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What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Why did Jesus have to die? What relevance does the Bible have for our lives today? Questions of Life has helped thousands of men and women around the world find answers to these questions and many more. In fifteen compelling chapters Nicky Gumbel points the way to an authentic Christianity that is exciting and relevant to What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Why did Jesus have to die? What relevance does the Bible have for our lives today? Questions of Life has helped thousands of men and women around the world find answers to these questions and many more. In fifteen compelling chapters Nicky Gumbel points the way to an authentic Christianity that is exciting and relevant to today's world. “Genius is the art of taking the complex and communicating it with warmth and simplicity. If you've ever wondered `Why Jesus?' you'll hardly find a better answer than this.” -Luis Palau Nickey Gumbel studied law at Cambridge and theology at Oxford, practiced as a lawyer, and is now ordained and on the staff of Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London. He is also the author of Why Jesus?, Why Christmas?, Searching Issues, A Life Worth Living, and Challenging Lifestyle.


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What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Why did Jesus have to die? What relevance does the Bible have for our lives today? Questions of Life has helped thousands of men and women around the world find answers to these questions and many more. In fifteen compelling chapters Nicky Gumbel points the way to an authentic Christianity that is exciting and relevant to What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die? Why did Jesus have to die? What relevance does the Bible have for our lives today? Questions of Life has helped thousands of men and women around the world find answers to these questions and many more. In fifteen compelling chapters Nicky Gumbel points the way to an authentic Christianity that is exciting and relevant to today's world. “Genius is the art of taking the complex and communicating it with warmth and simplicity. If you've ever wondered `Why Jesus?' you'll hardly find a better answer than this.” -Luis Palau Nickey Gumbel studied law at Cambridge and theology at Oxford, practiced as a lawyer, and is now ordained and on the staff of Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London. He is also the author of Why Jesus?, Why Christmas?, Searching Issues, A Life Worth Living, and Challenging Lifestyle.

30 review for Questions of Life: A Practical Introduction to the Christian Faith

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Mansfield

    Reason for Reading: I can't really say why. This is not my typical reading. I usually only read this type of book when it is written from a Catholic viewpoint however, this particular book called out to me as perhaps being useful in evangelizing although I had never heard of the Alpha course. My review hear is strictly limited to the book at hand. I have never had any involvement whatsoever in an Alpha course and cannot say whether I would feel the same way about its presentation. However this bo Reason for Reading: I can't really say why. This is not my typical reading. I usually only read this type of book when it is written from a Catholic viewpoint however, this particular book called out to me as perhaps being useful in evangelizing although I had never heard of the Alpha course. My review hear is strictly limited to the book at hand. I have never had any involvement whatsoever in an Alpha course and cannot say whether I would feel the same way about its presentation. However this book, based on the course, is a treasure. This is an introduction to Christianity, what it means to be Christian and how to be Christian. The book is ecumenical and does not present any denomination as being the "right" or "better" one. Quotes from great thinkers and leaders throughout the ages from all denominations are included from Popes and saints to Martin Luther and unknown ministers of small protestant churches. Quotes even come from the most unexpected places such as Sinead O'Connor! The author is an Anglican (Church of England) priest which in all honesty makes him a perfect candidate for writing an ecumenical point of view. His denomination is protestant and yet it retains many catholic elements, putting him in the perfect position to speak unbiased of Christianity, outside of denominations. I had started to read the book armed with a pencil to note anything I found contrary to Catholicism but I put my weapon of choice to use very infrequently and the matters I noted are of little importance to the purpose of this review. Best recommended for people who are already seeking. Those who are wavering agnostics and looking for something to help them make the change, baby Christians seeking further understanding of their new way of life and old hands who have lost their zeal. For these people this book will bring the light into your life. Describing who is Jesus, why we should believe, how we should pray, why we should pray, what is the holy spirit and how can we be filled with it, what is evil, how is it relevant today and what is the church? The book is truly extensive. touching on all major aspects without getting into any specific dogmas of any one denomination. The ideas presented are what ALL Christians believe, it is what makes us Christian and marks the importance of the unity we should be seeking as Christians, brothers and sisters in Christ. I particularly found the chapters on the Holy Spirit, resisting evil and evangelizing to be the most interesting to myself, a seasoned reader of theology, yet a convert myself who was not raised Christian. This book is a keeper for my collection and I will be recommending it to the appropriate people I meet in my life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    can read this everyday :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Will

