A Conversation with God: If You Could Ask God Anything What Would It Be?

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A front row seat to a fascinating conversationbetween God, Jesus, and other biblical characters answering important questions about life and faith.

A Conversation with God allows readers a one-on-one dialogue with God, his son Jesus, and other important men and women from the Bible as they respond to questions and concerns relevant to the Christian faith. The questions, in some cases hard-hitting, cover issues that have troubled believers and seekers since the beginning of time....

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Overview

A front row seat to a fascinating conversationbetween God, Jesus, and other biblical characters answering important questions about life and faith.

A Conversation with God allows readers a one-on-one dialogue with God, his son Jesus, and other important men and women from the Bible as they respond to questions and concerns relevant to the Christian faith. The questions, in some cases hard-hitting, cover issues that have troubled believers and seekers since the beginning of time. Each answer is based on Scripture and written with the warmth and intimacy of a Heavenly Father relating to His child.

Categories and sample questions include:

  • God, how can we believe that You created us?
  • Why weren't all early writings included in the Bible?
  • How should we prepare for the end of the world?
  • Jesus, can I lose my salvation?
  • What will we look like in heaven?
  • God, does choice extend to abortion?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785231653
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 391,196
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Alton Gansky is a full-time writer with an eclectic background as a firefighter, architect, and a Baptist minister. With a BA and MA in biblical studies, he is the author of more than thirty books, both fiction and nonfiction. Several of Alton's nonfiction works deal with biblical matters and biblical mysteries.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction....................10
1. God, who are You? What are You?....................17
2. God, how can we believe that You created us?....................21
3. God, who are we to You?....................25
4. God, what does it mean that You are love?....................29
5. God, is Jesus really Your Son?....................33
6. How do we know the Bible is accurate?....................41
7. How do we know if we understand the Bible correctly?....................46
8. God, why were You different in the Old Testament?....................51
9. Why weren't all early writings included in the Bible?....................55
10. Is nature the sixty-seventh book of the Bible?....................59
11. Are we living in the end times now?....................67
12. Why and when is the earth going to end?....................70
13. What's ahead for us in the future?....................74
14. Why should we work if the world is going to end?....................79
15. How should we prepare for the end of the world?....................83
16. God, why do You allow natural calamities to kill so many people?....................91
17. Why is there so much suffering?....................96
18. Why are some people rich and others poor?....................100
19. God, do You truly care for everyone?....................104
20. Why is there disease?....................108
21. Jesus, how did You live knowing how You would die?....................115
22. Jesus, where did Your soul go after You died?....................119
23. Just what is salvation?....................123
24. How do we know if we are saved?....................127
25. Jesus, what is Your role in salvation?....................130
26. Can we go to heaven without forgiveness?....................134
27. Jesus, were You really raised from the dead?....................139
28. Can I lose my salvation?....................144
29. What is the kingdom of God?....................151
30. What makes the kingdom of God important today?....................155
31. God, do we have to die to be citizens of Your kingdom?....................159
32. Is there also a future kingdom—two kingdoms?....................162
33. Jesus, are You the only way to heaven?....................169
34. What will happen to people who don't believe?....................173
35. What is heaven like?....................176
36. What will we do for eternity?....................179
37. What will we look like in heaven?....................182
38. Is there really such a place as hell?....................186
39. Is Satan for real?....................189
40. Who really rules this earth, God—You or Satan?....................193
41. Are we unique?....................201
42. Is being unique good or bad?....................205
43. Why are there two sexes?....................209
44. What is our biggest problem?....................213
45. Why does sin still plague us?....................217
46. How can we experience peace?....................225
47. Why should we pray?....................229
48. God, should we pray to You or Jesus?....................232
49. God, how do You want to be worshipped?....................236
50. How can we love the unlovable?....................240
51. God, are we confused about what You want?....................247
52. What should our political role be?....................250
53. Does choice extend to abortion?....................254
54. God, do You love or hate homosexuals?....................258
55. Is taking care of our planet spiritual or political?....................262
Notes....................267
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First Chapter

A Conversation with God

If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would It Be?
By Alton Gansky

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 GRQ, Inc.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7852-3165-3


Chapter One

God, who are You? What are You?

