Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask)

“How anyone writes a book on God — and now Jesus — that reads like a can’t-put-it-down thriller is a miracle itself.  Metaxas doesn’t just know my socks off — he knocks my robe off!”
– Judge Jeanine Pirro, former Westchester County D.A. and host of the nationally-syndicated “Judge Jeanine Pirro” tv program.

We all have questions about God. But very few of us get the answers we’re looking for–if those answers even exist! Do they? Where (in heaven’s name) do you go to find out?  Eric Metaxas understands. That’s why he’s written this refreshingly down-to-earth take on the big questions everyone asks (but not always out loud)…

READ WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING ABOUT Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (but were afraid to ask)

For his stylish and entertaining treatment of this subject, Metaxas deserves a prize. —Dick Cavett

“I am absolutely smitten with this book! Easy (in the sense of moving right along) and fun to read, but packed with good stuff to chew on. I wanted to put every question and answer on file cards, so I could whip out the appropriate response when asked. And all with a wonderful sense of humor. Thank you, Eric, Thank you for writing this book! Every question in it I have asked, have heard asked, or want to ask! And the answers are so good humored and easy to read that you almost forget how profound they are.”
—Ann B. Davis,  Alice of “The Brady Bunch”

“The difficulty is not to gush. Eric has written a wise, funny, and disarming book, one which will, I’m sure, be handed around dorms, churches, and anywhere smart, curious people (both believers and unbelievers) can get their hands on it. We have had a tugging match with our own 21-year-old college student to see who gets to read it first in our house. We plan use it at Redeemer everywhere we can.”
—Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, NYC

“Quick, witty, engaging, and often profound are words I use to describe my old friend and one-time colleague Eric Metaxas. This little book, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But were Afraid to Ask) is vintage Metaxas. Good and profitable reading. —Chuck Colson

“An excellent primer on the most important questions of life, engagingly presented in question-and answer format. A timely and useful book for a searching, spiritually hungry America.”
—George Gallup, Jr., Founding Chairman of the George H. Gallup International Institute

“Rarely do a humorist, a logician and an orthodox theological popularizer inhabit the same skin, so — quick now! — join Eric Metaxas in this dialogue with skeptics and let him deftly disabuse you of your vexing bewilderments.”
—McCandlish Phillips, author and former New York Times reporter.

“Curious about God — even a little doubtful? Read this book, you’ll like it!”
—Dr. Paul C.Vitz, Professor of Psychology Emeritus, NYU

“Very theologically coherent and academically robust answers, written in a readable, informal and often witty style.  Brilliant!”
—The Baroness Cox, House of Lords, Westminster, London.

“It is a pleasure to recommend this book. It is written simply. It’s direct. It’s a book that doesn’t intend to impress the reader, but speaks to the reader, as a person would in a conversation. I’ve never encountered this subject dealt with so beautifully as it is dealt with in this book.”?—Bob Grant, host of The Bob Grant Show, WOR-Radio, and author of Let’s Be Heard

“Finally, a book of apologetics you can give your friends without cringing!”
—Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God
…[A] cheeky question-and-answer book addressing the most common questions people have about God. …Without a doubt, Metaxas is a clever and straightforward writer, fielding jokes right and left before hitting the reader with the hard stuff. (“Q: What happens when you die? A: Well it depends, but typically the lawn goes unmowed for a while…”) He then more seriously replies that we are either welcomed into God’s presence in heaven or banished for eternity to hell. …high marks for wit…  — Publisher’s Weekly

“I have never seen a book like Everything You Always Wanted To Know About God (but were afraid to ask). This is said as one who has been in the ministry for over 40 years. What Eric Metaxas has set before us is an extraordinary compendium of questions that people, inside and outside the Christian experience, find themselves asking. They are real questions – that are really asked – by real everyday people. The answers are concise and to the point. This is huge, because the temptation always, with any question, is to give such a lengthy answer that people get lost in the maze of words and ideas.”

“I love the way the book is organized. The questions are grouped together along certain themes. Example; Chapter 12: What About Heaven? With sub titles: What Happens When You Die; What Heaven Is; and Who Ends Up there. Not only are the questions grouped together around certain main themes, but it is great that each question naturally follows the preceding question and answer. It is almost as if the question and the following answer gets inside the mind of the reader and creates a running conversation. John R. W. Stott, the famous English Anglican christian leader and scholar, has said that preaching is thinking along with the person who is listening, anticipating the questions that you are raising as you speak, and then answering those questions. This is exactly what Everything You Always Wanted To Know About God does in the way the questions and answers follow along in a conversational sequence. Rather than it’s coming across as a monologue – it creates a dialogue.”

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About God is an evangelist’s dream!  I have a heart for evangelism. Indeed, God has made me a gifted evangelist! Therefore, I would say that the one thing I am sorry about in reading this book is that I did not write it. It touches on the cultural issues that divide Christians and non-christians such as homosexuality, but in such a way as to draw the reader to the main issue – their relationship to God. It delves into “the paranormal” on the one hand and “intelligent design” on the other. It looks into “comparative religions,” like “where does Allah fit into anything,” and the “uniqueness of Christ” and the amazing claims He makes about Himself.  Everything You Always Wanted To Know About God is a must for any serious Christian’s arsenal in the evangelistic task.?—The Rev’d John Guest, Christ Church at Grove Farm, Sweickley, Pennsylvania

    WaterBrook Press
    October 18, 2005
    Paperback, 240 pages