Book Review: A Higher Court by by John L Betcher


My name is William Kensey. I have a wife and two great kids. Until very recently, I was a well-respected and financially successful trial attorney.

I was also a man who was comfortable with his religion. I preferred it served at arm’s length from the pulpit on Sunday morning. And would rather not discuss it the rest of the week.

The circumstances that led me to write A HIGHER COURT changed all that. The entire experience was both bizarre and unavoidable. You see, I was summoned to serve as a juror in an improbable trial — a trial to determine whether God exists.

I know.

You think that sounds ludicrous. I did, too . . . until the trial began.

Witnesses buried me under mountains of scientific evidence. My own eyes forced me to confront the reality of extreme human suffering. God seemed less and less relevant — even absent — as the trial progressed.

At the close of the trial, I had to render my verdict — “God” or “No God.” Affirm a new and deeper faith in a Creator, or confess the triumph of science.

A HIGHER COURT is the story of how I discovered my ultimate truth. If your mind is open, you can join me in this journey of self-discovery. Come along. You won’t be sorry.


A book about a trial questioning if God exists. It sounded intriguing I think and that is probably why I purchased it to read. I found the book entertaining and engaging enough but the actual arguments about faith are too superficial and bias to mean much to me. Throwing in the odd non-Christian sympathetic character didn’t quite cut it for me. The fact remained that we were limited by the authors own views, knowledge and perception which meant the wider objectives of a book like this is not met; and ultimately this book is uncomfortable reading if you aren’t some variety of Christian.

I was disappointed that the author couldn’t draw me in with a wider intellectual and perceptive net about other religions, particularly those which are quite close to the Christian faith if you bother to look. And what of the other lesser known faiths, surely they aren’t just ignored on Judgement Day? Simply mentioning a few by name was just plain lazy in my opinion. Not believing in the Trinity is not a hurdle to believing in God.

I have read other religious fiction books before but this isn’t one I will remember for the soul-searching and poignant questions asked as much as I will remember it for the narrow view of life the central character has. I think to successfully pull off something like this an author needs to be more open, knowledgeable and aware of their own limiting factors and prejudices.

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