    What this book espouses is not the christian faith, but a fundamentalist fragment of it. If you have questions about life then this book might help you begin to answer them, but it might also make you afraid to keep asking them.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Gumbel pioneered the Alpha course and this is an introductory book. He uses illustrations from his own life to answer many questions inquirers of Christianity have. This is a very readable introduction to Christianity. See my full review at http://bit.ly/1dE0Au5. Gumbel pioneered the Alpha course and this is an introductory book. He uses illustrations from his own life to answer many questions inquirers of Christianity have. This is a very readable introduction to Christianity. See my full review at http://bit.ly/1dE0Au5.

  5. 5 out of 5

    James Wareham

    I don't regret giving it a try.

  6. 5 out of 5

    David Campton

    It is a good basic apologetic... doesn't cover all the ground, but isn't trying to.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Loved it. This book was a great stepping stone for me to figure out what being Christian means to me and it answered a lot of important questions for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Stambaugh

    Great help for the new Christian.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Several pages into this book, I thought, this book, rather than "Questions of Life", should be named "Christianity in a nutshell" or "The Summary of Bible and its evidence" ... and it's true, turned out the full title of the book is Questions of Life: A Practical Introduction to the Christian Faith. ._. Idk why they left out the latter part in this version. ._. cost me 10 bucks. Anyhow, it's pleasant to learn more about what God said, though I've read the Bible and had a missionary came to my hou Several pages into this book, I thought, this book, rather than "Questions of Life", should be named "Christianity in a nutshell" or "The Summary of Bible and its evidence" ... and it's true, turned out the full title of the book is Questions of Life: A Practical Introduction to the Christian Faith. ._. Idk why they left out the latter part in this version. ._. cost me 10 bucks. Anyhow, it's pleasant to learn more about what God said, though I've read the Bible and had a missionary came to my house and taught us the whole book. Apart from that, the writing language is plain elementary. Most sentences start with "I" and follow the most basic form of grammar: Subject + Verb + Object + Adverb. The most impressive grammar use from the author is when she uses "Thereafter" to link two sentences together. The book also uses simple logic so it's easy to read. Just merely in the form of: this happened, led to that happened and things were written down, no scholar has ever doubted that, so this and that and those over there are all true. Moreover, evidence for the book is also limited and questionable for me. Overally, this is a book for the Christians, so I think there's no need for good evidence anyways, you're not writing to convince anybody anyways. ...now we're back to nihilism...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barb J

    Forced to read this by my friend John, I still do not really believe.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Myra Benedict

    This book was great I learned a lot from it. It is one of my favorite books and I have read it over and over and it still is so good!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hugh Laybourn

