Lee Strobel is one of the best writers around. He deals with matters in an engaging way, sharing discovery rather than promoting dogma, in a manner which is simple and utterly lacking in pseudo intellectualism. The term "must-read" is used too frequently but in this case it actually applies.
This is the story of one man's journey to prove to himself that the story of the Babe in a manger in Bethlehem is the real Christmas story. In his typical mode, the author cover every angle of the story to convince himself that the baby born to a virgin in Bethlehem is the Christ. If you have any doubts about the Christmas story, this is the book for you.
I loved the methodical lay out for the evidence that Christmas is not just a comercialized day we celebrate once a year. It is about God becoming man in the forn of Jesus. His purpose and plan was to pay the penalty for man’s sin. In order to do this he would have to die. To overcome sin, the devil, and death he would have to rise from the grave.
this book is written in a style that you can enjoy reading. It's a quick read but a thorough read of the evidence that proves that Jesus Christ truly is the Son of God. No one else could have fulfill the prophecies that Jesus Christ fulfilled. If you want to see the evident read the book. You won't regret it.
I love reading Lee’s books, because he searches for rational reasons and facts in his search to prove the truth and ministry of Jesus. His investigations and their results can be used as a witness to the person who demands more than the words of scripture as a proof for the divinity and existence of Christ.
I felt that the author did his homework and made a sincere effort to do research, however I also got the feeling that a lot of his research landed on the cutting room floor. The interviews with various scholars all left me feeling that a great deal more was said than was presented. I felt that the author went into all of the interviews with a 'chip on his shoulder' (in fact, he pretty much came out and said so in a couple of places) and I feel strongly that that is NOT good reporting or investigative technique. At no point was the author rude or unpleasant, but his attitude was quite challenging, and that made me question the validity of the interview. On the other hand, he was scrupulously honest in admitting when the answers to his questions really made him see the other person's perspective or point, and that counts for a lot, IMO.
Overall, while I found this book to be very interesting, I felt that it was lost somewhere in the grey area between 'light reading' and 'scholarly writing'. It was written more towards the scholarly side, yet all the data and details weren't presented - it was 'dumbed down' a bit for the general reader. As someone whose tastes run more to the scholarly, I'd prefer it to have had a bit more 'meat', but I also recognize that the author was trying to appeal to a much wider audience, and can't fault him for that, just because of my personal tastes. In the end, I felt that the book protrayed the author as being too easily persuaded, due to the amount of informtion that was (most likely) presented at his interviews, but which didn't make it into the book. I'd recommend this for someone who wanted a little more than light reading, but didn't want to be bogged down with a heavy-duty scholarly tome.
Note on Kindle formatting: Very good. No issues noted.
The author searches for proof of the divinity of Jesus through biblical prophecy and interviewing biblical scholars. His strongest evidence comes in the fulfillment of Old Testament verses with the birth and life of Christ.