1. What is the main purpose of the book?
The main purpose of the book is to summarize the extensive evidence for God’s existence all in one place. God reveals Himself to His people through a plethora of scientific, historic, biblical, and explanatory evidence, but it is often drowned out by the busyness and noise of the world. The book puts this evidence, in an organized and succinct form, literally in your hands (unless you read the electronic version, of course!).
2. What kind of person would read this book?
First and foremost, the person would have to be willing to hear the evidence. If you aren’t willing to read about it, you won’t like to read this book. The human will is a powerful thing! But God has the power to change it, and someone who isn’t willing to read the evidence for Jesus one day may be willing to do so the next. That happened to me, though it took more than twenty-five years before my will was changed.
3. Why did you write the book?
I became a Christian when I was 29 years old, so for most of my life up to that point I believed Christianity was a fairy tale that people wanted to believe because it helped them deal with the difficulties of life. When I became a Christian, I started reading books that presented the evidence for Jesus, and I thought to myself, “Wow, there is so much evidence! Why isn’t it summarized in one single book?” That’s when I realized God may be calling me to be the one who would write this “one-stop shop” book. Over the last twenty years, I just kept plugging away at it, and praise be to God, it has come into existence!
4. What is your favorite chapter in the book?
This is a very difficult question! I really don’t have a favorite, but I must say that I love the chapters on the scientific evidence because I love science. Unfortunately, they may not be the favorites for those of you who don’t like science, but hey, you’ll get through it (I tried to make it as easy as possible to understand!). I also love the chapters on the evidence for the resurrection, and I often read those chapters on days when I am experiencing grief over the loss of a loved one. But if I had to choose ONE chapter, it would probably be the chapter that talks about the uniqueness of the Gospel, the good news that there is nothing we can do to make God love us more, and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less, that we are saved by sheer grace through the finished work of Jesus. It is such a beautiful message because it puts human pride to death and it lifts the brokenhearted (all of us), who otherwise would never be able to “earn” their way into God’s favor.
5. What are your plans for the book?
I am currently advertising all over the Internet, and I plan to put all proceeds into promoting and translating it. I currently have translators working to create localized versions in Chinese, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. If you know of anyone who is a Christian, writes well in their native language (other than the ones listed above and English), and would be interested in translating, please contact me! And please join with me in praying that the book is spread far and wide, and that God uses it to open the eyes of those who formerly believed faith in Jesus is irrational.
6. How do you respond to those who say, “You shouldn’t need evidence to have faith and to grow in your faith”?
Of course, God can cause anyone to have faith and to grow in their faith without evidence! But I have found in my life that the rational evidence has been like lighter fluid for the fire in my heart for the Lord. It has caused me to grow deeper in my own faith, and it has motivated me to share my faith with others. Moreover, Jesus commands us to worship him not just with all of our heart and soul, but also with all of our mind (Matthew 22:37). And more, the Bible instructs us to always be ready to answer–gently and respectfully–anyone who wants to know the reason for our faith (1 Peter 3:15).