Oliver Wendell Holmes once proclaimed, "we do not read novels for improvement or instruction." CRITICAL LENS. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel as well as Keeping Faith by Frank and John Schaeffer

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Oliver Wendell Holmes once proclaimed, "we do not read novels for improvement or instruction," however there are many individuals who would disagree with Holmes' inference. There is a great deal of literature that offers much more than amusement for its audience. In fact, insight and wisdom is often gained from reading, which can be applied to most all of our lives in some way. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel as well as Keeping Faith by Frank and John Schaeffer significantly opposes Holmes conception.

Lee Strobel, a well know journalist, set out to prove the theory of Christianity to be wrong. Throughout his journey, he became just the opposite, a devoted Christian and firm believer in the Lord. Strobel took his findings and published a world-renowned book, The Case for Christ, read by Christians and non-Christians around the world. The work of literature is a conglomeration of research and evidence that supports the convictions of those that believe in God, and his son, Jesus.

The Case for Christ is truly a remarkable composition that has transformed the minds of millions of atheists. The novel is in no way, fiction, however it is a captivating pursuit for the truth about the past's most compelling figure, Jesus Christ.

The transformation into a United States Marine, and the tribulations the father and son encountered along the way, is documented brilliantly by one another, John and Frank Schaeffer, in Keeping Faith. This remarkable, award winning novel depicts the experiences of a Marine, the growth of both father and son, and their individual assessments of what it means to serve. Many families have read Keeping Faith, as a source of strength and guidance when entangled in a similar situation. While others like myself, have read the novel to gain insight and a better...



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