If your answer to the above title is yes, but you still regard yourself or know in your soul to be a christian, or if you're any other person that has question's about Christ, then this book is perfect for you. If you are angry or jealous of some one having faith in a higher being than that of yourself, (i.e. the one and only negative review on this site) then you have no business reading, or listening to this book much less writing a review on it, as you are just not the intended audience. If you can not hear Christ's message to you, if it be in the Bible or an independent source such as this, then you are quite simply not one of God's children.
Now that being said, this book was written by Mr. Strobel to deconstruct anything said or written about Jesus, and to see what facts or evidence remains of him as man or God.
This book was created due to his wife confiding in him that she had become a Christian, while he regarded the before mentioned title to be unenlightened or worse. After learning this the author decided to use his skills acquired by decades of experience being a crime or trial reporter to find those facts and to come to a conclusion on what one should choose, to put faith in Jesus as God, or to simply regard him as a wise man at most. The author is coming from that latter perception and questioning some of the most intellectual people involved in the Christian religion. Using material from various atheist or at least, (and I hate to use this word but am having difficulty finding a replacement), liberal christian sources, that being sources that question the bible as being an accurate portait of history or events, and to be taken figurativily, he grills these people forcing them to come up with answers for very difficult questions.
We as Christians are told "Blessed are those who beleive but do not see." I wish I would always fall in the blessed cattegory but I am thankfull that I have this source for the moments that I don't.
Throughout the book I found myself wanting to share with others. It isn't that I ever doubted the resurection but to have your faith confirmed with facts is an amazing experience. God Bless.
I have listened 3 times, and I'm sure I will again. If you don't need convincing of the reality of Christ as I didn't, this will still give you a lot of great material for defending the Faith and to help you handle many of the objections we get when witnessing to others. At the very least it will strengthen your own beliefs in Christ. If Lee could be convinced ...
The author and the experts spend all of their time discussing the plausibility of events written down in the bible, but they never gave indisputable proof that the miracles performed by Jesus actually happened. Good listen, but in the end, there is NO proof, only Faith.
I felt like I had just finished a marathon Fox News session. One side to every chapter! :) He didn't interview anyone who is not an enthusiastic endorser of the bible and Christianity in general. Is this how they do reporting at the Chicago Tribune? Scary!
Maybe a documentary
Amazing, Convincing, Convicting
Getting the chance to follow Lee's jouney to Christ
His abiblity to change his vocals for different characters
The story about his wife
A well written book. Author does an excellent job in ferreting out experts for each objection he can devise to question the authenticity of the four gospels. He then logically reviews the evidence as a jury would and comes to a logical and intellectual conclusion. It is spiritually and intellectually uplifting.
If your looking to rationalize your way into a faith for this particular religion then this book could be of use to you. You must love sophistry accompanied by confident arrogance in the obviousness of the assumptions you already hold or are willing to adopt as comfort measures. Be careful not to think to hard as efficacy may be reduced. Enjoy.
The content is mildly interesting but this narrator, with his corny voice interpretations, is just plain bad. Be forewarned.