un-newsworthy clips, tv shows and movies have been dumbed down, and live's moments (whether earth-shattering or mundane) have been trimmed to 140 characters or less. Which is why it makes perfect sense to me that young adults have checked their brains when it comes to faith and religion. Many of them are not sure, or cannot defend, their religious beliefs when questioned by others, and stop attending church in early adulthood. I would say this is true of many (if not most) of the people I spend my days with (at work, etc), though I am slightly older than the target audience of this book. The authors are aiming at an 18-30 crowd, though the book seems to be skewed towards the younger edge of that range. For those who have drifted, this book provides a basic re-entry. I really didn't think the book was too in-depth (probably good for the target audience) but hopefully it would lead the reader into further study, or a discussion to explore some of these topics. The book's subtitle is "know what you believe and why"--the "what" seems to be sufficient in this book, but a few times I found myself asking for more "why". Although non-traditional, I could see the merits of giving this book to a high school or college graduate who is "going off" into the world, and who may be tempted to check his/her brain at the door and move along with adult life. Please note that I received this book at no charge from the publisher through Book Sneeze in exchange for an honest review.
elise067 More than 1 year ago
I just received "Don't Check Your Brains at the Door" by Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler to receive as a part of Thomas Nelson's Book Sneeze Program. The book consists of forty-two chapters in six general topics dealing with common myths of the Christian faith on the topics of: . God . Jesus . The Bible . The Resurrection . Religion and Christianity . Life and Happiness The book is geared to teens and a good start for them on this topic. The chapters grab the reader's attention and relate the idea well, ending with a section called "Brain Food", encouraging us to look in our Bibles and study the ideas a bit more in-depth for ourselves. This is a good basic apologetics book with good information about the historical evidences of Jesus and His Resurrection. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to see what my teens reaction is to it as well!
Angela_Nic More than 1 year ago
"Don't Check Your Brains at the Door" by Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler presents apologetic ideas in a simple, easy-to-understand mini-devotional and has questions/references at the end of each chapter. It covers general knowledge about false religions, cults, and other things that get thrown at you during your life as a Christian. Following is the book description: "Seven in 10 Protestants ages 18 to 30-both evangelical and mainline-who went to church regularly in high school said they quit attending by age 23, according to the survey by LifeWay Research." (USA Today) Don't Check Your Brains at the Door gives teens answers that make sense, even for the toughest of questions. Internationally known defender of the faith Josh McDowell and co-author Bob Hostetler offer clarity laced with humor to expose common myths about God, the Bible, religion, and life to show how Christianity stands up to the test of fact and reason. Teens will be better equipped to stick with their faith as they begin to understand why they believe and why it's important to make a lifetime commitment to Christ and the church. I've enjoyed reading this book and feel it's a good reference book which will help me in answering questions about the Bible, God, Jesus, and other areas of Christian faith.
ApeClems More than 1 year ago
First off I have to say, I really wished I had gotten the actual book rather than the ebook this time! This book is about a lot of Myths the world has about God, the Bible, Jesus, the Resurrection, Life & Happiness, and Religion & Christianity. It includes many things that can help our teens with the many things that they are going throug such as peer pressure. Although this book is aimed at teenagers, I found it could be great for adults as well. If only to remind us of the things we may have let slip from our minds along the winding roads of life. Very clearly written so that it can be understood by the reader. Highly recommended if you have a teen that has lots of questions about these topics. "Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship!" I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Marsha_Randolph More than 1 year ago
Written for teenagers "Don't Check Your Brains at the Door" by Josh McDowell and Bob Hostetler, updated and revised from its' 1992 version, is an excellent book for everyone. Among many believers' young and old there is a growing misunderstanding of the Word of God, each chapter helps the reader develop a personal understanding of what the bible really says thereby replacing myth with fact. I like this book because it makes sense. By addressing biblical truths in a manner that young adults can grasp with chapters like: "The Vending Machine God- The Father Christmas Myth" the authors address many of the issues all believers need to consider using examples we can relate to. "Don't Check Your Brains at the Door" is divided into six parts: Myths About God, Myths About Jesus, Myths About the Bible, Myths About the Resurrection, Myths About Religion and Christianity, and Myths about Life and Happiness. This book is truly a lesson in what not to believe. As I have stated, this book is written from young people but I would firmly believe it is beneficial to young and old. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone. This book was given to me free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review. The revised addition will be available August 2, 2011