A survey of history shows one thing: humans are a curious lot. Humans are good at many things—building tall buildings and bridges that span the widest gorge, for instance—but the thing humans seem best at is asking questions. Many questions asked are trivial in nature; others, however, reach to the deepest parts of the soul. Few are those who have gazed into the night sky and not wondered about God. While many ridicule the thought of God, far more wonder who He is and what He is like.

From the beginning, men and women have wondered about God and his nature. In his book Knowing God, J. I. Packer wrote, "Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life's problems fall into place of their own accord."

Q

God, who are You? What are You? Is it possible for us to know the answers to these questions, or is it impossible for mere humans to understand You?

God

That's a simple question. It's also a question with a complex answer. I'm unique in all creation. Before there was history, I was. Before there was a universe, I was. Before there was anything, including time itself, I was. I am the Creator of all things. All that you see, you see because I brought it into being. There is no one like Me. There are no other gods.

My uniqueness makes it difficult for humans to understand Me. Humans relate to one another because they are similar. Every human knows what it is to laugh, weep, feel joy, draw back in fear, and love. When one human looks at another, he or she sees all the similarities shared by people. I, on the other hand, have no counterpart. No one fills the universe as I do; no one has the same kind of power; no one shares all My knowledge; and I alone am unbound by time and space.

In many ways, however, I am similar to you. This is natural because when I created man and woman, I created them in My image. That means we share many attributes. Does that surprise you? It shouldn't. Many of the things that make you unique in your world are attributes that make Me unique in the universe.

People who have not taken the time to learn about Me think of Me as a "thing." What you must understand is that I am not a thing, but a person. What makes a person? A person has three characteristics: intellect, emotion, and will.

I am a Being with intellect, which means I think. I'm not a distant, invisible, force. I am someone who reasons and communicates. In other words, I have thoughts. You are the direct result of those thoughts.

But more than someone who thinks, I am someone who feels. As you read the Bible, you will find that many emotions are attributed to Me: joy, anger, sadness, love, forgiveness, and even jealousy. Don't let that last one unsettle you. Jealousy is not the same as envy. Envy is wanting what someone else has. I don't feel envy. Jealousy is the fear of losing what you have. When a husband is jealous over his wife, he worries that he might be losing her. I am jealous for all My creation, and especially you. You, and every other human, matter to Me.

I also have will. Some people call it volition. Will means that not only can I think and feel emotions, but that I also make decisions. I have free will and the ability to make choices, as do you. I'm not a mindless force; I'm a reasoning Being. Don't think of Me as a thing, but as a person.

Paul

As an apostle, I had two primary goals: first, to make the world aware of Jesus and His sacrifice; second, to make sure Christians everywhere understood as much as they could about God and His Son, Jesus. I have to confess, that was not always easy. To describe God is to describe the indescribable. I spent most of my adult life trying to make clear to anyone and everyone how special God is.

We Hebrews had many names for God. Each described some aspect or element of His character. For example, El Shaddai means "almighty God." El Elyon means "the God most high." The Old Testament is filled with such names, all of which attempt to help us understand who God is and what He is like. The name most commonly ascribed to God is Jehovah. The ancient Hebrews pronounced the name Yahweh. It means "I Am" and refers to God's eternal nature. That name alone appears more than seven thousand times in the Old Testament. The nature and magnitude of God are so great that it's impossible to have a single name for Him.

Jesus

Humans share many attributes with God the Father. You think, you have emotions, and you have will just as He does. But some attributes you do not share. For example, God is omnipotent. That means He is all-powerful. Nothing is beyond His strength and ability. God is omniscient. He knows all things. There is no limit to His knowledge. Not only does He know everything that is, but He knows everything that was and everything that will be. He even knows everything that "can" be.

God is eternal. Don't confuse that with immortal, which means that God cannot die. True as that is, eternal means that He has always been. There has never been a time when God wasn't; there will never be a time when God isn't.

God is supreme and absolute. No one is greater than He is, and He is not dependent on anyone. God is the only One you can call perfect. He is holy and sinless.

