Do you ever want to read a book not because you don’t know the story, but because you actually already DO know the story and you simply want to know more of the details?
This was the case for me with Mike McHargue’s book, Finding God in the Waves.
Finding God in the Waves is a memoir, a book on the Bible, and a science book all in one. It is a book in which Mike shares his story of falling away from his faith and then finding it again.
I was very familiar with Mike’s story before reading his book. I follow much of Mike’s other work in which he is better known as ‘Science Mike.’ I am an avid listener of The Liturgist Podcast, which Mike started with Michael Gungor. I also really enjoy listening to Ask Science Mike, which is Mike’s solo podcast in which he answers life, faith, and science questions that his listening audience submit for him to answer. I highly recommend both of these podcasts.
Mike has shared his story of being a strict Southern Baptist, losing his faith and becoming an Atheist for a few years, only to have an incredible mystical experience during a Rob Bell two-day conference that awakened his faith in new and exciting ways.
Wild story, right? Don’t worry, this isn’t a spoiler. Again, Finding God in the Waves, should not be read to learn the story.
It should be read to learn the details.
The how, the when, and the why.
His story is incredibly intriguing. If you didn’t just read, “A strict Southern Baptist, losing his faith and becoming an Atheist, only to have an incredible mystical experience during a Rob Bell two-day conference that awakened his faith in new and exciting ways,” and think, “Hmmm…I really need to read this book,” then something is wrong with you! Ha!
I still remember the first time I heard Mike share his story. I was listening to The Liturgists Podcast episodes 6 and 7 “Lost and Found” as I was driving home. His story had me laughing, thinking, and crying. It had me moved. It gave me goosebumps and made tears come to my eyes as I felt a flow of spiritual energy run through me. I was shook. I don’t know of another way to describe it.
Since then, I have heard Mike tell his story many times on other Podcasts or interviews. I was able to see Mike talk in Minneapolis at a conference about Faith and Science called “Jesus Rode a Dinosaur.” (Awesome name right?! Ha!)
Again, I was very familiar with his story. Yet I still wanted to read his book.
I needed to read his book.
I was not disappointed.
Mike’s writing holds depth and while he tackles incredibly complex concepts scientifically and spiritually, his writing is approachable and understandable.
You don’t need to be a scientist to read this book. You also don’t need to be a professional theologian.
All that you need is an open mind, a little curiosity, and a willingness to allow yourself to question.
If you come to Mike’s book, Finding God in the Waves, with those few things, then you just may find God within the pages.
Get Finding God in the Waves HERE.
What are you currently reading? Anything that is waking you up? Let me know in the comments.
May the peace which surpasses all understanding be with you all.
©Derek Harkins 2018