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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (277 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lee Strobel Narrator: Lee Strobel, Dick Fredricks Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Says Lee Strobel, the author of The Case for Christmas: Who was in the manger? Even after two millennia, controversy continues to swirl around the Christmas child. “Scholarly debate is intensifying over who Jesus actually was: divine, human, or both?” said a recent article in The Chicago Tribune. “Jesus has been portrayed in a burst of books as, among other things, a Cynic philosopher, an apocalyptic prophet, a zealot, a rabbi, a Pharisee, a feminist, a radical egalitarian, and a postmodern social critic.” Like countless other children, I listened with rapt fascination each year to the traditional Bible story about Christmas. But as I matured, skepticism set in. I concluded that not only is Santa Claus merely a feel-good fable, but that the entire Christmas tale was itself built on a flimsy foundation of wishful thinking. All of that changed, however, after I took a cue from one of the most famous Bible passages about Christmas. The story, recorded in Luke 2:8-18, describes how an angel announced to a ragtag group of sheepherders that “a Savior who is Messiah and Master” had been born in David’s town. Was this a hoax? A hallucination? Or was it the pivotal event of human history – the incarnation of the Living God? The sheepherders were determined to get to the bottom of the matter. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can,” they said, “and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, to personally investigate the evidence for themselves. Two thousand years later, challenged by my agnostic wife’s conversion to Christianity, I also undertook an urgent mission to determine the true identity of the child in the manger. Through interviews with scholars and other experts, I sought to resolve the question best posed by Jesus himself: “Who do you say that I am?” The Case for Christmas retraces and expands upon my journey by delving into the roots of this most cherished holiday. Can we believe in our scientific age that Jesus was really born of a virgin? Is there astronomical support for the mysterious star that led three individuals to the newly born “king”? Does history support the Bible’s claim that a Roman census sent Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem or that Herod the Great ruthlessly slaughtered the children of that rural village, seeking to destroy his supposed rival? Did Jesus match the prophetic “fingerprint” of the Messiah? And did he manage to fulfill the attributes of God? By focusing on the “hows” and whys” of Christmas, this warm yet journalistic book will help believers reaffirm their faith while guiding seekers as they pursue solid answers about this miraculous occurrence. The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julian Tan | 2/19/2014

    " Felt like a cut down version of the Case for Christ, but a good read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Debra | 2/18/2014

    " This is a short book showing proof of Christ. I believe it is a shortened version of the Case for Christ. I think this would be great to give to a skeptic as a starting point. While I believe Jesus to be the Messiah through faith and my personal experiences, I love reading about the proof that has been discovered and shown throughout the years. This book whet my appetite to read his other books and some books that the author recommended for further study. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/15/2014

    " No, this isn't a discussion about why Christians should or should not celebrate Christmas...... Nor is it a discourse on whether Christians should put up Christmas trees..... This book is basically an investigation of the events surrounding Christ's birth - the census, the veracity of the historical accounts, fulfilled prophecies, Christ's claims to divinity etc. It was informative and highly readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cheryl Lee | 2/3/2014

    " this is a "lite" version of the Case for Christ. as with that book, it is well and thoughtfully written, especially for the scientist in me. "

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