    excellent book reminding us or our destiny in God

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miamikel SS

    When I received the book Questions of Life by Nicky Gumbel to review, I was instantly intrigued. This book, to me, is sitting down with the wise, old, beloved grandpa that has lived a long, full life. As you both sit upon the porch sipping a glass of ice tea, he begins his story. This book is that story. There hasn’t been a day when probably every single one of us has asked, “What is my life all about?” Not only will this book help put that question in perspective, it gives you a thought-provoki When I received the book Questions of Life by Nicky Gumbel to review, I was instantly intrigued. This book, to me, is sitting down with the wise, old, beloved grandpa that has lived a long, full life. As you both sit upon the porch sipping a glass of ice tea, he begins his story. This book is that story. There hasn’t been a day when probably every single one of us has asked, “What is my life all about?” Not only will this book help put that question in perspective, it gives you a thought-provoking walk through a christian view of God’ purpose for us. This book is about the struggle of non-believers and pondering the flights of life without Christ. Does he exist? If he does, where is he relevant to every day life? Questions of Life is 15 chapters packed with informative question and answer segments. He asks a question and provides his views in a well-thought out response. There are references to scriptures and beyond. One of the most humorous parts of this book were the small cartoon drawings on many of the pages that make reference to the topics at hand. Mr. Gumble writes a book that asks is profoundly well-written with principled research. His use of vocabulary is extraordinary and at times, this book read like it was poetically crafted, especially in the use of such phrases as “asinine fatuity” and “unhesitatingly behaved”. One statement in this book that stood out for me is this one pertaining to resisting evil: “There is a close connection between good and God and between evil and the devil. Indeed, in each case the difference is only one letter!” This book is not a short nor easy read. It’s complex and thought provoking. Plan to have some time to spare when going through this book, chapter by chapter. Although it’s written well, I found at times that it read more like a term paper or college textbook than a ‘book’ per se. I would have loved to hear more of the author’s perspective, though you do, rather than the vast references to other works, like C.S. Lewis. It interrupted the overall flow of the book, I felt, and was somewhat a distraction. However, I’ve dog-eared and made more notes in the pages of this book than I have in many. The topic is one we can probably all identify with and this is a good book overall to make you stop and think. As mentioned before, the writing just wasn’t my style. * I received a copy of this book free from The B&B Media Group, Inc., as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

  14. 5 out of 5

    Heather King

    I have three young daughters and I spend a great deal of my everyday life answering questions, lots and lots of questions. Not many of them, though, are nearly as important and foundational as the questions Nicky Gumbel tackles in his book: Questions of Life." He walks through the essentials of faith and doubt beginning with, "Is there more to life than this?" and "Who is Jesus?" and progresses from there to matters of church life, prayer, and study of Scripture. Gumbel's approach is likeable, ea I have three young daughters and I spend a great deal of my everyday life answering questions, lots and lots of questions. Not many of them, though, are nearly as important and foundational as the questions Nicky Gumbel tackles in his book: Questions of Life." He walks through the essentials of faith and doubt beginning with, "Is there more to life than this?" and "Who is Jesus?" and progresses from there to matters of church life, prayer, and study of Scripture. Gumbel's approach is likeable, easily read and engaging. Still, he comes across as an intellectual, who is well-versed in the skeptic's life and thought. He is able, based on his own testimony, to understand what it's like to question faith and ultimately to embrace it and the book seems particularly intended to engage skeptics and agnostics. For new Christians, this book would provide an excellent foundational course in why we believe what we believe and what our faith looks like when applied to our daily lives. Even long-term Christians don't always know these "basics" of Christian faith and teaching, so it could provide the basic teaching they may be lacking. This is no watered-down treatise for the modern church either. He talks openly about sin, obedience, and choosing to follow Christ even when sacrifice or discomfort are involved. He emphasizes both intellectually growing in our belief and emotionally interacting with God rather than remaining stiff and unmoved by His amazing grace. I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anndromeda (Just book updates for a time)

