Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Afraid to Believe in Free Will by Carlos E. Begley

Boy was I confused about this book.

What I thought would be an engaging discussion on the differing views of Free Will and what the Bible has to say about the issue turned out to be a graduate-level psychology thesis that, outside of the deeply intellectual or psychology/theology student, will cause most eyes to twirl in their sockets.

Begley pulls out all the stops from almost every psychologist who ever lived and how their interpretations of human existence plays a role in how we view Free Will. (Whether it exists or is simply a fantasy)

Begley will take you on a lengthy journey through humanity and explains why the thought of Free Will has corroded and why we are afraid of it.

Students of human behavior and patterns will thrive under the heavy-handed pen of Begley. After the first chapter I was taken back to my Sophomore year of college, looking out the window for freedom. This is not a critique of the book or the author. His insights and the quality of research are enough to keep the flames burning.

I was simply caught off guard by the density and I never recovered from the initial shock. This is not a book to be read while curled up with a blanket. This is a book that demands a pen and paper along with your highlighter. And maybe five cups of coffee.

This book was provided for review, at no cost, by Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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