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Forensic Faith: A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Forensic Faith will help readers:
understand why they have a duty to defend the truth
develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word
become better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers
With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2017 by David C Cook
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May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am so impressed with this book! I haven’t read any other books by this author, but I definitely plan to now! I plan to read Cold-Case Christianity as soon as possible, based on what I have learned in Forensic Faith.

I love how straight forward the author is in his explanations. He presents the information very clearly and in a method that makes sense. He does not speak down to the reader, yet he makes sure to not skip steps in his explanation.

I really appreciate the way the author takes the rea
Lydia Howe
Why I Choose this Book:

Christian Apologetics are something I've been interested in for a long time. I spent a lot of time studying them during my teens, but I haven't invested as much time into them recently. When this book popped up for review, it looked interesting - especially considering the author used to be an atheist. The fact that he's a homicide deceive and uses the training he's learned through that to help Christians learn how to defend their faith better? Well, how could I say no to
Andrea Cox
by Andrea Renee Cox

Forensic Faith inspired me. It was such an encouraging book with lots of tips and suggestions for how to increase one's faith in an evidential way that will lend itself well to leading others to explore their own faith in God. This book was hard to put down at times, and I really appreciated the passion with which the author shared his message.

A few things I disliked:

1. The author put a lot of focus on combating atheism.
From what I have seen, there are many, many more opponent
Carole Jarvis
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

Forensic Faith is not only a well-written, interesting and informative book, I’d say that it is a vital book, especially in today’s times. My faith is strong and I’ve done a lot of study over the years, but could I give an adequate defense for why I believe? Probably not.

I’ve always found apologetics interesting and have read some works by authors like Lee Strobel, which can be quite deep. What I like about Forensic Faith is that it is thoroug
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Forensic Faith: A Cold-Case Detective Helps You Rethink and Share Your Christian Beliefs by J. Warner Wallace is a comprehensive guide to sharing and defending your Christian faith. I was interested in reading this book because I often encounter people who are antagonistic toward my faith and sometimes have trouble articulating my beliefs in a clear manner. It's also difficult to overcome certain rote objections or fights by rabid atheists. The book description says:

"Forensic Faith will help rea
Christian Fiction Addiction
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Written in an easy-to-read manner that will be accessible to a wide variety of audiences, "Forensic Faith" is a vitally important book that every Christian should read. Wallace makes truly compelling arguments about how Christianity is an evidence-based faith and how believers absolutely have a duty to not only know what we believe but why we believe it so we can "contend for the faith". Citing sobering statics about how few Christians hold a Biblical worldview, Wallace provides practical advice ...more
Natacha Ramos
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is absolutely amazing!

I'm grateful beyond measure by James Warner Wallace's ministry. His commitment to equip believers to make the case for Christianity will never cease to inspire me.

Forensic Faith did 2 things for me: 1) Help me realize how important it is for people around me that I assume my role as a case maker 2) Open my eyes to see all the evidence I still need to master. I don't know it all. I need to keep studying.

AlbertThis book explains what, in my opinion, are very complex
Luke Nix
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Outstanding book on the case for making an evidential case as part of our evangelism. Highly recommended if you are curious about "apologetics," have kids, or just would like to be more bold in presenting the Gospel to unbelieving friends and family.

Check out my full, chapter-by-chapter review here:
Jay Medenwaldt
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is probably the single most important apologetics book for anyone to read in our current culture. Wallace is a great writer, who is respectful of others while making a fantastic case for the need for apologetics. This is a book every Christian should read and a book that apologists should give out to other Christians.

The book is also very enjoyable to read because of the real-life examples Wallace writes about from his experience as a detective. This is one of those rare books that everyone
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book helps point out how important it is to understand the evidence that proves Christianity is true. Not only for the readers benefit but for the unbelievers we come in to contact with.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-reads
This is an excellent book to give you a guideline to help you defend the faith, witness to others and know why you believe what you believe.

