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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

#REVIEW: When I pray, What Does God Do by David Wilkinson

Title: When I Pray, What does God Do
Series: none
Author:  David Wilkinson
Published Date: July 27, 2015
Publisher: Monarch
Format: paperback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9780857216045
Genre: Christian living
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Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis: Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson shares his insights and struggles with the question of how God answers prayer
How does God answer prayer? This question has engaged Christians for centuries. It has been intellectually shaped by the rise of science, the problem of evil, and the nature of the biblical records. Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson engages with the question, sharing his insights and struggles.
What we believe affects how we pray. Science does not rule out God acting in the universe in surprising ways, and the Bible portrays a God who acts in the world in response to people s prayers. God is not a slot machine, an indulgent parent, a divine dictator, or a ruler in absentia. But how does He work in a world of science? Why doesn t He answer more often? How has God acted in history? How did Jesus pray and what can we learn from Him? How, in a world governed by law and grace, should we pray?
There is a mystery about the nature and outcome of prayer, particularly in the experience of unanswered prayer. David Wilkinson shares how he has wrestled with this while praying in the midst of his wife s long-term illness.


My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. You don’t see many people with two doctorates, each in such differing fields of study that it is almost laughable, but here we have an author who holds doctorates in theology and in astrophysics. Normally people pick one side of the fence to be on, either faith or science, however the author is probably one of the best equipped to truly straddle the fence and be able to say that science really does uphold faith.
This book was broken down into only a few chapters, which made each of the chapters rather lengthy, and almost cumbersome to read. I would have liked to see a few more chapters in it, just to make me feel like I’ve done more progress, instead of taking an hour or three to get through one chapter. That being said, the author does a very thorough job in explaining the theories behind how people currently think God works in their lives, old science theories about how God uses science to work in people’s lives, and current science theories that can show how God can move in people’s lives without being a flood and famine, overbearingly obvious type of God.
I found this book to be a very thorough book in presenting the evidence, and arguments. The author has a relatively easy, scientific form of writing that I found to be enjoyable. He broke up the almost textbook writing with a few personal anecdotes and humor. If you have a logical, scientific brain like mine and struggle with seeing how God could exist in this world, you will enjoy this book.

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