“Insightful, Clear, and Engaging”
This book initially appealed to me because of the title, and Nick Turner's short, punchy chapters live up to the unique premise. In the introduction, he explains that even though God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, that doesn't mean that He can literally do anything. He cannot do something that goes against His nature or character, such as change, be lonely, break His promises, experience temptation, or die. Each chapter focuses on a different thing that God can't do and why it's good that He can't, and five interludes explore how, through the incarnation, Jesus did or experienced some of these things. The book's unique set-up appealed to me, and Turner anticipates and responds well to common questions and objections that will rise in readers' minds.
"12 Things God Can't Do" emphasizes that Christians can take comfort not only in God's positive character and being, but also in the assurance of all the things He cannot do. Tucker draws on both Scripture and writings from the church fathers to support his points, and he clearly cites his sources in footnotes. He also provides brief clarifications in some of the footnotes, and it's clear how much thought and study he put into this.
I would recommend this to adults and teenagers, whether they are longtime Christians, new Christians, or just curious about faith. Turner writes to a broad audience without presuming anyone's life circumstances or background, and he explains concepts clearly without assuming that his readers have significant theological knowledge already. People who are well-versed in theology will benefit from the unique angle that he takes, and people who are new to the subject will appreciate this book's brevity, accessibility, and engaging tone.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.