A Defined Revelation: For Ye Who Question Faith
by Joseph Lewis
LifeRich Publishing

"Philosophy is the first door one opens when wanting to seek more substance than what is physically provided."

In this well-considered volume, author Lewis has collected ideas and concepts that he wishes to share with those whose religious faith may be nascent, wavering, or even firmly established but perhaps in need of a fresh view. The first of the book's five prose segments introduces philosophy as a road to conviction. Lewis states that God's will can be perceived by anyone who truly seeks it, but it must at some point be girded with "God's favor" since God gave us the minds with which to explore divinity. Next, humility will be required for this quest. One must recognize one's faults and meditate on obstacles that prevent genuine introspection. By giving up attachment to the physical realm, one begins to see "the truth behind Truth." Baptism is a means of protection from original sin. One acknowledges the existence of evil, demons, and Hell while remembering that God's will is supreme. One should follow biblical commandments and the words of Jesus Christ, remembering that "God's love is unending."

Throughout this brief but powerful treatise, Lewis, who converted to Catholicism as an adult, uses rational constructs to lead the reader to overarching concepts. This method can be helpful for those approaching religious ideas from a logical, rather than purely mystical, stance. He gradually builds the case for sincere Christian belief, but only after exploring in sensible terms the apparent ambiguities that anyone may encounter on the way to acceptance by faith. His own chosen religious path is made plain as he speaks of consulting a priest if there is a need for exorcism and of attending daily Mass as a means of constantly renewing one's convictions. Poems at the end of the book reflect his very human connection to a higher teaching. His book would make excellent material for Bible study groups.

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