Saturday, October 6, 2012

77 FAQS About God and The Bible by Josh and Sean McDowell

Real-life, on-the-street Christian apologetics is what readers expect from Josh McDowell. Here, he and his son, Sean, reflect their ongoing research and close engagement with our culture in answers to classic questions such as…
  • Is there scientific proof God exists?
  • How can a loving God send people to hell?
  • Why does God allow suffering?
  • Is the New Testament historically reliable?
  • Aren’t there errors and contradictions in the Bible?
…and questions that arise from today’s culture:
  • If God is so loving, why can’t he be more tolerant of sin?
  • Is God sexist?
  • Is religion the real cause of violence in the world?
  • How can teachings from the ancient cultures of the Bible be relevant to our culture?
  • What’s the difference between the Bible and the Koran?
77 FAQs offers the concise, accessible presentations that readers want and need in an apologetic resource—answers they’ll turn to for help in everyday life.

My review:

There are certain authors whose names are associated with great books. Josh McDowell is one such author, and his son seems to be following in his footsteps. The two of them combined their efforts and came out with a great book and tool. They cover a lot in this book, 77 topics in all, and answer them in a Biblically-based way.

The book is split into two sections. The first section is all questions about God, and the second section are all questions about the Bible. The topics/questions cover about everything you can think of - some examples given above, and the authors do a great job of answering them in a way that doesn't still leave questions. This is the kind of book that would be great for new Christians, but none of us know everything we need to know, so this would be good for the most mature Christians among us. I have been reading the Bible since I was a kid, attended church, Christian school, and Bible college, and I still had some questions - some of them covered in this book.

It is an informative and helpful book that is also easy to read. The chapters are short, most of them 2-4 pages, and is the kind of book that you can read small portions daily. I would highly recommend it to be in any Christian's library.

About the authors:

Josh McDowell has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for more than five decades. Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has delivered more than 24,000 talks to over 10 million young people in 118 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 130 books, with over 51 million copies distributed worldwide, including 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, Evidence for the Historical Jesus, More Than a Carpenter (over 15 million copies printed in 85 languages), and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults strengthen their faith and understanding of Scripture. Josh will tell you that his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married for over 40 years and have four children and numerous grandchildren.

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Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean’s website,, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.

77 FAQS About God and The Bible is available from Harvest House Publishers.

Thanks to Harvest House for the review copy.