What people are saying:

  • Finding God in the Waves is one of the most original and moving accounts of faith I have read in recent years. Anyone who has tussled with doubt—and who hasn’t?—should read this book.
    — Tanya Luhrmann, Watkins University Professor in the Anthropology Department at Stanford University
  • This is the best book on navigating the tension between science and faith that I’ve ever come across. For any who desire to have some sort of faith or spiritual practice, but who also love science and don’t know how to navigate the apparent conflicting claims of both, ‘Finding God in the Waves' may be one of the most important books that they will ever read.
    — Michael Gungor, musician, author
  • Extraordinary. It’s so rare to find a book that is both this important and this much fun to read. Funny, intelligent, and disarmingly honest, ‘Finding God in the Waves’ gives voice to a generation of faithful skeptics and masterfully navigates the tricky terrain of faith, science, belief, and experience in a way that honors the humanity of atheist and believer alike. It’s the kind of book that forever changes how you see the world and yet reads like a comfortable conversation with an old friend. With this work, Mike McHargue has established himself as one of the most thoughtful and necessary Christian voices of our time.
    — Rachel Held Evans, author of ‘Searching for Sunday’ and ‘A Year of Biblical Womanhood’
  • I once sat outside on a deck with Mike and some other friends. He told us it was possible to fall asleep easily using science. We asked him what that meant, but true to his claim he was already asleep. Later, he actually explained how to do it, as well as what happens in the brain, and we were all fascinated. That’s Mike’s trick. He tells you about the science of everything in a way that is both interesting and immediately applicable. In Finding God in the Waves, Mike employs this gift on a whole new scale by explaining the science of how to walk with God–especially for those who doubt God is real at all.
    — Donald Miller, bestselling author and marketing consultant
  • Faith and doubt exist more closely than many of us acknowledge. We want to relate to a God we can neither touch nor completely understand. In Finding God in the Waves, it feels as if Mike is sitting at a table inviting the reader to bring questions and fears to a conversation about how our doubts can actually bring us closer to God and not further apart. This book is for the believers and the doubters, the nerds and the creatives, the skeptics and the faithful.The message of hope and beauty in this book is for all of us.
    — Amena Brown, Spoken Word Poet and Author of Breaking Old Rhythms: Answering the Call of a Creative God
  • One of my favorite podcast guests ever, no one merges science and faith, mystery and reason better than Science Mike. It's magical. They should call him Magic Mike, if that's not already taken. READ THIS BOOK!!
    — Pete Holmes, comedian and writer
  • This fascinating book is unlike any other I've read. "Finding God in the Waves" is one part story, one part science, one part theology, and taken altogether it sings of truth and wonder. Rather than placing facts and meaning at odds, Mike invites us into the freedom of both.
    — Sarah Bessey, author of "Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith" and "Jesus Feminist"
  • More than your typical ‘science vs. faith’ book, Finding God in the Waves is a deeply engrossing story about the experience of doubt, the thrill of discovery, and what it means to be human. Mike is the rare storyteller who can make you laugh, tear up, and feel a sense of wonder, all on the same page—and in this delightful book, he has delivered an essential, unprecedented read on the role contemplation plays in how we can know God, even in an age of skepticism.
    — Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.
  • Mike McHargue’s life has straddled two diametrically opposed worldviews: conservative Christianity and secular humanism. His fearless search for the truth led him out of the strict confines of his Southern Baptist upbringing, but his persistent experience of God wouldn’t let him remain an atheist. In Finding God in the Waves, McHargue offers a vulnerable, relentlessly logical account of the deconstruction and reconstruction of his faith that’s sure to challenge skeptics and believers alike. His story will resonate with anyone who’s ever doubted, been the odd one out, or struggled to make sense of their faith. And by giving readers this intimate window into his own journey, he will both help doubters grow in their respect for faith and help believers grow in their respect for science.
    — Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, executive director of The Reformation Project
  • Having grown up a Southern Baptist, McHargue, creator of Ask Science Mike and The Liturgists Podcast, once believed that faith and science were mutually exclusive ways of understanding the world. As a child and young adult, he drew strength and authority from his Christian evangelical church community, yet privately he began to doubt the core tenets of fundamentalist Christian faith. This book chronicles his personal journey through a period of atheist rejection of religion, followed by a return to a very different type of Christian practice. Through the lens of neuroscience, McHargue makes his case for valuing religion not for its factual explanatory power but rather for its ability to give meaning to human existence. Like many personal narratives, this memoir will be most appreciated by readers who share the author’s struggle to square a rational, material understanding of the universe with an irrational yearning for the transcendent. For those who have grown up in a faith tradition that does not demand the reconciliation of evolutionary science and creation stories, this volume will likely seem an unnecessary exercise. Yet for those who fear science will rob them of both God and Christian community, this work may offer much-needed hope that Christianity and science can coexist.
    — Publsiher's Weekly