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Overview Drawing from solid scriptural truth, a humorist and cultural commentator presents a delightful book filled with humor and fascinating facts that answers a vast array of questions about God. Original.
Publishers Description 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).
Citations And Professional Reviews Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask) by Eric Metaxas has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 10/01/2005 page 164
Publishers Weekly - 08/29/2005 page 53
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Oct 18, 2005
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400071011 ISBN13 9781400071012
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More About Eric Metaxas
Eric Metaxas has edited the nation s oldest college humor magazine at Yale, and written humor for The New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, and VeggieTales. He is the author of thirty award-winning and best-selling children s books, and has written extensively for Books & Culture and Chuck Colson s Breakpoint. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter, where he hosts the acclaimed Socrates in the City, a speakers series on life, God, and other small topics. "
Eric Metaxas currently resides in New Canaan, in the state of Connecticut.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask)?
Golden Nuggets - better than a Happy Meal! Oct 6, 2006
Don't let the title fool you! Eric's humor and wit will delight you and, perhaps, make you ponder the questions of life in new and meaningful way. He doesn't shy away from the big questions of life that everyone ponders...and that many in the university wax-on endlessly about...Along the way you may find yourself questioning some of your own ideas about God, the Bible and everyday Christians you meet on the street.
My husband and I buy this book in lots of ten to hand out to friends! It is definitely worth passing on and discussing among your pals. Or use it to pick up a few jokes to tell at a cocktail party...it'll certainly spark discussions.
Metaxas is my hero Jun 28, 2006
Can't wait for MORE EVERYTHING... Eric makes difficult issues easy to understand and fun to sort out.
Mini-Review: Jun 6, 2006
I met Eric Metaxas a few weeks ago when he was speaking at a gathering at the Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan. Imagine what it must have been like for a Yale graduate to stoop to having to speak at the Harvard Club!
How can I best describe Eric Metaxas to the readers of the White Rhino Report? Two things come to mind that I can share that may encapsulate the man and the myth that is Eric Metaxas. Picture George Stephanopoulos with a sense of humor, and you are on your way toward being able to envision Eric. Picture a speaker at the epicenter of a flurry of good-natured heckling remarks from the audience - remarks dealing humorously with epistemology (not usually a knee-slapping topic!)- and you will begin to understand Eric.
Eric is a communicator who wields humor deftly - like a surgeon with a scalpel - to cut to the heart of serious matters. He has written for The New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly and the children's video series, Veggie Tales. He has authored more than thirty children's books, and hosts the acclaimed speakers' series, "Socrates in the City."
In his new book, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God (But Were Afraid to Ask)," he does an excellent job of making complex spiritual issues both comprehensible and accessible. Using humor and a fast-moving Q&A format, he tackles in fresh ways many of the age-old questions about God, Jesus, religion, heaven and hell, angels and demons and a plethora of other pithy topics.
Eric and his editors wisely chose to format the book without using direct biblical quotations, but he provides the biblical references in the footnotes and appendix. He also leads readers who desire to dig more deeply into a question or a topic to other classic works of Christian apologetics (the art and science of defending one's faith) and inspiration - by authors such as C.S. Lewis, John Stott, Josh McDowell, Os Guinness and Chuck Colson.
This book makes a very good starting point for anyone asking deep questions about faith and spirituality, and is a nice addition to the library of anyone who takes seriously the challenge to share their faith with those who are seeking.
I encourage you to visit Eric's website: [...]
Informative but disturbing Apr 22, 2006
This book is full of the fundamental beliefs held by Christians (it does slant toward the Protestant faith) but there were some things in it that I found disturbing. For example, the author mentioned that a person may belong to faith that is not Christian and have some facts wrong about God; that person may be praying to "Satan, Baal or even Donald Duck" but if that person is really praying to what he believes is the true God, God listens to his prayer. That just doesn't make sense to me. If you're a Satanist, you adhere to the tenets of your religion. And hello, Satan or Donald Duck is not the same as the one, true God. God won't say, "Okay, you might call me Satan but I know you really mean Yahweh." Worshipping anyone other than God is a sin against the first commandment.
Speaking of worshipping, this book gives the impression that Catholics worship the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints. FYI, there are different ways to honor God and the saints. Adoration (latria) is only reserved for God. It is the highest honor. Super-veneration (hyperdulia) is for the Virgin Mary. Veneration (dulia) is for the saints and angels.
Catholics do not worship anyone but God. When we pray to the Virgin Mary, saints, and angels, we pray for their INTERCESSION, a.k.a. their help by extending our prayers to God, sort of like someone cosigning a loan. Why? Why not? They're already there with God, surely their prayers are potent.
This book also says that we should not pray to angels and that any angel that answers our prayers is demonic.
I admire the author for writing an ambitious book with an encompassing title but the reality is NO ONE will ever know everything about God because God is a mystery and our limited brain cannot handle His immensity.
I suggest the author read the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" (warning: it's written in Church language) or for easier reading "Why do Catholics do That?" (available on this site. com) before he passes judgment on his fellow Christians.
Making God Relevant with a touch of humor Mar 25, 2006
An extremely well written book that gives one a basis for a better understanding of God. It has a very catchy and readable style. The humor may elicit some out loud laughs. It's thoughtful, doctrinal and practical all at the same time. A very difficult balance to attain. This is a great read for the serious theologian. It is also a great book for the person who doesn't know what they believe and are just seeking truth. The line between deep theology and just plain fun can rarely live together between the same covers. When it happens we should get a case and pass them out in Central Park...or Kubul.