Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World

Saving Truth: Finding Meaning and Clarity in a Post-Truth World

by Abdu Murray

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ISBN-13: 9780310562047
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 170,787
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Abdu Murray (JD, University of Michigan) is North America director of RZIM, a regular speaker at churches and on college campuses, and host of the radio program and podcast Embrace the Truth with Abdu Murray. A scholar in residence at the Josh McDowell Institute of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, he is the author of many articles and two books, including Grand Central Question.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Understanding the Culture of Confusion

1. Post-Truth and the Blossoming of the Culture of Confusion
2. Confusion about Human Freedom: The Fuel for the Culture of Confusion
3. Confusion and the Church: The Seduction of a Post-Truth Mindset
4. Confusion and Consequences: The Fruit of the Culture of Confusion

Part 2: Bringing Clarity

5. Clarity about Human Dignity
6. Clarity about Freedom, Sexuality, and Identity
7. Clarity about the Role of Science and the Life of Faith
8. Clarity about Racial Reconciliation
9. Clarity about Religion and Pluralism
10. Clarity about Rights, Responsibilities, and Freedom

Conclusion: The Clarity of Hope

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Anonymous 10 months ago
Saving Truth by Abdu Murray Another young relative has come out of university in a same-sex relationship. A long-time family friend’s daughter came out of university in a relationship with a girlfriend and declares she is bi-sexual. Just 2 in a growing list of wonderful young friends and relatives making visible these decisions. And for those of us who believe that the standards God set in His Word truly spell out the best practices for healthy life and hope, they are heartbreaking to see. The chapter “Clarity about Sexuality, Gender and Identity” in this book, gives just that as we seek to carry on in love and wisdom to pray and care in this generation. Without compromising the biblical world view we know to be true, Murray clearly outlines how we can identify and critique the problems and shows ways to compassionately show how the gospel gives clear direction toward change in the confused direction our culture is taking. I found this book very helpful toward this goal. I received this book from Graf-Martin and Baker Books in exchange for an unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#savingtruth My colleague and friend Abdu Murray with Ravi Zacharias Ministries has just published his latest book that gripped my soul with its urgenecy. "Saving Truth" is an astute anaylysis of the past two years of navigating our toxic culture and its post-truth worldview. Abdu writes” Post- truth has two modes. The first is soft mode by which I mean we may acknowledge that truth exists-or that certain things are true but we don't care about the truth if it gets in the way of our personal preferences. In soft mode of post truth, the truth exists objectively, but our subjective feelings and opinions matter more." This is a quick and intriguing read and a perfect primer for you to give to Church members and staff, teachers, friends, college students and any who battle for truth. It is essential for us to win minds and souls not just win arguments. If you like me desire to SAVE TRUTH, devour Abdu’s writing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World Book Review Disclaimer: I received this book as a review copy as part of a pre-launch team. Have you watched the news lately? It seems like many people are loudly calling for “safe spaces,” shouting down opponents, and calling for radical personal autonomy. Objective truth is not the order of the day. Our culture is in crisis. Does it leave you scratching your head in dismay? Abdu Murray writes about this predicament in his new book Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World. The author is North American Director for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Murray is trained in psychology and law. He is a Muslim convert to Christianity and speaks about the Christian faith on college campuses and churches. In Saving Truth, Murray begins by asserting that we now live in a “Post-Truth” society. This hyphenated word was features as the Word of the Year in 2016 by Oxford Dictionaries. He writes, “According to Oxford Dictionaries, post-truth means ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.’” Post-truth’s subjective qualities make it immune to truth, facts, and logical reasoning. This has produced what the author calls a “Culture of Confusion,” especially in the areas of human nature and freedom, which reach into other areas as well, even the Christian church. Ultimately, the solution to confusion is clarity. Clarity must come from truth. