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Who is Jesus . . . Really?: A Dialogue on God, Man, and Grace (The Coffee House Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Josh McDowell , Dave Sterrett
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Book Description

With over 40 million books sold, bestselling author Josh McDowell is
no stranger to creatively presenting biblical truth. Now, partnering with fellow
apologist Dave Sterrett, Josh introduces a new series targeted at the intersection
of story and truth.

The Coffee House Chronicles are short, easily
devoured novellas aimed at answering prevalent spiritual questions. Each book in
the series tackles a long-contested question of the faith, and then answer these
questions with truth through relationships and dialogue in each story.

Who is Jesus, Really?: A Dialogue on God, Man, and Grace, the group of
students now meeting at the coffee house at a college town in Texas come face-to-face
with the implications of the person and works of Jesus Christ. Their questions and
conversations lead them to creatively respond to a well-known Atheist about Jesus'
claims and actions. The other two books in the series: Is the Bible True, Really?
and Did the Resurrection Happen, Really? continue the unfolding story at
the college campus and the coffee house down the road.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 497 KB
  • Print Length: 142 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 080248767X
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (17 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HFRM1E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #441,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely like your there. 6 Feb. 2014
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This short book was so great a read that I completed it in four hours. The characters are realistic and you can easily understand all viewpoints.
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By Timo
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Amazing book giving compelling evidence for the historic Christ and Jesus as God. Must read for everyone to make up his/her mind
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed it in spite of myself! 5 Sept. 2011
By Derek Murphy - Published on
First let me say as a non-Christian I was expecting something like Strobel's heavily biased "The Case for Christ" - but the engaging writing in this book pulled me in. "Who is Jesus" reads like a novel, centered on the conflict between faith and atheism through living characters with forcible personalities who meet and discuss what we can know about Jesus - whether he was real, whether he was divine, etc. - in coffeeshops and other venues. This is not a preachy, argumentative book. It's an enjoyable and very contemporary story that presents two sides of the debate over the historical Jesus and a glimpse into today's academic climate. Of course the Christians have better arguments and are most knowledgeable in this book than the doubters and skeptics, who are mostly just being outspoken and arbitrary, but I don't doubt the sincerity of the exchange. If you aren't sure who Jesus was and would like to be convinced in your faith, "Who is Jesus" might get you there. No matter what you believe, this book's highly polished style, absorbing writing style and tangible characters are admirable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid dialogue exploring who Jesus really is 29 April 2011
By sb - Published on
Who is Jesus... Really? follows a group of college students who explore the life and validity of Jesus Christ. While the majority of the genuine dialogues are set in a coffeehouse in Texas in modern times, the reader can relate to the questions asked, as well as comprehend the answers that are offered. This book provides verifiable evidence, legal-historical methods and reliable research in order to prove that Jesus was not a liar or lunatic... that in reality, He was, and is, Lord.
Nick, Jessica, Jamal, Mina and Dr. Peterson are several characters who are passionate and excited about sharing their faith and revealing truths about Christ. While scholarly quotes are presented throughout the book, the reader can understand the academic arguments which are presented in a modern dialogue. Realistic questions and circumstances allow the reader to remain engaged and enthusiastic about many topics that are debated on college campuses today. A wonderful book that explores and proves the life of Jesus Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 24 Feb. 2011
By Michelleallen - Published on
The Coffee House Chronicles include three must read books for anyone searching for answers to the questions of "Who is Jesus?" "Is the Bible Really True?" and "Did the Resurrection Really Happen?" These books will give Christians the information they need to witness to unbelievers struggling with these questions and will increase their own faith as the truth is revealed about these three major issues of faith. The books are easy to read and written as dialogue between friends. As you read, you get drawn in and feel like you are sitting at a table in a coffee house listening to the character's conversations. The information is presented in a way that is easy to understand and I found myself not wanting to put the books down. I highly recommend all three of these books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read! 20 Jun. 2011
By Michael V Edwards - Published on
I found this to be a very engaging read. The book is laid out in a dialogue fashion between 4 college students. Questions are raised about the validity
of Jesus and who He claimed to be. The Atheist club are asking tough questions
and this sparks good conversation and debate. I enjoyed the solid quotes from
well respected teachers and theologians. This book and others in the series
would be a great witnessing tool. I would recommend this book to the person
searching for answers as well as the mature Christian. I received this book
free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was
not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed our
my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Terrific Foundational Understanding of the Person of Jesus Christ 8 Feb. 2011
By Aaron Armstrong - Published on
In the first book of the Coffee House Chronicles series, Is the Bible True... Really?, co-authors Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett introduced readers to Nick, a freshman student at a State school in Texas who's faith is put to the test when confronted with the hard questions about the reliability of the Bible.