While you share some of His attributes and some of His nature, He remains different from you. During my earthly ministry, I passed through a region called Samaria. While resting at a well, I encountered a woman, and we carried on a conversation in which I corrected her view of God and worship. I told her, "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."

Here is where many people become confused. God has no physical form. As I told the woman at the well in Samaria, God is Spirit. To properly understand God, to properly worship Him, you must first understand that He occupies everyplace at all times. There is no place where God is not. The prophet Amos had a vision of the Lord, who said He was on both the mountaintop and the ocean bottom. This means He can occupy your home and your heart.

God cannot be seen. As I told the disciples, "No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father."

God

Because of this, many have assumed I don't exist. Throughout the centuries, artists have attempted to portray Me in human form. Michelangelo saw Me as a large man with a white beard reaching a finger out to give Adam the spark of life. As a symbol, such artwork is fine, but it doesn't capture the reality of My existence.

I live in and beyond the realm that you see. Heaven is my home. Any attempt to picture Me will fail. As advanced and remarkable as I created your brain, it is incapable of fully understanding Me. This is not arrogance on My part; it's just a statement of fact. Your brain has a limited capacity, and I'm an unlimited Being.

Don't let this dissuade you from searching to know more about Me. A swimming pool cannot hold the whole ocean, but it can hold enough to tell you a great deal. The highest purpose a person can have is to seek Me and to know Me. I have put My yearning in you. Don't set it aside.

Remember, I am a Who and not a what. I am a person, and you share many of My qualities and abilities. You are a person because I'm a person; you have emotion because I have emotion; you have the power of choice because I have the power of choice.

I am your Creator. I am your God.

One of my prophets said, "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."

I am knowable.

Chapter Two

God, how can we believe that You created us?

There is perhaps no more contentious debate than that of origins. Lawsuits have been filed against schools and teachers for teaching some form of creationism in the classroom. The "Scopes monkey trial" put the topic in the newspapers of 1925, and it's been there ever since. To some it may seem a minor point of disagreement; to others it is a life-changing cause. How humans came to be is more than an exercise in academics; it is foundational to belief in God and beliefs about God. The teaching of evolution is so prevalent and its proponents so insistent that any other voice is shouted down and the speaker called a fool.

Beliefs about origins matter at every level of life.

Q

God, did You really create us? If so, how can we know? So many educated people teach that we are the result of chance, not direct creation. Can they be right?

God

Yes, you are My creation. You are My design. You are My art. Many people deny that; they want you to believe that accident and fortunate happenstance resulted in all you see and all you are. Does that sound right to you? Does that feel right to you? It doesn't. Here's why: there is an unbreakable link between you the created and Me the Creator. There is within you and within everyone the ability to recognize My handiwork. The proof of creation is all around you.

When I created the universe, I put your world in just the right spot in its galaxy. If it were much closer to the center of the Milky Way, life would be impossible. The same is true for planet Earth. Look at the other planets. Each one is beautiful in its way. There are rocky planets and moons as well as gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn. Yet your planet is the only one close enough to the sun to have heat and far enough away to maintain an atmosphere in which you can breathe. Is that an accident? The night sky testifies to creation.

You are 70 percent water living on a planet that has water covering two-thirds of the surface. The oceans, the plants, and the weather make it possible for you and all living things to live and thrive. The other planets are lifeless. Only the one I made for you can support complicated life.

Some scientists have used their knowledge to declare that I don't exist, but a great many scientists know how complex and intricately designed life is. Biology is proof of My creation. Your body is an engine that converts food into energy, which in turn contributes to growth and life. That is no accident. In your blood are cells whose sole purpose is to find, recognize, capture, and dispose of contaminates. Scientists call this miracle phagocytosis. The process is extremely complex. I made it so.

Jesus

The key to seeing creation is the willingness to look. Evidence is everywhere: from the complexity of plants to the intricacies of your mind. There is no lack of evidence, only a lack of belief.

You might wonder why there is such a reluctance to believe in a personal creation. There is a reason. To believe that God created everything is to believe in God—and that admission demands a change in the person. Some people would rather believe that everything came to be by accident than believe there is a God to whom they are accountable.