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32, HCSB). Murray asserts, “A truth-based inquiry might be difficult and painful, but greater difficulty and pain will follower if it is abandoned.” The author applies a truth-based inquiry to several pressing issues in our culture. Sexuality, Gender, and Identity: The Culture of Confusion promotes radical individual autonomy and self-definition of sexual identity. The Christian worldview reminds us, however, that even though all of us are broken, sexuality reflects something greater than individual license. All of us are made in the image of God. “God’s original intent is for harmony between one’s soul and one’s body,” Murray writes. Freedom comes when we find our identity through Jesus Christ and His Lordship in our lives. Science and Faith: The idea that religion and science are and have been at odds is a hallmark of the current cultural paradigm. But, this is false. Many scientists, including historical figures Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon, and James Clerk Maxwell were believers. In the modern day, John Lennox, Hugh Ross, John Polkinghorn, among others, profess Christianity. Science and faith, Murray asserts, are complimentary. “Hard sciences aren’t broad enough to help us unlock all of life’s mysteries,” he writes, Good religion takes all of those fields and combines them with faith with revelation to tell us who we are, why we’re here, and where we’re going.” Abdu Murray’s Saving Truth is a necessary tonic for a culture which has seemingly abandoned truth in favor of preferences and individual feelings. His book speaks not only to the culture, but to the church as well. In too many instances, the Christian church has gone along to get along, only to sacrifice integrity in the process. Murray concludes, “In Jesus Christ, we have both the truth who satisfies our question and personality who satisfies our ne
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book is conversational and non-judgmental. It's respectful approach is intended for both devoted Christians and adamant atheists, and that is a rare combo. As a millennial Christian, I've felt overwhelmed in knowing how to respond to my friends' questions about Christianity's role in science, sexuality, and freedom. Finally, a breath of fresh air that explains what Christians believe, what they don't believe, and how we can all find common ground. It's a valuable tool we NEED to be placing in young Christians' hands. It is a practical, accessible read I can't recommend highly enough.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the world of Christian Apologetics there are many books to choose from. With authors such as Ravi Zacharias, William Craig, Nabeel Qureshi, there is great material out there. While the book “Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray, can be placed in the Christian Theology/Apologetics sections of your local bookstore. I would like to add another section for this book and that is the Christian Apologetics Worldview section. These 256 pages, which are packed in 9 chapters, gives the reader a clear understanding about culture and how does culture, in what Abdu calls “post-truth culture,” relate to Christianity. There are just too many good points that this author mentions in this book. Abdu gives a fresh new voice in this movement, with a JD from Michigan Law school he serves with Ravi Zacharias Ministries in North America. A former Muslim who came to faith in Jesus and someone whose testimony and life reflects the life of one of his friends and colleagues Nabeel Qureshi who is now in heaven. I am grateful that Abdu is another voice that can bring truth in a world that is losing truth and reality. I received a proof copy of this book via the Saving Truth Launch Team with the understanding I would read it and write a review.
Juan Valdes More than 1 year ago
Its no secret that we live in a very confused world. We expect certain things ought to happen and we are deeply disappointed when they don’t, all the while denying that there are any ultimate “oughts.” What I love about this book (having read it twice already) is the way Murray diagnoses the problem—with incredible precision—and then provides a thorough answer said problem! In addition, I’m impressed with the simplicity of the language in spite of the profundity of his content. I think the book will satisfy the academic just as much as it will the layperson. This is a must read for anyone who wants to make sense of the chaotic times we live in. You will not be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could feel the emotion of freedom itself while watching Braveheart as William Wallace exclaimed in a moment of awesomeness, “They may take away our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!” In the new book by Abdu Murray, Saving Truth Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World, he explores freedom itself while unpacking what it means to be human. Abud Murray connects both the emotional feeling of what freedom feels like, and what it means to truly be free. Abdu Murray not only explains the real meaning of freedom, but also how to reach it. Abdu Murray does not shy away from the difficult topics that society faces today. Abdu Murray explains before answering the difficult questions or understanding freedom we must understand who we are. Abud Murray brings the quote from Os Guineess to life, “You may, if you like, free a tiger from his bars; but do not free him from his stripes.” This fantastic new book moves the discussion forward while exploring the truth. This book is a must read for all, including the skeptic, naturalist, pantheist, Muslim, and Christian.