    A very good book. I love the organized and thoughtful way it discusses deep Truths in practical ways. It helps solve questions of a person just coming to Christ or someone examining Christianity, but it is a great read for solidifying your already strong faith as well!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Title: QUESTIONS OF LIFE Author: Nicky Gumbel Publisher: Alpha International Press ISBN: 978-1-934564-66-0 Genre: Christian Life The Alpha Course – in book form. That pretty much says it all. Nicky Gumbel shares his own personal journey from atheist, to agnostic, to acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Nicky is the pioneer of the Alpha Course, which ( in Nicky’s own words ) “is designed for non-churchgoers those seeking to find out more about Christianity, and those who have recently come Title: QUESTIONS OF LIFE Author: Nicky Gumbel Publisher: Alpha International Press ISBN: 978-1-934564-66-0 Genre: Christian Life The Alpha Course – in book form. That pretty much says it all. Nicky Gumbel shares his own personal journey from atheist, to agnostic, to acknowledging Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Nicky is the pioneer of the Alpha Course, which ( in Nicky’s own words ) “is designed for non-churchgoers those seeking to find out more about Christianity, and those who have recently come to faith in Jesus Christ.” QUESTIONS OF LIFE contemplates fifteen crucial questions that need answers if one is to be an authentic follower of Jesus. Questions like: “Is There More To Life Than This?”, “Why Did Jesus Die?”, and “How Can I Make The Most Of The Rest Of My Life?” In this book, Nicky covers topics such as faith, prayer, the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, and the Church. He also tackles some sticky questions such as “How Can I Be Filled With The Holy Spirit?”, and “Does God Heal Today?” And he does so in a careful, candid, and clear manner, anticipating and responding to side questions that are sure to pop up. QUESTIONS OF LIFE is a warm-hearted conversation from one believer to those who may be sitting on the fence, dipping a toe in the water, or taking the plunge into Christianity for the first time. I’m reminded of an illustration that fits this book: “Christianity is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” Are you hungry? 5 stars. 213 pages.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shailin Ramji

    This book is dangerous. Very dangerous. Why? Because it mixes truth with error, just as something sweet may be mixed with poison in order to fool the unwary.The consequences can be fatal. This book is fraught with errors and unscriptural statements- Nicky's charismatic leanings and faulty understanding of baptism and being 'filled with the spirit' to name a few- but p156 on speaking in tongues really is a display of Nicky's lack of knowledge and discernment. He states that tongues need to be deve This book is dangerous. Very dangerous. Why? Because it mixes truth with error, just as something sweet may be mixed with poison in order to fool the unwary.The consequences can be fatal. This book is fraught with errors and unscriptural statements- Nicky's charismatic leanings and faulty understanding of baptism and being 'filled with the spirit' to name a few- but p156 on speaking in tongues really is a display of Nicky's lack of knowledge and discernment. He states that tongues need to be developed. Nonsense! Nowhere in the New Testament was this the case. In the NT, the Apostles spoke in tongues spontaneously as moved by God's Holy Spirit to preach God's word and to be a sign to the Jews.They spoke foreign languages, not the unintelligible goobledegook or false tongues that Nicky advocates. In fact, Nicky's prescribed method for acquiring tongues is the same as that used by Marcus and denounced by Irenaeus (disciple of Polycarp, disciple of John) 1,800 years ago- see 'Iranaeus Against the Nefarious Practices of Marcus' incidentally also used by the Pentecostal and other charismatic churches sweeping the globe.It is not surprising that the book is mainly targeting those who have had little/no experience of the christian faith or doctrine of the gospel of Jesus. Avoid this book like the plague!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    This little book is packed with A LOT of information. It starts by asking the question - Is there more to life than this? I think this is a question we have all asked at one time or another. From there it goes on to ask Who is Jesus and why did He die? That is only the tip of the iceberg in this little book. I am preparing myself to read through it again, as the first time through I feel like I just got a broad overview and that it has so much more to offer. The Alpha course is actually offered This little book is packed with A LOT of information. It starts by asking the question - Is there more to life than this? I think this is a question we have all asked at one time or another. From there it goes on to ask Who is Jesus and why did He die? That is only the tip of the iceberg in this little book. I am preparing myself to read through it again, as the first time through I feel like I just got a broad overview and that it has so much more to offer. The Alpha course is actually offered at our church, and my husband and I have considered going many times, but with three kids, there is always some kind of conflict and it usually fell over the weekend getaway at the end. A weekend that I think we would really want to be a part of! So you can understand why I want to give this book a second and possibly a third read through. I am hoping that my husband will also get the chance to pick it up. If you have friends struggling with their faith, or maybe not believing in God at all - then I would recommend this book to them. It is non-threatening approach to Christianity without any specific church theology thrown in. Everything is straight from the Bible - so you really can't lose.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    In the "Questions of Life" by Nicky Gumbel we get answers to some of the most asked questions that a new believer or a non believer in God might have. In fact there are fifteen chapters. Each chapter focuses on a question, with an in depth answer. The author answers questions on topics such as how and why to read the Bible, who is Jesus, and how to resist evil. These are questions that I myself have often wondered about and felt like I was given fuel for thought with the answers I received in th In the "Questions of Life" by Nicky Gumbel we get answers to some of the most asked questions that a new believer or a non believer in God might have. In fact there are fifteen chapters. Each chapter focuses on a question, with an in depth answer. The author answers questions on topics such as how and why to read the Bible, who is Jesus, and how to resist evil. These are questions that I myself have often wondered about and felt like I was given fuel for thought with the answers I received in this book. Overall, I found this book was written in a down to earth easy writing style that was easy to understand, that will give the reader fuel for thought. I think this book would be perfect for not only a new christian, but anyone looking for answers to some very basic but also very important questions concerning faith and Christianity.

