Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Book Review: The Case For Christmas by Lee Strobel


Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book, free of charge, from Zonderkidz, via the Z Blog Squad Program, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

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And now for a journalistic look at 
the reason for the season!


The Case For Christmas cover

Synopsis: 

 A jounralist's investigation of the Nativity story

Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God.
Who was he—really? And how can you know for sure?
Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, award-winning legal journalist Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. If Jesus really was God in the flesh, then there ought to be credible evidence, including:
Eyewitness Evidence—Can the biographies of Jesus be trusted?

Scientific Evidence—What does archaeology reveal?
Profile Evidence—Did Jesus fulfill the attributes of God?
Fingerprint Evidence—Did Jesus uniquely match the identity of the Messiah?


The Case for Christmas invites readers to consider why Christmas matters in the first place. Somewhere beyond the traditions of the holiday lies the truth. This little book is a timely product, perfect as a gift or for use in ministry during the Christmas season or any other time of the year.


Review:

This is a very quick read, at only 96 pages, but the author actually put 2 years worth of research into it! He started out not as a true believer, but within his research he found the simple truth: God's love and grace is available ti anyone who receives him in repentance and faith, and became a believer. I was struck by something he said about the disciples that made everything make simple sense to him- they had known Jesus in the flesh and were willing to die, or put their lives at risk. No one puts their lives at risk, for something they KNOW is false. The disciples KNEW- they had seen, touched and heard. Would we be so willing to do so, having not had that chance? This is where true faith comes in and in which researching the Christmas tale, the author finds the truth of what faith really means. 

. For those who are interested in history and bible research, it will be a welcome addition to their libraries! It would make a lovely hostess gift, or part of a gift basket for your pastor or bible study teacher, and I highly recommend it!

About the Author: 

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.


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