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Finding God in the Waves
Finding God in the Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science | Mike McHargue
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From the host of the popular podcasts, The Liturgists Podcast and Ask Science Mike, a story of having faith, losing it, and finding it again through science--revealing how the latest in neuroscience, physics, and biology help us understand God, faith, and ourselves. 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. For the faithful and skeptic alike, Finding God in the Waves is a winsome, lucid, page-turning read about belonging, life's biggest questions, and the hope of knowing God in an age of science.
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“Our churches will never be healthy as long as those experiencing doubt feel they have to hide.”

Elma This has been on my #TBR forever and I finally plan on reading it this month. I love Mike! 4y
Suet624 💕💕💕 4y
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My tentative #winter list for #booked2019. Still deciding between Ash and The Wrath & The Dawn for #fairytaleretelling. Since there are so many #newtomeauthors I want to read, I'll probably just pick that one when the time comes.
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen

alisiakae I‘m reading both Wrath and the Dawn, and In the Woods for Winter #Booked2019! 4y
Elma @4thhouseontheleft Nice! Those have both been on my list for awhile. 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great picks! 4y
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Cinfhen Tagged book sounds phenomenal 🙌🏻 4y
Elma @Cinfhen I've been wanting to read it for awhile. I love the two podcasts the author has and I've met him a couple times. He's great. 4y
kellyann28 I've got Ash as an option for me as well. There are SO many fairytale retellings to choose from! 4y
RadicalReader @Elma looking forward to reading The Wonder absolutely adored Room kept me glued from beginning to end 4y
Elma @RadicalReader I actually hated Room (I thought the boy was so whiny), so it'll be interesting to see how I feel about The Wonder. 4y
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I‘ve been reading only non fiction for the last 3 weeks, which has been great actually, just centering myself and getting some clarity and direction. This book was so interesting and quite convicting...science Mike‘s journey from Christianity to atheism back to Christianity is compelling and fascinating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Elma I bought the kindle version of his book when it was on sale recently. Can't wait to read it. I've heard him speak a few times and sometimes listen to his podcast. 4y
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Loved it

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MatchlessMarie
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Read this one last year. Listening to the audio version this month for book club. Too good to miss! #reread #FiveStarReads

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MatchlessMarie
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Did not have the reading month I hoped for, but FGITW is probably the best book I have read so far this year. 👌
Had some car issues in the middle of the month which kind of put a downer on things. Read 11 total. 7 being picture books 🤣
#bestseptemberread #autumnreads #bestofseptember #fallintobooks #favoritesoffall #awesomeautumnbooks

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MatchlessMarie
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I can't get over how wild it is that I just so happened to finish this one on the anniversary of its publication. 😁

This book is so good. I already know it's one of the most important books I will read this year. Science Mike bridges the gap between faith and science while maintaining the humanity of both the believer and the skeptic.
Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2058571344

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Sace Amen. 5y
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Dialogue is so important. 🖤

Sace What does the author mean by "tradition" is it such a problem if a person chooses to be Episcopalian if they were raised Baptist or does the author mean people leave the Christian faith (which I don't have a problem with either.) 5y
MatchlessMarie @RestlessFickleBookSlut I'm assuming he means the Christian faith altogether because this book is about how he was a Christian turned atheist turned Christian again via science. Although I can see how it could apply the other way for some folks. 5y
Sace I was just wondering. Because my daughter has gone through several denominations before finding a church/practice she feels at home in. I guess some people would be bothered by a change in denomination. 5y
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MatchlessMarie @RestlessFickleBookSlut That's kind of where I am at honestly. I left my church about a year ago because of theological difference when it came to full inclusion of women and then I became fully LGBTQ affirming and so now I've been deconstructing a lot of things I've believed all my life. I still believe in God and would probably be leaning more towards Mainline denominations, but it's overwhelming after being in evangelical denoms all my life. 5y
Sace @MatchlessMarie I am not Christian but I want to read this book. Raising my daughter it was most important to me that she have faith in God, so I'm really not bothered by her religious choices. 5y
Libby1 @MatchlessMarie - I'm going through something similar at the moment. Bless you. ❤️ 5y
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Christians can be really obnoxious. But you probably already knew that. I'm not sure what can be done about it. We are a people who believe that Jesus died to save the whole world, and some of the most famous words attributed to Him command his followers to go tell the whole world about it.

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These 3 are my #AugustMostAnticipated but I have a lot of good ones planned this month because I am trying to get my polygamy under control! 😱📚#mostanticipated #backtoreading #anditsaugust

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Insightful & enlightening. I wasn't familiar with author ("Science Mike" in podcast world), but was gifted this book by my pastor friend after a discussion of ours. This is probably not for everyone, but will likely be a thought-provoking read for the questioning or "rogue" Christian, one whose beliefs have shifted since childhood, or anyone who tries to embrace both faith and science. If you're a "fan" of Rob Bell, you'll appreciate this memoir.

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I'm loving this book! Highly recommended to anyone who has struggled with faith and doubt, especially on a more intellectual level.

MrBook Sounds wonderful! Added 😁! Welcome to @Litsy ! I think you'll enjoy your stay here 😎👍🏻. 6y
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Jeszimsmi
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A great perspective on doubt and faith and how the two don't contradict each other.

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If you've questioned your faith or love someone who has, this is the book for you. I'll read this more than once. my Kindle version is full of highlights already, but I'm sure there will be more. Thank you, Science Mike, for going to a place I wasn't willing to go and finding your way back. Your struggle helped me through.

MrBook Great review! 6y
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Yes. This. It's so good to read the words of someone who's honest about their doubt who has found a way to live in the tension. All I can add is Me, Too!

Soozanne If you've questioned your faith or love someone who has, this is the book for you. I'll read this more than once. my Kindle version is full of highlights already, but I'm sure there will be more. Thank you, Science Mike, for going to a place I wasn't willing to go and finding your way back. Your struggle helped me through. 6y
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