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"I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God. It's a no-nonsense, practical, and insightful guide that will help all those on a quest for spiritual truth. If you're investigating whether there's any substance to the Christian faith, you must read this important book."--Lee Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune "I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God. It's a no-nonsense, practical, and insightful guide that will help all those on a quest for spiritual truth. If you're investigating whether there's any substance to the Christian faith, you must read this important book."--Lee Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and bestselling author of more than twenty books *** In our post-Christian age, the old answers for skeptics are no longer cutting it. Why? Because they largely seek to answer the wrong questions. Our world is changing, and while the gospel never changes, the way we talk about it and learn about it must. Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians answers both classic and bleeding-edge questions that skeptics have about the faith, such as - Is there a God? - Why do the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus matter? - Why is there so much suffering in the world? - Why do Christians think there is only one way to know God? - How do I reconcile the Bible's picture of Christ's followers with the actual Christians I know who have disappointed me? Covering such topics as astrophysics, social justice, and acceptance of the LGBTQ community, this one-of-a-kind book is perfect for those skeptical of Christianity and for those who love them and want to keep the line of communication open.


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"I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God. It's a no-nonsense, practical, and insightful guide that will help all those on a quest for spiritual truth. If you're investigating whether there's any substance to the Christian faith, you must read this important book."--Lee Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune "I wish this book had been around when I was an atheist and started to seek God. It's a no-nonsense, practical, and insightful guide that will help all those on a quest for spiritual truth. If you're investigating whether there's any substance to the Christian faith, you must read this important book."--Lee Strobel, former award-winning legal editor of the Chicago Tribune and bestselling author of more than twenty books *** In our post-Christian age, the old answers for skeptics are no longer cutting it. Why? Because they largely seek to answer the wrong questions. Our world is changing, and while the gospel never changes, the way we talk about it and learn about it must. Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians answers both classic and bleeding-edge questions that skeptics have about the faith, such as - Is there a God? - Why do the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus matter? - Why is there so much suffering in the world? - Why do Christians think there is only one way to know God? - How do I reconcile the Bible's picture of Christ's followers with the actual Christians I know who have disappointed me? Covering such topics as astrophysics, social justice, and acceptance of the LGBTQ community, this one-of-a-kind book is perfect for those skeptical of Christianity and for those who love them and want to keep the line of communication open.

30 review for Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians: Uncommon Answers to Common Questions

  1. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Hammelef

    As soon as I read the premise of this book, I knew I had to read it. I requested and received a copy from the publisher, who only asked that I review it honestly. Raised as a Catholic myself, I have always considered myself a Christian, but have always felt in my heart that I lacked the connection to what it really means to call myself a Christian. This author, in a conversational and sometimes humorous tone, took me step by step through the questions I've always had about God, Jesus, and the ch As soon as I read the premise of this book, I knew I had to read it. I requested and received a copy from the publisher, who only asked that I review it honestly. Raised as a Catholic myself, I have always considered myself a Christian, but have always felt in my heart that I lacked the connection to what it really means to call myself a Christian. This author, in a conversational and sometimes humorous tone, took me step by step through the questions I've always had about God, Jesus, and the church, even providing scientific evidence in historical cases. I truly believe this book will help more people who already consider themselves Christians and believers, as this book has already made a huge difference in my life. Here are just a few of my eye-opening quotes from the book: p. 110 "The best and simplest definition of grace is ... getting what you don't deserve and not getting what you do....Second chances." p. 145 "It's [The Bible] not a human book. It was written by humans, but as they were moved by God. It refects their personalities, vocabulary, and writing style, but the act of writing was stirred by God." P. 199 "Christians may disappoint you, but Jesus won't." p. 200 "God cares deeply about every human being on this planet--he loves them and wants to be in a relationship with them." I will keep this book and open it often in my faith journey, especially the prayer included in the final chapter. highly recommended.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Conrade Yap

