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Weekend Book Review

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Is the Bible True . . . Really?

(Part of the Coffee House Chronicles: A Dialogue on Skepticism, Evidence, and Truth)

By: Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett

Genre: Christian Apologia Novella

Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Stars

Nick, a Christian freshmen at a secular university, doesn’t know what to do when his religion professor, Dr. Peterson, attacks the authenticity of the Scripture he had always believed to be true. Without the knowledge to defend his faith, Nick waivers and his faith begins to suffer, making bad decisions along the way. Throughout this short story, McDowell and Sterrett take the readers on Nick’s journey to discover the truth.

The pathway is littered with interesting and well-researched facts. From a variety of authors and respected sources, the book includes an apologetic debate interlaced within a personal story told over coffee at the fictional Opal University. McDowell and Sterrett do a good job of adding just enough story to make their pages read like a short novel rather than a research paper or textbook.

Is the Bible True . . . Really? is the second book in the Coffee House Chronicles that I have read. Last year, around Easter, I read Did the Resurrection Happen . . . Really? (which I loved—although the facts echoed a previous McDowell book, Evidence for the Resurrection). I look forward to checking out the third book—Who is Jesus . . . Really?. Each book is short (around 100 pages) but is jam packed with useful information to help equip Christians with facts to answer commonly asked questions and to defend their faith in the face of skepticism.

What I did not like about the book: I had expected the authors to go into detail about the differences between the Protestant and Catholic Bibles. Although they alluded to it, they didn’t attempt to explain it and stayed primarily in the New Testament altogether.

What I did like about the book: The message of salvation was clearly presented. A quick, informative and interesting read, this book is great to get into the hands of young adults, college students and those who may be struggling with their faith and/or some unanswered questions.

Recommended? Absolutely! Download, purchase, or borrow your copy today!

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