When Michael Novak, theologian and award-winning author, sets out to answer the religious questions of the twentysomething generation, he finds himself with not only a formidable task but a fabulous opportunity. The book is set in a question-and-answer format, a dialogue, actually, between father and daughter--a young woman who is coming to grips with the questions of a generation. She is clearly serious in her challenges--pushing, probing, grilling, trying to understand what propels one into religious faith and why it even matters.
Fortunately for her, and for all who have ever questioned facets of their faith, Novak is not only grounded in biblical truth but passionate about it. While some parts are related specifically to Catholicism (as Novak says, there was nothing to be gained in avoiding his particular heritage), he broadens the perspective in such an open and pleasing way that those who will disagree on certain points will feel satisfied that their views are nonetheless fairly represented.
Tell Me Why leaves the reader with a sense of having drawn closer to God. It will challenge not only twentysomethings and those who are open to musing about religion, but also those who are fervent in their faith and want to put words to their beliefs. --Ann Weinheimer