I am currently wrapping up reading "The Reason For God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism" by, Timothy Keller. First of all, it is amazing. It has been helping me to think and grow as a child of God. Secondly, it is a book I highly recommend for non-christians. It is so well laid out and easy to read, although this is a book I will have to read through again because there is so much to absorb!
Anyway, I will hold off writing a full on review until I finish, but I had to share these quotes:
"The Christian gospel is that I am so flawed that Jesus had to died for me, yet I am so loved and valued that Jesus was glad to die for me. This leads to deep humility and deep confidence at the same time. It undermines both swaggering and sniveling. I cannot feel superior to anyone, and yet I have nothing to prove to anyone. I do not think more of myself nor less of myself. Instead, I think of myself less.”
" If you have a God great and transcendent enough to be mad at because he hasn't stopped evil and suffering in the world, then you have (at the same moment) a God great and transcendent enough to have good reasons for allowing it to continue that you can't know. Indeed, you can't have it both ways."
" ...an authoritative Bible is not the enemy of a personal relationship with God. It is the precondition for it."
If you get a chance I highly recommend going to the book site http://www.thereasonforgod.com/ to hear a few podcasts by Tim, and learn more about the book. So good!