J. Warner Wallace was in the movie God's Not Dead 2 when he had to take the witness stand to defend the faith. He does make references to the two previous books that he wrote and it does help if you read those before reading this book.

If you want to dig deep and love CSI stuff, this book is for you and it does help put our faith in perspective as to build a
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a book on making a case for Christianity by J. Warner Wallace. Wallace himself is quite an interesting fellow. A second generation Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy turned cold-case detective, J. Warner Wallace became a Christian later in life after years of walking the path of skepticism. This is his third book on Christian apologetics that he authored and using his background as a detective he teaches us how to employ skillsets he has learned as a detective in the pursuit and defense of tru ...more
Jason Mccool
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians
Shelves: kindle, owned
Forensic Faith is the 3rd of the excellent books by J. Warner Wallace that started off with Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. If you're not familiar with them, Cold-Case Christianity looked at the evidence for the reliability of the New Testament and the truth of Christianity, while God's Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe looked at the evidence for an "outside agent" behind the creation of t ...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Some people believe that the word apologetics means to apologize for something, but it actually means a way to defend what you believe. Most Christians fail miserably to defend their faith when push comes to shove. They know what they believe but they can't prove or defend it when it comes to someone who wants to know more. How then can we, as parents, provide the means to do just that, when sending our kids off to public schools and colleges only to have our kids unable to communicate effective ...more
Michael Boling
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Believers are commanded in 1 Peter 3:15 to always be ready to “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” Being able to provide such a defense requires the believer to have a functional understanding of the faith in which they have placed their hope. Part of this effort involves the practice of apologetics. Moreover, developing a good apologetic for the faith includes utilizing the vast amount of evidence available in support of the faith. Having valuable ...more
Evan Minton
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book by J. Warner Wallace. I already knew it was a 4 star book when I was only 2 chapters in. This book, as Wallace makes clear, isn't a book making a case for the truth of Christianity. He already did that in his earlier books; Cold Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. In this book, Wallace makes the case for making a case for Christianity. In other words, he gives a defense for giving defense. He gives an apologetic for doing apologetics. Forensic Faith could be said t ...more
Frank Ehbrecht
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book that is much need at this very hour!

This book is important for all Christians to read! We must heed Wallace’s advice and become Christian “Case Makers” and it is more important now than ever before! Unfortunately many Christians have abandoned the evidence meant to give us a “forensic faith” and either believe either in spite of the oppositions arguments or blindly (without having ever considered the truth for the Christian faith). And even if we are firmly convinced of the truth and
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Being the daughter of a retired Pennsylvania State Trooper, I learned about deductive reasoning and forensic science at a young age. When I saw the title for this book, Forensic Faith:A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith by J. Warner Wallace, I knew I wanted to review it.

Forensic Faith is a dynamic resource every Christian should read. In the opening Wallace shares some scary statistics that show too many Christians, especially young adults, are
Shannon (Mrsreadsbooks)
Forensic Faith will help readers: understand why they have a duty to defend the truth,
develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity, learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word and become better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers. With real-life detective stories, fascinating strategies, and biblical insights, Wallace teaches readers cold-case investigative disciplines they can apply to their Chris
Lisa Johnson
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Title: Forensic Faith (A Homicide Detective Makes the Case for a More Reasonable, Evidential Christian Faith)
Author: J Warner Wallace
Pages: 224
Year: 2017
Publisher: David C Cook
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
Forensic Faith is the third book of a trilogy with the other two being God’s Crime Scene and Cold Case-Christianity. The author’s heart is to equip Christians with the ability to know and defend their faith with the multitude of evidence available to all. The author was an atheist most of his li
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
As a diehard fan of Dateline NBC and the copious cold-case and forensic files shows on TV, this book by cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace is right up my alley!

