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This book is fantastic! I’m a Bible teacher, and even I fear being asked some of these questions. Yet Mark has provided solid answers to help us respond to the real questions people are asking. (Sean McDowell, coauthor of More Than a Carpenter)

From the Back Cover

“How could a good God allow so much suffering?
“Why should I believe heaven and hell exist?”
“Why do you condemn homosexuals?”
“Why trust the Bible? It’s full of myths.”
“Why are Christians so judgmental?”
“Sure, Jesus was a good man. Why make him into the Son of God, too?”
“Didn’t evolution put God out of a job?”
“Why are Christians so obsessed with abortion?”
“What makes you so sure God even exists?”
“Christians are hypocrites―so why should I listen to you?”
Are there questions you dread being asked?
Maybe you dread asking them even of yourself. They’re the ones on subjects such as hell, homosexuality, or suffering. Through a national poll conducted by The Barna Group, Mark Mittelberg uncovered the questions Christians most fear being asked. Complete with discussion questions, Mark’s book will help you meet today’s hot-button issues head on.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414315910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414315911
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mark Mittelberg is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and a leading strategist in evangelism and apologetics-oriented outreach. He is the primary author (with Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels) of the updated Becoming a Contagious Christian Training Course, through which more than a million people have learned to effectively and naturally communicate their faith to others.

Mark's newest book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, is based on a survey of 1000 Christians commissioned through the Barna organization, and deals with the ten issues that believers most want to avoid--but must not! Prior to that Mark collaborated with Lee Strobel to develop The Unexpected Adventure, a six-week devotional designed to inspire Christians and churches to enter into the excitement of sharing Christ. His previous book, Choosing Your Faith ... In a World of Spiritual Options, strengthens the faith of believers and is a great resource to give to friends who are figuring out what to believe -- and he's developed a DVD study course for Christians based on that book, Faith Path: Helping Friends Find Their Way to Christ. Mark also wrote the articles for the Choosing Your Faith New Testament. His other books include the updated Becoming a Contagious Church, which sets forth an innovative blueprint for mobilizing churches for evangelism, and the classic best-seller Becoming a Contagious Christian, which he co-authored with Hybels. In addition, Mark was contributing editor for The Journey: A Bible for the Spiritually Curious, and a contributor to Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith, edited by Norman Geisler and Chad Meister, and God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable & Responsible, edited by William Lane Craig and Chad Meister -- which won the 2010 Christianity Today award for best book in the area of apologetics and evangelism.

Mark was the evangelism director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago for seven years and for the Willow Creek Association for a decade. He is a frequent contributor for Outreach magazine, and he was an editorial consultant and periodic guest for Lee Strobel's Faith Under Fire television show. He and Strobel have been ministry partners for over twenty years. After receiving an undergraduate degree in business, Mark earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In recognition of his achievements in the areas of evangelism and apologetics, he was recently honored by the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark and his wife, Heidi, have two teenage children, and live near Denver, Colorado.

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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful By JK Barker on August 9, 2011
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A book primarily written to Christians, though anyone with genuine questions about what it is that Christians believe will find it profitable. Mark Mittelberg is a Christian apologist. He conducted a survey among Christians about the questions they felt least confident in answering. This book was born out of that survey. The answers are well thought out and formatted in a helpful way. It is a great resource for individuals as well as for small groups. Is a great overview of many of the tough questions Christians often wrestle with personally and are confronted with by others. It is appropriately in depth but not too deep and also provides places to go for further study. An enjoyable and helpful read.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Craig T. Owens on June 12, 2012
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Apologetics is not the right way to ask forgiveness. Apologetics is the art and science of defending what you believe. One of the most accessible apologists we have is Mark Mittelberg and his very helpful book "Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask."

I have taken a passage from the Bible as my guideline for defending the Christian faith. The Apostle Peter wrote:

"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." (1 Peter 3:15, 16)

Focus on Christ ... Be prepared to answer ... Answer gently and respectfully. In this book, Mark Mittelberg arms Christians with information to help them do just that. He doesn't shy away from the tough questions like the apparent disharmony between Science and the Bible, or God's existence, or Christ's divinity. All of these he addresses using Scripture, philosophy, science, and logic. Mittelberg frequently quotes both Christian and atheist apologists to help make his point. And he does so very winsomely.

