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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.
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2015
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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?
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"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
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.
Dr. Jay Alan Sekulow, Chief Counsel, American Center for Law & Justice
Eric Geiger, Vice President, LifeWay Christian Resources
Mark Mittelberg, Best-selling author of The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask and Confident Faith, Executive Director, The Center for American Evangelism
Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President, Southern Baptist Convention, Senior Pastor, Cross Church, Springdale, Arkansas
Reverend Dr. Simon Vibert, Vice Principal, Director of the School of Preaching, Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
Matthew Barnett, Cofounder, The Dream Center, Los Angeles, California, Author, The Church That Never Sleeps
Cary Summers, President, Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC
Frank Page, Ph.D., President and CEO, Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee
Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Q & A Time W/Encouragement2AskMoreJuly 14, 2016Janice GareyDecatur, GAAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Review 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.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Teaching Christians to become thinkersJune 19, 2016AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Unanswered: 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.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good discussion materialMay 18, 2016bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Johnston 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.
Penny M5 Stars Out Of 5Questions answeredApril 14, 2016Penny MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
Pam Graber5 Stars Out Of 5Trending Questions AnsweredApril 14, 2016Pam GraberQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As 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!