Through his employer, Ian meets a group of scholars who open a door to knowledge that both stuns and captivates. This path of inquiry is hidden in plain sight, known by some historians and biblical scholars, yet concealed from the public by academic reluctance to spotlight such a provocative theory without comprehensive proof. It is Ian who spearheads the task of bringing together scientists and theologians to assemble proof for the theory that one character describes as "revealing a secret of the universe."
Ian's questions, however, lead him to reveal just how out of step he is with his Midwestern community. "At some point, I just need to stop letting people believe I'm still the guy they've always known," he says. Though the cost of Ian's quest is apparent to others ("These guys must have a death wish") he is not self-reflective, driving himself to see the project through to the end. The bonds of friendship and community draw the two friends together again when the shadow side of faith sends the world into chaos, and an even deeper secret emerges.
Author Gibson takes the hard questions head-on and weaves multiple points of view, including the omniscient storyteller, allowing the reader enough distance to step out of the story and dig into the references in the back of the book. In fact, several characters are actual researchers and theologians, set in fiction. Fans of Gibson's nonfiction release, Truth-Driven Thinking, will recognize the author's dedication to the quest for truth, and many readers who delight in a well-researched cautionary tale might find themselves dog-earing pages and taking notes as they enjoy the story. (August)--Carol Lynn Stewart
This is a great thinker's book and I highly recommend to all.
Too me a good book puts you in the shoes of the main character(s) and this one did that, it put me right in the middle of the story and kept me there throughout.
Armchair Interviews says: If you like to be challenged in your thinking--especially related to your religious beliefs, this book will most certainly do that.
In delving into the depths of human nature and rationality as few have before, A Secret of the Universe provides a new take on the battle between faith and skepticism for the... Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Amy Edelman
I was disappointed in that the book was preachy and pretty simpleminded for something claiming to be otherwise. At least I only wasted $2.99 for the Kindle version. Read morePublished on July 16, 2011 by Saed
I bought the Kindle edition after discovering the author's podcast, which I enjoy. The price of the book ($3) I think is a fair reflection of its literary quality. Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by ausgraeme
Gibson does a wonderful job of using realistic characters to present important real-world issues. The author clearly completed exhaustive research and his story brilliantly... Read morePublished on December 10, 2008 by Ryan Sjaarda
As I read A SECRET OF THE UNIVERSE I repeatedly saw parallels to my own journey from religious faith to religious skepticism. Read morePublished on June 2, 2008 by Dennis Asbury
I'm a little bit mystified by the heaping praise given by the reviewers here. I was fully expecting it to be lambasted by the religiously persuaded and shrugged off by the true... Read morePublished on May 5, 2008 by P. Stevens
This book is exactly what I have needed. My mind has been going crazy trying to read as much non fiction as possible. Read morePublished on April 25, 2008 by Corey Cahill
Its been weeks since I finished this novel. Been listening to the discussions from the authors podcasts for months before finally sitting down and reading this work. Read morePublished on March 3, 2008 by Susan Gerbic
Stephen Gibson has created a compelling novel that wraps a compelling and believable fictional story around a frank discussion of religion, ethics, and perception of truth. Read morePublished on February 20, 2008 by Rick Smathers