Monday, September 1, 2014

The Case for Christ, Student Edition by Lee Strobel with Jane Vogel (Book Review)

I was late getting connected to the internet. Saying that I was behind the times is quite an understatement. I'm not saying that that's necessarily a bad thing, just...a thing. Because of my tardiness into seeing a bigger picture of the world, I was quite taken aback when I finally did get online at how many people there are who don't believe in the claims of Christ. When you're as sheltered as I was, you sort of think that the majority of people do believe in Jesus and the Bible, even if they don't claim to be Christians. I had had very little exposure to those whose views contradicted mine so completely, so I was shocked at what I read over and over again: from doubts that Jesus was really Who He said He was, to out and out venomous hatred of Him and all He represented. Though I had been sheltered, I too had had questions about many things in the Bible and about Jesus. Still do, to be honest. I believed, but was lacking in knowledge in so many areas. I wanted (and still want) to know exactly what I believe, why I believe it, and how to properly and effectively defend those beliefs. I'm still learning how to do that. Not only do I want these things for myself, but for my children. I don't want them to be blindsided like I was, so I am doing my best to equip them to defend their beliefs, and not just because their parents "said so". So, when I saw The Case for Christ, Student Edition up for a review, I was quick to request it. 

I've heard a lot about Lee Strobel but I had never read any of his books, so I was unsure what to expect. Being a student edition, this book is short, concise, and to the point, but it is quite good at laying out the arguments against Christ's claims and then refuting those arguments, one by one, with facts. It helps that when Lee Strobel was researching he was himself an atheist; he wasn't looking to prop up  a faulty faith, therefore he wasn't grasping at straws to defend beliefs that weren't defend-able.He was a skeptic. Unbiased. He was convinced and convicted by what he found, and became a believer in Christ. 

This little book is perfect for its target audience. My daughter will read it soon as part of her homeschool Bible studies. 

I'm excited about reading other books by Lee Strobel, and I highly recommend this one to adults and young people. 

More about the book:

Book Description

Based on his award-winning bestseller The Case for Christ, journalist Lee Strobel, along with Jane Vogel, presents his journey from skepticism to faith, written for students.
There's historical proof Jesus walked this earth, but was he really who he claimed to be? Or are all the stories in the Bible just that-stories? In The Case for Christ Student Edition, teens will join former investigative journalist Lee Strobel as he searches for objective answers, including those that brought him from skepticism to faith.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review.