Current surveys show a surprisingly high percentage of people in Western countries believe - or sort-of believe - in God. Many have had some experience or sense of a wider reality beyond the mortal material world, that can't be explained away in terms of physical science or psychology.
Many say they believe in some concept of God and are willing to consider the role of Jesus but are wary of organized Christianity, of accepting a whole package of beliefs or of committing to regular churchgoing.
But they accept the possibility that God may not only exist but may intervene in individual lives in some very human ways and in some supernatural ones.
And they are open to hearing others' experiences as well as pondering their own.
If you are one of those people, this book may be for you.
In their own words, a wide variety of ordinary people tell of the experiences that led them towards or through or away from faith in God. Faith, doubt and cynicism all feature in these accounts, and the author and interviewees are honest about their struggles with life and belief or non-belief in a God who cares personally for human beings.
Issues as diverse as religious teaching, childhood abuse, fear, intellectualism, illness, homosexuality, bereavement and crises of confidence - reveal some of the factors that make someone say, 'I believe this … and possibly this … but don't ask me to believe that!'
'Don't Ask Me to Believe' invites the reader to meet these doubters, believers and strugglers and to identify with or compare their own lives and experiences.
And see what you believe.
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About the Author
I'm the author of 11 published non-fiction books and novels (details of them are on http://clarenonhebel.com - click on Book List). The short novel 'Popcorn' is now FREE on Smashwords. Feel free to read and enjoy! More of my previously published books will soon be available as free ebooks on Smashwords too - look out for 'Far From Home' soon, true stories of the homeless and the 'homeless of heart.
I'm also the publisher and co-author of 'Survivor on Death Row' by Romell Broom, now published as an ebook.
This was a new venture for me. I had volunteered to write to Death Row prisoners in 2009 and the first one turned out to be Romell, who had just survived a two-hour execution attempt in Ohio's death chamber. The authorities intended to repeat the execution the following week.
For me, it was an eye-opener into the nature of the death penalty system. I read Romell's letters and visited him and others. I read accounts by lawyers such as Clive Stafford Smith OBE and by 'Dead Man Walking' nun Sister Helen Prejean, about the failures and flaws that can lead to innocent people being executed. I heard about executioners and prison governors and Ohio's former Attorney General, who now oppose the death penalty and testify that it harms everybody and benefits nobody, including victims' families.
Romell has always claimed he is innocent. But how do you prove it - when you live on Death Row?
It began to seem more than coincidence that Romell's assigned penfriend happened to be an author. Could his dream of telling his story to the world, and somebody listening, be a possibility?
Today Romell is still alive, still on Death Row, still asking for his case to be reviewed. His book is on Smashwords, and YouTube links are on his author page.
Whether you have fixed views on the death penalty, or whether you have never given it much thought, I encourage you to read 'Survivor on Death Row' and meet someone who knows.
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