Book Review: ‘The Beautiful Lie: Finding Faith in a World Gone Mad’ by Tobin Crenshaw

This interesting book explores the complexity of human nature and the myriad different ways in which people search for meaning and fulfilment in their lives. The author draws on his own learning and experiences to offer tools and techniques that people can employ in order to deepen and strengthen their faith, relationships, and emotional and spiritual wellbeing. 

There is no doubt that we live in a troubled and problematic world. People can be so easily drawn into things that offer respite and answers but really only deceive. 

Crenshaw’s stories and arguments present a thoughtful and positive approach to faith and life that appears, from what he writes, to serve him and those who adhere to his teachings very well. There is no doubt that a sense of purpose and a strong faith enable people to weather the storms of life with greater resilience and grace than many others. In this, Crenshaw offers insights and teaching that makes the tools for developing a positive and resilient spiritual and emotional life that directly impacts on one’s physical health and wellbeing.

It must be said, though, that the author’s moral position on faith and life choices won’t appeal to everyone. Prospective readers should understand that this book is written from a fairly conservative Christian point of view and consequently, people of different orientations may find some of the author’s moral statements hard to accept. 

This book will appeal more to a Christian audience, but it does offer some wisdom and insights that a wider audience seeking to enrich their mindfulness and spiritual loves could find useful. 

‘The Beautiful Lie’ has been awarded a Bronze Acorn.