As a practicing Christian, I like to read Christian literature to help with the growth of my faith and I am very lucky that my church has it’s own book club to help me with this. After a break due to the ill-health in the family of the group’s leader, we returned to meeting with More Than A Carpenter by, new-to-me authors, Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell, in May.
This 2011 updated version of Josh McDowell’s 1977 inspirational Christian classic, challenges readers to ask the question, ‘Who is Jesus?’; with some added chapters and insights from his son, Sean McDowell to continue making this as relevant as possible for today’s readers. The main inspiration to write this book came from Josh’s questions on why God is widely accepted and yet the name of Jesus can often cause such irritation and even anger?
‘Why don’t the names of Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius offend people? The reason is that these others didn’t claim to be God, but Jesus did.’
And so Josh wrote this book, as a sceptic turned believer himself, to address the commonly raised questions, objections and evidence about Jesus. He succinctly shares with us the detailed research he did into the scientific and historical evidence for Jesus; the validity of the Bible; and the proofs of the resurrection, with the aim to help readers come to an informed and intelligent decision about whether Jesus was a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord.
While I don’t think I learnt anything drastically new from this book – apart from the son Sean’s chapter on the challenges of ‘New Atheism’, which was eye opening – it is sometimes good to have your own thoughts and beliefs backed up by an eloquent and extremely knowledgeable author, speaker and minister like Josh is. It also made for a good discussion for our church’s book club’s rescheduled May Zoom meeting, in the first week of June. In fact, many of the other members enjoyed it even more than me and it was suggested it would be a very good evangelism tool.
All in all, I thought More Than a Carpenter, was a quick, short and concise book, that I think would work well as a reference point if your faith is ever challenged, by yourself or others. Or, as my book club suggested, as a book to pass to friends and family with questions. I have already popped it on my dad’s to-be-read pile. 😉 Good read.
Now I’d love to hear from you: What do you think? Have you read this? Or have you read any of Josh McDowell’s other books?