The worst thing about Kevin DeYoung’s newest book Don’t Call it a Comeback is the title. Why was it called, “Don’t Call It a Comeback?”  I figure it would become apparent to me as I read through the book but still have yet to see how it fits.

Ok, on to the interior of the book.  Should you read the book?  Yes. Should you own the book?  Yes (to read and lend out).  Will you love the book? I think so.

When I was reading this book at the Credo House and people asked what it’s about my typical response would be:

It’s a book by a whole bunch of authors, edited by Kevin DeYoung.  Half of the book focuses on Christian orthodoxy (right belief) and the second half focuses on Christian orthopraxy (right action).

For many people this wouldn’t sound like an exciting book you’ve gotta go out and buy.  Then the second question would come, sometimes comprised of only a glance conveying if it could possibly be worth their time to read.  Why do I think this book, stacked against the thousands of books you could read, is worthy of your time?

My response:

If I were to start doing a study with someone.  Maybe a mentor-type situation with a person in their teens, twenties or thirties this is one of possibly 3 books right now I’d consider reading with them.  The chapters are very short so you aren’t requiring a lot of the person you’re going through the book with.  The first eight chapters cover doctrinal matters in an engaging way.  In the journey of discipleship you need to cover the essential doctrines of the faith.  There were only a couple times where I felt the book lagged in this doctrinal section.  The final eight chapters walk through key issues where Christians, especially younger Christians, need to have a firm understanding.  200 years ago a chapter on gender confusion would be absurd.  Today it is crucial.   The final eight chapters wisely discuss life issues such as homosexuality, social justice and abortion. It’s a fun, informative, and heart stirring book to read with a friend.


C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

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