Questions regarding creation cause the believer to think of his or her relationship with God. For that reason, many choose to believe in other things. This is not new. The apostle Paul dealt with such people in his ministry. He wrote, "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised."

You can see how sad this is. To avoid obligation or admitting that there is a God, people will embrace almost any other idea and think they're making an intelligent decision, but in truth they have missed wisdom.

Solomon

I am often called the wisest man who ever lived. Of course, I take no credit for my wisdom. God offered me a gift, and wisdom was my choice.

The event is recorded in the Bible: "God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men."

That supernatural wisdom gave me insight into the actions of men but also into the way the world worked. The more I learned, the clearer God's creation became. I wrote thousands of proverbs. Here's one of them: "Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth." Look around you; search for the truth, and you will see God's fingerprints over the world and over you. Knowing we have a Creator makes us wise.

God

Think of birth—not just human birth but any birth. How is it possible that you, because of an intimate act between your parents, could come to be from microscopic cells? How can the same genetic material that makes your bones hard and solid also make the soft, clear lens of your eye? There are more cells in your body than there are galaxies in the universe. Sixty thousand miles of blood vessels run through your body. The very act of breathing—drawing oxygen from the air and using it to keep cells alive—is a miracle of design.

Some make boastful noise about creating an organic molecule or recombining strands of DNA, but, as remarkable as that is, it's a tiny accomplishment compared to creating life that thinks, functions in a social environment, reproduces, grows the food it needs, and cares for others.

The greatest proof of personal creation doesn't come from philosophical arguments or books on apologetics. The greatest proof comes from an open mind and open eyes.

Not long ago, an atheist went on a solo camping trip. He wanted time alone to think. In the mountains of California he found a beautiful area to pitch his tent. There were no other campers in sight; he was alone in My creation. On the second day of his trip, he rested in front of his tent. Next to him grew a small flower. It captured his attention. He was a well-educated man and had studied botany. He had been taught how plants draw nutrients and water from the ground and how chlorophyll converts sunlight into energy. He then thought about how plants reproduce and about the roles that insects like bees play in continuing certain plant species. The more he thought, the more he wondered about the complexity and the beauty of organic structures like plants and animals.

That night he stared at the stars and listened to the sounds of life in the forest. And he thought. The more he thought, the more convinced he became that he lived in a world of design and not accident. That night, he and I became family.

Jesus

You were created to grow and prosper. You were created to experience life. You were created to learn and explore everything around you. There is no sin in learning. Still, your race has a tendency to find substitutes for the Father. In the past, some people have created false gods to please themselves. Today, some people do not want a Creator, especially a Creator who wants a personal relationship, a Creator who can make demands.

It is easier for many to believe in random chance rather than in God, who wants nothing but the best for them. King David knew he was a created being. He said, "I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well."

God

If you will open your eyes, open your mind, and open your soul, you will find evidence of My creation of the universe and, more important, My hands-on creation of you. The more you know, the more proof you will have. I am your Creator.

Chapter Three

God, who are we to You?

All people want to know they matter to someone—that their lives have meaning and value. It is so easy to feel insignificant in a world with a population approaching seven billion. What is one person in a sea of billions? In view of the fact that humans live such a short time, just eighty years or so, their lives seem inconsequential. So it's not unusual to ask about ourselves and our lives from God's point of view.

If God is all-powerful, and people are weak by comparison; if God is all-knowing, and people's knowledge of life and the universe is limited; then it seems fair to wonder if people have any real value.

Q

God, who are we to You? Do we have any value to You? You are so great and we are so tiny that it is hard to believe that You can have any interest in us.

God

This is not a new question. Even the most faithful of My people have struggled to find a believable answer. No man was more faithful than Job, and he asked, "What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention?" Centuries later, King David wrote this question: "What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?" The question was so important to him, he asked again: "Why do we humans mean anything to you, our lord? Why do you care about us?" The question is so universal among My followers that it was repeated a thousand years later by the writer of Hebrews: "What is man, that You remember him? Or the son of man, that You are concerned about him? You have made him for a little while lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and have appointed him over the works of Your hands; You have put all things in subjection under his feet."

