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There's an old conservative Christian saying, "God said it, I believe it and that settles it." Metaxas—a New York humor and children's book writer—doesn't use it, but employs that attitude in writing this cheeky question-and-answer book addressing the most common questions people have about God. Metaxas writes from an evangelical Christian perspective as he discusses the authority of the Bible, salvation and concepts such as heaven, hell, angels and demons. He admits early on that this book idea is "patently insane"; however, he "took a crack at" answering the kinds of questions he is asked all the time in his work as a writer and speaker. Without a doubt, Metaxas is a clever and straightforward writer, fielding jokes right and left before hitting the reader with the hard stuff. ("Q: What happens when you die? A: Well it depends, but typically the lawn goes unmowed for a while...") He then more seriously replies that we are either welcomed into God's presence in heaven or banished for eternity to hell. Metaxas gets high marks for wit but fails to explore the wide range of beliefs that devout Christians hold today. (Oct. 18)
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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God
(But Were Afraid to Ask)

“Quick, witty, engaging, and often profound. These are words I use to describe my friend and one-time colleague Eric Metaxas. This little book is vintage Metaxas. Good and profitable reading.”
–Chuck Colson, founder and chairman of Prison Fellowship

“Eric Metaxas has written a book about God based on questions that people are actually asking. His answers are pithy, practical, often funny (who says God doesn’t have a sense of humor?), and true. This is a splendidly unconventional introduction to the Christian faith.”
–John Wilson, editor of Books & Culture

“An excellent primer on the most important questions of life, engagingly presented in question-and-answer format. A timely and useful book for a searching, spiritually hungry America.”
–George Gallup, Jr., founding chairman of the George H. Gallup International Institute

“Finally, a book of apologetics you can give your friends without cringing!”
–Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God and Mudhouse Sabbath

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask) doesn’t intend to impress the reader, but speaks to the reader as a person would in a conversation. I’ve never encountered this subject dealt with so beautifully as it is dealt with here.”
–Bob Grant, host of The Bob Grant Show and author of Let’s Be Heard

“Every question in this book is one I have asked, have heard asked, or want to ask! And the answers are so good-humored and easy to read that you almost forget how profound they are.”
–Ann B. Davis, Alice of The Brady Bunch

“Rarely do a humorist, a logician, and an orthodox theological popularizer inhabit the same skin, soR...

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  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 16, 2009)
  • Publication Date: January 21, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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ERIC METAXAS is the author of four New York Times Bestsellers, including the #1 Bestseller, BONHOEFFER: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, which was named "Book of the Year" by the ECPA and sold over one million copies in 19 languages. Called a "biography of uncommon power," it appeared on numerous 2010 "Best of the Year" lists and was ranked #21 on the listing of Most Highlighted Books of all time.

He is host of the Eric Metaxas Show, a nationally-syndicated daily radio program in 120 cities. ( ABC News has called Metaxas a "photogenic, witty ambassador for faith in public life," and The Indianapolis Star described him as "a Protestant version of William F. Buckley." Metaxas is also the host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, broadcast on the NRB network and

Metaxas was the keynote speaker at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, an event attended by the President and First Lady, the Vice President, members of Congress, and other U.S. and world leaders. Previous keynote speakers have included Mother Theresa, Bono, and Tony Blair. That speech and Eric's essay on the experience, were put into a book, No Pressure, Mr. President: The Power of True Belief in a Time of Crisis.

Along with his colleague John Stonestreet, Metaxas is the voice of BreakPoint, a radio commentary that is broadcast on 1,400 radio outlets with an audience of eight million.

In 2011, Metaxas was the 17th recipient of the Canterbury Medal awarded by the Becket Fund for Religious Freedom. He has testified before Congress about the rise of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and abroad, and spoke at CPAC2013 on the issue of Religious Freedom. In September 2013, Eric and his wife Susanne were jointly awarded the Human Life Review's "Great Defender of Life Award." Metaxas has honorary Doctorates from Sewanee College, Hillsdale College, and Liberty University.

Eric's book (November 2014) MIRACLES: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your Life hit #12 on the New York Times Best Seller list and is being translated into German, Polish, Greek, Portuguese, Hungarian, Romanian, Russian, Estonian, Slovak, Korean, Swedish, Finnish, and Croatian.

His Dec. 25th, 2014 op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, titled "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God," is unofficially the most popular and shared piece in the history of the Journal, garnering over 450,000 Facebook Likes and 8,000 comments.

