Where Are All the Brothers?

By Eric C. Redmond
Wheaton, IL : Crossway (2008). 103 Pages.

Reviewed by Dr. Greg Harris
20.1 (Spring 2009) : 117-118

Eric Redmond has written a purposely easy-to-read evangelistic and apologetic book in an attempt to reach people who are not saved and/or actively involved in a church. He has the chapters arranged so that each one can be read in a brief period of time; for instance, his introduction is entitled “What You Will Gain If You Give Me Ten Minutes a Day of Your Life for Each of The Next Nine Days” (13). His desire is to keep people from putting down the book with any such excuse that it would take too long in their busy schedules to read anything.

Although his target audience is predominantly the black male population (such as Day 5 “Doesn’t Islam Offer More for Black Men?”), much within the book will be helpful to use with anyone who has legitimate questions about true Christianity. Redmond challenges the readers to investigate for themselves the claims of Christ and walks them through in simple but helpful language the key truths to consider. As before, the limited size of the chapters is purposeful; it is not an overkill of information but rather setting a forth the simple case of Jesus Christ as the Savior of those who will receive him.

Redmond sets up his chapter titles in the forms of a question that deals with common issues raised by many against Christianity (Day 1: “Isn’t the Church Full of Hypocrites?”) and, even more to the point, the person and work of Jesus Christ (Day 8: “Jesus Never Claimed to Be God, Did He?”). This will not be a book for those who have read deeper apologetics books since that is not the author’s target area. However, it may very well be a book that can be given to those who would not read a theology book; it is a good book “to continue the conversation” with the lost. In fact, this may be the best use of the book in that it can break the ice and lead to witnessing opportunities that may be awkward for some. The author’s hope is that once the reader begins to consider the biblical truths in the book, he will continue to read it instead of casting it away because he cannot understand it.

Each chapter concludes with follow-up questions entitled “Things to Consider,” to lead the reader to examine more deeply some of the material presented in that chapter. He also lists three books at the end of each chapter to point a reader to deeper sources if a longer and more profound answer is desired. Where Are All the Brothers? also contains two appendices: “The Fulfillment of the Old Testament Prophecies about Christ in the New Testament” (83) and an answer to the charge that “The Church Does Not Welcome Homosexuals” (89). Both appendices walk the reader through a biblical rationale on what the Bible says about such matters and why. Redmond does not duck or dodge the issues; he presents his argument in a straightforward and winsome manner.

For The Master’s Seminary Journal audience, this may not be the book for you as a student of God’s Word; you are not the ones the author is after. However, this may be a small, “non-threatening” book to give an unsaved family member or associate who will not be put off by its size or presentation. As before, although Redmond targets the predominantly black, male, American audience, many of the same questions are asked by unbelievers of all ethnicities. Of course, because of the person and work of Jesus Christ, the same answers apply to all, regardless of “the people, tongue, tribe, and nation.”