I am reading two books, "The Reason for God," and "The Survivor's Club." both of these books reveal much about humanity-the specific details of life we all struggle with-triumph, defeat, and always questioning the "Meaning of Life." At first glance it wouldn't appear that a book about Belief and Skepticism would have anything to do with a book about surviving a plane crash, but as I read one in the morning (The Reason for God), and one in the evening, "The Survivors Club" I realize the two have much more in common than one would have thought. I would like to share a favorite quote from one book..then another, see if you can guess which is which. Remember, one is written by a pastor, one a journalist and author from a secular view point.
First one:"Just after the climax of the trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, Sam Gamgee discovers that his friend Gandalf was not dead (as he thought) but alive. He cries, "I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead myself! Is everything sad going to come untrue?" The answer of Christianity to that question is-yes. Everything sad is going to come untrue and it will somehow be greater for having once been broken and lost.
Second one: Patients in religious turmoil had a 6 to 10 percent greater risk of dying compared with those who weren't. For instance, patients who have felt alienated from or unloved by God and attributed their illness to the devil were 19-28 percent more likely to die during the two-year study period. "Why can tussling with God kill you?"
Which book is written by the Pastor? Should be obvious?