JulieSunne More than 1 year ago
There’s much competing information about what truth is, about what that right path is. There are many voices clamoring to be heard—voices that claim to know the truth. But increasingly we’re hearing a different message. The message that truth is whatever you want it to be … or that truth doesn’t exist at all: the voice of a post-truth culture. A culture that according to Abdu Murray’s new book, Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World,” elevates preferences and feelings over facts and truth.” But without truth our very identity is lost. I expected Saving Truth to educate me on why Christianity is viewed with increasing disdain. I expected this book to offer me ideas on how to discuss the truth with those whom I disagree. What pleasantly surprised me was the honesty and compassion with which Abdu addresses the topic. He doesn’t simply point the finger at others as the problem, but points equally as many back at Christians who have often played a part in fostering this Culture of Confusion. Looking to more fully understand the culture we live in, how to better guide your children, and how to more effectively share your faith in what can be a hostile environment? Abdu Murray’s new book is one great resource to check out! The entire book points us squarely to the answer: “What is truth? we may ask in a world that elevates personal preference over truth. The answer is Jesus—the truth who is personal. He is the Saving Truth.” (I’ve received an Advance Reading Copy of Saving Truth in exchange for an honest review.)
AshleyMontgomery More than 1 year ago
Abdu Murray's new work Saving Truth: Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World is extraordinary. I first learned of Abdu Murray through Nabeel Qureshi, another amazing Christian apologetics writer. I had the amazing opportunity to get to hear Abdu speak in Texas not long ago. He has a unique ability to be able to break down complex issues and theology into logical and truthful arguments that all people can understand, regardless of their educational background or familiarity with the field of apologetics. He puts that ability to work in this new book. I feel like this book successfully addresses so many issues that Christians face today. I was pleasantly surprised to see how he held Christians accountable for their part in the "Culture of Confusion" that society now finds itself. We have a responsibility to steer things back in the right direction. The Church should be a bright burning flame in the world, not to set it on fire and destroy it but to be a light guiding people to the One who is truth. How do we do that? Abdu says in the book, "If the church's caving to the post-truth mindset has contributed to the larger cultural problem, then perhaps Christians' rediscovered commitment to the truth can lead us back to the solution." What is truth? Great question. Truth is not a what, but a Who. Jesus is truth. When we know that truth, then we will be set free. Speaking the truth in love as commanded to do in the Bible allows Christians to walk the way they are called to walk without compromise. It also allows the hearers of that truth to not walk away from encounters with Christians feeling beaten up and pushed away. I highly recommend this book. I believe it to be a staple in any Christian's library, one that you will return to time and time again. Saving Truth is now available at all book retailers and you can find more details and links at www.abdumurray.com. I received a complimentary copy of this title from its publisher in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Today, it seems that the notion of “Truth” is one that is constantly being challenged. Why does truth matter, if at all? What does it even mean? Should the facts of a particular situation influence our thoughts and emotions, or are the facts merely secondary in relation to our feelings? Murray’s main premise for this book is that the concept of post-truth is pervasive in our society. Though post-truth has been around for over two decades, it hasn’t been given much notice until recently. Oxford Dictionaries defines post-truth as, “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief” (9). This topic is particularly appealing to me primarily because of its prevalence in our culture. In my capacity as student minister, I spend a lot of time with teenagers who are influenced by this concept in their surroundings, be it social media, schools, friends, etc. I appreciate Murray’s handling of the topic, especially in navigating through some of the nuances. For example, it can be mistakenly thought that post-truth is just another flavor of postmodernism. Murray addresses this, saying, “Unlike postmodernism, the post-truth mindset acknowledges objective truth, but subordinates it to preferences” (10). I also appreciated Murray’s interaction with secular thinkers like Sam Harris, Peter Singer, Steven Pinker, Kai Nielsen, among others. Finally, particularly from a pastoral standpoint, I appreciated Murray’s emphasis that in a post-truth world, Jesus’s claim to be the Truth is wholly radical and worth considering. Truth isn’t found in some idea or concept, but in a person, Jesus Christ. I wholly recommend this for Christians looking for resources as they seek to live out their faith, as well as non-Christians who are open to engaging opposing viewpoints. *Note: I received an advance copy of the text in exchange for my honest review and feedback.
