Rate this book

No Kingdom Come (2000)

by C.J. Anderson(Favorite Author)
3.29 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: "No Kingdom Come" is an unfortunate tale that doesn't end well, though depending on your bent, the theological outcome could be seen as for the best. Just judge it for what it is; it doesn't appear to be fiction.Here's my take on it:C.J. Anderson understands Christianity well and cites his points against Christianity with Biblical passages that add interest to the short confessional narrative. He explains along the way, the general Christian theology that informed his own errors of judgment, which ultimately led to tragic loss and the conclusion indicated by the title. Granted, here we only get one person's version of events, and ironically this is a cautionary tale against naivete and blind faith. However, after reading this drama of a true believer's needless suffering, ... moreit's easy to understand why atheists so often come off as angry and antagonistic--scratch the surface of any theist-turned-atheist and you'll likely find someone who feels they've played the fool too long. Anderson shows us, using his own life as a cautionary tale, how religion can merely become a pretentious refuge for tormentors that drives sane people away instead of providing the usual structured morality and comfort of salvation.In short, if you're a sincere Christian, this book may be worth your buck. You may not agree with his conclusions but are you brave enough to face such a no-win scenario yourself? How strong is your faith? Anderson thought his was pretty strong and he will challenge you with his version of events.For Christians, I give it four stars.As for the atheist readers, you may find yourself saying "Amen, brother," but I'd say maybe three stars.If you're not interested in the topic of religion, move along, this is not the book for you.
review 2: Author C.J Anderson has suffered a crisis of faith. Essentially, this book poses the age-old question concerning God and suffering. Anderson answers the question by concluding a there is so room for God in a world that includes suffering. Is it possible that Anderson is right? Is it possible that his fourteen years of following Christ was for nothing? I believe this is an important book because it is genuine. Anderson's struggle with God is a real struggle with God. His questions are ones we all may find ourselves asking from time to time. Christians need to be aware that they may struggle with pain, loss, and suffering. Readers will find themselves empathizing with the author. My own heart broke as I read it. The reader will discover that Anderson seems angry and bitter toward the God he professes doesn't exist. He occasionally deviates from his main theme to rail against the notion of tithing (which detracts from his main argument some). My hope, however, is that this book will serve as a warning for Christians everywhere to learn more about the God of the Bible. We need to dismiss our presuppositions and study the Word of God if there is any chance for us to weather the storm of suffering in our own life. Anderson creates a false notion of God and suffering and then finds himself surprised at its failure to offer him any comfort in the midst of pain. However, I am grateful for this book. I am grateful for the author's honesty. I am grateful for the stark reminder that suffering does exist in this fallen world. This book has struck a chord in me and I have plans to blog through it chapter by chapter after the first of the year. less
Reviews (see all)
Please see comments for my reasoning in deciding not to partake in this book.
I didn't finish it.
See comments.
Write review
Review will shown on site after approval.
(Review will shown on site after approval)