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I wish every student going into college would read Why Trust Jesus.

-Dr. Gary Chapman,
Best-selling author of The 5 Love Languages

Having spent a half century in the endeavor of defending the Christian faith, I can assure Christian leaders and parents that there is nothing more important to the future of the Christian Church than reaching this generation with the message of this book.

-Dr. Norman L. Geisler
Founder of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, International Society for Christian Apologetics and currently Distinguished Professor of Apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, CA

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (February 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802489729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802489722
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ethicist, evangelist, and educator Dave Sterrett is a voice of truth for a new generation. As an evangelist, his message is centered on the gospel of Christ's death and bodily resurrection.

Dave Sterrett is the author or co-author of seven books, including the Christian best-seller I Am Second (Thomas Nelson), Why Trust Jesus? (Moody Publishers) and Aborting Aristotle (St. Augustine's Press). He has contributed articles for the Washington Post, Billy Graham's Decision Magazine, and the Gospel Coalition. He has been cited on CNN, USA Today and the Christian Post.

His speaking circuit has landed him at many of the nation's colleges and universities including Yale University, the University of Virginia, Duke University, Wheaton College, the University of New Hampshire, Bridgewater College, Southern Evangelical Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Benedictine College, Louisiana State University, University of North Texas, Liberty University and the University of Texas at Dallas.

Having co-authored four books with apologist Josh McDowell, Dave served McDowell's organization to equip government, education, and church leaders in Poland, Russia, and various places in the United States. Dave has spoken to both protestant and Catholic churches across American, including McLean Bible Church (Washington D.C.), Watermark Community Church (Dallas, Texas) and the Church of the Sacred Heart (Robbinsdale, Minnesota).

As a former basketball player at Oak Hill Academy and Liberty University, Dave Sterrett continues to motivate athletes and coaches to live intentionally and put Christ first. Internationally Dave, alongside his father, Clay Sterrett, have mentored hundreds of pastors and youth leaders in Uganda, Africa and other countries. After graduating with a degree in Biblical studies at Liberty University, Dave earned an M.A. in Apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary and a second M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas.

Sterrett is focused on defending marriage, religious liberty and abolishing abortion in America. With a message of grace, truth and forgiveness, he is motivating churches and university campus groups to rescue babies from abortion, minister to post-abortive congregants and train students to defend life through reason and compassion. He is serving his fourth year on the national board of 40 Days for Life.


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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Max Andrews on April 24, 2010
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There is great value to this book than you'll realize when you first read through it. You have to appreciate it for what it is. Sterrett's "Why Trust Jesus?" is a popular level book that addresses many questions and objections in today's society for why one shouldn't trust Jesus. This is not a piece of scholarship that warrants peer review. If you want scholastic answers and peer review, go to a journal or a book that focuses on that specific objection you may have. If you want a general, but sufficient, response to one of these questions, than this is the book you need.

Intro. The Need for Trust-- The introduction is brief but important for to answer the books thesis (why one should trust Jesus). Sterrett examines what it really means to "trust" someone and why it's so important. He lays out what type of people are generally trustworthy (truthful, reliable, transparent, authentic, loving, faith, and forgiving) and then goes from there. Is this Jesus? This section really helps lay down the foundation to the answer the book provides.

Ch. 1 So Many Spiritual Paths-- This chapter may be good from someone who is awestruck at postmodernism and/or leaning towards universalism/inclusivism. Why do Christians seem so intolerant? They're so arrogant in saying Jesus is the only way. Why are people so intolerant of the intolerant? All great questions. This chapter really lays down a worldview for Christianity, that is, there is absolute truth and Jesus is the only way to heaven. As a student in academia myself, I rarely see genuine postmodernism, however, this is really important in high schools and for people who interact outside of a classroom where the vein of social worldview plays its role.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Melissa K on April 20, 2010
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"Why Trust Jesus?" provides incredible scientific and historical evidence to prove that Jesus' claims on earth were true. As a fan of apologetics, I believe that Sterrett's arguments in "Why Trust Jesus?" are some of the easiest and most interesting to follow. Each chapter is logically organized to address different struggles in trusting Jesus. His personal stories and touches of humor make the book very memorable! He ensures that readers remember important facts by providing concise bulleted lists that sum up his conclusions.

I highly recommend this book to both non-Christians and Christians because it is so well researched. 1 Peter 3:15 says "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." Sterrett effectively provides the evidence to defend the Christian faith in "Why Trust Jesus?". This book is a purchase you won't regret!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Thomas on April 18, 2010
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Why Trust Jesus has taught me a lot more about who I am in Christ as a believer. Dave uses real world application that makes it easier to relate what Jesus told his followers back in his day, to our current life now and what it means to be a follower of Christ in the 21st Century. This book relevantly answers challenging philosophical and spiritual questions that both doubters and believers have, and backs up every argument with scripture or research reference. My main takeaways from this book were not only confirmation in my own reasons for trusting Christ, but it has helped prepare me to give an answer to anyone who asks me to give the reason for the hope that I have. Why Trust Jesus is also a great study tool for community groups who want to move beyond surface level relationships and into deeper stimulating and educational discussions about our Savior.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Evans on March 20, 2013
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I bought this for my teen boys because I want them to intelligently think about their faith. I would describe it as an apologetics/spiritual formation/devotional book. Dave is a christian school teacher which is why I went ahead and bought it.
My 12 year old son did start to read it, but it became a little difficult for him. That is okay, I want him to think; I also want him to come to me so we can think through the material together. This book is not for the seasoned apologist, but it is a good read for young people, or anyone interested in learning more from an apologetical view. I did read the book, it is a good overview.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By addeigloriam on June 3, 2011
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This concise book was written to examine and answer many of the most common questions, doubts and fears expressed by both Christians and non-believers. The author maintains a great balance in his sources, using logic to reason from Scripture, history, philosophy, science, and personal experience to provide clear and relevant answers for these questions. It is also evangelical and even devotional at times.

Although the book is built around these common questions, the scope is actually much further reaching. In examining these uncertainties and doubts, Dave blends an assortment of classic apologetic arguments, sample conversations, and personal antidotes that make for a very engaging reading experience, and will equip the reader to be able to apply these principles to these and other questions that sometimes occur in a wide variety of situations.

We recommend this book for all levels of readers, both believers and non-believers. I believe the primary benefactors will be the doubters who are honestly searching for the truth about Christianity, and the newer Christians who would need answers to the difficult questions in order to strengthen their faith and be equipped to discuss these issues with others.

For the more experienced apologist, the book makes a great review and reference, plus the integrated personal stories and other examples often can provide additional applications for these familiar classic arguments. The short concise chapters and the very economical price also make the book ideal for Bible study classes.

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