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Questions have power: Unanswered questions linger. Within the church today, there exists a deepening chasm of unanswered questions. Ignoring these questions can lead to individual skepticism and wholesale disbelief. In Unanswered, author Jeremiah Johnston, Ph.D., provides you with the information, insight, and confidence needed to help friends and family discover God's goodness for their lives, even in the midst of difficult times.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1629116564
ISBN-13: 9781629116563

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We live in a radically skeptical age. Tough questions are being asked about Christianity. And most believers are ill-equipped to provide the answers our culture and communities desperately need. Many in today’s church do not know the Bible as well as they should and they struggle with their own "big questions" about the faith.
After receiving more than four thousand questions at his Christian Thinkers Society events over the span of six years, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston began to recognize six categories of recurring, trending questions that dominated the rest. In Unanswered, he tackles these tough issues that plague the minds of believers but are rarely addressed in church, such as…
  • Why is it that God often seems to remain silent?
  • How can we trust in the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and what does it mean for us today?
  • What do Christians need to understand about suicide and mental illness?
  • How should Christians respond to spiritual darkness and the obsession with paranormal activity?
  • Why is biblical illiteracy so dangerous for Christians and the church?
  • Why do we experience suffering and pain?
 Unanswered will leave you enriched, characterized by a thinking faith, capable to communicate confidently, and committed to escape the tendency to offer trite answers to a skeptical world.
 

Author Bio

Dr. Johnston is a New Testament scholar, apologist, and sought-after speaker on university campuses and churches. He completed his doctoral residency in Oxford and received his Ph.D. from Middlesex University (United Kingdom). He also earned advanced degrees in theology from Acadia University (Canada) and received his M.Div. at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Johnston has distinguished himself with publications in both popular and scholarly books, refereed journals, and serials. His most recent book is Jesus and the Jihadis, coauthored with Craig Evans. Dr. Johnston currently serves as the founder and president of Christian Thinkers Society, a resident Institute at Houston Baptist University, where he also serves as Associate Professor of Early Christianity in the School of Christian Thought.
Hometown: Richmond, Texas (Houston area)
 

Endorsements

"This new book by my friend and colleague Jeremiah J. Johnston is so important...a winsome and accessible book...drawing from Jeremiah's considerable academic training. His analysis is unflinching, his approach is practical, and his writing is clear - a great combination! The chances are that you will encounter friends and family members who are authentically searching for answers to the big questions of life. Let Jeremiah prepare you."
---Lee Strobel, Author, The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith

"An insightful book that will have a lasting impact on all readers...you will be inspired by the truth and encouraged as you seek answers to unanswered questions in your life."
---Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice

Publisher Summary

You cannot Google the answers to the probing questions in this book! People who investigate the Christian faith often stop short because they have searing questions that most believers simply cannot answer. Additionally, "de-conversions" - people leaving the church - are on the increase. The trigger point of their departure is often an unanswered question! International author, professor, and gifted teacher, Jeremiah Johnston, Ph.D., does not back away from the toughest questions, rather he provides you with solid, substantive answers. Unanswered gives you information, insight and confidence to help your friend or loved one discover God's divine tapestry for good in life's bleakest moments! You will discover priceless confidence and peace in your own circumstances through this critical book. Unanswered is that indispensable resource tool for your own study, small group or Bible study class you attend.

After receiving more than four thousand questions at his Christian Thinkers Society events, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston recognized six categories of recurring, trending questions. In Unanswered, he tackles these tough issues:

  • God on Mute: What Do I Do When God Is Silent?
  • Body of Proof: Why Can I Trust in the Bodily Resurrection of Jesus and How Does That Change Things Today?
  • My Invisible Disease: What Christians Must Understand About Suicide and Mental Health
  • Paranormalcy: Understanding Spiritual Darkness and the Paranormal Allure Among Christians and How to Escape It
  • Bible-ish Christianity: Why Most Christians Know Just Enough About the Bible to Be Dangerous
  • Becoming Job: Why Suffering, Me-Centric Christianity, and a Concierge-God Don't Mix

Unanswered will leave you enriched, characterized by a thinking faith, equipped to communicate confidently, and committed to escape the tendency of offering trite answers to a skeptical friend.

Editorial Reviews

This is a challenging time for Christians everywhere. I am very pleased that my good friend Jeremiah Johnston has written Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions, an insightful book that will have a lasting impact on all readers. His spiritual insights make this a captivating and compelling book. You will be inspired by the truth and encouraged as you seek answers to unanswered questions in your life.
—Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice

Dr. Johnston loves the truth and he loves people. In Unanswered, both come through clearly. He writes and communicates as a scholar with a keen mind, but also as a pastor with a compassionate heart. By God’s grace, Unanswered will "teach Christians to become thinkers and thinkers to become Christians."
—Eric Geiger, Vice President, LifeWay Christian Resources

