If you've ever had major objections, doubts or questions about the existence of God, or want to be able to talk more effectively with those who have,If you've ever had major objections, doubts or questions about the existence of God, or want to be able to talk more effectively with those who have, you have to read this book. In it, Dr Timothy Keller addresses such topics as 'hasn't science has proven God doesn't exist?' 'Why does religion cause so many wars?' 'How can God allow evil and suffering?' 'How can Hell exist if God loves us?'
Big questions, and important ones too, but all worth asking and worth having an answer to, one that is logical, rational and well positioned rather than based on opinion or a hunch. Keller helps even the most skeptical to realise that to be able to consider themselves open minded they must move beyond trying to disprove God before they start to understand what he is about, and instead address the real issues that are fuelling their skepticism. With continual professionalism, Keller draws heavily upon influential writers in areas of philosophy, science, theology and faith to lead the reader on a journey - not to Bible bash, but to give good answers to the questions raised by the so called "new atheists" such as Dawkins, Hitchens and the like.
In my opinion, atheists and skeptics MUST move beyond simply trying to disprove God, to allow themselves an open mind to say, IF it is possible God exists, how would that fit in with the rest of life and the reality we live in, with its science, culture and progressive societies. If someone is able to take a step out from behind their crutch of scientific theory, or philosophical argument, this book may prove extremely useful in leading them to discover that science, morality and rational thought are more strongly linked to God than they could have imagined.
If you've got doubts or questions, if you're a flat out atheist, or if you're keen to help people find answers to the 'big questions' in a credible way, please read this book and join the discussion....more
This is, in my opinion, one of those books every Christian should read. Particularly those who have ever questioned God about what his will is for theThis is, in my opinion, one of those books every Christian should read. Particularly those who have ever questioned God about what his will is for them. In this book, DeYoung truthfully explains how some of us have been so caught up in not wanting to accidentally step outside God's will for our lives that we forget to use the brains, the wisdom and the Spirit he has given us to make decisions. Thankfully he doesn't go so far as to say people shouldn't consider at all what God's will for their life is, but instead gives some practical keys Christians can use in their decision making that are both logical and helpful. A great book, well worth a read!...more
This is easily my favourite book apart from the Bible itself and should be top of the reading list for Christians in western countries. Francis Chan pThis is easily my favourite book apart from the Bible itself and should be top of the reading list for Christians in western countries. Francis Chan presents the character and being of God in a way that is honest and frankly demands absolute awe, but he doesn't leave it there, he then goes on to talk about the fact that the God of the universe, a God who is so much bigger than we could ever imagine loves us in an incredible way. He talks passionately about how Jesus lived and the example he showed us of someone who really loves God the way he deserves to be loved. He challenges those of us reading his book in our comfy homes with our cars and 2.3 kids to the point where it's uncomfortable at times, but that doesn't make the book less worthwhile. Instead it forces us to evaluate our actions, our lives and our love for God and for others in a way that, personally speaking, had to produce results.
Sure, there are a couple of negative reviews for this book, the most incorrect of which that I've read talks about Francis Chan as if he misunderstands the Bible and thinks salvation is about works (old law) rather than grace through faith (the message of the gospel), but the fact is Chan is saying nothing of the sort. He's simply asking us to look at God for who he is... really... who he REALLY is and the way he really loves us. And when you do, he's saying that if we really love God as we as Christians say that we do, there should be real evidence of that in our lives, not because God needs us to give our money away or downsize our house but because if we really love him, we will want to be obedient to his instruction and we will follow the example set by Jesus in loving God and those around us.
This book is logically presented, passionately written, and intensely honest. I can only imagine that those who struggle to see the good in this book are those that are perhaps the most challenged by the truths it has forced them to face about themselves, and about how willing they are to be totally in love (in word AND deed) with a God who loves them despite their fallen humanity.
Seriously, read it. Once you've read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Until then - allow yourself to get uncomfortable, to be challenged and to be changed. Our God loves us with a crazy love, yet often our response is just so inadequate. Crazy love should be answered with crazy love!...more
Reviewing this book is like attempting to review the Mona Lisa or Beethovens 7th Symphony. As with his music David Crowder's writing style is unashameReviewing this book is like attempting to review the Mona Lisa or Beethovens 7th Symphony. As with his music David Crowder's writing style is unashamedly unique, and with the subject matter drawing together such themes as death, the soul, love and loss, why bad things happen to good people and the history and beauty of bluegrass music this book makes for an interesting read both academically and artistically.
The artful weaving of scientific research, musical history, theology, emotion and the discussion of the existence of the soul are all balanced and interchanged throughout the book in a way that somehow all comes together at the end, though at points even the authors seem to admit that it takes some determination to get there. For those who want to read this book though, with its (at times) heavy subject matter and unique writing style, there is much to gain as a reward. From the witty, joking banter between the two authors to the sometimes quite random comments, to the inclusion of author to author IM message conversations about the progress of the book, to the masterful literary art of the "columns," this book is truly worth reading.
I couldnt believe how much I laughed while reading this book considering much of it deals with topics surrounding death and the grieving process, I was even wary of reading it at night for fear of waking my wife due to my laughter, but somehow Crowder and his co-author and band mate Mike Hogan take some very serious topics and turn them into a very enjoyable and insightful book. As the blurb says, "to heal your broken heart, all you need is hope, community, and a little bluegrass music."...more