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The Case for Christmas: A Journalist Investigates the Identity of the Child in the Manger (Cases for Christianity)

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Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine
ebook, 96 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Zondervan (first published 1998)
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Lee Harmon
This little book is excerpted from an earlier 1998 book by Lee Strobel: The Case for Christ. Like others of the series, Strobel’s MO is to interview other believing scholars and present his findings as a sort of scientific approach to uncovering the truth about Jesus.

Let me start by saying that I’ve never found much inspiration in Strobel’s “The Case for …” series. It feels to me like he demeans the beauty and mystery of Christianity by trying to bring it down to earth, proving the unprovable. B
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Dan Curnutt
Jan 07, 2015 Dan Curnutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As I was reading this short little book I realized that much of the material that he discusses was also in "The Case for Christ." That doesn't mean that this little book can be effective, it just means that much of the material is covered in his longer writing.

The Case for Christmas is his document that sets out to examine and determine the truth about the Virgin Birth of Christ in a little town called Bethlehem. He proceeds to interview several people who will help him to document whether or no
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Jerry Simmons
Nov 11, 2010 Jerry Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For several years I have wanted to read The Case For Christmas by Lee Strobel. I finally had the opportunity and want to share my experience with you.

The Case For Christmas is a fairly short book (96 pages) and is an easy read even though the content is not at all simplistic. Using his investigative reporting background, Lee Strobel seeks to answer the question, “Can we really trust the biographies of Jesus to tell us the true story of His birth, life, teachings, miracles, death, and ultimate re
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Jennifer Stahl
Jan 21, 2016 Jennifer Stahl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, approachable, short but intelligent, clear and convincing research into the claims of Jesus, authenticity of the Bible, and events surrounding the "Christmas story" in the New Testament Gospels. A great hand-off to someone who is looking for facts, sources, and thoughts on Christianity around the Christmas time ...or all parts of the year. :)
John Pyrce
May 17, 2015 John Pyrce rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Strobel, 2005, excerpted from another book by the author. A Willow Creek publication. The author, as a journalist, attempts to investigate Christ and Christmas (although the Christmas association is weak; this is really about Christianity). The author claims objectivity, but he has become a true believer (perhaps through the investigation he describes here). Each chapter, bizarrely, starts with a little “true crime” story, I’m not sure why. It is interesting to compare this book with Geza Ve ...more
Lisa
Jan 09, 2015 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Lee Strobel visits an extremely poor family living in an almost bare apartment, the faith and hope of the family surprises him. He goes back to his writing troubled and starts to reconsider his atheism and his despair. He feels that he has every material possession but he is unhappy, while they are poor and their faith gives them inner strength.


After he writes an article about the family, he visits them again to find that generous people have showered them with money and gifts. He is even m
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Dale
Dec 30, 2014 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Lightweight Version of The Case for Christ

I picked The Case for Christmas up for free on Amazon.com as a Kindle e-book. For a freebie, this is a solid introduction to Lee Strobel and his style. But, if you purchase this book as a stand-alone book at the regular price of $1.99 it has issues.

Issue #1. This book is a essentially an edited, truncated version of Lee Strobel's signature book, The Case for Christ . Now, I like The Case for Christ because it is very thorough and includes a lot o
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Sally
Nov 23, 2014 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


From the Book:
Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader, others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God.

Who was he—really? And how can you know for sure?

Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, award-winning legal journalist Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger.
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Jalynn Patterson
About the Book:

Who was in the manger that first Christmas morning? Some say he would become a great moral leader. Others, a social critic. Still others view Jesus as a profound philosopher, a rabbi, a feminist, a prophet, and more. Many are convinced he was the divine Son of God. Who was he really? And how can you know for sure? Consulting experts on the Bible, archaeology, and messianic prophecy, Lee Strobel searches out the true identity of the child in the manger. Join him as he asks the toug
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Jeanie
Dec 09, 2014 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Christmas brings different emotions to many. Some it brings joy and others it brings anxiety and sadness. A popular saying is the reason for the season but have we lost it through consumerism and materialism. No matter how we celebrate Christmas, it should be a time for reflection for Christians. But what if you are skeptic on who Christ is. What he came for? How he came? Who is Jesus and most importantly who is He to you.

