Finding God in the Questions: A Personal Journey


Named one of the 2004 Top Ten Religious Books by the Massachusetts Bible Society!

#8 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice Bestseller List! (June 14, 2004)

#7 on the Publishers Weekly Religion Hardcover Bestseller List (October 2004)

Do you wonder whether or not God is real?

Do you doubt that religion can be relevant?

Do you wish that faith were possible for you?

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Named one of the 2004 Top Ten Religious Books by the Massachusetts Bible Society!

#8 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice Bestseller List! (June 14, 2004)

#7 on the Publishers Weekly Religion Hardcover Bestseller List (October 2004)

Do you wonder whether or not God is real?

Do you doubt that religion can be relevant?

Do you wish that faith were possible for you?

Don't shy away from your questions, says Dr. Timothy Johnson, medical editor for ABC News. He believes that's where God meets you—in the midst of honest grappling with heartfelt issues.

In this remarkable book, Dr. Johnson discloses his deeply personal journey of faith. With the same keen mind accustomed to medical and scientific examination, he investigates the plausibility of God's existence and explores the significance of the person of Jesus. Despite all the difficulties of faith, he explains what he believes and why. He writes,

"As a physician, I have committed my professional life to healing and wellness. But my public work is only a small part of who I really am—or rather, who I want to be. This book is, in a sense, 'the rest of the story.'

"For many people, religion provides answers to the big questions of life. For others, the absolute claims of religion raise more questions than they answer. I have lived on both sides—and in some senses, I still do. My path of faith has wandered through both doubt and belief, often at the same time.

"Doubt doesn't have to tear down belief, however; it can purify it. When it does, the beliefs on the other side become more certain. This is why I would like to affirm that it is possible to find God even while you are still asking the big questions."

Come join a fellow pilgrim on the journey. Ask your questions—and perhaps find God behind them.

This new paperback edition includes a new afterword and a study guide with questions for personal reflection or group discussion.

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Editorial Reviews

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That Timothy Johnson is a doctor of medicine, not a doctor of theology, should not diminish interest in this book one jot. In fact, the ABC News medical editor's account of his own spiritual journey achieves some of its cogency because of its tentativeness and lack of professional jargon. Dr. Johnson's unpretentiousness only underlines the book's worth.
Publishers Weekly
It is always interesting when a public figure like Johnson, medical editor for ABC News and frequent medical journalist on shows like Nightline and 20/20, writes about faith from a personal angle. The initial chapter relates much of his life story, outlining the questions that have caused him to question and doubt. The remainder of the book is a pithy discussion of what he has discovered (and what he still doubts) about issues like the origin of the universe, proofs for the existence of God, the identity and teachings of Jesus and the practical difference that religion should make in people's lives. While peppered with gently humorous asides and personal observations, the overall focus of the book is not on Johnson himself but on the questions he explores. Most notable is his excellent discussion of the "intelligent design" arguments that have recently become so widely discussed in academic settings. His brief and very comprehensible discussion will introduce a much wider audience to these ideas. In discussing his faith, Johnson is honest enough to surprise many readers. As he himself states, "some who admire my secular achievements will be turned off by this spiritual exploration and some who admire my spiritual stance will be disappointed in my conclusions." Although some readers may disagree with Johnson, they will find it difficult not to be stimulated to think much more deeply about their own answers to these questions. (May 18) Forecast: A $75,000 promo budget and endorsements from the likes of Ted Koppel will help bring attention to this title by the 30-year media veteran. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830833474
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/2006
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 498,604
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Timothy Johnson (M.D., M.P.H.) is well-known as the medical editor for ABC News. He has reported on health care issues for Good Morning America since 1975. He also provides on-air analysis of medical news for World News Tonight, Nightline and 20/20. Johnson holds joint positions in medicine at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

He is the founding editor of The Harvard Medical School Health Letter and coeditor of The Harvard Medical School Health Letter Book. He is the author of Dr. Timothy Johnson's OnCall Guide to Men's Health and coauthor with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop of Let's Talk. Having completed seminary before medical school, Johnson also serves as assisting minister of the Community Covenant Church in West Peabody, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgementsSection 1: Does God Exist?
1. Why Do the Questions Keep Coming?
2. Is the Universe an Accident?
3. How Did We Get Here?
4. Who Are We? Section 2: What Is God Like?
5. Why Bother with Religion and the Bible?
6. What Did Jesus Teach?
7. Who Was Jesus? Section 3: What Difference Does It Make?
8. How Should Faith Shape Our Lives?
9. Is God in Control?
10. Can We Bet on the Heart of God?
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  • Posted August 31, 2013

    Better than expected

    Although I tend to seek more New Age and Buddhist material Finding God is a nice approach. I found Dr. Johnson's journey open, relevant, and asking some good personal questions. I personally don't find the only answers to be Christian, but perhaps I do find them to be spiritual. This worked.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2005

    Wrong category

    I cannot imagine why this book is listed in the science section. A journey of faith is still about faith, whether it is written by a doctor or a priest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Revolutionary if you're ready for a revolution

    Dr. Johnson's book offers a fresh approach to our relationship with God. If you've had questions such as who will get into heaven (or, how can God let so many go to hell), how was the world created, or why do the gospels differ, this is a great opportunity to read about someone else's search for those answers, and the interesting results of his quest. It's a great addition to my devotional materials, reminding me of the power of God and how dynamically he has revealed himself. It would make a great basis for book club reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2004

    Theology Lite

    If you've never seriously pondered theological issues you will find this a pleasant and easy read. If however you have, you will wonder in bewilderment at many of the author's conclusions. As the author freely admits he's strongly biased in favour of wanting to believe in God. His bias is very evident. He firmly believes that the gospels are a resonably accurate account of Jesus's life. This in spite of the fact that he is on record as being 'agnostic' about Jesus' miracles. He also uses some of the weakest apologetic arguments for his beliefs (e.g. the reliability of the transmission of oral stories). For someone who has supposedly read as widely as he says he has, these kinds of statements are simply baffling. In the end his theological viewpoint consists of 'cherry-picking' his way through christianity. He highlights Jesus' positive ethical teachings while ignoring his threats of eternal hell fire. He loves to quote C.S. Lewis but you won't find him talking about how Lewis in one of his later writings clearly states that Jesus was wrong about his second coming. I was very disappointed when the author did not go into detail about how he regained his faith after having it severely undermined by his early studies in theology at university. Now that would have given us some real insight into his 'journey of faith'. As it is the book comes off as another seriously flawed writing of liberal theology.

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