Written by cycleguy on July 10th, 2020

I’m not preaching this Sunday. It is the first Sunday since September that I have had off. We will be heading to Ohio for our grandson’s baseball game, coming back home Saturday and attending church elsewhere with some friends. So I thought I would take this spot, when I normally talk about my sermon, to do a book review. I welcome you to join me as I do that.

If you are like me, there have been times when doubts arise. Truthfully, I have never doubted who Jesus is. I have never doubted the divinity of Jesus or the truth that he was fully God and fully man. I have major issues with so-called Bible teachers like Bill Johnson, Todd White and others of that ilk who presume to know the deeper things and can’t even get it right that Jesus did not need to be born again. (And yes, BJ said he did. It’s on YouTube).  So, it isn’t the questions like the resurrection or the life of Jesus or even the miracles found in the Bible (Noah and the flood, for example, or Jonah and the big fish).

The doubt I’m talking about is the struggle between faith and doubt, the things we think we know that often cause the most trouble. The doubts which arise when prayers are not answered as we think they should be. The doubts that arise when we look around and see the injustice and war and slaughter of babies or the lives of young people or even young adults being taken away by cancer.

Those are the kinds of doubts W. Lee Warren, MD writes about in his new book I’ve Seen the End of You. What a phenomenal read!! Dr. Warren is a neurosurgeon (primarily brain) who is also an inventor (related to his brain surgery), an Iraq War veteran, and now a writer. He is also a blogger and a podcaster.  His first book, No Place to Hide -which I have not read but will- is about his Iraq experience, the PTSD which followed, as well as other fallout from that experience.  This book is about faith, doubt and the things we think we know.

I was captivated by it. When I first looked at it my thought was “What did I get myself into? He is going to be way above my head.” Not so. Dr. Warren’s style is what I will call conversational, filled with stories from his practice (primarily his work with Gioblastoma) and how his life was affected by his interaction with his patients. And just as he is dealing with the death of his patients (GBM has a 100% death rate), he loses his son. His faith is sorely tested. He asks a lot of questions; finds no easy answers; works his way through his emotions and feelings about God and life; and admits to his struggles-even to this day.  Dr Warren is real and transparent. I would love to meet him someday (but not for his specialty).

I can’t say enough about this book. You won’t find one negative comment from me. But you will find a rousing endorsement. I have already offered it to a nurse to read while on her vacation.  I had neck surgery back in 2010 (yeah it was from a bike wreck caused by a dog), and the neurosurgeon was a Christ-follower. I would give a copy of this book to him if I ever needed to see him again. (I just might anyway).  Please go out and buy this book. Read it first. Then give it to someone else to read.


By the way, there are some powerful quotes I might use at another time.  If  you read them you will find them too. 🙂


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Whenever I see a book recommended by two readers I trust, I know it’s a must-read for me, Bill. I’ll be ordering my copy soon!
    Blessings, and enjoy your Sunday “off.” 🙂

  2. I’m with Martha, ordering as soon as finish this comment. Enjoy your break brother.

  3. cycleguy says:

    From Pam: Thanks for the recommendation Bill I will check it out we all need encouragement to keep the faith despite the circumstances we may be passing thru.

  4. Bill,

    I agree! I just read this book this month too and have been raving about it to everyone around me too. What fun timing!

    How are you? How is your church? What does it look like now with Covid?

    Jennifer Dougan

    • cycleguy says:

      Hi Jennifer! Long time. I believe a lot of folks are reading this book. It can only mean good things. The church is doing well. Obviously not where it was pre-covid but God has been extraordinarily faithful to us. I hear from folks and try to make contact with them as well. I’ve tried several different approaches. I’ll email you so as to contact you more personally.

  5. Lisa notes says:

    I’m so glad you liked this book, too, Bill! I had a feeling you would appreciate it like I did. He deals with faith and doubts in such a real way that many of us can relate to.

    I haven’t read his first book either. Let us know if you do and what you think.

    • cycleguy says:

      it was phenomenal read. I am ordering his first book today. I’ll let you know. I have several guys here who suffer from PTSD from Iraq and several others from other events. I am pretty sure it will help answer some questions for me.