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More Than A Carpenter

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  26,546 ratings  ·  647 reviews
If you are trying to find a simple, easy to read case for the claims of Jesus Christ as the Son of God, Josh McDowell's "More Than A Carpenter" is what you've been looking for. It is not a powerful apologetic or a theological masterpiece but it is a great introduction into the study of who Jesus Christ really is. The foundation of the book is based on the three primary pos ...more
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Published by Living Books (first published 1977)
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Jeff Youngblood
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Someday, in heaven, I am going to thank the kind stranger who handed me this book one day. I was at the height of skepticism, embittered with religion and disillusioned with humanity in general. Christianity was the religion of optimistic but ignorant fools, in my opinion. I didn't even want to talk to the guy, but he asked me to take the book. Hesitantly, I did.
Over the coming weeks I found myself drawn to this book. Through it I realized the skewed, one-demensional Christianity I had always se
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Mary
Nov 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books I read with a highlighter handy. And I ended up highlighting about half the book...

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

"Christianity is not a religion. Religion is humans trying to work their way to God through good works. Christianity is God coming to men and women through Jesus Christ" (p. 5).

"It amazes me to hear so many people say that Jesus was simply a good moral teacher. Let's be realistic. How could he be a great moral teacher and knowingly mislead p
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Brian
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some disclaimers off the bat:
-I am a practicing Christian
-this review is about the text as a book, not as a piece of proselytization
-there is an updated and revised edition of this text. I did not read that edition

“More Than a Carpenter” is a dated book. There is no way around it. (see above note) However, for what it is, and its intended audience, I think it is fine for what it seems meant to do. I am not a person who is in doubt about the divinity of Christ, but I am a person who is very intel
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Landon
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first books by a Christian apologists that I ever read, and now that I've read it for a second time I have a better sense of how the book measures up. As an overall comment, I think the value of this book is comprised solely of the fact that it is a quick, easy read which presents some of the basic arguments for Christianity. If you are a complete novice when it comes to Christian apologetics, this book will at least acquaint you with the kinds of claims that are made and the ...more
Joe
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joe by: Diane Flora
Shelves: spirituality
As a former hardened cynic, this book changed my life. It didn't change my life single-handedly but as part of a series of influences really. Nonetheless I've never been able to look at Jesus the same since I read it -- for the better I think.

In my experience, most who suggest that McDowell's arguments are drivel offer no support for their claim(s), as if they're self-evident. My suggestion? Ask them to detail their counterargument(s). Then read the book and ask yourself the same question throug
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Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.

Jesus is all He claimed – and that’s all there is.

This book is the most inspiring thing I’ve read in decades. I’d recommend it to any Christian – because I believe that although faith is the only principle you can base your relationship with God on, it’s super nice to be able to say, “Hey, this is real. I’ve looked into it,” if someone ever asks you. This book is an absolute treasure!
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James Daniels
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved More Than a Carpenter, I think everyone should read this book. If you have any doubt about Jesus Christ being the son of God and that he died on a cross for our sins and God raised him from the dead. This is the book to read it gives you tons of evidence that you can't dispute about Jesus. This book is very powerful and it speaks the truth and I believe it has changed many readers to where they have given there lives to Jesus. The book also reconfirmed my commitment as a follower of Jesu ...more
Dan
Aug 14, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes a rather slapdash approach to apologetics, and commits some grievous errors in argumentation. For instance, the author falls into the silly modern contrivance of insisting that Christianity isn't a religion, in order to dump any negativity onto his customized definition of religion and preserve the 'pure' character of his supposed personal relationship with god.

When arguing against counter-apologetics, McDowell provides an underwhelming and often inaccurate summary of the non-chr
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Dave
May 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The heart of this book is that either Jesus was who He said he was (Son of God, single path to God) or he was crazy or lying. For some to call Him a "good teacher" without being the Savior is a flawed argument. And to try to fit Him into a view that there are many roads to God doesn't hold up either. Either accept Him as the sole way to God, or leave Him out of the argument altogether because it just doesn't fit with His very own teachings.

Classic book that deserves to be read more than once.
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Keir
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the first books (aside from the bible) that I read that helped lead me to a clearer understanding of who Christ is, and into a saving relationship with Him. Elementary, clear and poignant. I haven't picked it up recently but I'd imagine it's still very much worth a read for the same reasons. ...more
Debbie
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"More Than a Carpenter" is a book that defends the Christian faith. The authors pack a lot of information into this slim book, but it's written with a conversational tone and is easy to read and understand.

The authors use common questions they've been asked during talks on this topic to start most of the sections, then they answer them using information they've discovered themselves or by quoting other experts. In this revised edition, they added updated material and a new section on science to
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Philip
Jul 11, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I read this back in college when I was a christian, and I just read it again as an atheist. I remember thinking it was well-written and scientific. Boy, was I wrong. SO much sloppy logic, littered with straw men arguments.

