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Pascal's Wager Paperback – August 9, 2001
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As for the theme of "intellectual Christianity," the two-star review below seems to expect a single author to explore every facet of faith, science, and religious diversity within a single, less-than-300-page novel. An unrealistic expectation, at best. Every religious argument ever concocted by humanity cannot be explored and refuted in a work of fiction that also contains a decent plot and round characters. This novel simply intends to cause Christians and non-Christians alike to examine faith as more than just blind belief.
The main character, Jill, confronts her own beliefs regarding the existence God and the soul, comparing them with the convictions of a Christian man she is becoming more and more attracted to, despite what she deems his "irrational" faith. Of course, it is a Christian novel, so Jill's must be a "conversion story." However, this is not a typical Christian formula novel. The people within these pages make us care, and the painful twists of Jill's mother's illness are not always predictable. It is the journey, not the destination, that makes this book a winner.
Jill McGavrock’s elegant and renowned mother, Dr. Elizabeth McGavrock, is losing to her mind to a terrible disease. Jill’s never given thought much to matters of faith, preferring sarcastic self-defense in order to maintain her incredible busy life. When she learns of her mother’s condition, Jill is horrified by the idea that Elizabeth’s essence, her soul, might be gone, too. But if a person doesn’t believe in God, why should the state of her soul matter?
Jill’s encounter with a philosophy professor on the Stanford University campus where her mother worked and where Jill pursues her doctorate in mathematics, changes her life on many levels. Fighting through much of the story with the mostly gentle and always charming ways of Dr. Sam Bakalis, they each learn the depth of wounds and struggles which has formed their personalities. Jill and Sam need to grow and see through their defenses, and slowly form an attachment.
More than a conversion story, Pascal’s Wager challenges to reader to reach inside to determine the depth of our faith commitment. Are we paying lip service? Are we happy? What is happiness, anyway. What does it mean to live as if God exists?Read more ›
Characters come to life in proportion to the main character's ability to see beyond her own preconceived notions, which is probably why I had a hard time getting into the book. She transforms from a very self-absorbed mask of a person to a deeply thoughtful person with a contrite heart who learns to see the details within the hearts of others.
This book is on my to-read-multiple-times stack.
The debates between Jill and Sam are realistically entwined with their life experiences.
Read it. You'll be glad you did.
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It kept me turning the pages and a new look at handling family with health issues. I would recommend the book to all.Published 12 months ago by Mfreeindeed
This is definitely a thinking book. It helps if you know what Pascal's Wager is going into the book. If you want a light hearted, just for fun book then this is not it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kimberly A. Robinson
A really great example of apologetics and the spiritual struggle everyone encounters. I appreciate the variety of perspectives and approaches to faith presented.Published on July 15, 2014 by june gilfillan
This is a great book. The characters are engaging. I found that at the end of the book I was wanting to see a sequel to the book to find out eat happened down the road a year or... Read morePublished on June 15, 2014 by Kimberly A Buitendyk
This book was an unexpected gift to me. I went on to read any other book she wrote and I have loved them all..Published on November 26, 2013 by Stephanie Laekas
The reality of humans as flawed beings is intertwined with the peace of God and His reality. What an awesome book... It would make an interesting evangelistic tool.Published on October 29, 2013 by Susan K