In this installment of the coffee house series, this book is about Jesus Christ's life and death and is set around a series of discussions with several college students, some of who are Christians and some who are not. I like the format, because it was set in conversation-debate style, it is easy to read through. McDowell and his co-writer Dave Sterrett interject a lot of references to both Christian and secular philosophers, historians and critics into the conversation and almost always reference the bible within these debates. This book covers everything from Heaven to the medical evidence of the crucifixion to the evidence of the empty tomb. This little book packs a real punch. I found myself highlighting, writing notes and doing quite a bit of bookmarking. This would be a wonderful book for people who are starting to look for solid evidence about Jesus' death and resurrection, but want something easier to read. I think is going to be a book I go back to again and again and again.
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Review 2 for Did the Resurrection Happen Really?: A Dialogue on Life, Death, and Hope
The gospel isn't just for adults
Date:April 22, 2011
Christian apologist Josh McDowell displays a deep commitment to bringing the message of Jesus Christ and salvation to young people. In “Did the Resurrection Happen…Really?” he approaches the mission from a fictional standpoint.
On a modern college campus, a debate between an instructor, representing the historical Christ, an atheist and an agnostic leads to tension and questioning among the student body. The school hosts an atheist club along with faith-based groups and seems an unlikely place for violence. Yet a shooting occurs and the survivors search for answers.
McDowell paints a detailed picture of a community in crisis and shows the meaning of hope because of the Resurrection. He accomplishes this through lively, often dramatic conversation among the characters in a series of encounters between believers, seekers and those firmly against the Christian faith.
As the students interact, they discuss scripture, history and truth. One such discussion centers on the reasons people believe. Should people come to faith because it gives them comfort or because it has been proven to them intellectually? The subjects range from the garden tomb of Jesus to Elvis and Michael Jackson in a supermarket, as a formerly atheistic professor describes his reasons for accepting Jesus (at a backyard barbeque, no less).
McDowell and Sterrett tell the story with a deft touch, avoiding a “wise adult lecturing poor, ignorant kids” attitude. The book is a journey of discovery among peers, with pro and con given equal weight. The presentation is balanced and a convincing depiction of questioning young people pursuing a subject. They ask questions and discuss possible answers.
As part of the Coffee House Chronicles series, “Did the Resurrection Happen…Really?” takes its place in a library of faith-based books for young adults. The books entertain, while sharing the gospel story in a fictional setting. Parents can share these books with their children without fear of inappropriate language or activities. Young Christians can share these books with their unsaved friends without danger of appearing preachy.
This review is based upon a review copy of the book provided by the publisher with no constraints on content.