A Shot of Faith to the Head: Be a Confident Believer in a an age of Cranky Athiests is a thoroughly informative and enjoyable entry into the world of Christian apologetics. And the author, Mitch Stokes, PhD, is from Moscow, Idaho of all places! I’m pretty sure I did at least a triple or quadruple take when I saw that one pop up in there. Who knew that a highly educated and philosophically-minded individual could come from Party Town, USA?

But seriously, the book is an excellent investigation of the logical nature of the Christian stance, as well as a refutation against some of “new atheists” of today – Dawkins, Harris, Dennet, and Hitchens all make it into the text on more than one occasion. Not looking to get engaged simply in semantic arguments, Stokes does a fantastic job of breaking things down into a rationally grounded argument that would make Plato, Occam, and Alvin Plantinga – who is quoted or referenced heavily by Stokes – quite proud.

A Shot of Faith to the head is not a short, simple read. Yet, Stokes does an excellent job of breaking the chapters down into short, easy to consume chapters with a summary of important points at the end. So even when his phraseology was a wee bit over my height limit, I was still able to catch up on some of the more significant points of the chapter. Start-to-finish I found this to be a highly enlightening treatise on the philosophical foundation of God. And on occasion, Stokes even broke down into a joke or two. His tongue-in-cheek approach was just what the doctor ordered. Books on philosophy are not always page-turners – though, interesting they may be.

If you’re looking for some more knowledge to add to your apologetic arsenal, the Shot of Faith to the Head is an excellent addition to your collection!


I received this book free via Thomas Nelson Press, and I am under no obligation to give it a positive review. It’s just that good! (And not because I used to live in Moscow.)