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Finding God in the Waves Audiobook

Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science

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Publisher's Summary

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

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"[Finding God in the Waves] may offer much-needed hope that Christianity and science can coexist." (Publishers Weekly)

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    steve 09-14-16
    steve 09-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "For those wrestling with the Christian faith"

    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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    Drew 02-04-17
    Drew 02-04-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Admiration from a Shadow"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 10-02-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A beautiful affirmation"

    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.

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    Daniel Garcia 07-03-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Compelling, insightful, and one of a kind"

    I wish there were more books like this! Loved the story, the eye-opening insight, and the beautiful intersection of science and faith it presents, despite the fact that I disagree with the author's view on the authority of Scripture.

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    Wayne 06-29-17
    Wayne 06-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Humble, funny, uncomfortable, important"

    So grateful for this book. It challenged me in almost every conceivable way, and I am better for it. I do not agree with everything Mike said or believes, but I am deeply in his debt for handling such weighty and sensitive subjects with Grace and kindness. I look forward to listening to this again and would highly recommend this book to anyone, especially those have struggled to reconcile the mysteries of Faith with the wonders of the empirical and discoverable Universe. I would also recommend this to any long-time Christian who wood have the vulnerability to admit they still have questions.

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    Esteban 06-03-17
    Esteban 06-03-17
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    "Mind blowing book!"

    I will definitely re-read it!Such an inspiration and more than that..a blessing!I recommend it to everyone!

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    richard blankenship 05-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "love science Mike!"

    it was a great listen to as well to get more details about his journey. would recommend.

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    Anna 05-19-17
    Anna 05-19-17
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    "Amazing!"

    The author takes you through all the stages of belief and doubt, back to hope and faith. My favorite part is when he compared and contrasted the Bible to Van Gogh's art. It made me cry. Another point that was most notable is how the sacrifice of Jesus shouldn't be looked at from a selfish POV of God (because he needed a sacrifice). But it was the archaic instinct that humans needed to be satisfied through violence. That the humans who didn't agree with Jesus thought to stop his teachings by silencing him. (I'm paraphrasing). But still! This was a great book and very thoughtful.

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    Lois Sumser 04-12-17
    Lois Sumser 04-12-17 Member Since 2015
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    "finding God in the waves s"

    I really loved this book and was happy that the narration was done by the author himself. I have struggled for most of my life with the science and the story of Christianity creating such cognitive dissonance in my head. I feel full of joy in all of nature and it is all coming together as I relax about needing to know "truth". This book reinforced my desire to embrace the mystery and enjoy the party! Thanks for pulling it all together in a great read.

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    Lori Rutherford Los Angeles, CA 03-20-17
    Lori Rutherford Los Angeles, CA 03-20-17 Member Since 2017

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    "so much to ponder!"

    Narrated by its author, this book was a daring, challenging, raw and real story of an intellectual who searches for God in the most honest way possible. He raises questions that Christians should ponder and have answers for, and guides the listener along his intellectual journey. I will definitely need to listen to this again!

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