26 January 2016
Review: The Narrow Gate by David Bergsland
I 'read' The Narrow Gate as an audiobook, so this is a two-in-one review of both the content and the presentation.
The content was excellent. The Narrow Gate is examing the trend for the Christian church to be inclusive, to welcome everyone, and pointing out that it takes more than tithing and church attendance to be a Christian. His points are well-thought out and logical, and backed up by relevant Bible quotations. I found myself agreeing with everything he said (but also being worried by some of the churches he's attended over the years).
The Narrow Gate is easy to understand yet thought-provoking, one of those books I'm sure I'll get even more from the second time around.
But no matter how good the content, an audiobook flies or fails based on the narrator. I've heard narrators take award-winning novels and turn them into something less engaging than Old Testament geneologies, usually though a combination of monotone delivery and insufficient attention to punctuation.
Fortunately, this was not a problem with The Narrow Gate. The narrator had a voice which was easy to listen to and persuasive, an important factor given the material. The only problem with the audiobook version is the inability to highlight significant passages. No matter. I can always buy the book.
Thanks to the author for providing a free Audible book for review.