Randall_W More than 1 year ago
Abdu Murray blew me away! When I cracked the pages of Saving Truth, I was cautiously optimistic about the premise having read many similar works that failed to deliver. I wanted to listen to an author who honestly grappled with the implications of truth on major issues we are facing in our society. I wanted to devour content from an author who wasn’t merely pushing an agenda but was speaking from the heart. An author who would encourage me to understand others and prioritize truth over my desires. Abdu did not disappoint! Tone Abdu’s tone is one of genuine care and an authentic desire to understand those who differ in a mutual pursuit of truth. Few authors can achieve this balance to the degree that commands respect. This level of appreciation is what leads readers like me to call authors such as Abdu by their first name. It’s because you feel like you just met a true friend and shared one of the best conversations you can ever recall. Content The message of Saving Truth is both theologically reliable, something I value with having two Masters in theology, and presents an accurate portrait of the Christian view of truth. This amazing work brings the confusion in culture into clarity regarding truth. Even with my years of theological training, I still felt like Abdu’s writing brightened a dimly lit room so I could see. His exploration of the relationship between truth and freedom cut to my heart and made me realize the inextricable value of truth to experiencing definitive freedom. In chapter three, Murray states “When truth is sacrificed as the burnt offering on the altar of autonomy, the resultant smokes chokes the breath out of freedom.” Pursuing truth is vital to finding our identity and real freedom. Abdu addresses truth in light of issues of post-truth relativism, the relationship between science and faith, the meaning and nature of real freedom, personal identity and expression, and the exclusivity of Christ. Is this book worth your time? Yes! Everyone who purports to be passionate about truth should read this work because it begs the question, “What is truth and what may I be prioritizing over truth?” This crucial question spans any length and extent of your faith, no matter your background, belief system, or biblical familiarity. Pastors and church staff should read Saving Truth together because it brings clarity to the confusion of a post-truth society. Saving Truth will help your ministry develop a mentality and method for understanding and reaching a culture inside and outside your church, which prioritizes preference over truth. If your pastor doesn’t have this book yet, he will appreciate it! If you are leading a small group, this should be on your top tier of recommendations for a study. This will be an excellent book for an evangelistic study, not because it indoctrinates but because it facilitates fantastic dialogue about truth and its subsequent implications for life. I was truly sad when I realized I had come to the end of the book. I believe you will savor this experience.
Andy Cassler More than 1 year ago
After hearing Abdu Murray speak at my church's annual theology conference in March, I signed up for a spot to be on the launch team for Saving Truth. His two talks provided a synopsis of the book, but it was great to actually read through the book in its entirety. Murray was a Muslim for most of his life and eventually recognized the truth of Christianity. Twice in the book he writes, ”The truth wasn’t hard to find, but it was hard to embrace.” This idea connects his own story to the larger narrative of our culture’s reliance on feelings and preferences over facts and truth, the very definition of ”post-truth.” Murray, a trained lawyer, uses three chapters to examine the ”Culture of Confusion” and its consequences and then spends the next six chapters attempting to bring clarity to the confusion over issues of freedom, human dignity, sexuality and gender, science and faith, religious pluralism, and the remedy found in Jesus. This is a book for believer and skeptic alike, and it’s a great addition to the growing literature that aims to address the bankruptcy of unbelief and the problems of a post-truth world. Murray writes, ”Someone is autonomous if he is a law unto himself. And the pursuit of autonomy—not freedom—is what we are seeing today. I would argue that the pursuit of autonomy is the root of the post-truth mindset that fuels the Culture of Confusion... Autonomy is so distortive that self-evident truths are ignored to win an argument or to keep ourselves comfortable. We need to know the truth that our quest for autonomy is what enslaves us. We are in chains that we cannot feel and in prisons we cannot see. And they are both of our own making.”
