100 Tough Questions About God and the Bible  -     By: Stephen M. Miller
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Straightforward answers to questions Christians and skeptics alike ask about God and the Bible

Let's be honest--the Bible can be hard to understand. It's full of weird laws, apparent inconsistencies, and tales of a God who often doesn't do what we expect. You may have asked about some of these things and been brushed off or given trite, unconvincing answers.

But serious questions deserve thoughtful responses, especially when opinions of Bible experts clash. Stephen M. Miller pulls insight from a wide range of Bible experts to report their answers to the tough questions. He does so with a touch of humor and no preaching, allowing you to draw your own conclusions.

Questions include:
  • Would a loving God really put a good man like Job through horrible suffering just to test his loyalty?
  • If God knows everything, why did he test Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his own son?
  • How could there be just one God, yet three?
  • Since Jesus told people to turn the other cheek, why aren't more Christians pacifists?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764211625
ISBN-13: 9780764211621

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Author Bio

Stephen M. Miller (www.stephenmillerbooks.com.) is an award-winning, bestselling Christian author who specializes in easy-reading Bible reference books--especially for Bible newcomers. His books have sold over a million copies and include The Complete Guide to the Bible and Who's Who and Where's Where in the Bible. Miller has a news journalism degree from Kent State University and a master's degree in biblical studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He lives in suburban Kansas City, Kansas.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Resource!
    June 13, 2014
    Ted
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Stephen M Miller is a Great Communicator.

    Many people write books but Stephen communicates. Stephen uses his background in journalism and studies in theology to communicate truths in language that is not "heady"!

    In his book, "100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible", that is exactly what he does. Takes theological questions and lays them before the reader engagingly so that not only is he able to keep the attention of the reader, but alsolay out some thought provoking answers for us to grapple with.

    I wish that I had this book when I was a young director of a youth ministry! Every person who is involved with young people and also in Evangelism and the thinking mind will appreciate this book, even though it's not a text book for an Apologetics class in Seminary.

    This book is also a resource for those who are in preaching, as a resource for added information, to help in their narrative preaching!

    Stephen M Miller does justice to the questions with his "investigative reporting"! It is a great resource book!

    Stephen Miller's books are all good resource material!
  2. Chicago, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Hard Book to put Down
    April 26, 2014
    Bill
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Great questions. Succinct answers. Even though I had a lot to do today, I found myself reading just one more chapter for at least five chapters in a row.
  3. Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    So Much More to the Discussion
    April 24, 2014
    Janet
    Temple, TX
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    "Wait . . . What? There's so much more to it than that."

    That's the thought that kept popping into my head as I read Stephen M. Miller's "100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible."

    I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by that. Miller attempts to explore answers to these 100 tough questions in one 236 page book, though each question by itself has had whole books, whole shelves of books, or even whole libraries of books written about it. These questions have been debated for centuries, so one-to-three page answers are bound to be incomplete.

    I chose this book because I've read other books by Miller and have always respected his opinions. I was curious to learn how he would answer these 100 tough questions. Miller's goal, however, was to approach each question like a reporter might, unbiasedly presenting a variety of points of view. Readers who've spent years studying the Bible may be surprised at what Miller has chosen to include and what he has left out. Readers less familiar with the Bible may think these are the only answers out there and feel confused by what they find. Non-Christian readers may come away from the book thinking the Bible and Christianity are just too controversial, too difficult to understand. That saddens me because, for the most part, these 100 questions don't really have anything to do with what really matters to the Christian faith. St. Augustine said, "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity." "100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible" is a book about the non-essentials. Readers need to be clear on this.

    Readers who enjoy lively debates and devil's advocate discussions may enjoy this book, but they'll have to do more research on their own in order to discover which answers have the most merit. For this reason, a list of the references Miller used or resources for further study would have been a helpful addition to this book.

    Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For new Christians or those questioning
    April 8, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Miller writes books for people not very familiar with the Bible. This book is a great one for new Christians or people who just have questions about the Bible.

    Miller is primarily a journalist (although he has been to seminary). He likes to investigate tough questions. He also identifies himself as neutral. He is not out to tell us what to believe - he just rounds up the best possible answers and reports them for us to consider.

    So how did he do? I am impressed with this book. He tackles some tough questions and gives all sides of possible answers. He gives potential scientific explanations where appropriate. He reports on various theories indicating possible explanations. He sometimes looks at the original Hebrew or Greek. He's done the research so we don't have to (unless we do want pursue an issue farther). But this is not a scholarly book, nor is it intended to be.

    I appreciate that Miller does not tell us which explanation is "right." He lets us make up our own minds.

    Miller is not intimidating. I like the way he writes. He does not use theological jargon. For example: "When the stubborn Egyptian king finally released the Jews from slavery, Moses got them the dickens out of Dodge." And he purposely adds some humor from time to time. "The manna story is tough for many people to sink their teeth into..."

    Miller's writing style is appropriate for teens on up. While excellent for new Christians, this book is also good for older Christians who are just beginning to really study their Bible. The material is definitely "entry level" but would be a good review for people who have been Christians for a while.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. VA
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fascinating
    April 4, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    100 Tough Questions about God and the Bible is an interesting read. Some of the answers to the questions were told by what scholars say, what historical documents have told and some were just pure speculation. There is some slight humor to make the book flow. I read this book in one day. I did found it to be fascinating. It made me want to go pick up my Bible to learn more to some of the stories that were being questioned, which I believe was the author's intent to get more interested in the Bible.

    4 1/2 stars.
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