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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic evangelism tool, July 1, 2009
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This review is from: More Than a Carpenter Personal Evangelism 6-pack (Paperback)
I have been looking for a book that is easy to understand and follow. This book provides wonderful insight into Jesus and Christianity. I plan on buying multiple copies to give to people who are searching for purpose.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus, Truth, and Evidence, July 16, 2010
This review is from: More Than a Carpenter Personal Evangelism 6-pack (Paperback)
"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," Josh McDowell presses (with son Sean McDowell). Additionally men like to attack the religious truth more than that which is clearly fallacious. And in "More Than a Carpenter" one finds proof that Christ is God along with reason, and fine prose that will convince or distress the reader.
* This volume has a new look and additionally material with Sean as a 6 Pack Set to use as a witnessing tool.

Chapters include:
- What makes Jesus so different?
- Are biblical records reliable
- Is there some other way?
- and more.

McDowell notes: "Jesus had various credentials to support His claims to being Messiah, God's son. One credential often overlooked, one of the most profound, is the fulfillment of prophecy in His life.

"And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures" (Luke 24:27).

"In the Old Testament there are sixty major messianic prophecies and approximately 270 ramifications that were fulfilled in one person, Jesus Christ. It is helpful to look at all these predictions fulfilled in Christ as His "address." You've probably never realized how important the details of you r name and address are -and yet these details set you apart from the five billion other people who also inhabit this planet."
He adds: "With even greater detail, God wrote an address in history to single out His Son, the Messiah, the Savior of mankind, from anyone who has ever lived in history -past, present, or future. The specifics of this address can be found in the Old Testament, a document written over a period of a thousand years, which contains more than three hundred references to His coming. Using the science of probability, we find the chances of just forty-eight of these prophecies being fulfilled in one person to be right at one in 10157 (a one followed by 157 zeros!)."

Additionally: "The task of matching up God's address with one man is further complicated by the fact that all the prophecies of the Messiah were made at least 400 years before He was to appear. Some might disagree and say that these prophecies were written down after the time of Christ and fabricated to coincide with His life. This might sound feasible until you realize that the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Old Testament, was translated around 150-200 B.C. This Greek translation shows that there was at least a two-hundred-year gap between the prophecies being recorded and their fulfillment in Christ. Certainly God was writing an address in history that only the Messiah could fulfill. Approximately forty major claims to be the Jewish Messiah have been made by men. Only one-Jesus Christ-appealed to fulfilled prophecy to substantiate His claims, and only His credentials back up those claims."
And "Isaiah 7:14 adds that this man will be born of a virgin -a natural birth of unnatural conception, a criterion beyond human planning and control. Several prophecies recorded in Isaiah and the psalms describe the social climate and response that God's man will encounter: His own people, the Jews, will reject Him and the Gentiles will believe in Him (Isaiah 8:14; 28:16; 49:6; 50:6; 52:53; 60:3; Psalms 22:7,8; 118:22). There will be a forerunner for Him (Isaiah 40:3; Malachi 3:1), a voice in the wilderness, one preparing the way before the Lord, a John the Baptist."
"Notice, too, the seven ramifications of a prophecy (Zechariah 11:11-13; cf. Psalm 41, Jeremiah 32:6-15, and Matthew 27:3-10) that narrows the drama down even further. Here God indicates the Messiah will be (1) betrayed, (2) by a friend, (3) for thirty pieces, (4) of silver, that will be (5) cast onto the floor, (6) of the Temple, and (7) used to buy a potter's field. In Micah 5:2 God eliminated all the cities of the world and selected Bethlehem, with a population of less than a thousand, as the Messiah's birthplace."

Dr. McDowell continues: "Then through a series of prophecies He even defined the time sequence that would set His man apart. For example, Malachi 3:1 and four other Old Testament verses (Psalm 118:26; Daniel 9:26; Zechariah 11:13; Haggai 2:7-9) require the Messiah to come while the Temple of Jerusalem is still standing. This is of great significance when we realize that the Temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and has not since been rebuilt. The precise lineage; the place, time, and manner of birth; people's reactions; the betrayal; the manner of death. These are just a fraction of the hundreds of details that made up the address to identify God's Son, the Messiah, the Savior of the world."

The author quotes Peter W. Stoner:
"The manuscript for Science Speaks has been carefully reviewed by a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation members and by the Executive Council of the same group and has been found, in general, to be dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented. The mathematical analysis included is based upon principles of probability which are thoroughly sound, and Professor Stoner has applied these principles in a proper and convincing way."

McDowell comments: "The following probabilities are taken from that book to show that coincidence is ruled out by the science of probability. Stoner says that by using the modern science of probability in reference to just eight prophecies, `we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 1017.' That would be 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000."

Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6)."

This book is a smooth read loaded with evidential arguments and persuasive prose: perfect for a new Christian, teen, or your unsaved loved-ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more than a carpenter - evangelism pack, June 17, 2010
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This is a very inexpensive gift to give to friends and family members that may be curious or interested in Christianity. The book is not too theologically heavy, but answers the common questions that non-christians/young christians have to an extent that whets their appetite for more of what Christianity is about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more than a carpenter, February 14, 2010
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This book is an outstanding source to prove the divinity of Christ, not just to take that on blind faith, but with meaningful proof. An enormous step along the way to salvation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EVERYONE should read this book, your eternal life may depend on it, July 9, 2013
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very well written, filled with reasons for "the hope we have in us" if you have that hope, if not you might find it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for all who want to know more about Jesus Christ, July 9, 2014
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Magnificent abridgment of the larger work, "Evidence That Demands A Verdict," that helped revolutionize my walk with Christ.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest apologetics book ever written!, July 2, 2014
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This is one of the greatest books ever written in defense of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. It builds an amazing case for the accuracy and the trustworthiness of The Bible. Had I read this book before I got saved 17 years ago, it would have answered many of the questions and doubts that I was struggling with. At only 168 pages long it is a very quick read. Because it is a small paperback book, it is very unintimidating for those receiving it. It will massively strengthen the faith of everyone who reads it. This book is nothing short of amazing! I buy this in the 6 pack bundle. I have handed out dozens of them to people that I have witnessed to. I am so incredibly thankful to Josh McDowell for writing this book. It has added tremendously to the apologetics arsenal that I use when witnessing to people. It has also helped me to think more logically and to help with my reasoning skills with the Scriptures. I could not possibly recommend this book more highly! I would have given it 10 stars if I could have. Not only does Josh present an incredibly logical and powerful case for the defense of the Gospels and Jesus Christ, but his personal testimony at the end of the book for what Christ has done for him is amazing. Josh's personal testimony at the end solidifies just how amazing our God truly is. Read it, own the information in it, buy the 6 packs, go witness to people, share your personal testimony with them, edify the socks off of this book and then give them a copy of it. Those read it will be transformed. God bless you Josh McDowell!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book was a big factor is showing me that the Bible is true and can be trusted., July 2, 2014
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This book was a big factor is showing me that the Bible is true and can be trusted. I love to give them out, as the holy Spirit leads me, especially to "intellectuals".
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent tool, May 20, 2014
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As we are told, we should always be prepared to present our "case" for the gospel and this gives us a great tool to use to prepare our case as to why Jesus and what is so special about this book (The Bible). Great witnessing tool to give to all people you know at a very reasonable price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love this book, May 7, 2014
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I love this book, it is a great tool for sharing the Good News apologetically without arguing, and this was an excellent deal.
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