What do you do when God dies? It's a question facing millions today, as science reveals a universe that's self-creating, American culture departs from Christian social norms, and the idea of God begins to seem implausible at best and destructive at worst.
Mike McHargue understands the pain of unraveling belief. In Finding God in the Waves, Mike tells the story of how his Evangelical faith dissolved into atheism as he studied the Bible, a crisis that threatened his identity, his friendships, and even his marriage. Years later, Mike was standing on the shores of the Pacific Ocean when a bewildering, seemingly mystical moment motivated him to take another look. But this time, it wasn't theology or scripture that led him back to God - it was science.
In Finding God in the Waves, "Science Mike" draws on his personal experience to tell the unlikely story of how science led him back to faith. Among other revelations, we learn what brain scans reveal about what happens when we pray; how fundamentalism affects the psyche; and how God is revealed not only in scripture but in the night sky, in subatomic particles, and in us.
©2016 Mike McHargue; foreword copyright 2016 by Rob Bell (P)2016 Tantor
"[Finding God in the Waves] may offer much-needed hope that Christianity and science can coexist." (Publishers Weekly)
I love Mike, and his heart for people. As a long time follower of his work, I wondered if I would find anything new in this book. I was pleased to hear more details of the story I already knew, and excited to hear brand new insights and information. Love him, love the book. Can't say how much this helps me feel more normal.
I'm a big fan of Science Mike's and have listened to his podcasts from the beginning. Most of what's in the book isn't new, it's all in his podcasts and interviews. But the book takes all of the little nuggets that I've heard over the course of countless hours and compiles it into one place and expands on all of it.
I love Mike's humble tone and genuine search for truth and beauty. I relate to so much of his story and I appreciate that he is willing to share his story with such honesty and transparency.
Finding God In The Waves is encouraging and challenging and I recommend it to anyone wrestling with faith and doubt. Another similar book that fans of this one might enjoy is Searching For Sunday by Rachel Held Evans.
I very much enjoyed this book - I was late to work Monday because I was trying to figure out the 'audible first free book'. But man, it was worth it. Mike, your words were very helpful and inspirational as I drove down the snowy Minnesota road on Monday. My eyes began to water when it was still dark out at 5:45am when I arrived at work listening to the part of your story when you'd gone to the Rob Bell creativity conference and you took communion, in a new way. Thank you for being honest about your doubts.
I thought the way you described yourself as "the worlds least interesting double agent" was absolutely hilarious.
I think this is an important book for people who know they cannot walk away from Jesus, but feel some serious issues with blindly following a Jesus whom others are telling them to follow...who may not seem the same as the one who uttered a word like "I was with you when you were 8, and I'm with you now". God bless you Mike - you're a good guy.
Mike, if you are reading this, thank you for telling this story. You have helped me through your podcast and now your book to be able to put my own experience into words and not feel so alone. Many of your ideas and the science is new to me but the emotions are not. I have been crying out for someone to help me understand my options as deconstructed and now reconstructed believer. I am grateful to you.
Wow. I have listened to The Liturgists and Science Mike podcasts from the beginning. Many of the stories I have heard many times, but listening to the words in the book, and reading them on at the pages, hit a depth of my heart and soul that I didn't expect. This book is courageously, vulnerably, and eloquently written. Mike, thank you for bringing us along with you on your journey. And thank you for moving forward in growth and grieving and healing... my spiritual director and favorite author, Phileena Heuertz says, "To the degree we are healed, the world is healed." Thank you for taking part in healing the world.
As I listened to the words of this book I was amazed by the author's journey through his spiritual crisis. I was drawn to its words because they spoke to my experience as well. Though I don't totally agree with the conclusions drawn to the presumed inerrancy of scientific sources or the presupposition of biblical sources being purely works of primataive men, I do see great value of questioning and seeking understanding of one's beliefs no matter what the beliefs are. I truly enjoyed listening and learning from this author and his use of axioms for rebuilding a framework for belief. Definitely read this book if you're a believer in a God or if you don't, challenge yourself and see outside your bubble.
For those struggling with doubt or in the process of deconstructing and reconstructing their beliefs in God and the Christian faith this is a must listen/read. "Science Mike" has a masterful ability to talk about complex scientific topics and religion in plain speak. Not your typical church bashing and criticism of the Christian faith. If you're a fan of Rob Bell, Donald Miller or Nadia Bold-Webber. You will appreciate Mike's candor and vulnerability in this book.
McHargue explains his compellingly dynamic life narrative in an entertaining and sophisticated way. But more importantly he provides a voice to a growing portion of individuals in the unending process of analyzing, deconstructing and questioning their religious structures, metaphysical constructs and ethical codes. He acts as a trustworthy bridge between the nihilistic skeptic and the blissful theologian - who both, often times, exist within the same individual. My only frustration with this book is that McHargue, contrary to his thorough and detailed thought process, seems to attempt to jam certain theological opinions into his work where they do not belong. The unwillingness to maintain a creative tension between his conflicting views reflects ad hoc reasoning.
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