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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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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.

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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. debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Answering the thoughest questions about God and the Bible ~ Bickel & Jantz
    January 2, 2017
    debs
    Maine
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is for the basic Christian questions that you need answered. It is written in a basic easy to read format. I like how the authors made the format interesting to read along with the ease of understanding. Each chapter covers a different question along with questions for you to think about and relates to the subject of the chapter.

    I would recommend this to those that have basic bible questions, along with the desire to learn about GOD. This is a good book that you can use to teach how to answer questions that others ask you. It is also a great book for those searching for GOD.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher throughChosen. 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: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
  2. Jane
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Got Questions?
    December 19, 2016
    Jane
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you, or someone you know, ever asked the kind of questions that seem impossible to answer or at least impossible to answer well? I had the opportunity to review a book that claims, with its very title, to give answers to some of those questions.

    Answering The Toughest Questions About God And The Bible, by Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz, is a relatively simple book that gets to the heart of many questions, not by giving pat answers, but by asking more questions, providing evidence that helps to clarify, pointing out the truths of scripture, and encouraging the asker to keep asking, to keep wrestling until they are satisfied. I found their approach to be refreshing, having seen what can happen when young believers are discouraged from asking questions; sometimes, like with Jacob, faith comes through the wrestling.

    The authors do not shy away from hard topics; they do indeed hit the big ones: Is God real, why did he create us, why doesn't he make himself more obvious, can I trust the Bible, why is the Bible hard to understand, if Jesus is so loving why is God so violent, why is Jesus the only way, the Trinity, and does God really care about me and my life.

    After asking the question, there is a short introduction, usually an anecdote of someone who has asked the question; often there is section that highlights the honest struggles that many believers have with the topic helping to remove the guilt at asking for answers. God invites us to seek, ask and knock, that is the process the authors leads us through.

    The seeking process is shown by learning the facts, the scripture, the opposing views, and the false teachings surrounding the question. This book is not a deep apologetics text, so you will not be given a deluge of information, but you will be given the basics and direction to look deeper if you desire to.

    One of the most helpful parts of this book is one I normally hate: the questions for reflection sections. Usually they are cheesy and vague, but the questions posed throughout the chapters in this book seem actually to be design to help the reader honestly clarify what he is thinking, believing, or even occasionally disbelieving.

    I like this book because instead of making the reader feel guilty or ashamed of his questions it reminds him that questions are an honest starting point. It is through questions that faith can grow and emerge on a solid, thought out and defendable foundation. These questions are too important not to ask. If someone you know is asking them, this book may help.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  3. Loretta
    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.
  4. bookwomanjoan
    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.
  5. gcw1
    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
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