  20. 4 out of 5

    W. Whalin

    Creator of the Alpha course, Nicky Gumbel answers fifteen critical QUESTIONS OF LIFE. As he explains in the foreword, “This book attempts to answer some of the key questions at the heart of the Christian faith. It is based on the Alpha course, which is designed for nonchurchgoers, those seeking to find out more about Christianity and those who have recently come to faith in Jesus Christ.” (Page 9) Around the world millions have attended an Alpha course. Gumbel writes in a straightforward manner u Creator of the Alpha course, Nicky Gumbel answers fifteen critical QUESTIONS OF LIFE. As he explains in the foreword, “This book attempts to answer some of the key questions at the heart of the Christian faith. It is based on the Alpha course, which is designed for nonchurchgoers, those seeking to find out more about Christianity and those who have recently come to faith in Jesus Christ.” (Page 9) Around the world millions have attended an Alpha course. Gumbel writes in a straightforward manner using modern illustrations combined with Scripture to answer critical questions like “is there more to life than this?” or “How does God guide us?” Whether you’ve been a Christian for years or never been a person of faith, you will find insight and answers in this book. I recommend QUESTIONS OF LIFE.

  21. 4 out of 5

    James

    This book is an amazing intro to the Christian faith. Nicky Gumbel gives an absolutely amazing persuasive monologue on why keeping faith is so important. The book talks not only about Nicky's own experience with the Christian religion, but also about that of others. The book also entails a lot of evidence for the actual existence of Christ in both biblical times and in modern day life. I don't want to sound preachy or superficial, but upon finishing this book, I can already see a significant amo This book is an amazing intro to the Christian faith. Nicky Gumbel gives an absolutely amazing persuasive monologue on why keeping faith is so important. The book talks not only about Nicky's own experience with the Christian religion, but also about that of others. The book also entails a lot of evidence for the actual existence of Christ in both biblical times and in modern day life. I don't want to sound preachy or superficial, but upon finishing this book, I can already see a significant amount of change in my everyday life. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is on border of believing in God, and also to anyone who has questions about the Christian religion.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    A very good book for those who are new to the Christian Faith or those who are curious about the Christian Faith. I studied the book word by word, and I find some of the illustrations used really effective. A must read for all!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    A great book for non-Christians, new Christians, and those Christians who have been around the block a few times. It strengthens your faith and reminds you of who Jesus is and where He can take you.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jelle de Jong

    erg goed voor (bijna/vroegere) christenen, motiverende en heel goede samenvatting die tenminste de richting aangeeft waarin/waarop christus antwoord geeft op ons leven

  25. 4 out of 5

    Clare Khan

    January 2018 and feeling compelled to re-read this book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Excellent book. I read it as we we're running the Alpha program at our church. Really a good book for someone wanting to understand Christianity.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bonny Jackson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Baker

  29. 5 out of 5

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

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