“If you could explain to me the meaning of life before I close my eyes tonight, I would be content.” This simple sentence starts an 18-month e-mail conversation between Mikael Andreason and Stine Forsberg that is recorded in Andreason’s book Before I Close My Eyes. Mikael responds to Stine’s statement with “[To] become friends with God….” Stine, who is not a Christian, asks Mikael a series of questions about Jesus and Christianity, ranging from the deity of Jesus to the disciplines of the Christian faith. Mikael answers the questions in a way that makes sense not only to Stine but also to everyone else.
This is an amazing book. Not only is it a beautiful story, but it is also a helpful tool for answering common questions about God and Christianity. It helped me to answer some questions in my life as well as to be better able to answers those questions for others. I feel that I am better equipped to explain certain concepts of the Christian faith. I am also reassured that I don’t need to have all of the answers and sometimes the best answer is “I don’t know, but I can try to find out.”
This book is a series of e-mails between Stine and Mikael, making it a fast and easy to read. The language is common and there is no complicated jargon, just people talking. It is as if you are sitting there listening to the conversation happen at the table next to you. Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone who has ever wanted to witness to a non-Christian. -- Elizabeth Winebrenner, Christian Book Previews.com.
“If you could explain to me the meaning of life before I close my eyes tonight, I would be content.” This comment from Stine, a young Danish woman, sparked a conversation with her friend Mikael that would be the most important of her life. Based on actual e-mail correspondence between Mikael and Stine, Before I Close My Eyes offers powerful reassurance to believers and reason for pause to nonbelievers. Never preachy and always insightful, Mikael and Stine’s conversations inspire readers of all stripes to ponder their beliefs about life, free will, and the existence of God.