The Bible's Answers to 100 of Life's Biggest Questions - eBook  -     By: Norman L. Geisler, Jason Jimenez
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441221759
ISBN-13: 9781441221759

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Every believer has questions about God, the Bible, Jesus, and the purpose and meaning of life. The vexing problem is that so few believers are able to answer even the most basic ones. Without answers, doubt creeps in and the future of the church is in jeopardy.

With insight and precision, Geisler and Jimenez address one hundred penetrating questions that the culture asks and Christians must be prepared to answer, including both controversial questions raging in the public sphere and personal questions about family issues, the purpose and meaning of life, and the future of the world. Christians from every walk of life, especially young believers, youth workers, and parents, will treasure this comprehensive resource. Foreword by Josh and Sean McDowell.

Author Bio

Norman L. Geisler (PhD, Loyola University of Chicago) is Distinguished Professor of Apologetics and Theology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California. He is the author of more than eighty books, including When Skeptics Ask and The Big Book of Christian Apologetics.

Jason Jimenez is founder and president of reshift ministries, inc., and has pastored families for over fifteen years. He is the author of The Raging War of Ideas and lives in Matthews, North Carolina.

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  1. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Help For Newer Christians
    February 6, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Looking for a book that would help newer Christians, or those seeking to get more up to speed as a believer? Here in a book with an ideal format of questions and answers, this volume by Norman Geisler, famed apologist, and Jason Jimenez, published by Baker, will be an asset to you.

    The first 18 questions are superb in their succinct guidance on things like, Who made God?, or If God, why evil?, or even What happened to the dinosaurs? The answers sparkle with the kinds of things we need in this rough-and-tumble world. Think confronting the tough questions of others as a Christian.

    Parts three through seven (questions 19-59) cover basic doctrine in areas of Christology, the Holy Spirit, sin, salvation, Heaven, Hell, angels and demons, the Church, and end times. Basic truths are given at a level essay to grasp, and though we might quibble over some statement, most pastors would be thrilled at folks learning these basics.

    Next we have questions for the Christian life. A few are so basic, but still just perfect for a new Christian. Then in questions 71-78 help for difficult social issues are given. Part 11 on world religions, again Mr. Geislers specialty, could hardly be better. It is not an attack on them, just explaining where there are fundamentally opposite of, and incompatible with, Christianity.

    The last questions on the family seem a little trite, but the book, for what it attempts to be, is a winner!

    I received this book free from the publisher. 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.
  2. Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    100 Questions; 100 Answers
    February 4, 2015
    Floyd Johnson
    Upstate NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I first met Norman L. Geisler 40 years ago as a student during my first semester at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The course was Introduction to Apologetics. I have seen and read a few of his books over the years, but this is the first book I have had the opportunity to review.

    This book provides, as the title implies, answers to 100 questions. The answers are succinct, limited to one or two pages. They include THE answer, scripture, and external resources (e.g. web pages or videos) supporting the authors view. Though most of the questions are theological in nature, each does include a one or two sentence statement as to why the question and its answer has application to our Christian lives. With few exceptions, only the last ten questions are directly related to the more practical side of life. Regardless of the question asked, Geisler does add his expected scholarly, thoughtful approach in answering each one. The reader will grow as he makes his or her way through the book - whether you agree or disagree with the authors answers.

    The order of the questions moves from very broad questions (e.g. 1. What is Truth?) toward more narrow questions:

    10. How Did the Universe Come to Be?

    19. Who is Jesus Christ?

    32. What is the Gospel?

    67. Does God Hear My Prayers?

    73. Is Abortion Murder?

    95. Why Are So Many Young People Abandoning the Faith?

    From a philosophical perspective, this order makes sense. But for the unbeliever or new Christian, it may have helped to start with more specific questions and move on to the deeper, more specific, questions as one moved through the book.

    Though I appreciate the books responses to the questions, I would much prefer a more balanced approach. An opportunity to study the multiple responses that believers have given to the various questions would strengthen the book. The authors attempt to give THE answer to each question, with little room for the reader to discover truth for themselves. Having said that, the writers do seem to strike a middle ground that might be more satisfying to many. For example, when asked, Did God Pick Me or Did I Choose Him?, the authors begin by stating that, Throughout the pages of Scripture, the doctrine of free choice is repeatedly demonstrated However, they conclude by stating, Finally, God chose us before we chose Him Similarly, when answering the question, Can I Lose My Salvation?, the authors reply, Of all the questions, this one has certainly sparked some of the biggest debates in the church, and it is often to blame for much of the division among denominations. However, they go on to write, There are several reasons Christians cant lose their salvation...

