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About the Author

Mark Mittelberg is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and a leading strategist in evangelism and apologetics-oriented outreach. He is the primary author (along with Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels) of the recently updated Becoming a Contagious Christian Training Course, through which more than a million people around the world have learned to effectively and naturally communicate their faith to others.

After receiving an undergraduate degree in business, Mark earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Heidi, and their two teenage children.

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  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (February 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414315791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414315799
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Mittelberg is a best-selling author, sought-after speaker, and a leading strategist in evangelism and apologetics-oriented outreach. He is the primary author (with Lee Strobel and Bill Hybels) of the updated Becoming a Contagious Christian Training Course, through which more than a million people have learned to effectively and naturally communicate their faith to others.

Mark's newest book, The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask, is based on a survey of 1000 Christians commissioned through the Barna organization, and deals with the ten issues that believers most want to avoid--but must not! Prior to that Mark collaborated with Lee Strobel to develop The Unexpected Adventure, a six-week devotional designed to inspire Christians and churches to enter into the excitement of sharing Christ. His previous book, Choosing Your Faith ... In a World of Spiritual Options, strengthens the faith of believers and is a great resource to give to friends who are figuring out what to believe -- and he's developed a DVD study course for Christians based on that book, Faith Path: Helping Friends Find Their Way to Christ. Mark also wrote the articles for the Choosing Your Faith New Testament. His other books include the updated Becoming a Contagious Church, which sets forth an innovative blueprint for mobilizing churches for evangelism, and the classic best-seller Becoming a Contagious Christian, which he co-authored with Hybels. In addition, Mark was contributing editor for The Journey: A Bible for the Spiritually Curious, and a contributor to Reasons for Faith: Making a Case for the Christian Faith, edited by Norman Geisler and Chad Meister, and God Is Great, God Is Good: Why Believing in God Is Reasonable & Responsible, edited by William Lane Craig and Chad Meister -- which won the 2010 Christianity Today award for best book in the area of apologetics and evangelism.

Mark was the evangelism director at Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago for seven years and for the Willow Creek Association for a decade. He is a frequent contributor for Outreach magazine, and he was an editorial consultant and periodic guest for Lee Strobel's Faith Under Fire television show. He and Strobel have been ministry partners for over twenty years. After receiving an undergraduate degree in business, Mark earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy of Religion from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. In recognition of his achievements in the areas of evangelism and apologetics, he was recently honored by the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mark and his wife, Heidi, have two teenage children, and live near Denver, Colorado.

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Overall, I think this is one of the best religious books to come along in a long time.
Tom Carpenter
The book is easy to read and guides the reader through some great questions about how to choose your faith.
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I recommend this book to anyone interested in matters of religion, faith, spirituality, humanity.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Tom Carpenter VINE VOICE on March 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
If you are curious as to why many have chosen Christianity over other religions this book would be an excellent read for you. Of course, it is impossible for a professed Christian to write a completely unbiased book on choosing a faith, but Mark Mittelberg does about the best that one can do. The first few chapters cover the different paths that lead one to a faith:

-Relativism
-Tradition
-Authority
-Intuition
-Mysticism
-Logic and Evidence

The author is quick to admit that Christians use all the first five methods as well as the sixth. In other words, he acknowledged that many Christians cannot give a logical reason for believing in God and they rely on tradition, authority, intuition or mysticism. If faith in the Christin God is the right faith, then it won't hurt them at all. If it is not, they are in big trouble by their own account.

The author opens his discussion on relativism by pointing out that an atheist (Richard Dawkins) was correct when he says that something is either true or not true when he was discussing religion with Bill O'Reilly and that O'Reilly was wrong when he said that Jesus was true for him. The arguments against relativism are fullproof and show that no one really believes that "all religions lead to God" (before you get upset by my comment, read the books arguments, trust me - there is no logical way to hold onto that view - you'll see).

There is no question that the author is more critical of Mormonism, Islam, and Buddhism (among others) than he is of the Christian faith. For a critical analysis of the supposed Christian faith, see
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By IndySteve on June 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I teach a course called Theory of Knowledge at a large public high school in the Midwest and was thrilled to find Mark's new book, which could easily be viewed as a theory of knowledge applied to the area faith. The overwhelming impression one gets from this book is that it is fair and balanced. Does Mark have a particular position regarding? Of course he does. And so does everyone as he rightly points out. Would he like for you to adopt his position? Yes, and he is upfront about that. At no time, however, does he force his position on anyone. In fact, that is the point of this book. Faith is not something that should be forced on someone or blindly and uncritically accepted. Faith, contrary to what many would think, is something that can be evaluated, analyzed, and considered in a thoughtful, intelligent, and logical manner. This idea alone should prompt even the religious skeptic to read the book. Let's face it. Christianity has earned a bad name among many because of an aggressive style of proselytizing among some of its followers. Isn't the notion of a serious, intelligent Christian who wants to explore his faith with you in a rigorous and honest way, with no hidden punches, an intriguing idea?

Mark begins by exploring the nature of faith itself, then moves into a discussion of six common paths to faith. He is quite fair in two different ways. First, he is fair in his representation of these paths to faith, frequently acknowledging where they have strengths. But he is also fair to the truth and will not shortchange the truth for the sake of political correctness. If something is wrong or inconsistent, he will draw that out. What he does not ever do, however, is ridicule any position he disagrees with.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Randall Niles on February 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Just when I thought we didn't need another book on comparative faith systems and Christian apologetics, here comes Mark Mittelberg and "Choosing Your Faith." I'm pumped! This is truly the book we needed to bridge the intellectual scholarship of apologists such as Craig, Geisler, and Habermas with the postmodern seeker looking for genuine connection. This is apologetics with authentic heart! This is experiential worldview application, rather than mere truth and logic. I heartily congratulate Mark on a fantastic book - I read it earlier this week and already built some of the principles into a college "Comparative Worldviews" class I taught last night. Even if you library is packed with the best in Christian apologetics and Christian worldview, add just one more - "Choosing Your Faith" by Mark Mittelberg!
Randall Niles
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hunter on May 15, 2008
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Okay: up front--I'm biased. Mark is a good friend and colleague of mine in various conference and training events. But, that doesn't stop me from having an opinion based on decades of reading books regarding spiritual issues.

My big take-away, what I like best about "Choosing Your Faith" is that it perfectly fits a niche of seekers who presently do not, to my knowledge, have an up-to-date spokesperson, advocate or guide. Mark is obviously not "Mr. Postmodern". But he gets what is going on in the postmodern shift. Mark is able to see in our changing culture both the threats to the Gospel and the opportunities for the Gospel.

In my view Mark writes best to those who want to use sound thinking as a part of their journey into faith. There are millions of seekers like this in the world today. These are people who are neither strongly modern (By the way: Mark does a great job examining the weaknesses of "scientism".) nor radically postmodern. Like our culture itself, they are a blend. But these seekers, who are a real and large niche today, intuitively believe that thinking straight is part of their process of coming to faith. Interestingly to me, a large number of these seekers are young. For instance high school students who have not been damaged as much as their older peers by the culture wars, who are interested in religion, and who are going through what Mark went through: how do I know God exists? How do I make sense of this crazy world? How do I relate to, and possibly take on the faith of my parents and family tradition?

Mark knows how to talk to these people. I love his "voice": gently nudging, but always respecting the reader. Mark has the courage to talk about issues that are difficult to broach today.
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