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Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask) [Kindle Edition]

Eric Metaxas
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Book Description

We all have questions about God. But very few of us get the answers we’re looking for–if those answers even exist! Do they? Where (in heaven’s name) do you go to find out?

Eric Metaxas understands. That’s why he’s written this refreshingly down-to-earth take on the big questions everyone asks (but not always out loud).

Finally a book that takes questions about God seriously enough to get silly (where appropriate). Wonderfully conversational and often very funny, this book joins you in wondering:
·How can a good God create a world that has evil and suffering?
·Is God anti-sex?
·Doesn’t science make God obsolete?
·What’s the real story on miracles?
·If God is everywhere, why go to church?
·Don’t we already have God within us?
·Isn’t God too busy running the universe to care about the details of my day?
·What does the Bible say about things like UFOs, ESP, and the afterlife–and what about Bigfoot?

These questions (and many more like them) get straight answers that don’t hide behind dull and confusing theological language. So get the lowdown on the big questions everyone asks–but please try not to laugh (because it’s a very serious topic).


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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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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Praise for
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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  • File Size: 1158 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00FNSCT7G
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (January 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001PSEQDS
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mini-Review: June 6, 2006
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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars C.S. Lewis for the ipod Era October 18, 2005
Format:Paperback
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making God Relevant with a touch of humor March 25, 2006
Format:Paperback
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read March 22, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Though this is a fairly comprehensive book on all things Jesus, it is not at all daunting. The author uses a conversational style that pulls you in and helps you move quickly through the book. This book looks at some of the tough questions about Jesus and he answers honestly and uses humor very effectively. It's not a scholarly work, but isn't meant to be so. It is written for the everyday Joe in a language all can understand. I think he did a great job.
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Published 9 days ago by pjpoz@sbcglobal
5.0 out of 5 stars I love many of the author's rational approaches to difficult subjects
A really witty and highly informative book. I love many of the author's rational approaches to difficult subjects.
It also has the ring of truth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard Hotchkiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Always Wanted to Know....
Eric Metaxes handles serious theological questions in a simple manner sprinkled with good humor. It's a quick read that is suitable for non-Christians, as well as mature... Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Humorous, yet so profound in simple language. Great book for your library; also, to have on hand to answer a skeptic's questions.
Published 4 months ago by Wilma O. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Metaxas
Eric is undoubtedly one of the most talented writers. He has written two biographies that I could not stop reading, and each of these books has impacted my life overwhelming. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PK
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Metaxas, buy it
Pure Metaxas. Don't let the very arrogant sound of the title fool you. Question and answer format with some humorous answers, non-the-less quite deep and satisfying.
Published 6 months ago by bbfan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Experience...
I am on my faith-based journey and starting at zero. I read about Eric Metaxes helping this young woman to advance on her journey. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Thunder Road
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a Church Book Club read
After reading part of this book, which I have totally enjoyed from the first page, I decided that it would be a wonderful book for our Church Book Club, that reads a book every... Read more
Published 13 months ago by mimi
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for believers and curious
Absorbing, humorous, accurate, informative, thought-provoking. I especially loved the insight the bit about the serpent eating dust. Now we know... Recommend highly. Great writer!
Published 14 months ago by Marianna Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE BUY THIS BOOK
MY mother recommended it to me...I bought it and continue to read it over and over!! It's amazing the Metaxis writes... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Heart with a CROSS
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More About the Author

Eric Metaxas is the New York Times bestselling author of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. His writing was first published in Atlantic Monthly, and has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Regeneration Quarterly, Christianity Today, National Review Online, Beliefnet and First Things. The American Booksellers Association chose Metaxas's The Birthday ABC as a 1995 Pick of the List and Amazon.com honored his Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving with their Number One Bestseller Award for Thanksgiving 1999. He has been featured numerous times on CNN, The Fox News Channel and other television networks, and has been a guest on NPR. He is the founder and host of Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Examined Life, a monthly event of entertaining and thought provoking discussions that feature such speakers as Sir John Polkinghorne, Dr. Armand Nicholi, Os Guinness, Lauren F. Winner and Peter Kreeft. Metaxas serves on the vestry of Calvary/St. George's Episcopal Church, and lives in Manhattan, New York, with his wife and daughter.

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