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The Thinking Toolbox

July 18, 2005

The Thinking Toolbox
Written by: Nathaniel Bluedorn and Hans Bluedorn
Published by: Christian Logic

I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I was asked to review this book. I do remember thinking the art on the cover made it look like something that might be fun to read.

Have you ever read a book that makes you laugh out loud and then your wife looks at you like your crazy? Well, if that makes you uncomfortable then this book is not for you.

Having read some…ok more like attempted to read some logic books in high school with the results being I was either out like a light or so confused I forgot my own name. This book is a refreshing look at reasoning and logic. It is not only written in a very light hearted way, but it still asks questions that can really get the gears in your head turning, and that requires you to use the skills you’ve just learned from reading the chapter.

The back cover says it is written for ages 13 through adult. Other reviews I’ve read have said that this book is good for homeschoolers. I would agree with that, but I also see it being used in a much broader sense, for example I believe this is essential for Christian children that are in the secular school system, so they can begin to learn the basics of defending their faith. I also see this as being helpful to those Christians who want to share their faith with others, but are afraid of “being shot down” because they may not have an answer to someone’s question on why they believe so strongly in something, that other people may not understand.

My only criticism for this book is there are some parts that I wished they would have gone into a little more depth. But considering the author’s target audience it is easy to understand why they haven’t.

Being very interested in apologetics this book has helped me understand the basis with which to lay down a sound argument for or against an issue. The sections Tools for Thinking and Tools for Opposing Viewpoints are great for this. Until listening to an interview with the Bluedorn brothers, I didn’t think the book’s section on Tools for Science really applied to me. After all I had no plans of doing any science fair projects any time soon. But in the interview they explained the scientific process is something that gets used all time. I used it when I bought my guitar…ok, ok so that was more of an impulse buy. On the other hand, I did use it when it was time to buy an amp for my guitar. I did research on different brands, read peer reviews from people that had bought amps, and in the end I was able to make a good choice.

In conclusion I believe most people will find a good use for the lessons taught in this book.

(Disclaimer: I received this book as a gift from the publisher, who donated the book to Mind & Media for distribution to reviewers.)

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