A Faith Brief, by Patrick M. Garry, is truly a one-of-a-kind book. I’ve often heard that intelligent people have a harder time believing in God. Garry has shattered that stereotype with this book. One by one he dissects common questions about God and Christianity, proving that faith is truth and doubt is false. He uncovers fallacies in logic that are commonly presented when discussing the Bible and convincingly argues his case. God is frequently viewed in a subservient role to humans, as if He has to answer to us for anything. In reality, I heard it said once, “If God were small enough to be understood, He would not be big enough to be God.” That is why we need faith.
Further, Patrick Garry takes the position that you must start from belief, and try to prove that God does NOT exist. Before long you will see that you cannot prove that. There are too many patterns, coincidences, and the like in the world for things to have happened randomly. There are too many prophecies in the Old Testament fulfilled in the New Testament. There are even non-Christian writers such as Josephus who witness to Bible events and personalities (most importantly Jesus) in their writings. Another point, as humans we are prone to inconsistencies, and one big one is that we trust in ourselves or other humans rather than trust in God, taking the credit for good things that happen in our lives even when we prayed to God to make them happen.
A Faith Brief may seem like a quick read, but do yourself the favor of taking your time to fully digest it. There is a lot to think about here. Patrick M. Garry has given us a well-written and well-laid out book that would be a valuable addition to your library.
Reviewed by Mary DeKok Blowers for Readers Favorite.