I just read this book yesterday. I am curious to know what others think of it. I am not from a Protestant background, so for me it became a bit tiresome after a while since a lot of the book's mission seems to be in refuting Protestantism. I am specificially curious to know if former Protestants found this book to be useful, though, because I am considering giving it to my girlfriend, who is an evangelical.
So, a few questions:
1. What do people think of this book?
It's a terrible book. It was probably the single work that [undoubtedly unfairly] turned me against most evangelical convert-oriented literature. The “you can’t believe in the same God if you disagree about theology” line got old fast.
2. For Protestants and ex-Protestants, did you find it to be offensive or overly harsh at all?
I don’t know about harsh, but I found it uncharitable.
3. For Protestants and ex-Protestants, did you find it to be effective in encouraging you to learn more about Orthodoxy?
Nope. I read it because someone whose opinion I respected recommended it to me early on in my inquiry. It did encourage me to avoid things employing the “journey” metaphor for conversion.