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Do you ever wonder if God is real or if he really cares about you? There's no shame in asking---or wrestling with doubt. With candor, insight, and humor, Bruce and Stan provide answers to these and other critical issues---and leave enough space and grace to encourage you to keep seeking the truth. 176 pages, softcover from Bethany.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764218700
ISBN-13: 9780764218705

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Bestselling Authors Tackle Difficult Issues for Believers and Doubters

When it comes to the big questions about God--Is he real? Why are Christians so unlike Jesus? Does he really care about me?--Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz don't pretend to have all the answers. But they do know how to wrestle with doubt. They welcome questions, and in these pages they ask some of the most important ones you have about God and the Bible. With candor, insight, and a disarming touch of humor, they provide some answers to these critical questions, yet they leave enough space--and grace--for you to keep wrestling, asking, and seeking Truth.

There is no shame in asking--after all, even some of the greatest men and women in the Bible had doubts. Don't let your questions go unanswered. What you find might just change your life.

Author Bio

Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz are the bestselling authors of more than 50 books, including the international bestseller God Is in the Small Stuff and the Christianity 101 series. Their passion is to communicate the truth about God in a way that is clear, correct, and casual. Bruce and his wife, Cheryl, live in Fresno, California. Stan and his wife, Karin, call Orange County, California, home. For more information visit www.conversantlife.com.

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  1. New Hampshire
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Answers to the tough questions
    December 5, 2016
    AnnC
    New Hampshire
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When it comes to the big questions about God, Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz don't pretend to have all the answers. But they do know how to wrestle with doubt. They welcome questions, and in these pages they ask some of the most important ones you have about God and the Bible.

    With candor, insight, and a disarming touch of humor, Bruce and Stan provide some answers to these critical questions, yet they leave enough space--and grace--for you to keep wrestling, asking, and seeking truth.

    Answering the Toughest Questions About God and the Bible by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz is one of many Christian Apologetics books in which these authors take on the tough questions about God - questions that perhaps linger in the thoughts of even mature Christians.

    In an easy to read format, with a bit of humor mixed in, critical questions about God is He real? What about the Trinity? What does the bible say about Heaven, is Jesus the only way to Heaven are answered with biblical truth, yet allow the reader to come to their own answers.

    Ten questions answered in this book, some of which are: Is God Real, and How Can You Know? What Did God Create Us? What Doesnt God Make Himself More Obvious? Can I Trust What the Bible Says About God? Is Jesus God?

    For more information about these authors go to: http://www.conversantlife.com/

    *Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

    *Reviews of this book were posted at the following locations:

    Amazon, Christian Book, Deeper Shopping, Goodreads, and to be featured on my blog at http://titus3.wordpress.com
  2. Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Insightful and thought provoking!
    November 30, 2016
    Loretta
    Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have a friend who has a grandson who went to church some as a kid, but his parents are not Christians. He is always asking his Grandmother (my friend) questions about God and spiritual things, he is a real introspective, a thinker. He is away at College this year, he is 18. He still has honest questions about Christianity and world religions. I believe this book would be a great tool for him and others like him.

    The book in infused with humor, even though it is a very serious topic. It is thought provoking and interactive. There are questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter, very tough questions. I've been a Christ follower and believer for over 35 yrs and the questions and reflections really got me thinking of the "whys" of my faith. From the get-go I've just took God at His Word and I lived by faith and believed it was sinful to question God, but what about the times of doubt we all have, the hurts in life, seeming "unanswered prayer"and where is God now? The book doesn't make you feel guilty about any doubts you may have, but points to God's word.

    The questions addressed in this book are critical questions that pertain to Salvation and faith in God. It has great analogies, insights and stories to drive the authors points home. It is Biblical and sticks to Scripture. It is easy to understand and I would say "user-friendly", good for group study too.

    I received this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. I would highly recommend this book to those who have any doubts or to those who desire to help others with their questions about out Christian faith.
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Suitable for young teens
    November 7, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    We shouldn't be afraid of tough questions, Bickel and Jantz write. Ultimately, questions will deepen our love for God and lead to sound faith.

