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About the Author

Nicky Gumbel is vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton, London and pioneer of the Alpha Course.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha International; Series ed edition (September 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905887833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905887835
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Includes Study Guide questions for each chapter at the end of the book.
Richard Rios
Overall, I found this book was written in a down to earth easy writing style that was easy to understand, that will give the reader fuel for thought.
Brenda Casto
If you can do the course, it is a better bet than just reading the book, but get the book anyway, since you'll wanna read it more than once.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 25, 2002
Format: Paperback
This book include material from the brilliant Alpha Course that I've done 2 times. If you can do the course, it is a better bet than just reading the book, but get the book anyway, since you'll wanna read it more than once.
Basically, it is aimed at people who are sceptical and even hostile towards the Christian faith. It is not denominational so it doesn't matter if you're catholic or protestant, it is about biblical Christianity and therefore equally applicable to all.
If you doubt the truth, relevance and importance of the Christian faith, take this book with an open mind and you're life will most likely be transformed. If it isn't you will no doubt at least be tickled to find out more and investigate some more. Like C.S Lewis said: If there is no truth to Christianity, it is of no importance (and Christians will be no better or worse of than anybody else), but if there is truth to it, it is of infinite importance.
I was an agnostic and extreme sceptic for many years, and the first Alpha course tickled me to read a lot more about Christianity. The second time I did the course was the most amazing experience I ever had, and since then there are no doubts in my mind. Furthermore, the peace and joy I am experiencing is certainly from somewhere other than myself, and it all started with the Alpha course.
Do yourself a huge favour and get this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard Rios on August 10, 2007
Format: Paperback
I recommend this book to all who question their faith or have NO faith at all. For me it answered, why was I created? What is my purpose for living? What are my resonsibilities to self, family, and others? No dictionary is needed in reading this book, just an open mind. Includes Study Guide questions for each chapter at the end of the book. Lookup each bible verse and read it for yourself. Review the questions before reading. If you can, enroll in an ALPHA Course. Your Faith, Hope, and Love will flourish. Blessing To You All on your Spiritual journey!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Shaffer on June 23, 2007
Format: Paperback
This was a great little "tidy up the jumble" book for me. Up until I read this book, I was getting so much information on the Lord from so many different sources (many of the books on this list) that it started to seem so confusing and difficult! But after a quick 2-day read through Nicky Gumbel's book, I could literally FEEL all the different pieces clicking into place. And now, I am very comfortable with my religion and in the knowledge I gain about it each day. It's just such a great "overview / summary" book, you really should give it a try!
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I have three young daughters and I spend a great deal of my everyday life answering questions, lots and lots of questions. Not many of them, though, are nearly as important and foundational as the questions Nicky Gumbel tackles in his book: Questions of Life." He walks through the essentials of faith and doubt beginning with, "Is there more to life than this?" and "Who is Jesus?" and progresses from there to matters of church life, prayer, and study of Scripture.

Gumbel's approach is likeable, easily read and engaging. Still, he comes across as an intellectual, who is well-versed in the skeptic's life and thought. He is able, based on his own testimony, to understand what it's like to question faith and ultimately to embrace it and the book seems particularly intended to engage skeptics and agnostics.

For new Christians, this book would provide an excellent foundational course in why we believe what we believe and what our faith looks like when applied to our daily lives. Even long-term Christians don't always know these "basics" of Christian faith and teaching, so it could provide the basic teaching they may be lacking.

This is no watered-down treatise for the modern church either. He talks openly about sin, obedience, and choosing to follow Christ even when sacrifice or discomfort are involved. He emphasizes both intellectually growing in our belief and emotionally interacting with God rather than remaining stiff and unmoved by His amazing grace.

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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For years, Gumbel thought Christianity was dreary, untrue and irrelevant to his life. He really didn't know much about the Christian faith at all. But then he read the New Testament for himself and became a Christian.
He pioneered the Alpha course and Questions of Life is the basis for the Alpha Course in book form. It is an introduction to Christianity that was first printed sixteen years ago. Since then, over fourteen million people have taken the course.
In this book Gumbel answers some of the key questions at the heart of Christian faith.
He looks at the historical evidence for Jesus, explores why Jesus had to die, what it means to become a Christian with faith, the how and why of prayer (including a good meditation on the Lord's Prayer), why and how to read the Bible, how God guides us, how to be filled with the Spirit (including speaking in tongues), the devil and spiritual warfare, telling others about your faith, God healing today and how to pray for it, why and how to be part of a church, and making the best of the rest of your life.

This is a very readable introduction to Christianity with answers to many questions inquirers have. Gumbel tells lots of stories about himself and others to illustrate his answers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicity group for the purpose of this review.
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