MDRN More than 1 year ago
Abdu Murray’s “Saving Truth is not an “easy read” but is well worth the time invested in reading it. I underlined, starred and “exclamation-pointed !” on page after page ~ my way of marking those concepts I want to revisit. Murray is able to separate truth from fiction, pointing out how the biblical worldview differs from other worldviews, but does so with respect and kindness. While he is incisive in his assessments and conclusions, there is no denigration of the opposing point of view, even on the most potentially polarizing topics. It essentially addresses the concept of confusion vs clarity on multiple culturally-relevant topics. An assertion which I found compelling is that ‘we’ ~ as a culture ~ have mistaken autonomy (self-law) for freedom. Murray states, “Freedom operates at its best within the confines of truth. Boundaries are foreign to pure autonomy, which means truth is being sacrificed on autonomy’s altar”. He then proceeds to further discuss the impact of this mistake. Abdu especially treats the chapter on Sexuality, Gender, and Identity with compassion while, at the same time, illuminating the fallacies in thinking that plague both the Church and those who experience sexual dysphoria. I found “Saving Truth” to be relevant for our times, for all ages, both those in professional ministry and laity, and for those who are not followers of Jesus Christ as well. It makes sense, offers enlightenment as to how we got to this place culturally, and advances the best path forward, i.e. a biblical worldview. It may cause some discomfort to Christians who hold very traditional views and who don’t like their thinking challenged, but in the long run offers a more hopeful and healthy path without compromising biblical values. Abdu Murray has done his research, citing sources from multiple points of view, thus giving the reader a more balanced perspective on the topics addressed.
MargaretHesford More than 1 year ago
Perhaps the greatest challenge facing "Saving Truth" is getting non-Christians to read a book by a committed Christian. However, there is no doubt that Christians need to read it too. Many Christians think they know all there is to know about Truth, with a capital T, & I fell into that trap. However, this reader was open to find out if there was more - & there certainly is. There is so much confusion in this current world, that it's truly hard to know what is true & what is falsehood, & worse, many don't even try to distinguish them, content with whatever supports their innate prejudices, and sadly, some Christians are there too. "We Christians" KNOW that homosexuality & other sexual sins are just that, sins, but are we judging those in gender dysphoria, instead of loving them as Christ does? Are we writing off those with different views than us, because we "know" that they are wrong? Are we looking for the Truth about Jesus, instead of support for our preferences, sexual & otherwise? I wonder. However, Abdu Murray tackles these hard issues, & shows the Truth to those claiming to stand for Truth. Christians are perceived "as enemies of progress & freedom" (Saving Truth, p.25), & sharing "false" news, without checking its accuracy, hasn't helped. Life isn't about "them" & "us", but about living the Gospels, & many are failing, as Abdu Murray makes clear. Yes, we have to stand on the Truth of Scripture, but no, we are categorically not to vilify those with whom we disagree (Saving Truth, 27-8), even if they are "wrong". We need a Saviour too. We need godly wisdom, gentleness, & love, even when what is directed at us is deliberately designed to hurt (Saving Truth, p. 34). Of all people, we who are forgiven must forgive daily, hourly. SO many are confused about freedom, but they are not going to change their minds if they are attacked. Saving Truth (p.46 & more) clearly delineates real freedom (see, e.g., Saving Truth, p.57-8), & places where it is & was denied. Abdu Murray discusses, in some detail, the struggles of those with gender dysphoria, giving dignity to them, & repeatedly saying that they ARE struggling. He also perceptively compares struggling with one's sexual identity with his struggle, as a committed Muslim, with Christianity (Saving Truth, p. 121-22). He refers to committed Christians who themselves have unbiblical sexual desires, noting one such man's commitment to "holy sexuality", not heterosexuality. Abdu Murray further notes the importance of our sexual selves, reminding us that "physical assault & sexual assault" (Saving Truth, p.133) are perceived differently by all, & that accepting Christ does not mean these desires go away, but that those with such desires suffer with fellow Christians & Christ Himself. Abdu Murray adeptly addresses the supposed conflict between science & faith, showing not only no conflict between them, but also that science simply cannot answer all questions. He includes a reference to the likelihood of the Big Bang theory (though there is insufficient room in the book for all the zeros showing its impossibility!) (Saving Truth, p149). Discussion of religious pluralism comes next, & Abdu Murray clearly (not a word I like to use, but so appropriate here) demonstrates how all roads of all religions do NOT lead to God, & that all religions actually agree with that. Saving Truth, p. 185-211. The author concludes by showing that only Jesus can bring Light through the darkness and fog of p
