Is Christmas Unbelievable?

Four Questions Everyone Should Ask About the World's Most Famous Story

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Explores the historical reliability of the biblical account of the birth of Jesus.

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Many people assume that the story of the baby in the manger at Bethlehem is just another made-up fantasy for kids.

In this concise book, respected apologist Rebecca McLaughlin outlines the evidence that Jesus was a real person, explaining the reliability of the Bible’s accounts of his life and why believing in a virgin birth is not as ridiculous as it might sound.

This book shows that there is a rational basis for the belief that the world’s most famous story is fact, not fantasy—and how those events in history can infuse our lives today with meaning and joy.

Rebecca McLaughlin gained a PhD from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill Seminary in London before working at The Veritas Forum. She is the author of the award-winning Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion and a regular contributor for The Gospel Coalition.

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  • Introduction
    1. Was Jesus Even a Real Person?
    2. Weren't the Gospels Made up Later?
    3. How Can You Believe in a Virgin Birth?
    4. Aren't We All Just Stories in the End?


Contributors Rebecca McLaughlin
ISBN 9781784986407
Format Paperback
First published October 2021
Dimensions 4.3" x 7" x 0.2"
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 64
Publisher The Good Book Company

Timothy Keller

The late Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and Chairman of Redeemer City to City.

Is Christmas Unbelievable? is a highly accessible and crystal clear case for the historicity both of the written Gospels and of Jesus himself—and for why it matters. Presenting her essays as an explanation of the meaning of Christmas only makes her case more interesting and more likely to be read. A great gift book too.

J. Ligon Duncan III

Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi, USA (Past Moderator, General Assembly, Presbyterian Church in America)

Rebecca McLaughlin has quickly become one of my favorite Christian apologists. If you are looking for a good book to give to an unbelieving friend at Christmas or are searching for answers yourself, this book will be a welcome friend.

Julius J. Kim

President, The Gospel Coalition

With lucid brevity and timely insight, Rebecca McLaughlin’s book wisely anticipates both the cognitive and emotional questions in the mind and heart of the skeptic. This is exactly the kind of cultural apologetics we need for today--one that is wise and winsome. Take up, read and then share.

Customer reviews


“Clear, concise and compelling”

I found this book to be confirming for my personal faith and compelling for the skeptics and unconvinced. I bought 50 more copies and gave 40 away this season. I will probably buy another 50 next year and start earlier. Thank you Ms. McLaughlin and Good Books for putting this excellent resource in my hands.


“A great Christmas resource.”

A book that can be profitable for christians and nonbelievers alike. Its brief size but rich content (apologetic arguments, gospel presentation) makes it a good Christmas present to offer!


“A great book to give to your not yet believer friends”

A great book which answers 4 fundamental questions about the Christmas story which a sceptic may have. Well written with contemporary illustrations means it's appropriate for a wide age group.


“A Christmas cracker!”

This short book is ideal for anyone who believes God and science to be incompatible. The author presents her arguments in a knowledgeable yet easy to follow way. Her use of comparisons and illustrations from popular books and TV series captures the reader’s attention and imagination, and helps to hit home her points. The booklet offers an excellent overview of Gospel truths, as well as convincing arguments for the supernatural events of the Bible (i.e. creation, virgin birth and resurrection). It is also a very helpful resource for Christians in dealing with difficult topics of conversation. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this booklet and heartily recommend it!


“Short and to the point to explain and defend the Christmas story.”

This short, yet compelling book is sure to encourage believers and challenge nonbelievers. Rebecca McLaughlin uses modern-day pop culture references, which honestly weren’t always my favorite, but they lended themselves to help the reader in understanding her points.

She is able to pack a lot of information into just a few pages for each of the 4 questions she addresses regarding the Christmas story that equips the reader with information to defend the Christmas story and argues why it is all true. This is a great little book to have on hand for apologetics for for believers and would be great to give to, or read with, a skeptic.

I also appreciated the end notes with the abundance of resources to dig deeper, especially since this was such a short book.