Lee Strobel in his book A Case for Christ has put that same title in this
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Laurie
Jun 29, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a short book so I picked up one of the books on my personal, at-home, to-read shelf, THE CASE FOR CHRISTMAS (which I bought right before Christmas -- makes sense). Again,God led my hand because I read this following the novel MY SERVANT CALEB. This was the perfect time to read this book. It just added to the information that permeated my being upon reading the former book -- and added a few new insights. Read the book!!! Lee Strobel has mastered the art of writing a nonfiction ...more
Lydia
Dec 29, 2014 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strobel goes over the Christmas story (including the prophecies leading up to it, so pretty much the whole Bible) with several different experts; covering the arguments made against it and looking for what the evidence shows.

A very quick read (91 pages), with lots of great discussions and insightful evidence on Jesus, the Bible and the times in which they happened. Mr. Strobel set this primarily in interview form to bring in the experts he'd talked to on various topic related subjects, but ther

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Anne
Nov 29, 2014 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This reads like the edited version of one of Lee Strobel's other works, with a sentence or two thrown in about a "babe in a manger." Kind of disgruntling; but the main text is a sound argument of proofs to give a basic apologetic argument for the existence of Jesus, historically and archaeologically. Strobel does a pretty decent job. I've heard the arguments against the accuracy of the Christmas story, and I am a woman of faith, so reading this helped affirm things that the skeptics (and the His ...more
Sara
Dec 25, 2008 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm starting this to get me in the mood for Christmas!! I can't wait!
Rodney Holloman
Nov 19, 2015 Rodney Holloman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Helper for believes, skeptics, and seekers

Mr. Strobel has again written a book that is a great help in an area that is crucial to understand. Is the Christ of the Christian Scriptures who he claims to be?
Using the training he received from his degrees from Harvard, he analytically and forthrightly examines claims of the Christian message about Christmas and of Jesus Christ.
Read this book and and discover for yourself answer to one of the greatest questions in life.
Amanda Marie (Orandi et Legendi)
This book reminds me of some of my theology courses for my undergrad. I had a course on systematic theology and my advisor was a systematic theologian. Going through a topic systematically, logically, and thoroughly is the way I was introduced to new topics in theology. This is the same approach that Mr Strobel takes. He systematically makes his way through his topic, focusing on the major points as he goes. He asks questions and searches for answers.

This book was reminiscent of two other books
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John
Aug 22, 2008 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My sister sent me this book, because she wants me to stop being a heathen and accept Jesus Christ as my personal lord and savior. I can appreciate that - she loves me and cares about my wordly happiness and my eternal soul. This short book is actually an excerpt of Strobel's full length book The Case for Christ. Strobel, a former investigative legal journalist and "spiritual skeptic" is trying to present a case for believing in the literal truth of the Gospels in the New Testament, in the hopes ...more
Gina
Dec 18, 2014 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. Lee Strobel is an investigative journalist. He presents the article, the news story "The Case For Christmas". It's short at only 91 pages. I like his research, his analysis & presentation. He's presenting a case to us. He's consulted experts & those knowledgeable in the bible. I appreciate his fact finding and final conclusion: "that the freshly born baby in the manger was the unique Son of God, sent on a mission to be the savior of the world."
Rob
Dec 21, 2015 Rob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is a great exercise in trying to work out Christianity rationally (as opposed to emotionally or under the influence of tradition). Strobel does not ask the detailed, complex questions theologians and Bible scholars ask. But most readers are not theologians or Bible scholars. Following Strobel's method is a great way to step into the practice of disciplined, reasonable study of Christianity.
David Sarkies
Feb 22, 2014 David Sarkies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People investigating Christianity
Recommended to David by: My church at the time
Shelves: christian
Strobel on the Christmas narrative
28 December 2010

This is a short book written by the journalist Lee Strobel. While his main book, the Case for Christ (which I have not read) no doubt deals with what he has written here more extensively, this is still a very good and well written book outlining Strobel's investigation of who Christ was and the legitimacy of his claims. In fact, after reading this book I have developed a healthy respect for Strobel as it is clear that being a sceptic, he did not
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P.e. lolo
This book follows along the same lines as the book he wrote years ago “A Case for Christ”. If my memory serves me correct some of this information can be found in that book and though I enjoyed this book. A Case for Christ for me was a far better book. Mr. Strobel uses his investigative reporter skills to prove his points. His interviews with different scholars around the world are very impressive and those interviews are worth the read. I got this book from netgalley. I gave this book 3 stars. ...more
Taylor
Dec 26, 2009 Taylor rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I acquired this book when a bible study my mom joined was postponed. Knowing that I'm full of questions and always seeking logical explanations, she passed it along. I learned some new things and gained new perspectives on old stories.

