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Posted August 10, 2014
The author says “Not being a preacher, I’m not inclined to preach at you. So please don’t expect me to tell you what to think. I did graduate from seminary, but before that I was a news journalist-- a newspaperman…Think of me as Switzerland. Neutral. I’m a journalist covering the Bible beat. I’ve tried to round up the best answers I can find and report them to you for your consideration. I think you’ll be surprised at some of the answers I found...”
The author covers questions like "Given what we know today from science, why do so many Christians say the universe was created in six days, a few thousand years ago?", "Jesus said we shouldn't judge one another, so why do Christians do it so much?", and "If God knows everything, why did he test Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his own son?"
I saw another reviewer complain that at times this book was more agnostic than Christian, and that’s exactly why I loved it! The author really did do a great job at being unbiased and presenting information of varying perspectives, then allowing you to come to your own conclusions.
Overall I liked the relaxed manner in which the information was shared, but there were times when it felt he was trying a little too hard to sound unbiased and all cool with it. Sort of like a teen’s dad trying to act cool, and coming off sort of dorky instead.
My final word: I liked this book so well, I bought a copy even after I'd read a free copy obtained through Netgalley. A great book for the open-minded who don't want to be told what to think, but to simply have the information to reach their own conclusions.
Posted June 13, 2014
Stephen M Miller is a Great Communicator.
Many people write books but Stephen communicates. Stephen uses his background in journalism and studies in theology to communicate truths in language that is not “heady”!
In his book, “100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible”, that is just exactly what he does. Takes theological questions and lays them before the reader engagingly so that not only is he able to keep the attention of the reader, but also to lay out some thought provoking answers for us to grapple with.
I wished that I had this book when I was a young director of a youth ministry! Every person who is involved with young people and also in Evangelism and the thinking mind will appreciate this book, even though it’s not a text book for an Apologetics class in Seminary.
This book is also a resource for those who are in preaching, as a resource for added information, to help in their narrative preaching!
Stephen M Miller does justice to the questions with his “investigative reporting”! It is a great resource book!
Posted April 4, 2014
100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible is an interesting read. Some of the answers to the questions were told by what scholars say, what historical documents have told and some were just pure speculation. There is some slight humor to make the book flow. I read this book in one day. I did found it to be fascinating. It made me want to go pick up my Bible to learn more to some of the stories that were being questioned, which I believe was the author's intent to get more interested in the Bible.
4 1/2 stars.
Posted April 1, 2014
100 TOUGH QUESTION
About God and the Bible
By Stephen M. Miller
We all have questions when it comes to God and the Bible, but you will most likely not find the answers in this book. The author explains that he is not a preacher that he graduated from seminary school but continued to be a news journalist. He says he has investigated information from scholars and beliefs to find answers to these questions. He does offer a variety of information, some of it is scripture verses, to most questions, but does not give a set answer. You are to choose the answer you think is right, rather like multiple choose. In my opinion, the idea for the book is good and the material been presented better. The selection of answers, he offers, will get your mind working but you will need a good understanding of the Bible and help from the Holy Spirit to come up with the right answer. The book is not really for someone who is searching for the truth, without any understanding of God's word.
Some of the answers offered seem to be nothing more then someones, not the authors, fictional ideas. My opinion is if you want a truthful answer to questions about God and the Bible, there are other books that do a better job answering them.
I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Posted April 24, 2014
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