“Finding Answers to Questions About Christmas”

Christmas is an important celebration for believers. It’s a time we remember a baby born in human form, the fulfillment of prophecies, and how power is found in humility. If we’ve grown up in the church, Luke 2 is nearly committed to memory, and I wonder if our familiarity prevents us from considering the mystery and miracles of the Christmas events, because they’re truly astounding!

In Rebecca McLaughlin's short book, "Is Christmas Unbelievable?" she answers four questions:
-Was Jesus even a real person?
-Can we take the Gospels seriously?
-How can you believe in a virgin birth?
-Why does it matter?

She shares with us the evidence that Jesus was a real person, that the gospels were not made up, and that the miracles of Christmas haven’t been disproved by science. With an encouraging tone, she addresses these honest questions and equips us as believers with reasons why this celebration is pivotal for our lives today.

“You see, if there is a God who made us and loves us, that’s wonderful news. It means that our lives are meaningful, that there are such things as good and evil, and that justice and love will win in the end.”

Our lives are given purpose and meaning through the life, death and resurrection of Christ, and our celebration of his birth points us to the gospel.

If you’re looking for a short book to answer a few questions about Christmas, this one is for you!

Quick Stats
# of pages: 64
Level of Difficulty: Easy
My Rating: 5 stars

A big thanks to the Good Book Company for the complimentary copy and the opportunity to post an honest review!


“Read and See”

How can we share the Christmas story? In Is Christmas Unbelievable? Rebecca McLaughlin answers four questions everyone should ask about the world’s most famous story.

In this quick yet compelling book, McLaughlin gives evidence to prove the incredible claims of Christianity. Was Jesus even a real person? Can we take the Bible seriously? How can you believe in a virgin birth? These are all questions that are frequently asked of our faith.

Read and See

McLaughlin writes with authenticity and eagerness. I appreciated the endnotes to encourage further searching. There is a genuine concern and care for the questions being asked. Pop-culture references help make connections, including The Big Bang, Harry Potter, and House M.D.

This book is the perfect gift to give away. Unbelievers will be challenged. Believers will be encouraged. Read and see that Jesus Christ and the Christmas story is unbelievably true.

I received a media copy of Is Christmas Unbelievable? and this is my honest review.


“warm apologetics”

I read Rebecca's book 'Confronting Christianity' early this year and found it so well written, and one that would be easy to give away. However, the price makes it tricky to buy in bulk.

But here's one you can get for a quid per copy! I'm planning on ordering a load for the church where I serve this Christmas. Christians reading it will be encouraged and strengthened and, I think, confident to give it away to those who don't know Jesus.

I think Rebecca does two things exceptionally well:

1 - she writes excellently
2 - the way she deals with fairly classic apologetics questions is never cold and stark, but always warm and connects well with people as people, not just brains on sticks.

Also really pleased to see the first evangelistic Christmas book for years that has a cover that is neither green nor red!


“Good Foundational Understanding”

This is a very short, basic book regarding the claims of Christianity and Christ. McLaughlin addresses four different questions in four short but packed chapters:

- Was Jesus Even A Real Person?

- Can We Take the Gospels Seriously?

- How Can You Believe in a Virgin Birth?

- Why Does it Matter?

McLaughlin uses both Scripture and historical texts to discuss these questions. The content is very well written, concise, and supported thoroughly. For a seasoned believer, this would be a simple refresher on the basic claims of Jesus. For a non-believer or a new believer, this book provides a lot of wisdom, insight, and truth to Christianity.

I do believe most non-believers and new believers will still have questions after reading the book, but it's a great starting point for understanding the biblical truth of Jesus. With that foundational truth, the reader can address any additional questions by going directly to Scripture.

I would have enjoyed McLaughlin including an appendix that provided even more questions for thought or a short study through scripture as a follow up to the chapters. This would provide an even deeper understanding for some readers.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.


“A brilliant Christmas booklet!”

Easily the best I've read for years. I was recently gently quizzed about my faith by a non-Christian from my sports club who knows little about Christianity and this booklet addresses all her questions & more. I shall be giving it to her, using it widely & encouraging our church family to use it liberally.

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