The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions by Norman L. Geisler & Jason Jimenez arrived the other day from Baker Books. I’m signed up to be a reviewer/blogger.
First, this is not a book that one sits down and reads cover to cover. As the title suggests, it’s a question and answer book.
Second, I love the way the questions are presented. The book is divided into twelve parts:
- Questions about God and Truth
- Questions about Creation, Science, and the Bible
- Questions about Jesus and the Holy Spirit
- Questions about Sin and Salvation
- Questions about Heaven and Hell
- Questions about Angels and Demons
- Questions about the Church and End Times
- Questions about the Christian Life
- Questions about Moral and Ethical Issues
- Questions about Culture and Politics
- Questions about Worldviews and World Religions
- Questions about Family
Each question is a chapter consisting of:
- The question
- The answer
- Bible References
- Books (suggested)
- Online Video
The chapters are short, concise and to the point. They are not meant be comprehensive or the final word on any of these questions; merely starting points. The Scripture references, suggested books, websites, DVDs and online video are for a more thorough explanation of the topic.
This is not a preachy book, nor does it compromise on the truth. It will appeal to both believers and non-believers alike. In fact, the sample questions they post on the cover will appeal to non-believers:
- Would a loving God really send people to hell?
- Are science and the Bible compatible?
- What is truth?
- Did God choose me or did I choose him?
- Are miracles possible?
- How can Jesus be both God and man?
I know that when I was an unbeliever, that those questions would have appealed to me. I will be keeping this book handy and referring to it time and time again, just as I do RC Sproul’s book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith. I have used Sproul’s book, on occasion, as a sort of devotional, as those chapters are short also. I could see doing the same thing with 100, and may do so sometime in the future. If I do I will be sure to blog about it.