Three Books That Formed Me: Two Christians and an Atheist

by Tom Gilson

David Mills, fellow senior editor at The Stream, has challenged us all here to write on “books that have formed us.” I still love him anyway. Surely he knows how hard it is to narrow that list down enough to write on it! I’ve chosen three. They represent many more.

The God Who Is There by Francis Schaeffer

There was a time when I, as a young Christian, was convinced that the evidence for Christianity was enough to persuade anyone to believe. That lasted a short time. Very short. I don’t think it was any more than a week. It ended the first time a neighbor in my dorm slammed his door on me. He didn’t care whether it was true; he just didn’t want to follow Jesus. That was when I first began to learn that we humans don’t always make our decisions for rational reasons.

Thankfully, though, I had Christian friends to help me sort that all out…
 

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