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

    Excellent Book!

    This open ended question led by Alton Gansky is a wonderful way to get our sometimes preoccupied minds to slow down and focus on building our Faith in our creator. In today's culture some Christians can be afraid to ask the tough questions about our Lord. Alton Gansky's book Conversations With God will help you dive into these deep questions and find the truth about our God who is Love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and its creative approach of dialogue.

    The "answers" Gansky writes are straight from the Bible and written in a form that is literally a conversation with God, Jesus, Paul, Peter, Amos, and who ever else would have written a specific scripture related to the question of the chapter. As I read this book it was very comfortable and exciting to read what God has said in His word (answered the questions) in our everyday language.

    You should Read this book!

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    New Christians, Check this out.

    A Conversation With God - Alton Gansky

    Book Description

    A front row seat to a fascinating conversation between God, Jesus, and other biblical characters answering important questions about life and faith.

    A Conversation with God allows readers a one-on-one dialogue with God, his son Jesus, and other important men and women from the Bible as they respond to questions and concerns relevant to the Christian faith. The questions, in some cases hard-hitting, cover issues that have troubled believers and seekers since the beginning of time. Each answer is based on Scripture and written with the warmth and intimacy of a Heavenly Father relating to His child.

    My Review

    I have not read any Alton Gansky's books before but however this particular one intrigued me the moment i saw it

    What would it be like to have questions and answers session with God?

    The book is divided into ten sections: God, Bible, The Future, Pain and Suffering, Jesus, Kingdom of God, Heaven and Hell, Humanity, Christian Living, and Today's World. Many at times i believe, many of us does have questions about our faith and if not, our friends have questions about our faith in God. this book seeks to address some of the most commonly asked questions like why do we suffer? Jesus can we lose our salvation?

    i think Alton did a fairly good job by referring the answers back to the bible and helping in our understanding of the questions.

    this book will make a great gift to a new believer who seeks to have better understanding to the scriptures.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    A Must-Have Conversation

    I have not read a book on apologetics since Josh McDowell's "Evidence That Demands a Verdict" back in college. I'm glad I picked up Gansky's "Conversations With God" because it is a perfect read for me as father with three young boys. The book indeed reads as easy as a conversation. These are the conversations that dad's should have with their kids. The approach is very conservative, non-confrontational, and fatherly true to the title. I felt so comfortable all the way through reading this book, as if Father was talking to me.

    This is good material for future reference. A good hand-me-down for your children when they become parents. A great gift for an unsaved friend. A conversation starter. Make good use of this book. Pass it on.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Want to learn more about God?

    Have you ever had question that you wanted to ask God, but you didn't know where to go?

    A Conversation with God, covers 55 of what may be the most commonly asked questions. Divided into five sections, the 55 questions are answered by God, Jesus and other key figures in biblical history.

    Some questions are:

    "Is being unique good or bad?"

    "How can we experience peace?"

    "What should our political role be?"

    My Thoughts-

    I thought this book was well researched and written. There were several areas I did not agree on. One was going to heaven after you die. The other was about what happens in hell. Considering there are many different ways to view the Bible, having only 2 differences was remarkable to me.

    God and Jesus answer most of the questions in this book, which was great, but the addition of of people from the Bible really added an interesting aspect. I enjoyed learning more about God from their perspective. Their addition really helped to make this book interesting for me. I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much as I did without them.

    I would recommend this book to those who have questions for God, but don't know where to look.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

    Wouldn't you like to have a conversation with God?

    Author Alton Gansky has renewed my morning quiet times with her devotional book "A Conversation With God". The cover of the book asks the question "If you could ask God any question, what would it be?" That is what the author has accomplished. She has written a devotional that has given her readers a chance to sit down and ask those questions that all belivers (and even non-believers)ask: What about abortion? What about losing your salvation? What about creation? How can I prepare myself for the end of the world? Gansky has gleaned answers from God's Word to answer the questions that are posed here. I would recommend this devotional to anyone who is looking for a new take on the age old questions. I am thankful for publishers like Thomas Nelson, who seem to look for authors who are still in the business of creating works that bring something new to the bookshelf.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    A very enjoyable book to read!

