Biblical Q and A

The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions by Norman L. Geisler and Jason Jimenez:  A Book Review

It has happened, at least once, to every teacher — the question that stops you in your tracks.  Taking a deep breath, with thoughts racing and nothing coming to your mind, every neuron is straining the words, “I should know the answer to this one!’

The truth is that when this happens, there is nothing like investigating the matter for yourself, hauling out the thick books, firing up the on-line references, laying open the Word of God and letting the Spirit guide your heart into truth.  To prime the pump for this process, Geisler and Jimenez have compiled a list of 100 questions and the answers God has given in the Bible.  They have not thrown down a series of pat answers, but have moved beyond the answers, because most of life’s big questions arise from complicated real-world situations.  “The answers are only part of the equation.”  Each answer is followed by a practical application and a set of recommended resources which include additional Biblical references, books, websites, dvd’s, and an online video.

The 100 questions are grouped into twelve categories ranging from theology and the Christian life to politics, worldview, and family matters.  More complex answers come with sidebars or diagrams to organize the data, making the book a valuable resource for:

  1. Personal study:  Scholarly and yet accessible, the articles are concise, the format is easy to scan, but the door is left wide open for further study.
  2. One-on-one discipleship or parent/child discussions
  3. Augmenting a Sunday School class or youth group as a means of stimulating further discussion on a topic.

As for my copy, I have a fifteen-year-old who is waiting for his turn to read it, and I am sure that it will lead to some lively conversations around the dinner table!

Disclosure:  This book was provided by Baker Books in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Michele Morin

Michele Morin is a teacher, blogger, reader, and gardener who finds joy in sitting at a table surrounded by women with open Bibles. She has been married to an unreasonably patient husband for over 25 years, and their four children are growing up at an alarming rate. Michele loves hot tea and well-crafted sentences, poems that stop her in her tracks and days at the ocean with the whole family. She laments biblical illiteracy and advocates for the prudent use of “little minutes.” She blogs at Living Our Days, and you can connect with her on Facebook or Twitter.

2 thoughts on “Biblical Q and A”

  1. Yes! Especially since I won’t be able to reproduce all their good arguments on the spot — and the resources at the end of the chapter have been hand picked so that you don’t have to go combing through a long Google search results list.

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