Sharon Barrow Henning Wilfong More than 1 year ago
My husband and I lead a college Sunday School class and our church did a series on how to share the gospel with unbelievers. The format of our Sunday School is to discuss the day's sermons and share thoughts and insights. The method our pastors took is called the "3 circle" message. Explain the fall of man, Christ's sacrifice and man's redemption through His sacrifice. It is a basic message and I asked the students what they thought of it. The students in our particular class were mainly engineering students and, needless to say, pretty cerebral. One young man who was Vietnamese and a new convert to Christianity remarked that the basic circle, while accurately describing the Gospel, really did not answer the hard questions that he was getting pummeled with at school. This started a series of discussions where we practiced asking and answering the type of questions that non-believers ask Christians. That is where Saving Truth comes in. Do you have questions about God and how His Truth fits in today's society? Are you the one with questions or the one being asked these questions? Either way, this book is a good guide. Saving Truth does not shy away from the current cultural tide of today. It tackles the issues of truth (is it relative, unknowable or non-existent?); sexual identity; is science and faith compatible?; religious pluralism and the dignity of human life. One of the greatest deceptions that is being exalted by certain activist groups today is that they are on the side of the "victim". They are the saviors of people of certain life styles-transgenderism, LGBQT, women with an unwanted pregnancy, who are being "persecuted" by narrow "fundamentalist" religious groups. Murray carefully explains and supports that in fact the opposite is true. Abdu Murray, with clear and acute insight, describes our society with both wisdom and compassion. I could spend pages describing the different truths he supports, but I suggest you read the book.
LoriSevedge More than 1 year ago
Abdu Murray does an excellent job explaining why we have such a hard time engaging with the culture around us. He points out that our culture has gone past post-modernism to the point of being post-truth. This leads to what Murray calls a “Culture of Confusion.” That certainly describes our world today and it all began to make sense to me! While people in our culture think they are championing freedom they actually are not. What they are really doing is seeking autonomy. These are related concepts but they are not the same thing. As Murray points out, “Freedom operates at its best within the confines of the truth” while autonomy says, “If the facts get in the way of it, well, the facts have to be ignored and any opposition will be silenced.” People do not want what is right or fair for everyone. They want what is best for them. They just want their way, no matter how it affects anyone else. So how do we engage in discussion with people who do not care about the truth? In Saving Truth Murray does an excellent job helping you discover how to do that. This isn’t a book about what each worldview believes and how to address them point by point. He already wrote about that in his book Grand Central Question. Rather, Saving Truth is about getting you to the starting point of the discussion. You can not have a productive conversation until the person will agree that truth even matters. Without that you get nowhere. Murray also focuses on sharing the truth with the proper motivation and passion for human dignity. He says, “We need a return to clarity about human dignity if we are to bridge the gap between the way the world is and the way we want it to be.” Every human is made in the image of God and deserves our utmost respect and love. It is possible to disagree without being disagreeable and it is imperative that we do that. I have heard Murray say that behind every question is a questioner and you can tell that he has a great heart and genuine love for every single person no matter what they believe or do. He desires for them to know the truth and more importantly to know Jesus, who is the truth. He ends just about