    I dont question that the authors can write the book they want to write; yet the reader must know that the authors are feeding answers, not helping the student discover the answers. This book presents a one-sided response, the true student will want to find other resources which present alternate answers. Geisler and Jimenez do contribute to the discussion. But the discussion must continue till we reach heaven and God gives us THE answers, HIS answers.

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    This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.
  3. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Authors' bias shows in some answers
    January 30, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Life presents troubling questions and we Christians are to be ready with answers (1 Pet. 3:15) This book was written to help.

    I found some very positive aspects of this book and some troubling ones. On the positive side, the book contains good foundational material, such as on the character of God, the Holy Spirit, how to grow in faith, advice on marriage, and what other religions believe. The authors tackle hard questions, like, If God is all good, why is there evil? They write about creation and evolution, the future of those who have never heard the gospel, the existence of hell, and same-sex marriage. When Christians differ on an issue, they sometimes offer all sides (but not always). When the answer to a question cannot be determined, they let us know, such as where Jesus was between his death and resurrection.

    The book is lacking in some areas, however. On the question of whether Jesus rose from the dead or not, the authors say, the evidence for his resurrection is indisputable. (76) The evidence they give, however, is all from the Bible. That is not going to be considered indisputable by people who question the authority and historicity of the Bible.

    The most troubling for me were the questions where the authors gave their answers and did not inform the readers of other possibilities. The authors are decidedly of the premillennial pretribulation rapture camp. One would never know by reading this book that there are, in fact, postmillennial and amillennial views, as well as differing views on the rapture. This bias came out in the question about the future of America with respect to prophecy. The authors say America will decline, ...imagine how many Christians in America will be taken at the rapture. (153) They never mention that there are many scholars who are convinced there is no such thing as a secret rapture, but rather just one gathering when Jesus returns. Also regarding prophecy and writing about Ezekiel 38-39, they mention the Russian-Islamic invasion in referring to Gog and Magog. (158) They fail to mention that every person who has tried to identify these entities in the past has been unsuccessful.

    The authors will probably irritate Calvinists and Arminians alike. As a Calvinist, I feel they are soft on God's sovereignty, distinguishing God's desired (preferred) will and his determined (sovereign) will. (99) Arminians will no doubt be irritated when the authors state, There are several reasons Christians can't lose their salvation. (105)

    And the Charismatics and Pentecostals will be disappointed with the authors' writing about the work of the Holy Spirit. The authors state the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement is the most popular of many that misinterpret the Bible, and therefore, misinterpret the activity of the Holy Spirit in people's lives. (90) In the section on casting out demons, the authors write, But we do not have all the gifts the apostles had (2 Cor. 12:12). (132) Interestingly enough, that verse mentions that Paul had gifts but does not say others did not.

    Consider this statement: Millennials have never actually been taught about the life, work, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (272) That is an unprovable statement and too broad of a generalization. If just one millennial has been taught those truths, the authors are wrong.

    Potential readers need to be aware that the authors have definite theological ideas and promote them in this book, sometimes not giving other accepted viewpoints.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Biblical Q and A
    January 23, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It has happened, at least once, to every teacher the question that stops you in your tracks. Taking a deep breath, with thoughts racing and nothing coming to your mind, every neuron is straining the words, I should know the answer to this one!

    The truth is that when this happens, there is nothing like investigating the matter for yourself, hauling out the thick books, firing up the on-line references, laying open the Word of God and letting the Spirit guide your heart into truth. To prime the pump for this process, Geisler and Jimenez have compiled a list of 100 questions and the answers God has given in the Bible. They have not thrown down a series of pat answers, but have moved beyond the answers, because most of lifes big questions arise from complicated real-world situations. The answers are only part of the equation. Each answer is followed by a practical application and a set of recommended resources which include additional Biblical references, books, websites, dvds, and an online video.

    The 100 questions are grouped into twelve categories ranging from theology and the Christian life to politics, worldview, and family matters. More complex answers come with sidebars or diagrams to organize the data, making the book a valuable resource for:

    1.Personal study: Scholarly and yet accessible, the articles are concise, the format is easy to scan, but the door is left wide open for further study.

    2.One-on-one discipleship or parent/child discussions

    3.Augmenting a Sunday School class or youth group as a means of stimulating further discussion on a topic.

    As for my copy, I have a fifteen-year-old who is waiting for his turn to read it, and I am sure that it will lead to some lively conversations around the dinner table!

    Disclosure: This book was provided by Baker Books in exchange for my unbiased review.
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