Metaxas is a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Large for the King's College in New York City.

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Format: Paperback
I met Eric Metaxas a few weeks ago when he was speaking at a gathering at the Harvard Club in Midtown Manhattan. Imagine what it must have been like for a Yale graduate to stoop to having to speak at the Harvard Club!

How can I best describe Eric Metaxas to the readers of the White Rhino Report? Two things come to mind that I can share that may encapsulate the man and the myth that is Eric Metaxas. Picture George Stephanopoulos with a sense of humor, and you are on your way toward being able to envision Eric. Picture a speaker at the epicenter of a flurry of good-natured heckling remarks from the audience - remarks dealing humorously with epistemology (not usually a knee-slapping topic!)- and you will begin to understand Eric.

Eric is a communicator who wields humor deftly - like a surgeon with a scalpel - to cut to the heart of serious matters. He has written for The New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly and the children's video series, Veggie Tales. He has authored more than thirty children's books, and hosts the acclaimed speakers' series, "Socrates in the City."

In his new book, "Everything You Always Wanted to Know about God (But Were Afraid to Ask)," he does an excellent job of making complex spiritual issues both comprehensible and accessible. Using humor and a fast-moving Q&A format, he tackles in fresh ways many of the age-old questions about God, Jesus, religion, heaven and hell, angels and demons and a plethora of other pithy topics.

Eric and his editors wisely chose to format the book without using direct biblical quotations, but he provides the biblical references in the footnotes and appendix.
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Eric Metaxas deals with the subject of apologetics in a light-hearted, witty, engaging manner. He utilizes a question and answer format that gives the book a conversational feel. It's a fast-paced type of Q&A style that goes back and forth frequently and it helps the reading move along quickly. A "Publishers Weekly" review describes Metaxas as a humor writer and some of the humor in the book almost borders on being silly. I don't mean that in a disparaging way, it's funny. Really. But it's right there on the edge, sometimes, where it's almost downright silly. I like it...but then again, sometimes I border on being silly, too.

I mention these issues regarding the overall tone of the book because I think of "apologetics" as a blend of theology, philosophy and history, and these are not subjects that one typically breezes through quickly when reading. So, this approach to the subject would, presumably, be very effective for many people, but particularly, for those who have not done a lot of prior reading in this field of study.

This is the "Jesus Edition" of "Everything You Always Wanted To Know..." it is part of an "Everything You Always Wanted To Know..." series. Admittedly, this is not a deep, scholarly treatment of the subject of Jesus--you can tell by looking at the cover of the book--but it's substantive enough to be of value and to offer answers to genuine questions. It even has some moments of profundity.

I know, I've suggested that this book can be both "silly" and "profound". Hey, I think it pulls it off.

From now on, when I'm dealing with people who ask me to recommend a book on the subject of "apologetics"--even though they may not actually know that "apologetics" is the word that describes what it is they are looking for--this is going to be one of the books I will recommend.

Dan Marler
Oak Lawn, IL
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I picked up this book last night and immediately dove in. It's funny, enlightening, breezy and persuasive--the perfect thing for a believer to give his (her) semi- or un-believing girl (boy) friend. Reminds me of all the C.S. Lewis books I gave away to good-looking lasped Christian girls in college and grad school. I'll probably end up giving this one away, too--but not till I've finished reading it and enjoying it. An apologetics book that will slip past people's defenses and make them think. I recommend it highly.
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An extremely well written book that gives one a basis for a better understanding of God. It has a very catchy and readable style. The humor may elicit some out loud laughs. It's thoughtful, doctrinal and practical all at the same time. A very difficult balance to attain. This is a great read for the serious theologian. It is also a great book for the person who doesn't know what they believe and are just seeking truth.

The line between deep theology and just plain fun can rarely live together between the same covers. When it happens we should get a case and pass them out in Central Park...or Kubul.
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This light-hearted and entertaining book is perfect for readers who are beginning their walk with Christ, and for those who are not yet "saved" but sense a God-shaped hole in their hearts. True Christians can feel comfortable sharing "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask)" with fellow believers, and with those in their mission field.

Of course, Metaxas does not offer all of the answers here -- and there are many, many more questions. I, for one, hope more volumes will come, and more people will find themselves gently led to Jesus, thanks to Eric Metaxas. Bravo, brother.
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