each chapter showing how Jesus is the best answer to each question of life. He bases this on evidence, not merely opinion. He shows how when you ask these questions and honestly seek the truth in your answer, it always points to Jesus. It took Abdu Murray 9 years to become a Christian. His admits “It did not take me nine years to find the truth. It took me nine years to accept it. The truth wasn’t hard to find, but it was hard to embrace.” He knows and understands the struggle to accept the truth and in Saving Truth he has offered us a great tool for us to encourage others to embrace it too. I give it 5 stars and encourage everyone to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve been reading Saving Truth by Abdu Murray, and it presents a lot of very interesting ideas I hadn’t considered before. It’s definitely a good read for those who like seeing things from a new perspective. It's very clear that the author has researched and prayed over each topic in depth. I'll be reading this more than once to glean as much as possible from this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jesus claimed to be the truth. Our modern world denies that there even is truth, at least in any kind of absolute sense. In fact, Oxford English Dictionary named “post-truth” its word of the year in 2016, and that mindset has become increasingly pervasive ever since. That’s why Abdu Murray’s book “Saving Truth” is so important and timely. Murray masterfully describes how we became a “Culture of Confusion” — the diagnosis — and more importantly he unpacks what we should do about it — the cure. Being a Christian apologetics book, you might expect that he arrives at Jesus as the solution, but it’s the way he arrives there that’ll intrigue and challenge readers from any background. He puts our post-truth world under the microscope and discovers fatal flaws in the pursuit of personal autonomy and freedom, including the revelation that our very quest for autonomy is what enslaves us. This first portion of the book requires some paradigm shifts that demand thoughtful reflection. Once the framework is in place, the book picks up speed as it uses that framework to show how clarity is possible — and necessary — on some hot-button topics, including sexuality, gender and identity, science and faith, and religious pluralism. In case you think this is merely a “rally the troops” book to boost Christian egos, Murray also exposes wrong approaches Christians have taken to facilitate the “Culture of Confusion.” Brief examples here include Christians’ use of “anti-“ language (vs. “pro-“), emphasizing biblical prohibitions (vs. protections) and “reaching down from a place of moral elevation” instead of reaching out. Murray shows that “all of us are fractured in every way … we are broken together. Together we need restoration.” Murray’s conclusion for all of us is both simple and profound: Jesus is “the truth our minds seek and the person our hearts embrace.” I suspect an honest reader will share the same reflection Murray shared of his own nine-year journey from Islam to Christianity: “The truth wasn’t hard to find. It was hard to embrace.” And yet, embracing it is the only path to true freedom: “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32), and, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36).” If you want to find true freedom, a life of meaning and clarity amidst the confusion, read this book. *This review is based on an advanced reading copy obtained through Zondervan as part of Abdu Murray’s book launch team.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
This book was so eye opening and held so much truth - Biblical truth. I have been looking around me at the world and seeing how things are turned upside down because people don't stand for any one truth. Mr. Murray shares how our society has become "post-truth" and it's become confusing for everyone. Personal truths are held above real truth and it creates confusion and fear for everyone. As I was reading this book while the Alfie Evan's tragedy was happening in the UK. This baby was sentenced to death because he had an illness that the doctors had deemed would not give him a quality of life. I was struck by how this book actually addressed issues like this that would have never happened when we were a society based on Biblical truths. Now, people can decide the fate of others based on a personal belief. This book really needs to be read by everyone! It has so much common sense because it is based on God's common sense. This book was so easy to read and I breezed through it. Although it was a serious subject, Mr. Murray writes in a way that draws you into the book and he doesn't talk above our heads. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by the publisher for my honest review