More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell

I read this as part of a Sunday School Class David and I attend at our church. Actually, David was one of the people who voted for it. I think it was the wood shaving on the front that drew his attention.

I do find apologetics interesting, but I didn’t particularly like this book. It’s more of an introduction, I guess, than I was looking for. It provides a superficial look at several issues, including the historical accuracy of the Bible, how Christianity and science interrelate, and the reliability of of the eyewitness accounts recorded in the New Testament. This is an updated version of the classic that was published in 1977. I found it very similar to The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel, which I actually feel like I got more out of.

I did like the discussion questions that were peppered throughout the book. And the authors did have some really good points, just nothing that I felt was new. But it may strike a chord for you. Some people have found it truly life-changing.

When Jesus was executed on the cross more than two thousand years ago, God accepted his death as a substitute for ours. The just and righteous nature of God was satisfied. Justice was done; a penalty was paid. So at that point God’s love nature was set free from the constrictions of justice, and he could accept us again and offer us what we had lost in Eden— that original relationship in which we could experience love and glory. (pg. 154)

Published May 6, 2009 by Living Books
178 pages

Challenge: 100+

My copy was purchased by our church and the above is my honest opinion. I am an Amazon associate.