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Questions of Life: Alpha Course Paperback – September 17, 2010

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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: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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