This is a review of the book Everything You Always Wanted to Know About God (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Eric Metaxas.
I first encountered the work of Eric Metaxas when my wife bought for me a book called Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. There was something about the way that Metaxas wrote that had me hooked, not just because of the subject matter, but by the way he phrased and expressed things in the narrative of the German pastor. In Bonhoeffer, Metaxas took a biography on a man who many might not have found the most interesting, and makes it engaging AND accessible for over 500 pages. Though much shorter in length, Everything You Wanted to Know About God exhibits all of those admirable qualities in Metaxas as a writer as he provides in an accessible conversation the topic of God.
Metaxas presents a multi-angle presentation on God in this book, and he writes it to take the form of a Q&A between him and an unknown “everyman” individual. Metaxas touches on all the usual subjects one might assume a person writing about God might address: “evidence,” the existence of suffering, Adam and Eve, homosexuality, but also more unexpected ones like aliens and fundamentalists. Throughout the book, Metaxas waxes between sounding like an eloquent Sunday School teacher, and a slightly snarky, dry-humored person with whom one would want to grab hot wings. If this isn’t Metaxas at his finest, I think this comes close.
Everything You Wanted to Know About God holds up to its title for the most part. It is not a systematic theological text. I would recommend it for anyone who would like to engage people in an intelligent conversation about God but lacks the intelligent individuals. The book doesn’t cover everything, but it is definitely a good start.
I received my copy of this book for free through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for writing a review on it. I was not obligated to write a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.