"While Carson didn't flinch, he did concede that these questions have no simple answers. After all, they strike at the very heart of the incarnation, which is what Christmas is all about -- God becoming man, spirit taking on flesh, the infinite entereting the fini
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Kelsey
Mar 22, 2016 Kelsey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is only about 90 pages and not as in-depth as the others. It also had little to do with the actual Christmas story and more to do with the person of Jesus. There were, however, some fascinating points about the events surrounding the birth of Christ. All in all, it's a very quick read with some compelling evidence for the baby in the manger.
Kayla
Aug 22, 2015 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I did not realize this when I started it, but this book contains the same information as Strobel's other book The Case for Christ, just in a much more condensed version with a few extra facts spread out. I had already read that one, but since this book is so short, I decided to finish reading the entire thing anyway because it was a nice refresher.
Angie
Dec 19, 2015 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like a more detailed / in depth version, but from the conclusion it doesn't sound like Strobel intended it that way - he wanted to scratch the surface and hope others believed what he researched as true. Some sections were detailed though. It's a mix. Did have some good information though!
Joseph
Jan 27, 2016 Joseph rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This was OK. There were a lot interesting things to read and understand. I think most people know, maybe not, that the birth of Jesus was not Dec 25th, but sometime in the spring. I had forgotten the reason why we celebrate it on a different day and it had the reason there.

"In AD 385, Pope Julius I declared December 25 as the day of celebrating Christ's birth. "He chose that date," Christian researcher Gretchen Passantino told me, "partly to challenge the pagan celebration of the Roman god Satur
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Ashish Jaituni
May 31, 2012 Ashish Jaituni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
This book was not required if the Author had nothing new to offer. His previous books 'The case for Christ' and 'The case for the real Jesus' were good. Other books too were not bad but this one and 'the case for easter' have nothing new to offer. Especially, in this book where I expected the author to give proofs for the baby in manger and the Christmas story as being authentic, He has just put the same material which he covered in the above mentioned books. There is hardly anything on Christma ...more
Jesse Broussard
Jan 17, 2012 Jesse Broussard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very quick little read, and immensely worthwhile. I differ with him on a few points--I would guess that Matthew was written before Mark, and as far as a "Q" existing, I fail to see why it wouldn't be Matthew instead of some other source that's no longer extant. But other than this and a few other wholly non-essential points, I thought it was nearly flawless.

However, I did go into it with a slightly different view of what I'd be taking away: I was expecting something defending the dat
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Georgia Herod
May 07, 2016 Georgia Herod rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written in the same style as The Case for Christ and The Case for Faith, Strobel investigates the identity of Jesus as the Child in the manger. Excellent apologetics. Can be read in one sitting.
David
Dec 16, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of the interviews seemed staged to me and there are a lot issues ignored or glossed over. Still it is a valuable read and setting forth some positive arguments for the Bible's view of Jesus.
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Lee Patrick Strobel (born January 25, 1952) is an American Christian author, journalist, apologist and pastor. He has written several books, including four which received ECPA Christian Book Awards (1994, 1999, 2001, 2005) and a series which addresses challenges to a Biblically inerrant view of Christianity. Strobel also hosted a television program called Faith Under Fire on PAX TV, and runs a vid ...more
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Cases for Christianity (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
  • The Case for a Creator: A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points Toward God
  • The Case for the Real Jesus: A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ
  • The Case for Easter: A Journalist Investigates the Evidence for the Resurrection
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“Dr. J. P. Moreland pointed out that the disciples were in a unique position to know whether the resurrection actually happened, and they were willing to go to their deaths proclaiming it was true. Moreland’s logic was persuasive. “Obviously,” he said, “people will die for their religious convictions if they sincerely believe they are true.” Religious fanatics have done that throughout history. While they may strongly believe in the tenets of their religion, however, they don’t know for a fact whether their faith is based on the truth. They’re simply not in a position where they can know for sure. They can only believe. In stark contrast, the disciples were in the unique position to know for a fact whether Jesus had returned from the dead. They said they saw him, touched him, and ate with him. And knowing the truth of what they actually experienced, they were willing to die for him. Had they known this was a lie, they would never have been willing to sacrifice their lives. Nobody willingly dies for something that they know is false. They proclaimed the resurrection to their deaths for one reason alone: they knew it was true, because they had personally encountered and experienced the risen Jesus.33 So, ironically, it’s the evidence for Easter that provided the decisive confirmation for me that the Christmas story is true: that the freshly born baby in the manger was the unique Son of God, sent on a mission to be the savior of the world. GOD’S GREATEST GIFT After spending nearly two years investigating the identity” 1 likes
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