Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Oct 18, 2005 | 240 Pages
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About Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God (But Were Afraid to Ask)
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.
“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
About Eric MetaxasEric Metaxas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Martin Luther, If You Can Keep It, Bonhoeffer, Amazing Grace, and Miracles. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Yorker, and Metaxas has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN, the Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. He is the host of The Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally syndicated daily radio show. Metaxas is also the founder and host of Socrates in the City, the acclaimed series of conversations on "life, God, and other small topics," featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Dick Cavett, and Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, among many others. 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.
240 pages | Published by WaterBrook
On Sale Date: Oct 18, 2005
Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4
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Sneak PeekRead the first chapter of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Bonhoeffer, Miracles, and the forthcoming If You Can Keep It We all have questions about God. But very few of us get the answers we’re looking for–if those answers even exist! Do they? Where (in heaven’s name) do you go to find out? Eric Metaxas understands. That’s why he’s written this refreshingly down-to-earth take on the big questions everyone asks (but not always out loud). Finally a book that takes questions about God seriously enough to get silly (where appropriate). Wonderfully conversational and often very funny, this book joins you in wondering: ·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? ·What does the Bible say about things like UFOs, ESP, and the afterlife–and what about Bigfoot? These questions (and many more like them) get straight answers that don’t hide behind dull and confusing theological language. So get the lowdown on the big questions everyone asks–but please try not to laugh (because it’s a very serious topic).
Press Release#1 New York Times Best-selling Author Eric Metaxas
Answers Common Questions about God in a
Friendly, Conversational Style
"I wanted to make the idea of a conversation on the subject of God inviting and, dare I say, even fun," says Eric Metaxas, author of Everything You Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask) (WaterBrook, Feb. 21, 2017). "I believe questions that are this serious not only require a little humor, they demand it."
Best known for his #1 New York Times best-selling book Bonhoeffer and the more recent If You Can Keep It, Metaxas provides a witty and highly accessible resource for those who want to explore honest questions about God and Christianity but may not be planning to crack open a Bible anytime soon.
What makes this book stand apart is that it avoids the usual religious and theological jargon often found in books on apologetics.
Presented in a straightforward Q & A format, Metaxas addresses common questions people have, including:
· How can a good God create a world that has evil and suffering?
· How can anyone take the Bible seriously?
· Is God anti-sex? Is God anti-women?
· How does prayer work?
· Doesn’t science make God obsolete? What does the Bible say about evolution?
· 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?
· What does the Bible say about things like UFOs, ESP and the afterlife?
Metaxas, who is also a nationally syndicated radio host, notes that regardless of the title, Everything You Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask) is not meant to be definitive or exhaustive. Metaxas hopes it will start important conversations that will go far beyond its pages.
Praise for Everything You Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask)
"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 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask). 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
"Quick, witty, engaging, and often profound. These are words I use to describe my friend and one-time colleague Eric Metaxas. This little book is vintage Metaxas. Good and profitable reading."
—Chuck Colson, founder and chairman of Prison Fellowship
"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
"Finally, a book of apologetics you can give your friends without cringing!"
—Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath
"An excellent primer on the most important questions of life, engagingly presented in question-and-answer format. A timely and useful book for a searching, spiritually hungry America."
—George Gallup, Jr., founding chairman of the George H. Gallup International Institute
ABOUT 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.” Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, he is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million. ABC News has called Metaxas a “photogenic, witty ambassador for faith in public life.” He has written for The Wall Street Journal, Atlantic Monthly as well as CNN.com and has been featured in many media outlets including The Washington Post, National Review, Christianity Today, Fox News, Forbes, Relevant, Focus on the Family, The Daily Beast and C-Span. A graduate of Yale, Metaxas 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. For more information, visit www.metaxastalk.com.
Christian Living/Spiritual Life/Apologetics
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