    What does it mean to share the gospel? What about those who don't understand the Christian language or common lingos? Is there are way to share the gospel simply without expecting pre-requisite knowledge from the hearers? Yes there is a way. Author and pastor James Emery White shows us the way to answer common questions that non-Christians ask, and how we could answer them. He tackles the question of God by asking: "What kind of God do you believe in?" Going into the sciences and the question of What does it mean to share the gospel? What about those who don't understand the Christian language or common lingos? Is there are way to share the gospel simply without expecting pre-requisite knowledge from the hearers? Yes there is a way. Author and pastor James Emery White shows us the way to answer common questions that non-Christians ask, and how we could answer them. He tackles the question of God by asking: "What kind of God do you believe in?" Going into the sciences and the question of origins, White raises question after question from the perception of the seeker. How do life begin? What made it come together? Is the idea of supernaturalism realistic? White approaches the topic from a scientific angle, asking probing questions to show readers that all of the human race begin with significantly common ground. Things happen from something. We are more than simply a body of DNA. He makes a strong case that without God, explaining life does not make sense. He asks questions about morality, about family, and things which society at large are concerned about. Science is great but it can only cover limited ground. There is an interesting article from an atheist blogger who lists the things that would not have occurred if there is a God. The atheist lists all the negative things such as poverty, genocide, atrocity, loneliness, death, and so on. The underlying presumption is that God can only exist if these suffering effects are non-existent. It is like saying that God can only be in existence if He had sterilized life! In fact, rather than to argue against evil as the reason against God, the fact that there is goodness in human soul is a strong argument against atheism. Other topics covered include: - What to make of God's wrath? - Who is Jesus? - Is Jesus God? - Why did Jesus come? - His death and resurrection? - Significance of the resurrection? - The impact and reality of sin. - Different ways to God? - Existence of heaven and hell - The Bible - The Church and the many denominations What about Christians are are plainly unChristian? (Legalistic, Judgmental, Hypocritical, Intolerant, and Sexist) ... My Thoughts ============== White has two main objectives in writing this book. First, he wants to explain the faith for non-Christians especially those without any "foundational knowledge." This is covered mostly in the first few chapters of the book. Second, he tries to answer some common objections to the faith. Between the two, I find that White does a better job answering the second question than the first. In fact, the book tends to deal with the second question more. For a book that is intended for non-Christian readers, White starts well by engaging in science and technology to build the bigger common space for discussion. I must say that the title of the book is captivating already. Imagine having a book written by a Christian for non-Christians. That takes a lot of courage. For White to be able to do this is commendable. The tone is inviting. White probes and asks questions like a seeker or non-believer might ask. Right from the onset, he invites readers to have a "healthy amount of doubt." Some Christians might find this taboo, but it is altogether an act of faith to let people begin where they are. If the gospel is true and steadfast, we should not afraid of it being challenged. All legitimate doubts are worth engaging with. After all, positively speaking, doubts are like questions to help us get closer to the truth. Readers ought to give themselves permission to ask open and honest questions. White not only asks questions about faith and doubt on behalf of non-believers, he addresses the sad case of evangelicals's negative image. He does this in chapter 7 by giving us a list of problems associated with Christianity that turn non-Christians off. Rightly or wrongly, the big five, legalism, judgmentalism, hypocrisy, intolerance, and sexism are things that give evangelicals a bad name. Rather than take the defensive approach, White humbly admits that we are the problem. He then shows us that there is a difference between Jesus and those who claim to follow Jesus. We cannot let the latter derail us from seeking the truth. It would be a pity if we abandon faith just because of a few bad apples. I like the quiet defense done in a way that does not dismiss the critiques but show readers that there are more similarities than differences in how we all see the world and culture around us. That said, we cannot expect everyone to agree with the author or the approach he has taken. There is a wide spectrum of non-believers. Some will never be convinced no matter how the arguments are placed. These are not the kind of readers White is aiming at. The people who would find the book reasonable and acceptable would be those who are open to the truth, and not afraid to ask probing questions about Christianity and also what they are currently believing. This takes humility on all sides. Just like White has adopted a posture of openness and humility, readers who would benefit most would also be those who would reciprocate. This book gives us a fresh and unassuming approach to apologetics. James Emery White is the founding and senior pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, North Carolina; president of Serious Times, Inc., a ministry that explores the intersection of faith and culture and hosts this website, ChurchAndCulture.org which features his messages and blogs; ranked adjunct professor of theology and culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he also served as their fourth president; and author of more than twenty books that have been translated into ten languages. Rating: 4 stars of 5. conrade This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Books and NetGalley without requiring a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Manuel

    Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians by James Emery White is a book geared towards non-believers. In it he attempts to answer some of the big questions that people have when coming towards faith and particularly faith in Christianity. He starts out with the bigger questions and then narrows his focus as he goes. He starts out with the questions of whether it is reasonable to believe there is a god in the first place, not even focusing on if that god is the God of the Bible or not. He the Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians by James Emery White is a book geared towards non-believers. In it he attempts to answer some of the big questions that people have when coming towards faith and particularly faith in Christianity. He starts out with the bigger questions and then narrows his focus as he goes. He starts out with the questions of whether it is reasonable to believe there is a god in the first place, not even focusing on if that god is the God of the Bible or not. He then moves to that question afterwards continuing on to focus on Jesus and then the Bible. He ends up focusing on the church and even the failing of the church to act like Christians in their own walks. All of these questions are approached in a relevant conversational way, but White approaches these subjects at a very intellectual level. While done in a relatable way, you can tell he's done his research and the book contains lots of citations and references to other works. I also feel he has a fairly good pulse on the questions that people are asking in regards to faith. Now that's not to say I thought the book was perfect (honestly I'd probably be rating it a 4.5 if I could). I think my biggest question is wondering how many people would actually pick this up who aren't Christians, which is a big question since this book is definitely geared towards that group. As a Christian myself I view this as a great resource, but I wonder how many non-Christians would be interested in a book like this? I only say this because I came to faith in my late teens. My lack of faith was more of a lack of interest and awareness than it was due to a lack of answers. So I just wonder if I would have even been interested in a book like this at that time. There were also a couple of small issues that stuck out to me too as I was reading the book. The one that bothered me the most was that I felt he kind of brushed off the pain that denominations can cause people. I felt like this was an important one because I feel that some people will have experienced great pain at the hands of a denomination that placed its own precepts over the Bible and hurt people in that process. He didn't explore that side of things very well in my opinion. While I agreed that denominations aren't bad and are often due to our preferences, I also feel that there is a dark side to denominations that needed to be named a bit more than was. Again, this is mainly because I think being hurt by a certain denomination is a real thing for people who may have grown up in the church, but not fit a certain denominational model that was equated to what Christianity was all about. Overall, I really enjoyed Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians. I really enjoy the way that White approaches his topic and you can tell it is from someone who interacts with these questions on a fairly regular basis. However, I was left wondering how many non-Christians will access this work that was crafted for them. I hope many do, but maybe that's more of the job of Christians who have read the book than of the book on its own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Walter Cooper

    In Christianity for People Who Aren’t Christians, James Emery White combines his knowledge and experience as a pastor, theologian, and student of culture to bring answers to questions people are really asking. This book systematically walks through Christian truth (and tradition) with an eye and ear toward the type of person Dr. White deals with daily… inquiring, questioning, curious, sometimes antagonistic, unbelievers. Most of these are young and aren’t interested in the “shallow” answers they In Christianity for People Who Aren’t Christians, James Emery White combines his knowledge and experience as a pastor, theologian, and student of culture to bring answers to questions people are really asking. This book systematically walks through Christian truth (and tradition) with an eye and ear toward the type of person Dr. White deals with daily… inquiring, questioning, curious, sometimes antagonistic, unbelievers. Most of these are young and aren’t interested in the “shallow” answers they might have heard growing up. The book begins with presenting God, “Is He Real or Not?” and moves through typical and atypical questions with answers that are conversational but laden with Biblical, historical, and inspirational truth. One of my favorite aspects of each of Dr. White’s books is his respect for the dignity of unbelievers. This book is no different. Whether it is a question about the existence of God or something far more current like “What does God really say about LGBTQ issues? (and other cultural issues), Dr. White believes Christianity and the Bible have answers that need to be heard. These questions are pressing on the hearts and minds of non-Christians and must be answered with respect, consideration, and honesty. Dr. White does not shy away from identifying short comings of the church (historically and currently) but gives answers that will challenge the heart of a person turned off by a tradition he or she considers outdated and stale. I encourage unbelievers and believers to read this book. Often we fail ourselves and those around us because we have no or little foundation for what we believe. I highly recommend this book. #forpeoplewhoarent

