Is Christmas Unbelievable? ebook

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

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Evidence for the Bible's account of Jesus' birth.

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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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Contents

  • 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?

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Author Rebecca McLaughlin
ISBN 9781784986414
Format eBook
First published October 2021
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 64
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Timothy Keller

Author, The Reason for God

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.

Ligon Duncan

Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

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


29/09/2021

“warm apologetics”

(Review written for 'Is Christmas Unbelievable?')

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!


26/09/2021

“Good Foundational Understanding”

(Review written for 'Is Christmas Unbelievable?')

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.


26/09/2021

“A brilliant Christmas booklet!”

(Review written for 'Is Christmas Unbelievable?')

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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