    Imagine sitting down at a table and enjoying a cup of coffee and discussion with God, Jesus, Moses, Paul and others. What would the topic of discussion be? Would you ask God what we mean to Him? How about if the Bible is accurate or when the earth is going to end? Why is there disease? Can a person lose salvation? Where did Jesus' soul go after He died? These are all questions asked in the book "A Conversation with God: If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would It Be?" by Alton Gansky. Instead of answering these questions as an FAQ white paper, each question is biblically answered from the perspective of God, Jesus and one or two other people in the Bible based on their experiences and writings. I found that I took more time reading this book than others not because of the complexity, but because it was a very easy and enjoyable read. The answers are basic, clear and written in a way that you don't have to be a theologian to understand them. This book is a great resource for a new Christian or a seasoned believer. I look forward to sharing this book with my friends and family. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    A Conversation with God by Alton Gansky

    A Conversation with God: If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would It Be? By Alton Gansky is a 304 page book (notes included in count) comprised of 55 questions. I thought this book was fairly generic. I'm a Christian and have been for some time, none of the content was new to me and very little was explained in a new way that I haven't heard before. That being said, I do think this would be an excellent book for a new Christian with many questions. I liked the format of the book and I hadn't ever seen one written from God's "point of view". After you read each question, you are given several answers as if they are being spoken by God, Jesus and various other characters from the bible. It was easy to read and the chapters are very short. I didn't really care for the way the references were set at the back of the book, instead of directly with the chapter that they pertained to. I found myself being too lazy to actually flip to the back and check the references. I chose to skip around and read different questions that interested me first, instead of reading the book straight through. The author actually encourages this in his introductory. Also in the introductory is a list of many of the other characters that are referenced and a short description of who each person is, I really liked that this was included. A few of the questions in this book are: "God, how can we believe that you created us?", "Why weren't all early writing included in the Bible?", "Why should we work if the world is going to end?", "Why are some people rich and others poor?", "Can I lose my salvation?", "What is the kingdom of God?", "What will we do for eternity?" And "Are we Unique?"

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  • Posted March 26, 2011

    What's your question?

    If you could ask God any question, what would it be....? This is the challenge that "A Conversation with God" poses to its readers. A wide array of topics from "Pain and Suffering" to "The Kingdom of God" and everything in between related to human life on earth and the nature of God can be found in this text. Written in conversational style, with the question posed and then God's response, makes it easy to skip around to the topics you find interesting. Great to have on hand as a reference, especially when a non believer asks one of these hard questions of you. The best part is each of "Gods Responses" are 100% from the Bible, and every statement has back up and Scripture references. The authors are not including their feelings to the response, they have merley brought questions and Scriptual answers together in a format conducive to searching topically. I received this book on the day of the earthquake in Japan and there is a question "God, why do you allow natural calamities to kill so many people?" It spoke straight to the emotions so many were feeling that day, and how we can answer people's questions of how a loving God could see this tragedy unfold. This is not a book meant to be read from cover to cover, but to be used as a tool on any path of your spiritual journey. Definitely recommended to have on your long term bookshelf to refer to over and over again. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

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    A Conversation With God

    A Conversation With God: If You Could Ask God Any Question What Would It Be? by Alton Gansky, is a a simplified book of theology written in an easy to read question and answer format addressing common questions of new believers and non religious readers about bible beliefs.

    This very unique book is written from the first person point of view as if God himself, as well as other notable biblical characters of the old and new testaments: including Jesus, Luke, Peter, Eve, Jeremiah, Micah, James and even Judas Iscariat- were answering the questions directly. This book is written as if the words and answers to the questions presented- are coming directly from God himself- and from other biblical characters. One issue of concern is that some readers may in fact become confused, perhaps erroneously attributing Alton Gansky's theology to God himself- as well as to the other personalities listed. While this particular method of communicating biblical knowledge may be questionable or even heretical for some readers, it does make for entertaining and engaging reading for those new to the Christian faith.

