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One Big Question? [Paperback]

Michael Baughen
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12 Oct 2010
Michael Baughen believes the biggest block against facing up to real Christianity is suffering and this book is a comprehensive and very sensitive look at the whole issue, split into the why of questioning the God of love and tackling a number of the questions thrown at Christians about suffering and the how of knowing Him and how to prepare for and handle suffering. Michael Baughen approaches these questions in a very balanced way, always seeking to point the reader to the cross of Christ and the love of God. He doesn t try to placate or give trite answers. Interesting and thought-provoking this is a book for those who are struggling to understand and who have big questions. Such people are likely to come away challenged and hopefully, heartened with regard to God s use of suffering in the lives of His broken people.

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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Cwr (12 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853455725
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853455728
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 406,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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During his ordained ministry in the Anglican Church, Michael was vicar and rector of All Souls Langham Place, London; Bishop of Chester; Asst. Bishop in London; Asst Bishop in Guildford. He has chaired various Evangelical bodies and Conferences including the Langham Trust. Michael has been involved in one form or another in publications aimed at youth worship including Youth Praise, Youth Praise II, Psalm Praise, Hymns for Today s Church, Sing Glory. For many years he was Chairman of Jubilate Hymns. His most well-known and much-used tunes are to Lord for the years and Name of all Majesty.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Suffering so often is the major block to belief, and so here is this unpacked thoroughly by a wise older brother in the faith. This is a deep dig rummage around lifes most challenging question. The rational heart of God is explored with nothing cliched or patronising offered in this great new addition that if truly taken as the author intends will leave you and I experiencing suffering as the forge of conviction and faith, truly nothing to be feared. While this book is theological, challenging and full of depth: it is also humble, realistic and practical. There is good structure and shape in holding the contrast between the why and the how of God's love. You will rightly feel in the company of wisdom, hope and godly helpfulness.

We need robust yet warm hearted apologetics that is well-grounded when meeting accusations against God. Platitudes are not enough. Bishop Michael Baughen sidesteps nothing, with possibly the most comprehensive publication on the matter offered in the market today. The One Big Question contains well explained science and many other fields also, yet I encountered more of the cross of Christ and the love of God in this writing than in many parallel titles. CWR the publishers deserve to be congratulated for producing one of the most attractive volumes in the market today, font size excluding! Biblically rich, thoroughly researched and warmly communicated. Sensitive, scholarly and soulful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One Big Question 18 Nov 2010
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Having met the author during the summer when he was speaking on the subject of suffering, I formed an helpful opinion of the 'rational' behind God's heart in this matter. On the surface it appears callous of a loving God to allow suffering, but on studying the Bible and this excellent book one can come to a clearer understanding.

Highly recommended reading for those who wish to delve more deeply.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One big question 15 Feb 2011
By Alan
A "must read" if you want to find out why God doesn't prevent natural disasters like tsunamis and why He doesn't stop suffering if He is a God of love. Michael Baughen answers these difficult questions and several other questions besides which a Christian often has to face from those who are asking about the Christian faith. It is the best book I have read on the whole question of suffering and I thoroughly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars david's thoughts 28 Oct 2011
By David
I have read Michael's book and find that it treats the subject amtter in a straighforward way. If does face up to the problem many have in accepting the idea of a loving God in a world with much suffering. Michael's explanation and his further treatment of how to develop one's faith is excellent. I recoomend this volume to anyone who is concerned with the subject and is looking for an understandable christian explanation.
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