Mark Mittelberg's book "The Questions Christians Hope No On Will Ask" is a must have for all Christian bookshelves. This is an outstanding book for reference. I get tired of being in situations where people ask questions that I truly can't come up with an answer other than "that's where faith comes in." That answer doesn't seem to suffice anymore. This book answers questions such as "What makes you so sure that God exists?", questions about evolution, so called "contradictions" in the Bible, Jesus being a good man/wise teacher vs. our Savior, here's a question I hear often "How could a good God allow so much evil, pain and suffering?," the book discusses abortion, homosexuality, hypocritical and judgemental Christians and hell. This is a 5 star rating from a reference stand point. Thank you to Tyndale for this complimentary book.
This is the best book on Christian apologetics I've read. Challenges to the Christian faith are coming fast and furious. The Bible tells us we are to have a defense for our faith. Mittelberg has given us a great tool to do exactly that.
Christians were asked in a survey which questions about faith would make them most uncomfortable when asked. The top ten responses form the outline for this book.
Some of the questions include those about God's existence, evolution, supposed biblical contradictions, the problem of evil, abortion, homosexuality, and the existence of heaven and hell.
Mittelberg first identifies the question or criticism so the reader is well prepared for the issue. Then he gives detailed answers to issue or question. He frequently suggests other resources to fill out the readers' knowledge of apologetics. A bibliography at the back gives further resources.
At the end of each chapter is a summary of the answer, tips for talking about the issue and great questions for group discussion.
Lastly, Mittelberg reminds his readers that the world would like for Christians to always be on the defensive. He suggests, "the defense can and should naturally flow into an appropriate and effective offense (without being offensive)." (292) He shows how to take each of the critical questions and turn them around to challenge the skeptic.
This is the most well done apologetic book I've read, and I've read many. If you want to know how to dialogue with your atheist neighbor, this is the book for you.
This book was provided for review by Tyndale House Publishers.
There are just some questions that are difficult to answer. They're tough and uncomfortable to the point that we hope we can just avoid those topics in conversation. But, avoiding the difficult questions keeps us from talking about what we really believe--and the faith that's changed our lives!
Mark Mittelberg has tackled the tough questions head-on, and he's done it in a way that's true-to-life, theologically sound, and easy to follow. Mark and his team conducted surveys to collect the list of most difficult questions, and then he answered them biblically and with real-life illustrations.
Of all the books I've read, this one had the best, most understandable answer for questions about homosexuality and the Bible. That's been a tough question for me to answer, and Mark Mittelberg provided an explanation that dealt with our sinful nature, was true to Scripture, and yet was understanding of people and the sensitivity of this question. In addition, I really appreciated the book's discussion of why Christians are viewed as judgmental. How can we remain true to the Bible, and yet "judge not"?
I recommend this book to anyone looking for some excellent answers to those questions you hope no one will ask.