"You have not because you ask not," said New Testament writer, James. "Your questions are not answered because you’ve not yet read Unanswered," said…me! In this fresh, intelligent book, Dr. Jeremiah Johnston (don’t let the "Dr." scare you; he writes in plain English) gives great responses to some of the most daunting spiritual questions we’re all curious about. My advice: 1.) Get this book (seriously, how many books do you know of that smartly discuss both the veracity of the Bible and vampires?); 2.) Read this book right away (it’s too important to put in the stack with all the other ones you want to read "some day"); 3.) Give copies of this book to people you know (some of whom are just a few good answers away from a confident faith in Christ).
—Mark Mittelberg, Best-selling author of The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask and Confident Faith, Executive Director, The Center for American Evangelism

Intriguing…stimulating…challenging. These words represent Dr. Jeremiah Johnston’s new book, Unanswered. It will definitely meet a huge need in today’s church. Not only will it answer questions for those seeking the truth, it will also encourage the communicators of God’s truth, giving them greater confidence in answering the current questions people are asking today.
—Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention, Senior Pastor, Cross Church, Springdale, Arkansas

It is a pleasure to commend this lively and readable book. Some apologetics books are overly technical (and frankly, dull), and many fail to grapple with the current questions as framed by modern enquirers and sceptics. Not so Unanswered. Jeremiah Johnston writes with the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar. Unanswered questions—about silence, suicide, suffering, and Scripture, to name but a few—pose real problems for real people, which demand the care and compassion that this book provides. This book is accessible and credible; it is a delight to read, and I shall be giving copies away to friends who have wrestled with unanswered questions for years.
—Reverend Dr. Simon Vibert, Vice Principal, Director of the School of Preaching, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford

Unanswered is a brilliant showcase of Dr. Johnston’s tremendous mind and, more importantly, his love for people and the church. In it, he tackles some of Christianity’s toughest questions and gives readers, believers and nonbelievers alike, the answers they’ve sought. He is one of the brightest minds of our generation and I cannot recommend Unanswered more highly.
—Matthew Barnett, Cofounder, The Dream Center, Los Angeles, California, Author, The Church That Never Sleeps

I have the rare privilege of speaking to large groups of people globally. The one commonality that is reinforced with each speaking engagement is the need for Christians to be provided with answers to difficult life questions. Jeremiah Johnston’s book Unanswered, and the related teaching materials, provide answers to many perplexing questions. I have used Unanswered in group settings as well as in lectures. It is extremely well-researched and provides easy-to-understand, practical application to life’s most challenging struggles. Unanswered is a book for such a time as this. A must-read.
—Cary Summers, President, Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC
 

I commend to you this new and vastly important work. Having pastored and ministered for over three decades, I have found the questions upon which Johnston focuses to be real life points of concern. Combining Scripture, common sense, solid research, and a kind heart, Johnston masterfully presents a compelling case for the powerful ministry of our Lord in real life situations. Having been in a family that has experienced mental illness and suicide, I especially appreciate his balanced treatment to these issues. This will be an important addition in the field of apologetics and pastoral ministry.
—Frank Page, Ph.D., President and CEO, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee

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  1. Janice Garey
    Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
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    July 14, 2016
    Janice Garey
    Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
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    Review Title: Q & A Time W/Encouragement2Ask More (review of Unanswered by Jeremiah Johnston)

    Reviewer: Janice S. Garey

    ***** 5 Stars

    The author, Jeremiah Johnston, serves as Founder and President of the Christian Thinkers Society in addition to his roles as professor, New Testament scholar, and other related positions. He wrote this book to help people within the Christian community who have questions about the faith that have never been properly addressed or answered in a satisfactory manner. Some people leave the faith after receiving a bad answer giving a false view. An improper answer at a vulnerable age turned Steve Jobs away from Christianity, as an example from the book.

    I liked the encouragement given at the end of the book to keep asking valid questions. He points the reader to additional resources to keep up the quest for knowledge to enable readers to be question answerers themselves to those they encounter in their communities. He does not point to himself as the final authority. He is walking humbly with Jesus and hopes to motivate others to join the informed walk.

    The book is easily read, down to earth, and overflows with relevant information that is worthy to share. It goes in depth about the background of some stories the reader may have heard of in a general way. The details from his research add interest and highlight God's amazing work in the world.

    I thank the author, the publisher, and bookfun.org for giving me this book in exchange for reading it and posting an honest review. This book is a gem to share with a study group or read on your own. I am glad to have this information available to help Christians be more knowledgable when they discuss their faith with others.
  2. Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Teaching Christians to become thinkers
    June 19, 2016
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Unanswered: Lasting Truth for Trending Questions by Jeremiah Johnston is a very well written book, with concise, sensible and worthwhile lessons. The author focuses on six key questions that touch on subjects dealing with when God is silent, the resurrection of Jesus, suicide and mental health, the paranormal, Bible-less Christianity and suffering. At the conclusion of the discussion of each of the questions, the author has a chapter on how to implement these answers using "Engagement Principles". Using examples of personal experience, other believers experiences and examples from the Scriptures, Johnston addresses these subjects in a helpful and practical manner, with the expressed purpose being to begin healthy discussions in the church about these oft-ignored questions from the skeptics of our world. The book would be an excellent springboard to more in-depth study into each of these key questions either singly or in a group setting. It is hugely relevant in this day and age and to an often dubious society. Questions abound and so often Christians just do not know what to say or how to respond. Unanswered, insightful and inspirational, is an excellent resource to equip the followers of Christ with answers to questions about their personal faith.