Wallace uses his training & experience as a detective, along with his passion for apologetics, to present a case for “making the case” for Christianity. In particular, he references the need to equip our kids to know what they believe and why they believe it so that they have a fighting chance of surviving college with the
Katherine Jones
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even if you haven’t seen it, you’re probably aware that The Case for Christ has recently been in theatres around the country. The movie, of course, is based on the contemporary classic by Lee Strobel. Our family saw it, and enjoyed it, and partly because of this, examining the claims of Jesus — the basis for Christianity — has been at the forefront of my mind lately. Historically, I’m the kind of gal who tends to be guided by emotions and subjective experience. Which doesn’t on its own generally ...more
In this instructive book, J. Warner Wallace applies the forensic techniques he uses in cold-case criminal investigation to the challenge of defending Christian claims in dialog with seekers and skeptics — his jury, so to speak. This book is addressed to Christian readers, many of whom cannot explain why they believe as they do. Wallace begins by “making a case for making a case,” then lays out an action plan by which Christians can prepare to support their beliefs with reason and evidence and co ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Many readers are likely familiar with Lee Strobel's The Case for ... series. His early work The Case For Christ, in fact, was recently made into a movie and released in theaters nationwide on April 7, 2017.

I read The Case for Christ many moons ago; while I remember reading and thinking generally positively about it, I don't recall it being as approachable as Wallace's Forensic Faith. The latter reads -- well, more like a crime scene than a book, and I appreciated that. It reads quickly, but pack
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's important to know what we Christians believe and why. Wallace wants us to understand our faith and know how to defend it. He wants us to know how to make a persuasive case for Christianity.

This, and the other two books Wallace has written, are unique in style in that he blends his experience as a cold case detective with his expertise in apologetics. Reading about some of the cases he has worked on is a good break from the intensity of reading about defending the faith. He also makes good u
Camille Turner
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was great. I was afraid to buy it because I heard it's about the motive for making a case for faith. I already understood why I should make the case, so why should I read a book explaining that? J Warner uses his familiar detective style to draw you into the info. He gives great analogies and illustrations, shares scriptural support, and you can tell he did his research. He shares a summary of what many of the first Christian casemakers did in history to witness about Jesus i ...more
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this informative book about the importance of knowing why you believe what you believe. He really made his case explaining why Christians should know the evidence for our faith, from teenagers to adults. It was fascinating to see how he used strategies for police investigations when investigating the Christian faith and showed us how to do it, too. The book is visually appealing, too, with sidebars that pull out definitions, training tips and challenges and also has little drawi ...more
Julie D.
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book had so much great information put together in such an interesting and compelling way! I found myself not wanting to put it down because it pulled me in and grabbed my attention from the beginning to end.

The author explains Christianity in the same methodical way he would solve a case as a homicide detective. I really found this interesting and, I think if this book were presented to an atheist or someone who had doubts about God, they would be so drawn in, they would not be able to com
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think it would pay to have read Wallace's two earlier books, though he sums them up briefly in this latest one.
I like the approach that Christians need more training than teaching, though not everyone might agree. But Wallace is right to say that many Christians have no training in how to explain or 'apologize' for their faith. Consequently they struggle to counter the arguments atheists and other non-believers put up against the faith. (Boiled down there aren't actually that many arguments,
Steve Van Keulen II
Wallace has yet again been both informative and challenging. This third installment of Detective J. Warner Wallace's apologetics based volumes is one of a kind. Wallace has brought us back to the basics here in Forensic Faith and used his decades of experience to bring us something that he has noticed is NEEDED. A case for making THE CASE. All to often as both Christians and Apologists we come across "nay sayers" even amongst the body of Christ.

Wallace has taken his expert skills as a "cold-cas
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J. Warner Wallace is both a detective (currently working cold case homicides), a missions leader and a church planter. He started his career as a designer (earning a BFA from California State University at Long Beach and a Master’s in Architecture from UCLA). He eventually joined a law enforcement agency in Los Angeles County and has been a police officer and detective for nearly 25 years. Jim was ...more