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Puppyfoot  (Level: 72.8 - Posts: 1086)
Fri, 7th Aug '09 7:04 PM


Dear Friends,

Some of you have been asking about good books to read. This book has been around for many years, but it is one that will never go out of date, in my opinion. The book is 'Evidence That Demands a Verdict' by Josh McDowell. I know someone else mentioned Josh in an earlier posting. The good news is that I saw the book on for only $3.99 (U.S.) plus shipping and handling right now (I don't know how long the bargain price will last). I believe the shipping and handling for the 48 contiguous United States is $3.99.

This is the earlier edition of the book--there is a more recent one, but I like this one (I have not, however, done an in-depth comparison of the two). I bought another copy of 'ETD a Verdict' because I have packed away my other copy somewhere. The edition that is offered here is priced as $16.99 retail.

(BTW, you can also find a Volume 2 to this book. I did not check to see what is charging for that volume.)

Although it has been many years since I glanced through 'ETD a Verdict," I remember being impressed by the details offered. I believe I remember the book being written in outline form and full of information with historically verifiable data in it.

I copied a bit of the story of how Josh came to write this book and pasted it here:

While a student at Kellogg College in Michigan, Josh McDowell was challenged by a group of Christian students to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity. He was sure that Christianity was worthless, but nevertheless accepted the challenge, targeting the resurrection of Christ as the key event to discredit. When he discovered compelling historical evidence for the reliability of the New Testament and the resurrection, he struggled to bring his will to admit that what he had found was the truth. He finally accepted Christ as his savior.

You may also want to read the reviews of this book given by other purchasers of the book on's website.

I have bought many things from and have not been disappointed. If I have any problem with a purchase, they immediately fix the problem. (And, in case you were wondering, I don't get any "kickbacks" for sharing this with you! lol)

I think this book would be particularly good for those who are seeking hard facts and details about Christianity and the Bible.

Grace and peace,

Bookworm483554  (Level: 172.8 - Posts: 25)
Wed, 12th Aug '09 10:00 PM

I just want to add my comment and agreement. It is an excellent book. I read it when I was younger in years and in the faith. It gave me a solid foundation for my faith.I highly reccommend it to anyone who has doubts about the veracity or relability of the Bible. If you don't have doubts but dont know why you believe what you do about the bible it will give you an intellectual foundation.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 4:52 PM

I read this book quite awhile ago as well. I don't think I have a copy any longer, but I remembered the book fondly.

For those interested in somewhat difficult but enjoyable reading check out Dallas Willard's new book "Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge". It's basically a philosophical work about how we can "know" that God exists. Agnostics for example, claim that we basically can't or don't have a way to know whether God exists. Many portions of this book are designed to combat just that notion. As someone who is constantly tempted by agnosticism, this (for me) was a must read!!!

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 11th Sep '09 5:01 PM

BTW the first paragraph of that last post was talking about Evidence that Demands a Verdict and not the book I suggested.

Puppyfoot  (Level: 72.8 - Posts: 1086)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 3:04 PM

That sounds like an excellent book, too, although I have not read it.

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