    I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  3. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good discussion material
    May 18, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Johnston is concerned that Christians have unanswered questions that are not being addressed in churches. Based on the thousands of questions they received at their Christian Thinkers Society, they found that there was a significant divide between the topics normally discussed in the pulpit and the actual unanswered grass roots questions that existed in our congregations. (55-6)

    This book address the major categories of unanswered questions Johnston receives. He wants Christians to be thinking Christians, engaging in healthy discussions. The aim of the book, he writes, is to equip the reader to speak in an informed and responsible way about the deepest questions that lie at the heart of our modern Christian faith... (31)

    The major questions he addresses: God's hiddenness and silence, Jesus' resurrection, suicide and mental illness, the lure of the paranormal, Christians knowing just enough of the Bible to be dangerous, and suffering. I was a bit surprised that no sexual issues were included in the list.

    Johnston does a good job of addressing these issues. He uses examples from life and the Bible to illustrate his principles. He uses plenty of Scripture too. I liked his engagement principles, one of which was shut up and listen.

    The book contains much good material to help Christians deal with their questions. Having been taught as a child that I was not to question my belief but accept it in faith, I really appreciate the attitude the author has. Reading this book would help many wrestle with their faith. There are some current social issues that are not included but Johnston has invited readers to email him at the Christian Thinkers Society with additional questions.

    This would make a good book for a church education class. There are additional resources available for this purpose, such as a study guide and a DVD.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  4. Penny M
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Questions answered
    April 14, 2016
    Penny M
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    I started reading this book and couldn't stop! Some of the questions he answers are not easy. They make you think and think some more. I was shocked as I was reading how mental illness is treated in the church. I personally have dealt with depression and anxiety for many years. Thanks to a wonderful family and therapy I know what I have to do each day to keep it in check. I also have to admit to being that person who says I am fine when I am really not. This chapter on mental illness was an eye opener and a great reason for everyone to read this book. The statistics are staggering. I was moved reading about Anna and her struggles with depression and anxiety as well as an eating disorder. I felt very sad reading it but was very happy after realizing that she did have a great support system and has it in control day to day. I love how the author tells us to listen and not judge. I do want to say that everyone needs to open their eyes and ears to those who may need us. They could be anyone at anytime and as a chapter says we need to "shut up and listen." We need to not sweep it under the rug any longer. I believe that if each person would read this book we could potentially save lives by the techniques that the author has written. People with mental illnesses need to know that they are not alone.

    Another part in this book that is answered is about the paranormal, ghosts,and vampires. Funny as it may sound I didn't realize how it was affecting people. I admit I am one of those people who love a scary movie and scary book once in awhile. While reading I was amazed at how people are taking advantage of people who have lost loved ones and children by psychics and mediums. They scam these people into believing they can talk to their loved ones who have pasted. We need to be careful not to get sucked into these ideas. We will be reunited with our loved ones in heaven when God calls us home.

    I recieved this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.
  5. Pam Graber
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Trending Questions Answered
    April 14, 2016
    Pam Graber
    Quality: 5
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    As a rule, I dont willingly read non-fiction. Its not that I dont have a lot to learn about the Christian walk. It has much more to do with keeping my attention. Where I devour a good fiction book in a matter of a couple of days, non-fiction finds me plodding through at the speed of slogging through thick, gooey mud. That said, imagine my surprise when I picked up Unanswered by Jeremiah Johnston and found myself not only enjoying the book but learning something in the process of reading it!

    Dr. Johnstons writing style in many ways mirrors the writers of the Bible. He tells true stories to illustrate the spiritual truth he talks about in each chapter. When he wrote in chapter 2 about the silence of God when we are hurting, he tells the story of the five years of infertility that he and his wife endured crying out to God all the while with not a peep. He knows whereof he speaks and it shines through on every page.

    I plan to recommend this book as a possible Sunday School class at my church and if not that, a study book for my ladies Bible study. If I had only read Part 3: My Invisible Disease and What Christians Should Know About Mental Illness, this book would still have been well worth my time. Dr. Johnston speaks with great depth of feeling on the ever increasing rate of suicide, especially among Christians (and pastors). He gives real, concrete ways to help. His chapter on Mental Illness was equally illuminating.

    If you have ever questioned the existence of God when he has been silent to your pleas for help or wondered how to respond to people who are skeptical about your belief in a risen Savior, this book will give you tools to win hearts. I highly recommend Unanswered! It answered questions that I didnt know I had and pointed me to scripture while encouraging me to step up for the hurting among us.

    I received this book from the publisher through Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
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