Former skeptic Josh McDowell is now joined by his son Sean as they examine the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure? More than a Carpenter offers arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer. Since its original publication in 1977, this modern classic has sold over 15 million copies, been translated into dozens of languages, and introduced countless people to the real Jesus. Now with new content that addresses questions raised by today’s popular atheist writers.
What I found most impactful from the book was the last chapter. Though McDowell understood all the intellectual arguments like the resurrection of Jesus and biblical evidence that proves Jesus was a real person, he was still reluctant to give his life to Christ. At the core, it boils down to pleasure and pride. I see that so true for the people I meet on campus, even if they are given the most eloquent presentation on the facts, the real issue we have is our innate rebelliousness towards God’s ruling over our lives. After hearing McDowell’s testimony, I was reminded again how Christ really does change lives, hearts that were bitter can become sweet!
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The first and last time I read this was when I was in college, and was surprised to find that it had been revised and updated since then with his son – Sean McDowell. I am most touched by how as young college student, Josh McDowell took up that challenge to investigate Christianity and to what degree and with what intensity he researched in order to disprove Christianity but God used all the evidence he found to ultimately lead him to himself and completely change his life. The book is organized into very understandable chapters focusing on historical, scientific, personal, and Biblical facts that support the claims of who Jesus Christ is.
A nice, short book that I gave out to many non-believers during the break, and gave it another re-read for myself. McDowell presents a very clear case for the gospel, the reliability of the Bible and Jesus as Lord. Was touched by McDowell’s own personal testimony at the end, as well!