    This book makes a good resource for any new believer or for those who wish to be introduced to Christian beliefs. There are some theological issues that need to be addressed, neverthless- in the chapter of salvation, based on Judas' response to the question, the book implies that salvation can be lost. Furthermore the question on abortion does not specifically address the issue of abortion, but vaguely discusses the issue of free will and choice. The question on homosexuality is handled in an appropriate, non offensive theological and politically correct manner. Some questions, such as "Why are there two sexes?" are answered based on the author's own conjecture of the bible, rather than on bible theology. Nevertheless, this book, overall, presents a good overview of basic biblical beliefs and makes a good starting point for anyone who wishes to investigate the bible and Christian beliefs. For deeper theology, and deeper answers to life's questions, I'd refer the reader to the works of Alcorn, C.S. Lews, Augustine or Aquinas. As a blogger for booksneeze, I recieved a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishers for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

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    Got Questions For God--Here Are His Answers

    Alton Gansky in his new book, "A Conversation With God" published by Thomas Nelson gives us an intimate setting where we can ask questions and receive answers from God and other Bible individuals.

    Ever go to a party where a famous person was in attendance or a weekend seminar and stay up for the late night visit with the speakers? If so then you know that everyone gathers around the speaker and listens to what that person has to say and then others get to ask their own questions. It is always a fairly intimate time of close gathering, warm conversation and deeper understanding. This is what Alton Gansky has done with his new book. He has put us in a room with God and twenty-seven individuals from the Bible to hear our questions and give us an in-depth answer.

    Each section of the book deals with a specific question: God, The Bible, The Future, Pain And Suffering, Jesus, Kingdom Of God, Heaven And Hell, Humanity, Christian Living and Today's World. Ever stood outside at night looked up at the sky and wondered? Of course, all of us have. We were put here for one purpose and that is to know God. God built us with a curiosity so that we would ask questions and then those answers would draw us closer to Him. "A Conversation With God" provides us a lot of the answers that we seek and those answers do indeed draw us closer to the side of God.

    "A Conversation With God" is a book that you will need to read slowly. There is no need to rush. We have our questions and the answers are there. Now is the time to sit back and experience truth and let it draw us into the presence of God. You will be glad you did. I recommend it highly.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2011

    A Conversation with God by Alton Gansky

    Hi! I recently got a book from booksneeze- "A Conversation with God" by Alton Gansky. Before I get started, though, let me tell you that due to some law thing, I am under no obligation to give this book a positive review- so whatever I feel about this book is how I honestly feel. Now, "A Conversation with God" was a very good book- it has several sections with questions about different topics ranging from who God is to why there is suffering to what we will do for eternity. Each question has someone answering from their perspective- usually God or Jesus, but sometimes it'll throw in someone else. Once I was reading, and the answerer was, I thought, Jesus. But as I read, it sounded kind of strange, so I looked up and realized that it was Judas answering- not Jesus!:) This book grapples with harder questions such as "Why should we work if the world is going to end?" and "Why is there disease?" There are other questions that just serve as a "back-up" to what we already know- "What is the Kingdom of God?" and "Is Satan real?" This book would be fantastic for anywhere you might be in your spiritual walk, from new-born-again to seasoned-well-with-the-salt-and-light:) This book is very easy to read and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    Sit down for a chat with God

    What would it be like to sit down to talk with God as we mortals know conversation? Forget the petitions of prayer and the scripts of liturgy. Go beyond the cinematic booming pronouncements of God as He is represented in the movies so often. You would just a pair of beings sharing information.

    Alton Gansky shares his take on the subject in "A Conversation with God." Gansky subtitles his book "If you could ask God any question, what would it be?" He seeks to answer those potential questions through the device of answers from God, Jesus and many Biblical figures.

    The reader is introduced to the speakers in the early pages of the book. Gansky offers descriptions of each one so that we understand why his or her perspective is valuable. Various members of the group join God in responses to the questions.

    All of the answers are taken from scripture. Gansky utilizes several versions, including The Contemporary English Version, the Holman Christian Standard and New American Standard Bibles and The New King James Version. The references are identified along the way.

