Bradley Wright has done the evangelical Christian community a great service by publishing this book. Evangelicals are so often bombarded with negative numbers and statistics representing the world around us, the behaviors and beliefs of fellow Christians, and worldly perceptions of Christianity. As a young seminary student preparing for the pastorate, there is the temptation to form my thoughts on ministry, church, and future congregations based on such statistics. These numbers go almost unquestioned when used by prominent leaders. Wright not only debunks some of the wrong and skewed statistics that are being put forth as factual, but he actually teaches the reader how to think critically about statistics. By pointing out where specific statistics go wrong, he sets forth great examples of not only what factors to consider when determining the reliability of statistics, but also how to watch for statistics that are possibly being put forth to merely push an agenda.I appreciate the fairness of Wright in his critique of the wrongful use of statistics. Even the most well respected evangelical figures, such as Al Mohler, were found not to be above reproach concerning this issue. The range of topics he covered was also very helpful.Overall, this is a worthwhile read for anyone in ministry. Critical thinking about the information we receive as pastors is a must. This book certainly encourages that.Nevertheless, just because Wright shows that things may not be quite as bad as some would portray, some statistics are still clear. 100% have fallen short of the glory of God and 0% of those outside of Christ will spend eternity in heaven.
As a seminary student with larger, more detailed texts on theology, I initially was skeptical of the benefits of reading Harris' book. Boy was I surprised. I can only hope to one day communicate biblical truth with clarity and insightfulness like Joshua Harris has done in this volume. This book will deepen the thought life and devotional life of any Christian, no matter how little or how much theology one knows. I highly recommend.