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Finding God in the Questions: A Personal Journey

By Timothy Johnson (Author)
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One of Massachusetts Bible Society's Top Ten Religious Books of 2004!#8 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice Bestseller List! (June 14, 2004)#7 on the Publishers Weekly Religion Hardcover Bestseller List (October 2004)
Do you wonder whether or not God is real?Do you doubt that religion can be relevant?Do you wish that faith were possible for you?Don't shy away from your questions, says Dr. Timothy Johnson, medical editor for ABC News. He believes that's where God meets you--in the midst of honest grappling with heartfelt issues. In this remarkable book, Dr. Johnson discloses his deeply personal journey of faith. With the same keen mind accustomed to medical and scientific examination, he investigates the plausibility of God's existence and explores the significance of the person of Jesus. Despite all the difficulties of faith, he explains what he believes and why. He writes,"As a physician, I have committed my professional life to healing and wellness. But my public work is only a small part of who I really am--or rather, who I want to be. This book is, in a sense, 'the rest of the story.'"For many people, religion provides answers to the big questions of life. For others, the absolute claims of religion raise more questions than they answer. I have lived on both sides--and in some senses, I still do. My path of faith has wandered through both doubt and belief, often at the same time."Doubt doesn't have to tear down belief, however; it can purify it. When it does, the beliefs on the other side become more certain. This is why I would like to affirm that it is possible to find God even while you are still asking the big questions."Come join a fellow pilgrim on the journey. Ask your questions--and perhaps find God behind them.

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Studio: InterVarsity Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.6" Width: 4.9" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   May 31, 2004
Publisher   IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN  0830832157  
ISBN13  9780830832156  

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Dr. Johnson is senior pastor of Rick Valley Chapel (Free Church) in Beloit, Wisconsin. He's a West Point graduate (1989) as well as a graduate of Bethel Seminary. He has been an administrative pastor, an interim associate dean of a seminary, a seminary prof, an executive pastor and a senior pastor.

Timothy Johnson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. How to Solve Word Problems (McGraw-Hill)
  2. Step by Step (Microsoft)

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Poorly-researched nonsense for the Reader's Digest crowd  Nov 25, 2007
I was given this book by a believer and read it, basically, on a dare.

There were several passages that made me laugh out loud, but I'll give you only the most ridiculous. At one point Johnson says, "[t]he distance between planets in our solar system is about 30 million miles, just the right distance for stable orbits."

This is apparently an argument that someone positioned the planets, ignoring I guess the uncountable number of other stars where that might not be the case. And one could say that it also misses the possibility that our system ejected other planets while it was forming and--hey, if you're going to go to the trouble of designing a star system for life why bother with the other (uninhabitable) planets at all? And you DEFINITELY wouldn't want to fill it with dangerous asteroids and comets.

But nevermind all of that for a moment and just consider the basis for his claim. It's incorrect. The planets (not counting Pluto, just to be pedantic) average 395 million miles apart. That's an average--some are much closer to each other and some are much farther away. This can be determined in seconds with a google search and a calculator, so it certainly makes one wonder how much effort Mr. Johnson put into checking his facts. And it also makes me doubt that Mr. Johnson did all of the calculus necessary to determine that such a configuration is "just right for stable orbits."

If you find this book to be at all convincing, then I sincerely feel very sorry for you.
A plainly written spiritual autobiography and theological treatise  Sep 4, 2007
FINDING GOD IN THE QUESTIONS: A PERSONAL JOURNEY - An accessible (i.e., plainly written) spiritual autobiography of ABC News medical editor, Dr. Timothy Johnson (an ordained minister prior to medical school). Dr. Johnson asks the big questions (e.g., who are we? Who was Jesus? Is God in control?), and humbly submits the answers he has arrived at after a lifetime of pondering. This 2004 book is a meditative and rewarding read.
Time with this book is time well-spent  May 10, 2007
Dr. Timothy Johnson is best known as a medical expert for ABC news. What many people might not be aware of is that he is also a minister, having graduated from the seminary forty years ago. In "Finding God in the Questions," he attempts to dig deeper into his own beliefs and how he has come to them. He is also attempting to integrate the spiritual and secular aspects of his life in a more meaningful way. Perhaps as a means of doing that, he is donating all his profits from the sale of this book to organizations that serve the poor and disadvantaged.

Section One deals with "Does God Exist?" Dr. Johnson relies heavily on scientific evidence to make his case for his belief in an omnipotent intelligent being. One often comes across those who believe that science and faith are incompatible. For those who believe, however, an examination of our physical world only serves to reinforce that belief. At times, his scientific inquiry can be somewhat intense for those without scientific backgrounds. To his credit, he does tell readers they can skip those few pages of his book without losing the point of his book.

Section Two focuses on "What is God Like?" Dr. Johnson offers a brief history of how the Bible came to be and then turns his attention to what one can learn about God by studying Jesus. He encourages people to read the Bible with fresh eyes, to simply sit down and read the four Gospels straight through as if it was your first experience with them (for some, it may very well be.) He believes many people will be surprised by what they find there. For example, Jesus says nothing against homosexuality, but preaches heavily against divorce. He speaks strongly against the accumulation of material possessions, yet many Christians seem to make this their prime goal in life. Also, "Jesus clearly shows more sympathy to the outcast and to the sinful than he does to the righteous and formally religious." Johnson then goes on to discuss Jesus' parables and miracles. Lastly, he investigates the Resurrection, coming to the conclusion that it was indeed a physical resurrection.

The last section is "What Difference Does it Make?" In this section, Johnson explores the way faith should manifest itself in our lives. He studies the Sermon on the Mount and the high standard it sets for our lives. He acknowledges that one must leave space for mystery, and that the questions will never be completely answered in this lifetime. Yet, he encourages readers to follow Jesus' example, not because it will bring us "comfort and ease and even financial reward. The truth is that Jesus himself never painted such a rosy picture. . . . The only gift he promised for sure is that if we attempted to follow his teachings, we would be closer to the heart of God than we would otherwise be."

Overall, Johnson's inquiries will resonate with many. He brings his journalistic mind and medical knowledge as well as his theological background to investigate these questions. Time spent with "Finding God in the Questions" is put to good use.

My Personal Journey  Mar 9, 2007
Dr. Johnson met with a Men's group and I was inspired by his
talk to purchase his book. The book is extremely helpful
in my personal journey with Jesus. I wholeheartedly recommend
this book and if you get a chance to see Dr. Johnson in person,
don't miss him.
The Rev. Jean-Jacques D'Aoust, Ph.D. recommends  Jan 12, 2007
Dr.Timothy Johnson is both a doctor in medicine and a graduate of theological education. Consequently, he is well qualified to raise serious scientific questions that the average college educated person might raise and respond to them out of both his personal scientific experience and critical biblical understanding. Since I have read innumerable books on the relations between science and religion, some of which are very sophisticated and out of reach to the average adult, I found Tim Johnson easy to read, while he maintains a scientific integrity,

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