Monday, June 2, 2014

100 Tough Questions About God and the Bible by Stephan Miller

Straightforward answers to questions Christians and skeptics alike ask about God and the Bible
Let's be honest--the Bible can be hard to understand. It's full of weird laws, apparent inconsistencies, and tales of a God who often doesn't do what we expect. You may have asked about some of these things and been brushed off or given trite, unconvincing answers.

But serious questions deserve thoughtful responses, especially when opinions of Bible experts clash. Stephen M. Miller pulls insight from a wide range of Bible experts to report their answers to the tough questions. He does so with a touch of humor and no preaching, allowing you to draw your own conclusions.

Questions include:
· Would a loving God really put a good man like Job through horrible suffering just to test his loyalty?
· If God knows everything, why did he test Abraham's faith by asking him to sacrifice his own son?
· How could there be just one God, yet three?
· Since Jesus told people to turn the other cheek, why aren't more Christians pacifists?

My review:
  This isn't the first book by Stephen Miller I have gotten a hold of, and as with the others, am impressed. This is the kind of book that could be boring and a slow read, but the way he presents his facts and writes the book, it is informative, interesting, and easy to read.

  In this book, he takes 100 of the tougher questions people have about God and the Bible, and does a pretty good job of answering them. His answers may not satisfy everyone, but I thought he made sense and came up with some great explanations of some things I have wondered about myself. Is he 100% correct on all of his answers? Maybe and maybe not, but it is obvious he did a lot of study and research and didn't just casually come up with an answer for each question.

  This is not really a book you'd just sit down and read several chapters, but is more of a research book, which most of his books are. It would be a great addition to a church library or personal library, and is one I'd recommend, among many other of his books.

About the author:

Stephen M. Miller is an award-winning, bestselling Christian author who specializes in easy-reading Bible reference books--especially for Bible newcomers. His books have sold over a million copies and include The Complete Guide to the Bible and Who's Who and Where's Where in the Bible. Miller has a news journalism degree from Kent State University and a master's degree in biblical studies from Nazarene Theological Seminary. He lives in suburban Kansas City, Kansas. Learn more at

100 Tough Questions About God and the Bible is available from Bethany House Publishers, part of the Baker Publishing Group.

Thanks to Bethany House for the review copy.