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'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.
While I may not agree with Science Mike's viewpoint on everything, I will recommend this book to everyone I know. So many people either flail in unacceptance & wander as "orphans" without a family (community) or they are self righteous & let few into their "club". The book articulates beautifully how harmful that is. The viewpoint creates a safe space for lovers of God the artist & God the scientist to live peacefully, sit at the table of hospitality & appreciate those who experience God with both sides of their brain. Thank you Michael!
This book has some interesting insights to how an Athiest thinks and is a good reminder to love poeople where they are at. It is a bit frightening to hear if someone who lost their faith to be teaching kids in church for 2 years.
The author seemed to emphasise his view of how humans are the way they are because of the god of evolution by often stating the physiological chemical reactions that exist because they are for better survival of the species.
Before I became a Christian, I read alternate thories of the big bang which opened the door for me for a better understanding of faith in the God of creation. The author seemed very knowledgable of human physiology, and perhaps on cosmology. But, unfortunately, I don't see this book ushering people toward a deep understand God. It portrays a mostly distant God who is just there and people wrote the Bible from their observations.
The book as a story was well written and well narrated.
Open these pages, your heart (and mind) to be treated to a wonderful journey through humanity, and the vision of a faith that rests fully in the mystery of God. As someone who (apparently not without company) struggles to find God many days, I was overjoyed to read this tale. It is at once a technical manual of sorts, with brief explanation of how the human machine works, and a scripture, a love story, and road map toward a divine understanding that I have not read elsewhere. Breathtaking. And I learned the proper pronunciation of Mike's last name. Grace and Peace Friends. It's all in here.
I listen to Mike's podcasts and already knew his story but this is so much more. I thank you Mike for putting yourself out there so others know they are not alone. Most definitely worth a listen to plus you get several hours of Mike's soothing voice.
it's honest and that alone deserves the five stars. that's all he can promise in a book like this and I feel like he delivered. he has a unique perspective... regardless of whether you agree with it, Mike offers a chance to really wrestle with some of the preconceptions inherent to your worldview.
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.
Wonderful look at how one can lose faith and find it again. Excellent book for anyone who struggles to reconcile the supernatural claims of the Christian faith with science.
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.
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