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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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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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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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Required reading for skeptics and church attendees

There isn't a better or more beautiful reconciliation of the tension of faith and skepticism. You need to read this if you partake of a faith tradition, used to, or have heard of one.

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Satiating with explanations and insight

This book was raw honesty. Mike addresses nearly even question or doubt that crosses a believers’ mind in the journey of faith and gives critical thought and insight into how or why that doubt came to be, can be reconciled, or explains how it can’t be explained. There are parallels in the story to every stage in a personal faith journey.
Thank you for putting your story out for all to embrace, Mike. Out family misses Good Samaritan dearly- truly a loving church family.

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Excellent read for anyone deconstructing

This book was so helpful as I’ve been deconstructing my faith for about a year now. It helped me give permission to myself to possibly salvage a faith I just wanted to throw out the window.

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Gracious testimony

One of the most throughly written books I’ve ever read coupled with one of the most beautiful and humbling testimonies. Thank you Science Mike for your bravery curiosity and transparency. Your pursuit of truth and submission to beauty will bring hope to many. So good.

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Helpful in more ways than I can articulate

It’s rare to find a book that not only provides a thorough critique of Christianity, but also suggests theoretical and practical pathways forward for Christians... and then wraps it all in a personal narrative that is actually engaging. Most authors simply aren’t skilled enough to pull off this kind of genre-conflation effectively. Yet clearly Mike McHargue is.

The success of Finding God in the Waves is partly due to the text’s clarity. The book has that rare quality of reading as though it was written with the reader in mind - no small feat given the complexity of its subject matter and the author’s fierce intellect.

McHargue doesn’t take short cuts by assuming his reader’s pre-existing knowledge, or resort to self-indulgent condescension. Instead, his tone is humble and generous, and his plot proves to be a solid vehicle for taking the reader on a theological, scientific and philosophical journey.

More importantly, this book has the potential to change hearts and individuals and families and churches for the better... if we’re brave enough to allow it to.

Buy it, read it, share it, give it, talk about it, promote it. It will only make us all better.