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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
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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
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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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    Matthew Seattle, WA 10-03-17
    Matthew Seattle, WA 10-03-17
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    "A Beautiful Mind - and Heart"

    For anyone who thinks having faith requires turning off your brain, meet Mike McHargue. I find very few people of faith capable of objectively examining their own deeply-held beliefs. Science Mike is the exception. When evidence and reason led him outside the bounds of orthodox Christianity, he courageously followed those paths - even when it led him into atheism for a season. I loved that Mike makes no attempt to convince the reader of anything; he simply tells his story. I resonated deeply with many of Mike's doubts and admired how he processed his experiences in integrating the faith he holds today. It's the culmination of a beautiful mind and heart. Thank you, Mike!!!

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    Chrispiannt Michigan, USA 08-31-17
    Chrispiannt Michigan, USA 08-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Thought Provoking and Inspirational!"

    Mike's story here is great on its own for anyone open minded to religion and who may be searching for a perspective that reflects on the competing and complementary viewpoints of natural science, cosmology, and neurology with concepts of God, all in simple yet thorough terms.
    Considering Mike's deep research during his atheist period, he summarizes many of the points and counterpoints that are debated between skeptics and apologists, giving the reader insight to what he means when he speaks of his skeptical side which he retains even after reconstructing his faith.
    I highly recommend listening to his Ask Science Mike podcast prior to reading his book as you'll get a real sense of not only his intelligence, but his honesty through the way he delivers a polished podcast with such a natural, joyous tone.

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    "Listened Straight Through!"

    A warm and informative story that offers love to atheists, evangelical Christians, and everyone between.

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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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