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Is the Bible True . . . Really?: A Dialogue on Skepticism, Evidence, and Truth (The Coffee House Chronicles) [Kindle Edition]

Josh McDowell , Dave Sterrett
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Book Description

With over 40 million books sold, bestselling author Josh McDowell is no stranger to creatively presenting biblical truth. Now, partnering with fellow apologist Dave Sterrett, Josh introduces a new series targeted at the intersection of story and truth.

The Coffee House Chronicles are short, easily devoured novellas aimed at answering prevalent spiritual questions. Each book in the series tackles a long-contested question of the faith, and then answer these questions with truth through relationships and dialogue in each story.

In Is the Bible True, Really?: A Dialogue on Skepticism, Evidence, and Truth, we meet Nick, a college freshman at a state school in Texas. Nick has his spiritual world turned upside-down with what he hears in an introduction to religion class. His questions turn into conversations as he dialogues with professors, friends, and family about the authenticity and authority of the Bible.

The other two books in the series: Who is Jesus, Really? and Did the Resurrection Happen, Really? continue the unfolding story at the college campus and the coffee house down the road.

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About the Author

JOSH MCDOWELL As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. In 1961 Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, he started the Josh McDowell Ministry to reach young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus.

DAVE STERRETT is a conference speaker and writer for a movement called I am Second. Along with ministering in churches, high schools, and college campuses, Dave serves as an adjunct professor of New Testament, Philosophy and Apologetics at Liberty University. In addition to the three book series, Coffee House Chronicles, Dave is the author of Why Trust Jesus? (Moody Publishers) and co-author of the book, "O" God, A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah's Spirituality.

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  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2011)
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  • Language: English
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that strengthen your faith in the Bible! April 7, 2011
Josh McDowell and Dave Strerrett hit the ball out of the park in their book, "Is the Bible True... Really?" The book is part of their Coffee House Chronicles which is a series that seeks to foster a dialogue on skepticism, evidence, and truth.

I loved the fact that this book deals with the subject matter by way of introducing us to the typical struggles of a college student (Nick) with his faith. This made it EASY to read!

The book was relatively short (You can get through it in a single evening) and yet it dealt with some pretty important questions:

Did Christianity borrow from pagan mythology?
When was the Bible "put together"?
When was the New Testament Written?
Is the Bible Inerrant?
Did the Disciples make it up?
What about the "mistakes" in the Bible?
How is the Bible different from other truth claims (Joseph Smith, Muhammad, etc.)?
What about the other Gospels (the Gnostic Gospels)?

The chapter I got the most out of was chapter 14 that dealt with all the so called, "Mistakes," in the Bible. Here are some of the notes I gleaned from the chapter:

Critics love to point out that there are anywhere from 300,000 to 400,000 variants among the New Testament manuscripts. A textual variant is any instance where the New Testament manuscripts have alternate wordings. What the critics don't point out is that the large number of variants is a direct result of the extremely large number of New Testament manuscripts available. By far, the most significant category of variants is spelling differences (75% or between 225,000 and 300,000 of all the variants!) Another large category of variants consist of synonyms used across manuscripts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a page turning book on theology! May 10, 2011
I originally offered to review "Is the Bible True...Really," because another one of Dave's books, "Why Trust Jesus", had been of great value to me as I ministered to my dying, agnostic grandfather and I wanted to return the favor.

To be honest, I wasn't looking that forward to it because I had attended Dallas Seminary for 5 years and I had read enough theology books, thank you very much! What I found in the pages of this book, as well as the two companion books, "Who is Jesus...Really?" and "Did the Resurrection Happen...Really?" stunned me quite frankly. I couldn't believe that somebody had put together an easy to read, engaging, thoughtful, page turning book on theology. But I should have expected it from Josh McDowell, who has a flair for drilling down to absolute truth while at the same time wooing non-Christians in with real life dialogue. But Josh freely admits it was Sterrett's idea to make the story even more believable by revolving it around real-life characters the readers could identify with. And that's where the brilliance of the book lies, in the character development. The story revolves around a handful of college students who are struggling with their faith, namely, in the first book, is the Bible the Word of God and if so, is it inerrant or fully correct, believable and true? As some of the characters discover, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" I say some of the characters because the other thing that makes these books an absolute must read is there's not a nice, clean, perfect 30 minute sit-com like ending to each book, thank the Lord! These books are messy, they talk about real life, real fears, real struggles, death, regret-everything every non-believer (and believers too for that matter) struggle with every day.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Packed with Relevant Truth and Amazingly Readable. October 21, 2012
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After reading this book myself I have given it several others who have told me that it opened their eyes to all the evidence supporting the reliability of the Bible. While written as a fictional story, this book is well-researched and includes many citations with pages of endnotes referencing research and the evidence referenced within the story.

In Is the Bible True . . . Really?: A Dialogue on Skepticism, Evidence, and Truth (The Coffee House Chronicles) McDowell and Dave Sterrett merge much of McDowell's earlier writings and research from books like the excellent but massive The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict Fully Updated To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today with a very realistic story about a college student whose faith is challenged and then begins to erode at a university.

This short, fictional (but realistic) story describes a college student's journey from doubt to skepticism and then to faith as he discovers evidences for the trustworthiness of the Bible, with the help of a studious graduate student who befriends him. You could easily read through the book in a couple hours. It is interesting, well-researched and a quick read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
How do we know that anything is true - in this day and age of critical analysis seeking to destroy rather than to learn, many people have become skeptics of the claims of Christianity because they believe that the Bible isn't authoritative or reliable. Out with the old and in with the new is such the attitude today. But what if the old is true - you can't just toss out the claims of the Bible if what the Bible claims about the life of Jesus of Nazareth is actually true! Sterrett and McDowell use their Coffee House Conversation series to ask and answer some of life's most challenging and important questions in a short, dialogue-driven set of three truly outstanding books. Well, written, easy-to-read, and very informative - I can highly recommend this series to everyone.
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This book is absolutely a must read by all Christians and especially any person questioning their faith.
Published 1 month ago by JAMILA DAVIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read
Truly a great read. I could not put it down and I really like he broke it down. It was more of a youth group discussion but, I enjoyed it anyway.
Published 2 months ago by Philly
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A very good source to share with individuals who are struggling with thee Truth.....
Published 3 months ago by John S. Smiuth
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The information is excellent. I thought the story line was a little contrived.
Published 5 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars COME TO Chris
Is the bible true. I love the book, I have gave mind to Chris. And he maid my life better. This book is what everyone should read and bring there life to Chis.come
Published 6 months ago by sandra l Blocker
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Very helpful for understanding the composition of the bible
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I read this book thinking that it would be good for teens and college aged young people. I am 64 years old, and became a Christian at age 18. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Debra S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional read
Prepares young teens and adults to battle atheism in the education system. At the end you really are able to answer that question with a firm YES!
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