The Bible's Answers to 100 of Life's Biggest Questions

The Bible's Answers to 100 of Life's Biggest Questions

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by Norman L. Geisler, Jason Jimenez, Josh and Sean McDowell
     
 

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Every believer has questions about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the purpose and meaning of life. The vexing problem is that so few believers are able to answer even the most basic ones. Without answers, doubt creeps in and the future of the church is in jeopardy.

With insight and precision, Geisler and Jimenez address one hundred penetrating questions that the

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Every believer has questions about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the purpose and meaning of life. The vexing problem is that so few believers are able to answer even the most basic ones. Without answers, doubt creeps in and the future of the church is in jeopardy.

With insight and precision, Geisler and Jimenez address one hundred penetrating questions that the culture asks and Christians must be prepared to answer, including both controversial questions raging in the public sphere and personal questions about family issues, the purpose and meaning of life, and the future of the world. Christians from every walk of life, especially young believers, youth workers, and parents, will treasure this comprehensive resource. Foreword by Josh and Sean McDowell.

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ISBN-13:
9780801016943
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/20/2015
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
389,191
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) is Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than eighty books, including When Skeptics Ask and The Big Book of Christian Apologetics.

Jason Jimenez is founder and president of reshift ministries, inc., and has pastored families for over fifteen years. He is the author of The Raging War of Ideas and lives in Matthews, North Carolina.

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The Bible's Answers to 100 of Life's Biggest Questions 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
It has happened, at least once, to every teacher — the question that stops you in your tracks. Taking a deep breath, with thoughts racing and nothing coming to your mind, every neuron is straining the words, “I should know the answer to this one!’ The truth is that when this happens, there is nothing like investigating the matter for yourself, hauling out the thick books, firing up the on-line references, laying open the Word of God and letting the Spirit guide your heart into truth. To prime the pump for this process, Geisler and Jimenez have compiled a list of 100 questions and the answers God has given in the Bible. They have not thrown down a series of pat answers, but have moved beyond the answers, because most of life’s big questions arise from complicated real-world situations. “The answers are only part of the equation.” Each answer is followed by a practical application and a set of recommended resources which include additional Biblical references, books, websites, dvd’s, and an online video. The 100 questions are grouped into twelve categories ranging from theology and the Christian life to politics, worldview, and family matters. More complex answers come with sidebars or diagrams to organize the data, making the book a valuable resource for: 1.Personal study: Scholarly and yet accessible, the articles are concise, the format is easy to scan, but the door is left wide open for further study. 2.One-on-one discipleship or parent/child discussions 3.Augmenting a Sunday School class or youth group as a means of stimulating further discussion on a topic. As for my copy, I have a fifteen-year-old who is waiting for his turn to read it, and I am sure that it will lead to some lively conversations around the dinner table! Disclosure: This book was provided by Baker Books in exchange for my unbiased review.
UpstateNYReader More than 1 year ago
I first met Norman L. Geisler 40 years ago as a student during my first semester at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The course was “Introduction to Apologetics”. I have seen and read a few of his books over the years, but this is the first book I have had the opportunity to review. This book provides, as the title implies, answers to 100 questions. The answers are succinct, limited to one or two pages. They include THE answer, scripture, and external resources (e.g. web pages or videos) supporting the author’s view. Though most of the questions are theological in nature, each does include a one or two sentence statement as to why the question and its answer has application to our Christian lives. With few exceptions, only the last ten questions are directly related to the more practical side of life. Regardless of the question asked, Geisler does add his expected scholarly, thoughtful approach in answering each one. The reader will grow as he makes his or her way through the book - whether you agree or disagree with the author’s answers. The order of the questions moves from very broad questions (e.g. “1. What is Truth?”) toward more narrow questions: 10. How Did the Universe Come to Be? 19. Who is Jesus Christ? 32. What is the Gospel? 67. Does God Hear My Prayers? 73. Is Abortion Murder? 95. Why Are So Many Young People Abandoning the Faith? From a philosophical perspective, this order makes sense. But for the unbeliever or new Christian, it may have helped to start with more specific questions and move on to the deeper, more specific, questions as one moved through the book. Though I appreciate the book’s responses to the questions, I would much prefer a more balanced approach. An opportunity to study the multiple responses that believers have given to the various questions would strengthen the book. The authors attempt to give “THE” answer to each question, with little room for the reader to discover truth for themselves. Having said that, the writers do seem to strike a middle ground that might be more satisfying to many. For example, when asked, “Did God Pick Me or Did I Choose Him?”, the authors begin by stating that, “Throughout the pages of Scripture, the doctrine of free choice is repeatedly demonstrated …” However, they conclude by stating, “Finally, God chose us before we chose Him …” Similarly, when answering the question, “Can I Lose My Salvation?”, the authors reply, “Of all the questions, this one has certainly sparked some of the biggest debates in the church, and it is often to blame for much of the division among denominations.” However, they go on to write, “There are several reasons Christians can’t lose their salvation...” I don’t question that the author’s can write the book they want to write; yet the reader must know that the authors are feeding answers, not helping the student discover the answers. This book presents a one-sided response, the true student will want to find other resources which present alternate answers. Geisler and Jimenez do contribute to the discussion. But the discussion must continue till we reach heaven and God gives us THE answers, HIS answers. ______________ This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.