  5. 4 out of 5

    MaryAnn Bell

    In our post-Christian age, the old answers for skeptics are no longer cutting it. Why? Because they largely seek to answer the wrong questions. Our world is changing, and while the gospel never changes, the way we talk about it and learn about it must. Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians answers both classic and bleeding-edge questions that skeptics have about the faith, such as - Is there a God? - Why do the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus matter? - Why is there so much suffering i In our post-Christian age, the old answers for skeptics are no longer cutting it. Why? Because they largely seek to answer the wrong questions. Our world is changing, and while the gospel never changes, the way we talk about it and learn about it must. Christianity for People Who Aren't Christians answers both classic and bleeding-edge questions that skeptics have about the faith, such as - Is there a God? - Why do the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus matter? - Why is there so much suffering in the world? - Why do Christians think there is only one way to know God? - How do I reconcile the Bible's picture of Christ's followers with the actual Christians I know who have disappointed me? Covering such topics as astrophysics, social justice, and acceptance of the LGBTQ community, this one-of-a-kind book is perfect for those skeptical of Christianity and for those who love them and want to keep the line of communication open. My Thoughts: This is a wonderful book for those interested in apologetics and evangelism. The reader will find great answers to many questions from those who don't understand or believe in our Lord and Savior. I recommend that all Christians read this book to have answers on hand. If you know someone who is doubting, a skeptic, if you have questions, or just want to learn more about apologetics, this is the book to read. It's not a huge thick book on theology, just the right size to answer all the questions that may come up. Certainly, a must-read for anyone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    White's book is a good addition to the genre of defending or explaining Christianity. His goal is twofold. He wants to explain Christianity to people who have little or know knowledge of it and answers some of the most common questions about Christian faith. Having read a number of books on Christian apologetics, I did not find anything earth shakingly new in this one. White's writing style is very conversational rather than academic which would appeal to many thinking about investigating Christi White's book is a good addition to the genre of defending or explaining Christianity. His goal is twofold. He wants to explain Christianity to people who have little or know knowledge of it and answers some of the most common questions about Christian faith. Having read a number of books on Christian apologetics, I did not find anything earth shakingly new in this one. White's writing style is very conversational rather than academic which would appeal to many thinking about investigating Christianity. He came to Christian faith as an adult so understands many of the questions people have about it. He draws frequently on the thoughts of C. S. Lewis, one who came to Christian faith later in life and excelled in well thought out answers to questions about Christianity. White addresses many of the issues people question today. His exploration of them may satisfy faith seekers or at least get them moving on a path toward Christian faith. I suggest believers give this book to a friend they know is questioning faith. Read it first then continue the discussion with your own personal insights. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Jones

    This is a great book for people who are on the fence about Christianity and its teachings. The author digs deep and answers the hard questions in a way that those whose faith is wary can relate. White uses a nonjudgmental approach that will resonate well with apprehensive readers. He touches on all subjects including creation, suffering, Biblical stories, characteristics of Jesus, and much more. This would be a great Bible study for emerging believers. I have been a Christian for many years and This is a great book for people who are on the fence about Christianity and its teachings. The author digs deep and answers the hard questions in a way that those whose faith is wary can relate. White uses a nonjudgmental approach that will resonate well with apprehensive readers. He touches on all subjects including creation, suffering, Biblical stories, characteristics of Jesus, and much more. This would be a great Bible study for emerging believers. I have been a Christian for many years and I benefitted from this book, as well. A lot of the information and answered questions in this book are subjects that really opened my eyes and made me think. I believe that is an important characteristic for defining a great book. Whether using this as a teaching tool or a way to answer all the religious questions on your personal spiritual journey, you will definitely gain insight and understanding from this book. Thanks so much to BakerBooks and the author for the chance to read and review this book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Larimer

