I started reading Bart Ehrman's "God's Problem; How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question-Why We Suffer." Ehrman has an interesting back story as a "born-again" Christian who studied at Moody Bible, and then went on to study the Greek NT at Princeton under Bruce Metzger.
He recounts that what caused him to lose his faith entirely was teaching a class at Rutgers on the question of why humans suffer. He said as he continued how the Bible answered the problem of suffering, he not only saw varied answers to the question, but none of them were sufficient. Why didn't the God who repeatedly step in for his people Israel to save them from horrific suffering on earth still step in to save people suffering today? That is when Bart threw in the towel on his faith. And this book is basically a summary of what he discovered during his study and why he chose to stop believing in a God who is powerful and/or loving.
Another book that recently came out in paperback from Ehrman is Jesus, Interrupted.
There is a trailer for it HERE. and a bunch of reviews of the book HERE.
I enjoy reading books like Ehrman's for a few reasons. One, they challenge my thinking and some of my currently held beliefs which I think is a healthy practice. Two, a lot of people are reading and resonating with Ehrman's books (including people that sit and listen to us teach every Sunday).
Ehrman is compelling because he writes in such an honest and accessible way. Unfortunately that means there are a lot of people reading his books that:
1. Have never thought about these issues before and will simply think he's right by default.
2. Are already angry or resentful with God because of some hurt or pain in their live and will read this and it will just add fuel to the fire.
3. Are not educated in NT criticism, how the canon developed, or Theodicy to be able to intelligently interact with his arguments or see the flaws within his thinking.
That bums me out!
It's a similar phenomenon with Dan Brown novels! "Hey, did you know Jesus had a wife?" :(