Each chapter is designed as sort of a lecture and lab. Mittelberg teaches, and then he walks through some possible conversations and objections an atheist or non-Christian may have about Christian's beliefs. So this book could be used for either individual study or as curriculum for a classroom.

It's a helpful and an enjoyable read.
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62 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Richelle Wright on January 23, 2011
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[Latin -- more at onerous]
a : burden
b : a disagreeable necessity : obligation c : blame d : stigma
[New Latin onus (probandi), literally, burden of proving]
: burden of proof

Synonyms: blot, brand, burden, stain, slur, smirch, smudge, spot, stigma, taint
(from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

So, well... I can't exactly say I didn't know what an onus was - I knew burden was a synonym, but couldn't give you a dictionary definition; however, it was definitely one of those words that I understood quite well in context. Out of curiosity, I looked up the etymology of the word... I had no idea it was in the same family as "onerous~" hmmmmm... that it contained such negative connotations... but I digress.

I started wondering because of a statement by well-known athiest, Richard Dawkins, mentioned towards the very end of Mark Mittelberg's book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask (with answers). Dawkins claims that the onus to explain Christian beliefs falls squarely on the shoulder of Christians. Sadly, instead of Jesus followers excited at this God-given occasion to share God's life-changing message with those who have questions or who don't believe, many Christians run from these encounters because it is to them an onus - a burden, a disagreeable necessity, an obligation. That is the very purpose of this book: to excite and encourage believers about this opportunit,y equiping them with information and then strategies for how to take hard questions and move from a defensive burden of proof stance to a compelling presentation of God's plan of salvation. After all, to quote one of my absolute favorite books, "...sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen.
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By gclsa on July 17, 2011
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As an agnostic, I read this book with an open mind trying to find in it some reasons to believe in Christianity that I have overlooked over my life. I didn't find anything new.
I do think the author is full of good intentions, but his theories and reasons are not novel. If an atheist reads this book he will stay an atheist. If a Christian reads this, he will have some ideas as how to defend his faith but these ideas will only work if the other part, the one being convinced, actually needs and wants to be convinced.
No Muslim will become a Christian reading this book nor will an atheist believe in God after finishing the book.
Many chapters are actually too large and at the end he whole point is to say the subject is so because the Bible so says it.
I didn't find anything new to me in this book, but as I said the author is full of good intentions, the book is well written and easy to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Peek VINE VOICE on March 24, 2013
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This is a very solid book covering some of the most difficult questions faced by Christians in discussions with others.

The author, Mark Mittelberg, began by having the Barna Group survey 1000 Christians asking what questions regarding their faith made them the most uncomfortable. He then narrowed these down to the top ten and compiled answers for each. Some of the topics here include such things as: The Existence of God, 'Didn't Evolution Put God Out of a Job?', the reliability of the Bible, the deity of Jesus, the problem of evil and suffering, and several more. The topics covered are all highly relevant areas for believers in conversations with others.

Mr. Mittelberg approaches his topics in a very loving manner. He clearly is more concerned about the fate of others than simply winning an argument, although he is very effective in presenting evidences as well. He puts a lot of emphasis on clarifying the position of the other person, thus improving communication.

One chapter that is particularly good is the one on evolution. He does a great job of highlighting some of the major weaknesses of that theory.

In the area of evil and suffering, he really goes beyond intellectual responses and encourages readers to avoid platitudes (He/she is in a better place now, etc). He makes the case that oftentimes those who are have objections about God related to suffering are currently dealing with a situation themselves.

One of the areas that Mittelberg deals very effectively with is the contention that so many Christians are hypocrites. He demonstrates how that can be an issue of common ground with the person. He said, 'Jesus dealt with this issue often - and no one spoke more strongly about it than he did.'

Overall, this is a very good book that should be read by all Christians as well as anyone honestly evaluating the claims of Christ.
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