    This is, however, no dry quoting of Bible verses. Gansky weaves the verses together into highly readable answers to 55 critical questions. He tackles the big things, addressing natural disasters and suffering, the character of God, Jesus' earthly life and death, the resurrection and end times, among others. Each question and answer stands alone, so the reader can easily jump straight to the topics of greatest interest.

    Question 21, "Jesus how did You live knowing how You would die?" is an example of the care Gansky takes in providing the answers. He gives thoughtful discussion from God, Jesus and Peter. In so doing, he helps us to understand the great love that prompted Jesus to face the cross.
    Gansky brings several skills to the project. He is a gifted novelist and highly educated pastor. In "A Conversation with God," he shows the harmony of the Bible and puts the teachings in perspective.

    I enjoyed reading the book and seeing the pieces of the story put in such logical and understandable juxtaposition. I recommend it to anyone who would like an easy-to-follow explanation of theological truths without being the target of a bombastic sermon. This is being taught without being tortured.

    This publisher provided a review copy of the book to the reviewer.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    If you could sit and chat with God.

    Alton Gansky's A Conversation With God: If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would it Be? is a very interesting , insightful book.
    Thomas Nelson has a reputation for publishing physically beautiful books and this one is no exception.
    Printed on heavy, slick magazine paper with a delicate top-of-the-page trim border, A Conversation With God: If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would it Be? could easily pass for an impressive gift or tabletop book. But my impression is that this title is intended to be something more intimate - something to be cherished, read and re-read again.
    Gansky's ability to communicate the love of God with the heart of man is impeccable. And this is the most intriguing content I've read in a long while because Gansky, as a writer, is able to disappear into the background. In other words, Gansky writes in a way that convinces the reader they are talking to the One True God and not a pastor from Phelan California.
    Fifty-five questions are posed in this book and each one is answered from the perspective of several different Bible characters: God, Jesus, Paul, David, Lazarus of Bethany, Andrew and John.
    Each answer is written in conversational style but is clearly Biblically exact.
    Questions include: What will we look like in Heaven? Why are there two sexes? Is being unique good or bad? What will we do for all eternity? Is Satan real? God, do you love or hate homosexuals? Is taking care of our planet spiritual or political?
    I truly admire and respect the level of intimacy with the Father Gansky enjoys.
    Without a doubt, A Conversation With God: If You Could Ask God Any Question, What Would it Be? is one of my absolute top-of-the -chart favorite picks for anyone interested in understanding the heart of God and how it relates to modern times.
    I will keep this book by my bed and refer back to it again and again as my life unfolds and my relationship with God grows and I will buy copies to give to special people in my life.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

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    Did You Have a Question for God?

    This book may not have all the answers but there are quite a few of the more important one. I will admit that even though Alton Gansky uses answers based in the Bible I still had a bit of trouble with the book. In the back of my mind the word "presumption" popped up quite a bit.

    I had to keep telling myself it is a book meant to help people and the author was not trying to be presumptuous. This is a good tool to use in a situation with an open minded non-believer as a jumping off point for clear discussion. This would be a good tool to use in a small group Bible study to strengthen believers' world view. This would be a great tool for a college bound student to help strengthen his/her belief system.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

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    Jam-Packed Truth Goldmine

    If you could ask God anything, what would you ask him?
    If you could talk to Him about anything on your mind, what would you say to Him?

    A Conversation with God really caught my eye when I first requested it. I was actually expecting it to be one of those small inspirational books, but when it arrived, it was this bulky, supersized (compared to little books) volume jam-packed with spiritual truths and inspirational messages.

    In A Conversation with God, Alton Gansky paints a vivid, almost-reality dialogue between the reader and God. Common questions people ask God are tackled and answered in individual sections, allowing the reader to locate and read up on their own questions. Gansky looks to scripture for answers to peoples' questions, paraphrasing them into a more conversational tone.

    This book would be awesome for new believers, as it answers some tough and difficult questions. However, it is also fit for more "mature" Christians as well, helping us fortify our faith in God and His promises for us. It is truly a goldmine of truths.

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