    The authors chose the top ten questions young people are asking today about God and what it says in His Word. Before answering the questions, however, they lay a foundation by investigating certainty, the importance of listening to others, and the role of trust.

    The characteristics and intellectual nature of this book make it suitable for teens. For example, when relating the rebellion of Adam and Eve, the authors write, Like rebellious teens, they stood smiling in agreement as the instructions for life were given, but as soon as God the Father turned around, they stuck out their tongues and ran off to do what they wanted. (434/3274) The authors do write that they aimed their book at young adults. (2552/3274) I would not recommend the book for those into a college experience because of the book's lack of intellectual rigor.

    Youth pastors might use this book but I would suggest additional study to supplement it. An example of why I make that suggestion is when the authors write that God is the unmoved mover, 100 percent free to do as he chooses without being acted upon by any other force... (565/3274) I think teens would then ask questions about prayer and why one should even pray. Information to help in that discussion is not included in the book so further study would have to have been previously completed.

    It seems this book is aimed at those not very familiar with Christianity and the Bible. In describing the major themes of the Bible, the authors write, If you are familiar with the Bible or Christianity, these six 'Acts' will likely ring a bell. (1423/3274) I would not recommend this book to seasoned Christians.

    I recommend this book to those who have basic questions about God and Christianity and are not looking for something with intellectual rigor. The authors are very personable, sharing some of their own experiences. Their writing style is very conversational.

    The authors have included questions for reflection and discussion throughout the book. That would make the book a good one to use in a teen group. This book is a good starting point for teens with questions. Unfortunately, there was not a list of additional resources or books for further study in the egalley I read. While it is a good introductory book, readers will have to go elsewhere to pursue a deeper discussion of these questions.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  4. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Toughest Questions
    November 7, 2016
    gcw1
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    ANSWERING THE TOUGHEST QUESTIONS

    ABOUT GOD AND THE BIBLE

    By Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz

    with Christopher Greer

    Got questions about God and the Bible, that OK everyone has had questions in this area. Bruce and Stan do their best in this book to try to answer those questions.

    Questions like:

    Is God real and How can you know?

    Why doesnt God make Himself obvious?

    Can I trust what the Bible says about God/

    Is Jesus God?

    These and many more questions receive answers in this well written and informative book. Ten chapters that ask the questions and the authors do their best to answer them. Each chapter starts with an introduction to the questions. Some of the questions came from Chris Greer, a pastor, who asked people individually and in small groups by online surveys for questions that they might have. The questions asked are shown and answered, discussion questions are offered at the end of each section. The layout is very helpful if you would like to use the book in a study group or just for your own private reading.

    Quoting from the rear cover of the book;

    With candor, insight, and a disarming touch of humor, Bruce and Stan provide some answers to these critical questions, yet they leave enough space ---and grace--- for you to keep wrestling, asking, and seeking truth.

    I found the book very interesting and contained Biblical facts and answers that are reliable and informative.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
  5. Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Answering the Tough Questions
    October 24, 2016
    Mike
    Alexandria, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Often times we have questions about God and / or about the Bible which go unanswered. Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz seek to answer some of those questions in their book, Answering the Toughest Questions about God and the Bible. The book was written, in part due to an ex-evangelical leaving the faith because of unanswered questions.

    As a result, they surveyed many young Christians and asked what their questions were, and some of those questions were used as the basis for this book. Each chapter could have been a book in itself, which in some respects is part of my frustration with this book. I would have liked more of an answer to many of the questions. I wanted more from the authors.

    Yet, this was a good book, it was easy to read, touched on many points and had multiple sections within each chapter about points to reflect on.

    Chapters titles include ~

    Is God real? How can you know?

    Why did God create us?

    Why Doesn't God make Himself more Obvious?

    Can I trust what the Bible says about God?

    Why is the Bible so hard to understand?

    Why does God seem so violent While Jesus is so loving?

    Is Jesus God?

    Why do Christians say Jesus is the only way to God?

    How do God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit relate to one another?

    Does God really care about me and my life?

    Overall, this is a good resource and a good book to hold onto for questions about God and the Bible.

    I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an open and honest review.
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