Thursday, 18 August 2011

Time for another book review...A Conversation with God

Ever wondered how to answer the questions friends throw at you about your faith? Questions about why you can believe in a good God when there is so much pain and suffering in the world, just for a start...
This book attempts to help us out with our questions.

Subtitled ‘If you could ask God any question, what would it be?’, the book does what it says: gives questions and corresponding answers , taken from the Bible. The ‘answers’ are contributed through the voice of over twenty different people as well as God, including Jesus, Abraham, David, James, John the Baptist... Easy to dip into, rather than necessarily read through from beginning to end, the contents are easily accessible so that they can be read in any order. 55 chapters are divided into different areas of concern: questions about the Bible, pain and suffering, heaven and hell, Christian living, the world, each topic answering several questions.

I asked for this book in the hope that it would be a ‘manual’ I could use with friends who ask me difficult questions about my faith. And yes, it does answer many of the obvious questions. However, I found myself asking more questions as I read through, realising that I needed to study in more depth in order to find answers. So that is a good thing!

I found the language slightly strange at times – everyone speaks in the first person and I found that took a little getting used to. That aside, as a starter it’s a great tool. I would lend it to a friend, which is what I had hoped for. And I’ll certainly be dipping back into it myself from time to time...maybe even today...

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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