Whether you have been a Christian all your life or just beginning to take your walk with the Lord, many of us still yearn for answers to some of the most hard-pressed questions in Christianity. In fact, I personally find that the more I read the Bible, the more questions pop into my mind. The answers are right there if we seek them, but sometimes we may not be able to immediately find them. Other times we just need a good outside prospective, perhaps from another Christian who can steer us in the right direction.
I've recently read two wonderful books from author, Carolyn Larsen, Can I Really Know Jesus?: 10 Questions and Answers about Jesus, Salvation, and Prayer and Has Anyone Ever Seen God?: 101 Questions and Answers about God, the World, and the Bible. Both books provide exceptional answers to some of today's most frequently asked questions about God, Jesus, and Christianity.
ABOUT HAS ANYONE EVER SEEN GOD:
Cheerful artwork with a modern whimsical style wraps around honest, easy-to-understand answers to your toughest questions about God, the creation, and the Bible. Has Anyone Ever Seen God? will inspire and offer comfort as you grow closer to God and gain a better understanding of his character, the world he created, and his Holy Bible. Also serves as a heartfelt gift of love and promise to those who are considering faith or are new believers.
ABOUT CAN I REALLY KNOW JESUS?:
Cheerful artwork with a modern whimsical style wraps around honest, easy-to-understand answers to your toughest questions about the Savior, his invitation to salvation, and the assurance that God really does hear our prayers. Can I Really Know Jesus? will inspire and offer comfort as you grow closer to God and gain a better understanding of why he sent his Son to earth, what it means to have salvation, and how prayer can deeply impact your life. Also serves as a heartfelt gift of love and promise to those who are considering faith or are new believers.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Carolyn Larsen has written more than 40 books for children and adults. She is best known as the author of the Little Girls Bible Storybook line of products, which have collectively sold more than one million units. In addition, Carolyn is a speaker who has taught and spoken extensively in the United States and overseas. She is the cofounder of the performing group Flashpoints, which is comprised of five women who share a God-ignited passion to encourage women and girls to know God better through drama, creative movement, signing, and humor. Carolyn is the mother of three and lives with her husband in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
First and foremost, I have to say that as soon as I received both books, I had a pretty hard time putting them down. I actually stayed up late one night and read one of the books from front to back in almost one sitting. Needless to say I paid for it the next morning, but still felt blessed and even more knowledgeable in my walk with God. While there are some answers that were already familiar to me, there were others that really opened my eyes. I personally found that the author did a fine job at providing evidence based answers to tackle some of those popular questions that most of us may ask. In fact several of the answers may even surprise some people, since they're not embellished just for the sake of giving an answer that everyone would expect to hear. For instance, in Has Anyone Seen God? there is a question that asks "Are there errors or contradictions in the Bible?" The answer elaborates that there is, and that's because there were quite a number of people who were responsible for writing the Bible. Each one of them came from different backgrounds and cultures that allowed them to see things at multiple vantage points. What a great answer, because it really does make a lot of sense.
Here are just a few of the many questions that you'll also see answered in Can I Really Know Jesus?...
- If God knows everything, why do I need to pray?
- Do I need to ask for salvation more than once?
- What is Jesus' more important teachings?
- If Jesus is God, why did he pray to God?
- Is there a sin that cannot be forgiven?
...and Has Anyone Seen God?
- Do animals have spirits?
- Why does God let bad people succeed?
- Why should I study the Old Testament?
- Why did God give humans the opportunity to choose evil?
- How does God speak to people today?
I also have to note that both books are physically beautiful with sturdy colorful hard covers and whimsical artwork throughout. Those who are new in Christ, as well as seasoned Christians will find Has Anyone Seen God? and Can I Really Know Jesus? wonderfully enlightening.
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