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)
Very timely for me personally, I've been on my own journey, and my experiences have taught me a new awareness. Pay attention think back to times that were difficult, I found God, I see God in everything and I am grateful. I recommend this book highly.
Thank you thank you thank you Mike for this gift. You have been inspirational to me over the past year or so as I've listened to you on The Liturgists. When I found that podcast I finally knew there were people who felt and believed like I did. People who were deconstructing and needed help navigating through that. This book touches on most everything that has been in my heart and on my mind. I thank God for you and I hope that this book can help others as it did me. There will be people with pitchforks but that's ok....this book won't be understood or agreed upon by everyone but it's YOUR truth and so many others' as well. With so much love, Andrea the promiscuous virgin on the worship team.
As a fan of Science Mike via both his Ask Science Mike podcast and his work with Michael Gungor on The Liturgists' podcast, much of the material in this book was familiar, but it was great to hear it all in more detail.
If you're a fan of his work on either of those podcasts, you know he speaks more slowly than some, and that is naturally true of his reading here, as far as performance is concerned. (Obviously you can speed up the playback if you want.) But if you know his work then that shouldn't annoy you at all. :)
The work itself is quite coherent--he thanks his editors for that in the acknowledgments--and really well-organized, told in narrative form rather than as a series of essays, even as he uses later chapters more to explain his beliefs and scientific lens on faith. His work has been immensely helpful to me in the last year or so, and this book lives up to the hype, in my opinion!
As I said, not a lot of new material if you're really familiar with the podcasts. But still so great!
For believers and non/ believes alike this book will pull you in and keep your interest all the way though.
The topic is interesting and having Science Mike read it makes it perfect. Well as perfect as anything that man can mane is. I
Every once in a while we are fortunate enough to have just the right voice speak at just the right time. A voice that cuts through the noise, rises above the rhetoric and addresses the cultural climate of the day.
Mike is in the unique position of being a translator. Located between two worlds. Both with their own cultures, dialects, and understanding. Fluent in the language and philosophy of the spiritual world as well as the culture of fact, evidence and scientific proof. Mike is able to understand, hear and be a part of both. He possesses an accurate and articulate voice accessible to all. Mike stands holding tightly to both sides acting as a bridge connecting the two.
People often find the middle frustrating. It feels like we don't belong to one side or the other. Too far in one direction you're zealot. Too far in the other direction your awash the midst of a purposeless mess. That lack of belonging and identity can feel extremely lonely. But we were not alone. There are hundreds of us. Thousands of us. Mike shows us this is not only normal, but healthy. ’Finding God in the Waves’, succeed in bringing the two sides together. Helping translate the beauty of both worlds into language the other can understand.
A true picture of Grace.
Mike stands in the middle. He stands proclaiming to both sides the value, beauty and significance of the other.
You are going to want to read this book.
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.
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