    Christianity for People Who Are Not Christians by James Emery White is a non fiction book. James Emery White has wonderful experience as a pastor , theologian to write this book. It addresses the many questions that skeptics ask about Christianity. The book is well written and very easy to read and understand. I like the variety of questions the author addresses. So often people have a wide range of questions when they try to decide if Christianity is right for them. Lee Strobel who is a known a Christianity for People Who Are Not Christians by James Emery White is a non fiction book. James Emery White has wonderful experience as a pastor , theologian to write this book. It addresses the many questions that skeptics ask about Christianity. The book is well written and very easy to read and understand. I like the variety of questions the author addresses. So often people have a wide range of questions when they try to decide if Christianity is right for them. Lee Strobel who is a known author was an atheist. He says He wishes this book was available when He was wrestling with his questions. I highly recommend this book . I appreciate the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book. It is an excellent resource for the Christian and the non Christian. The opinions are my own . I am posting my review on facebook, my blog, Amazon, Goodreads, CBd.com

  9. 5 out of 5

    Viktor Nilsson

    I like the author's humble and open attitude, although there where just a few too many "aha - I bet you could never imagine christians being ths liberal!"-moments. I read this book because I want to explore christianity, and see what religious belief can give you. This book provides some of that, but I would say that it is mostly an exploration into what Christianity is, in more factual terms. I could have done without the first few chapters because I don't think any religion should be proven or I like the author's humble and open attitude, although there where just a few too many "aha - I bet you could never imagine christians being ths liberal!"-moments. I read this book because I want to explore christianity, and see what religious belief can give you. This book provides some of that, but I would say that it is mostly an exploration into what Christianity is, in more factual terms. I could have done without the first few chapters because I don't think any religion should be proven or disproven. That said, I came to appreciate all aspects in the end, since on the whole it all provides a clear introduction into what it means to be a christian. An easy and quite comfortable read, even for somebody who won't agree to all the reasoning.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alice Wallace

    This author was the pastor of the church I attended for a year in Charlotte. He is very adept at speaking to the issues that non-believers in Christianity have. I have been a Christian since I was six, and I understand my faith is true because I’ve experienced God’s presence for so long. I don’t have as many questions. But even for me, this book was worthwhile reading. I think it could easily and safely be given to the person who has an interest in knowing more about the Christian faith and who This author was the pastor of the church I attended for a year in Charlotte. He is very adept at speaking to the issues that non-believers in Christianity have. I have been a Christian since I was six, and I understand my faith is true because I’ve experienced God’s presence for so long. I don’t have as many questions. But even for me, this book was worthwhile reading. I think it could easily and safely be given to the person who has an interest in knowing more about the Christian faith and who is willing to honestly think through their doubts and questions. The title is appropriate. (One caveat for the literal creationist: the author does not believe in a literal 24 hour, 7 day creation. But this should NOT keep anyone from using the book to aid the searching person.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeremiah Cannon

    For anyone who is skeptical of Christianity - this book is FOR you! I don’t merely mean one you should get, but one that was written for you to better understand the claims of Christianity. It was written so that many of your questions can be answered. It was written so that your Christian friends could understand what to share with you. It was written for YOUR benefit. It answers many questions I wrestled through and explains things every believer needs to be aware of. So whether you are skepti For anyone who is skeptical of Christianity - this book is FOR you! I don’t merely mean one you should get, but one that was written for you to better understand the claims of Christianity. It was written so that many of your questions can be answered. It was written so that your Christian friends could understand what to share with you. It was written for YOUR benefit. It answers many questions I wrestled through and explains things every believer needs to be aware of. So whether you are skeptical or a believer, GET THIS BOOK!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    A good book for those who struggle with faith, have questions (but don't want to ask), or new to faith. The author answers common questions of those who are not or new to Christianity and gives a broad overview of Christianity and history.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This is an excellent book for those who are asking questions about the Christian faith or looking for a book to give to friends who may be searching. The author is engaging, empathetic and explains faith well. I highly recommend.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I think you will, too! If you or anyone you know has questions about Christianity or you’d like to learn more about your faith (it’s like Theology 101!), I’d highly recommend it! #forpeoplewhoarent

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gaynell

    Although I am already a Christian, I read the book. I gained some insight that I hadn't had with the reading. This book is good for the Christian and the -Christian alike. I really liked the way it was written. Anyone could understand the language.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Glenda

    Very informative book; well written

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    Nathan McGahee

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  24. 4 out of 5

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    Michael McGough

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