In book two of the series, Who is Jesus . . . Really?, we find Nick has gone on to lead a student Bible Study that meets in a local coffee house and things are great--until the school's atheist club arrives with a series of hostile questions about the identity of Jesus Christ. Among the group's members is Nick's friend Andrea, who had followed him along the journey of discovering the truth about the Bible, but rejected God after the death of a close cousin.

Nick and friends Jamal, Jessica and Mina begin a series of conversations with Andrea and her friends Brett, Scott and Lauren to discover if the claims of Christianity about Jesus are reliable. Along the way, they learn that:

1. If one trusts the historical evidence for the existence of Socrates, Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great, one must also accept the evidence for the existence of Christ. In fact, it can be reasonably argued that there is more evidence for Christ's existence than of any of these men. Likewise, His existence is verified through multiple sources, not only Christian, but Greek, Roman and Jewish. Each source confirms the crucifixion of Christ and the subsequent worshipping of Him as God by His followers.

2. Jesus really did perform the miracles ascribed to Him; arguments against the possibility of miracles (such as those put forward by David Hume) are based on a defective view of probability in that "Hume treats the probability of events in history like miracles in the same way he treats the probability of recurring events that give rise to the formation of scientific laws" (pp. 63-64). According to Dr. Norman Geisler, "Hume does not really weigh the evidence for miracles; rather he adds evidence against them" (p. 62). Essentially, to treat the probability of a miracle in the same way as you would the probability of the sun rising tomorrow is like comparing an orange to a bowling ball. The two are completely different things and must be evaluated accordingly.

3. In every gospel account, even Mark which is generally agreed to be the oldest of the four, Jesus unmistakably makes claims of deity--and those that heard Him make these claims clearly understood Him to be saying that He was, in fact, God. Mark 14:60-64 and Matthew 27:41-43 are key examples, as is Jesus' frequent use of the title "the Son of Man," a reference to Daniel 7:13.

As in the first book of the series, McDowell and Sterrett's narrative approach is most welcome and appreciated. The subject covered in this book is one that is addressed in many academic and popular level books, but by connecting it to a story, the authors allow readers to engage with it in a way they might not be able to otherwise. Additionally, they provide a surprising wealth of evidence to support the truth of Jesus' claims about Himself, enough to satisfy the more academically natured reader but no so much as to overwhelm those who are less scholastically inclined.

My only serious complaint about this volume surrounds the character of Dr. Clayton Ingraham, who come across as almost a caricature of the naturalistic, atheistic academic. He seems almost too over-the-top at times as he quickly moves from relatively friendly "hello," to a blustery "you Christians are judgmental and intolerant!" His mood swings are startling at times. However, as I reflect on interviews with New Atheism proponents such as Dr. Richard Dawkins (who is not typically known for his genial disposition), Ingraham may be less of a caricature than I think.

Christ's identity is the subject of much debate in print & online media and on college & university campuses and Christians need to know the facts if they are to engage the conversation. Who is Jesus . . . Really? offers a terrific foundational understanding of the difficult questions surrounding Christ and is sure to be a benefit to its readers.
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