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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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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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Clear rationale discussion

Difficult subject matter dealt with openly and honestly without preachiness. Very well written and more powerful being read by author!

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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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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.

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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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Sorta helps in finding God.

The book was good. I liked the science behind it. Gets you thinking about how awesome God is, but like Einstein says, he believes in a God, but not a personal God.

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A must read and listen to!

I really enjoyed this book I have been listening to it over and over inspiring!

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Engaging, smart, relatable.

I’m a Liturgists listener and a formerly evangelical doubting lover of Jesus and humanity. This book explained so much about the universe and humans relationship with it and God. Thanks Science Mike, for putting it all down on Word.

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Great story, Mike's voice is amazing.

Where does Finding God in the Waves rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

For its genre this is the best Christian/spirituality book I've ever read. The information is spot on and the delivery is great. Even if you disagree with some of Mike's ideas he presents them in a way which requires you to think.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding God in the Waves?

Mike's story is always good to listen to but the information and guidance in the second half of the book really makes it. Your beliefs will be challenged.

What about Mike McHargue’s performance did you like?

His reading voice is 10/10. Of course, everyone who is familiar with his work already knows this.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Just about every part of the book moves you to think and examine your own life and beliefs and practices. It will challenge you while simultaneously welcoming you into the family.

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Few Books Like This Even Exist

first, I always like when a nonfiction book is read by the author, especially when it is the author's own personal story. sure, there are better narrators out there but Mike does a very good job and I appreciate getting to hear his own voice for the story. next, there are very few stories in the world like his. some of us have gone through something similar and all of us can relate to some part of Mike's story. from religion to atheism to mysticism, Mike has experienced the full narrative arc of spirituality and that struggle has earned him some real tteasures. whether you are an atheist or Christian, conservative or liberal, this book is worth the read.