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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God (but Were Afraid to Ask)
     

Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God (but Were Afraid to Ask)

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by Eric Metaxas
 

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Who doesn’t have questions about God? But where in the world can you go to get answers? 

Eric Metaxas has been there, so he gets it. Which is why he’s written this shockingly down-to-earth book on the big questions everyone asks (but not always out loud).

Totally conversational and sometimes flat-out hilarious, this book

Overview

Who doesn’t have questions about God? But where in the world can you go to get answers? 

Eric Metaxas has been there, so he gets it. Which is why he’s written this shockingly down-to-earth book on the big questions everyone asks (but not always out loud).

Totally conversational and sometimes flat-out hilarious, this book asks:

• How can a good God create a world that has evil and suffering?
* Is God anti-sex?
* Doesn’t science make God obsolete?
* What’s the real story on miracles?
* If God is everywhere, why go to church?
* Don’t we already have God within us?
* Isn’t God too busy running the universe to care about the details of my day?

These questions (and many more) get no-nonsense answers that don’t hide behind dull theological language. So get the lowdown (and more than a few laughs) on what are probably the most important questions anyone has.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The difficulty is not to gush.”
—TIM KELLER, founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and New York Times best-selling author of The Reason for God and The Prodigal God

“For his stylish and entertaining handling of this particular subject, Metaxas deserves a prize.”
—DICK CAVETT, Emmy Award–winning television personality

“I’ve always wished I could answer important and difficult questions about God with as much heart, humor, intelligence, and truth as Eric Metaxas does in this book. Now I can—by giving friends and family a copy of Eric’s excellent book, which is itself an answer to the question ‘Is God powerful enough to take a witty, Yale-educated, orthodox Christian logician and use him to make you laugh while simultaneously answering the most difficult questions and inspiring you to genuine faith in God?’ The answer is yes!”
—KIRK CAMERON, television and film actor and producer

“Like having a Starbucks with a very funny New York intellectual who happens to be a nonatheist. Oh! That would be Eric Metaxas!”
—VICTORIA JACKSON, comedian, actress, and former cast member of Saturday Night Live

“Eric Metaxas beautifully opens conversations that many people avoid. The questions that he presents are honest and easily relatable for anyone. No matter what your current knowledge of God is, I highly recommend this book. It will make you laugh, challenge you to think, and provoke you to understand truth in a deeper way. Theology has never been so much fun!”
—KRIS VALLOTTON, senior associate leader, Bethel Church, Redding, CA; cofounder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry; author of The Supernatural Ways of Royalty and Spirit Wars

“How anyone writes a book on God that reads like a can’t-put-it-down thriller is a miracle itself.”
—JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO, host of Justice with Judge Jeanine

“We are in the beginnings of a sudden shift, especially among millennials, to an interest in spiritual things. I like the fact that Eric writes simply but intelligently. Congratulations on staying relevant and caring enough about people to answer their questions.”
—CARTER C. CONLON, senior pastor, Times Square Church, New York City

“Eric Metaxas has written a book about God based on questions that people are actually asking. His answers are pithy, practical, often funny (who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?), and true. This is a splendidly unconventional introduction to the Christian faith.”
—JOHN WILSON, editor of Books & Culture

“Finally, a book of apologetics you can give your friends without cringing!”
—LAUREN WINNER, author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath

“Every question in this book is one I have asked, have heard asked, or want to ask! And the answers are so good humored and easy to read that you almost forget how profound they are.”
—ANN B. DAVIS, Alice of The Brady Bunch

"I jotted down some basic questions before I began reading. I wanted to see if author Eric Metaxas would address my concerns. He did more than answer all my questions. He inspired me to rethink how I answer the uncomfortable questions. And he reminded me of the profound mystery that all questions don’t have an answer. Metaxas’ style, utilizing a question-and-answer format, is easy for readers to follow. The author’s humor draws readers into the story as the questioner pushes for deeper meaning. The dialogue continues until the answer is clear. Readers come away with a better understanding of who God is and who he isn’t. Metaxas makes clear just how serious he considers the topic of this book: “From where I stand, no subject under the sun is more important than the truth, but the subject of truth, especially as it concerns God, has fallen on hard times in our culture.”

Topics from creation to the cross are covered in this inspiring book, as the author writes about common subjects including miracles, prayer, angels, demons and the afterlife. Metaxas also addresses difficult subjects—Islam, hell, gays, the role of women and the spiritual realm.

The author does a wonderful job engaging readers with thought-provoking questions. The book is divided into 20 chapters, each focusing on important issues, such as: “Why would a loving God allow suffering? How can you prove God’s existence?” Metaxas' blend of theology and biblical history supports his answers and reinforces the central event of the Christian faith—Jesus’ death on the cross. The author’s message is clearly threaded through out the pages of the book: It is Jesus’ grace toward us that allows us to go to heaven, and this grace is available to everyone."
—THE BAPTIST STANDARD

Publishers Weekly
There's an old conservative Christian saying, "God said it, I believe it and that settles it." Metaxas-a New York humor and children's book writer-doesn't use it, but employs that attitude in writing this cheeky question-and-answer book addressing the most common questions people have about God. Metaxas writes from an evangelical Christian perspective as he discusses the authority of the Bible, salvation and concepts such as heaven, hell, angels and demons. He admits early on that this book idea is "patently insane"; however, he "took a crack at" answering the kinds of questions he is asked all the time in his work as a writer and speaker. Without a doubt, Metaxas is a clever and straightforward writer, fielding jokes right and left before hitting the reader with the hard stuff. ("Q: What happens when you die? A: Well it depends, but typically the lawn goes unmowed for a while...") He then more seriously replies that we are either welcomed into God's presence in heaven or banished for eternity to hell. Metaxas gets high marks for wit but fails to explore the wide range of beliefs that devout Christians hold today. (Oct. 18) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781400071012
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/18/2005
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
210,280
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Eric Metaxas is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of several books, including Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace, Miracles, Seven Men, Seven Women, and If You Can Keep It. He is the host of The Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated daily radio program. Metaxas is also the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on "life, God, and other small topics." He is a senior fellow and lecturer at large at the King's College in New York City, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

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Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God: (But Were Afraid to Ask) the Jesus Edition (Large Print 16pt) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eric Metaxas brilliantly answers some of our deepest questions about God in an easy to understand way throughout this whole book. This is a must read for those who have grown up in the church as well as those who are just beginning to discover who God is. With humor, clear explanations and scientific facts, Eric introduces his readers to our Creator and helps put to rest some of the most common questions about the mysteries of a God we cannot see.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it!
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Love this book. If you are looking for thought-provoking saucey answers to unbelievers questions, you'll find them here.
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Mr.Metaxas,I've tried twice now to post a comment on your other book titled the same as this one only with Jesus and it won't take.No other review had been made either so I'm assuming there have not been any purchases made If this posts I'll put my comment on here in awhile.I've wasted enough time already so it will be a little later.