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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: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,104,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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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44 of 50 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
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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
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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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By Michele on March 23, 2014
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This book is insightful, easy to read and relate to. I borrowed one then bought 3 online line as it is out of print. Gave it to my adult kids.
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This book has the talks the Nicky presents in the videos. This edition also has questions at the end of the talks that discussion leaders can use to facilitate discussion. Buy it.
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I guess the price is cheap because many people buy the book for the course, only to never open its pages again; but, do not confuse price with worth. I initially bought this book because I am interested in topics and courses which cater to a wide audience of Christian denominations. I have found it is one of those books I can pick up weeks, months, or years later, only to glean more understanding than when I read it last. Filled with cartoons, jokes, anecdotes, and personal stories, this book provides many different ways of illustrating the same principles over again. Nicky Gumbel is a gifted teacher who also incorporates teachings of other Christian authors such as CS Lewis, for example. Perhaps someday people will be quoting from Nicky Gumbel in the same light. Only time will tell. In the meantime, I plan on holding on to this book as something I can pass on to my children, and my children's children.
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Creator of the Alpha course, Nicky Gumbel answers fifteen critical QUESTIONS OF LIFE. As he explains in the foreword, "This book attempts to answer some of the key questions at the heart of the Christian faith. It is based on the Alpha course, which is designed for nonchurchgoers, those seeking to find out more about Christianity and those who have recently come to faith in Jesus Christ." (Page 9) Around the world millions have attended an Alpha course.

Gumbel writes in a straightforward manner using modern illustrations combined with Scripture to answer critical questions like "Is there more to life than this?" or "How does God guide us?" Whether you've been a Christian for years or never been a person of faith, you will find insight and answers in this book. I recommend QUESTIONS OF LIFE.
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By Lollipops on January 14, 2013
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The Alpha Course - in book form. That pretty much says it all. Nicky Gumbel shares his own personal journey from atheist, to agnostic, to acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Nicky is the pioneer of the Alpha Course, which ( in Nicky's own words ) "is designed for non-churchgoers those seeking to find out more about Christianity, and those who have recently come to faith in Jesus Christ."

QUESTIONS OF LIFE contemplates fifteen crucial questions that need answers if one is to be an authentic follower of Jesus. Questions like: "Is There More To Life Than This?", "Why Did Jesus Die?", and "How Can I Make The Most Of The Rest Of My Life?" In this book, Nicky covers topics such as faith, prayer, the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. He also tackles some sticky questions such as "How Can I Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?", and "Does God Heal Today?" And he does so in a careful, candid, and clear manner, anticipating and responding to side questions that are sure to pop up.

QUESTIONS OF LIFE is a warm-hearted conversation from one believer to those who may be sitting on the fence, dipping a toe in the water, or taking the plunge into Christianity for the first time. I'm reminded of an illustration that fits this book: "Christianity is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread." Are you hungry?
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