2/16/2006 - Book Review - The Alabama Baptist

The Case for Character

Drayton Nabers Jr.

Tulsa, Okla.: Christian Publishing Services, 2005.

290 pp. (Hardback).


It is refreshing indeed to read a book about character, inasmuch as our culture is caught up in reputation, worldly success and materialism. We are indebted, therefore, to this devout Episcopal attorney who is chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.


Pay attention to what Gary Fenton, pastor of Dawson Memorial Baptist Church, Birmingham, writes: "Nabers' work provides a very solid blueprint on how to build and enhance character." Jay Wolf, pastor of First Baptist Church, Montgomery, calls it "a masterpiece - a treasure of practical wisdom."

The heart of this points to the content of character: humility, faith, hope, wisdom, courage, self-control, justice and love. The reviewer especially enjoyed and appreciated Chapter 1: "Why Character Counts." Nabers, in referring to Dietrich Bonhoeffer and C.S. Lewis, defines character as possession of purpose and principle. Nabers concludes that genuine character is synonymous with Christlikeness.

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