And what the heck is this "Aristotle's Dictum"? I can't find any references to it on the web outside of Christian apologetics. Basically, McDowell says the benefit of the doubt should be given to any historical document - we should assume its writer is telling the truth until
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Jane Glossil
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Christianity is not a myth and Jesus Christ is real, all the evidence you need are presented concisely in this book. I found this book at Booksale, and knew without a doubt that I should take it home with me. True enough, this book proved to be a blessing. I liked best that the approach was not argumentative nor persuasive, like Yancey's style, the facts of Jesus and his life are presented here in an unbiased and objective manner. You journey together with McDowell as his thoughts become transfo ...more
Cade
“ ‘Oh for God’s sake, don’t give me that garbage. I’m fed up with religion; I’m fed up with the church; I’m fed up with the Bible. Don’t give me that garbage about religion.” She shot back, “Mister, I didn’t say religion, I said Jesus Christ.’ “

“Christianity is not a religion. Religion is humans trying to work their way to God through good works. Christianity is God coming to men and women through Jesus Christ offering them a relationship with himself.”

“My mind told me all this was true but my w
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Zach Freeman
This is one of the silliest books I've ever read. Anyone planning to use any of the information in this book to "logically" support their religious claims should reconsider what logic is. Stuff like the "lord, liar, lunatic" argument and "why would the disciples die for a lie?" are laughable. Don't read this book for any rational purpose. It should only be used to add a touch of humor to your day. ...more
Stefan
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A small volume that communicated well why Jesus Christ is more then a prophet or simply a good man. I found this book to be a pleasant refresher on why makes Jesus and Christianity unique. The author uses quotes and supporting data from a varied group of individuals, and clearly shows, that you cannot partly believe in Christ, for you either believe he was the son of God, or alternatively, you believe he was a lunatic or a fraud. McDowell shows his communication ability in the fact that he is ab ...more
Jason McIntire
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Great short walk-through of a basic Christian apologetic, focused on the historicity of Christ's resurrection. Good to give to unsaved friends, but also a good resource to help Christians learn how to answer most common questions and objections from unbelievers. Not recommended for children due to graphic medical analysis of crucifixion; also elements of McDowell's personal testimony near the end.

And let's keep in mind: the work of apologetics, in itself, doesn't save anyone. That's the job of t
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Michael O'Brien
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an outstanding book for the skeptic examining with an open mind the claims that Jesus Christ and His early followers made about Him. It is factual, rational, clear, and easy to read. I highly recommend this book for religious and non-religious alike looking to see their preconceptions about Jesus Christ and Christianity challenged and addressed.
Amber
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Christianity is not a religion. Religion is humans trying to work their way to God through good works. Christianity is God coming to men and women through Jesus Christ offering them a relationship with himself."

Absolutely loved this book! ❤️
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Suzanne Cefola
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book everyone should read; only 1 hour in audio form. If you are a Christian or are wondering more about the validity of who Jesus was, you must read this book! The author set out to disprove Jesus existed and in doing so he realized not only did he actually exist but he was “more than just a carpenter.”
Pastor Greg
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rate this book a 4, despite some problems, because it is intended for the uninitiated and is a great tool for that purpose.

I read this book about a year after becoming a Christian. I was facing the claims of Jehovah's Witnesses (denying the Deity of Jesus Christ) and was troubled by my own questions on the matter of Who Jesus is. This book provided the "meat" that I needed to find assurance of the reality of the person and work of Jesus Christ. If Jesus is not God, we are all doomed. This book
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Ty Lukasiewicz
Really great book! Short and powerful. I enjoyed reading josh McDowell’s book “more than a carpenter”. Josh studied for fifteen years about Christ and the resurrection of Jesus. He gives great points on how history proves Jesus life as truth. This is a great apologetic.

One thing that I really enjoyed was when josh spoke about how Christ could either be a liar, a lunatic, or lord. He said this:

“ if Jesus was a lunatic then why did he speak righteously and with a good conscience, inspiring and tea
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Casey
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Casey by: Jonathan Rousseau
I was extremely impressed by this book. It doesn't matter if you are looking for answers, agnostic, strong Christian, Muslim, I don't really care it is a very factual non-biased book. It really lets you see things from a new perspective and along with whatever else you have learned in your life you can formulate your own judgement and beliefs from there. It is a very quick read and if nothing else is thought provoking and informational. Don't shy away from it from the simple fact that is is goin ...more
David Skinner
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
McDowell address many of the common apprehensions and objections that detractors of Christianity level against the historicity and logic of the Christian faith. The book is meant for people who are Christians and need encouragement in these matters or for people who have largely philosophical / historical questions about Christianity. It is not for people whose primary concern with faith in Jesus is emotional or psychological - this book does not address those particular challenges.
Mike
A great little book. It's a quick read, and McDowell keeps a brisk pace throughout. It's just deep enough to be meaty, but not at all academic or dense. This book could benefit a seeker, a new Christian, or even a long-term Christian. Even if you are already familiar with much of the concepts, it's still a great refresher on the historical person Jesus. ...more
Amy
May 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not only is this book amazing, it is definitely a must-read.
Joe
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read! For me it just re-solidified my faith.
Carolyn Page
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
A great piece of evangelistic literature.
Gina Johnson
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid little booklet arguing the truth and historicity of Jesus and the Bible. AmblesideOnline year 8 book.
Leslie
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. McDowell examines historical evidence that proves the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He also explains what makes evidence trustworthy, which I really appreciated. It is very obvious that he studied extensively, and I like how he brings in a multitude of sources. Some may say that we don't need this type of evidence, because it's supposed to be based on faith. However, I think if we're putting our faith in something, we should have some ev ...more
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