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More Than a Carpenter

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In "More Than a Carpenter" Josh focuses upon the person who changed his life - Jesus Christ. It is a hard-headed book for people who are skeptical about Jesus' deity, his resurrection, his claims on their lives.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 12th 1980 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 1977)
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Jeff Youngblood
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
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
May 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
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
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
Zach Freeman
Oct 11, 2007 rated it did not like it
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.
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Gregory Miller
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A great read! For me it just re-solidified my faith.
Historic analysis and logic combine in this short book to present a thoughtful explanation of who Jesus was and why He matters to you today. It's a somewhat academic work from an attorney, but approachable through the use of common language.

When I first read "More than a Carpenter" as a young person, it had a huge impact on me and I thought about it for weeks and even years. I would like to read it again, but I think I will be saying that about every 10 years for the rest of my life.

After readi
Ryan Luke
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a must read for every Christian especially bible school students. Learn how to defend the Christian faith and how to answer questions that bible skeptics will ask.
Rachel Post
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
10/10. clear succinct and thorough. will continue going more in depth with other books though.
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just finished re-reading this book. We read it as one of the udies in a married couples grou some years ago. I am not sure why I never did a review of the book before. But now I offer the following brief review and at the same time share it with a number of people outside Good Reads.

There was a time when I was very skeptical of the “facts” surrounding the life of Christ and who He was. Oh I believed the historically proven facts. Strangely enough as the years have gone on more and more of the
Victor Liu
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read for anyone who is skeptical about Christianity, new to the religion or has already rooted in church.
Having read this book, a lot of my doubts has been clear up but, at the same time, I feel like I have even more questions in my head that need to be answered. I don't mean this in a bad way. This one of those books that makee you think, makes ask questions and makes you desire for answers.
As the author said at the end, we have a life of our own and he has his, he could only sh
Angie Libert
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scholar
Being a Christian I certainly come to this book with a biased opinion, which makes me wonder what someone outside of faith would think of this book. Kind of like how I can read nutrition books and see the errors in the authors thinking, I wonder how others more immersed on this topic would see it.

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this book. His chapter titled "Lord, Lunatic or Liar?" in regards to Jesus was thought-provoking. If you the text is accurate you would certainly have to make a decision r
Mar 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians
Shelves: non-fiction, religion
Oh how I wish I had read this before I read C.S. Lewis’ – Mere Christianity!

As someone who is still wrapping my head around the Christian faith – not being a new believer but a new practising believer – I was excited to read this book, anticipating if not answers then at least theological starting points on which to ponder my quest at finding out the truth about Jesus.

McDowell delivers many quotes from believers and non-believers alike, simply cited and well placed. It’s not a book that can tra
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this book has been on my sisters bookshelf for several years. I used to think that it was a fictional book :) It definitely wasn't. Josh McDowell (and his son) give a thoughtful, mind-provoking view to the fact that Jesus was more than carpenter. I great book to read with your devotions.

The only thing that bothered me a little was when they talked about versions of the Bible (very brief). They said it didn't matter whether or not a version said "you" instead of "thee". Through study of the di
Sep 21, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Still reading, but finding so many wonderful things in this book. Here is one of my favorite pages...

"Was Jesus a Liar?"
"If, when Jesus made his claims, he knew that he was not God, then he was lying and deliberately deceiving his followers. But if he was a liar, then he was also a hypocrite because he taught others to be honest whatever the cost. Worse than that, if he was lying, he was a demon because he told others to trust him for their eternal destiny. If he couldn't back up his claims and
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book that strongly advocates the validity of the deity of Jesus Christ in a short n' sweet number of pages. The size of the book (179 pages) is, in my opinion, just right for introducing readers to Jesus Christ - who He is, His message, His death and resurrection, and His claim as the one and only Messiah. He also tackles with intelligence certain assertions or questions that come about from modern-day thinkers who doubt Christ's deity. While there are times I wish McDowell would have go ...more
May 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Josh McDowell never comes up short when it comes to presenting the facts, and this little book is no exception. I've read it five or six times, and each time it amazes me how much evidence there is proving that Jesus Christ is who He says He is, and did what He said He did. The personal stories can get a bit dry at times, but this is nonetheless a great book for Christians to read to strengthen their own faith.

It is also a great book for the intellectual skeptic that needs empirical proof on an
Jeremiah Baker
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was extremely informative and allowed me to expand my knowledge on the evidence behind the Bible. The way that the author formatted the information made the book an easy read. The extensive use of quotes and other sources helped to legitimize the information. Josh went very in depth on many topics, addressing issues such as the Bible's legitimacy and the creation of the Earth. Before reading this book I was somewhat interested in apologetics, but after reading, I have found a new passi ...more
Ben Lind
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Are you a Christian having doubts about your belief in Jesus Christ? Are you an atheist wondering why in the world these Christians would believe in Him? This book takes a systematic view and analysis of all the evidence supporting and all the arguments against Jesus Christ, His life, and His deity.

Did He really live? Was He just a good person/prophet? Is it true He rose from the dead? This book answers these questions, and many more.

This book is for anyone who is or has had doubts about their f
Jun 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Tries desperately but fails. The chapter disputing atheism is the worst, with so many logical fallacies and inconsistencies it's pathetic.

I feel a bit bad leaving a review like this because this book was a gift from my grandmother, but I would honestly prefer to read the Bible as it contains some interesting stories and not ridiculous arguments and attempts to logically prove the existence of a god.
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As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic. He truly believed that Christianity was worthless. However, when challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling, overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After trusting in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of ...more
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“The words Jesus Christ are not a first and last name; they are actually a name and a title. The name Jesus is derived from the Greek form of the name Jeshua or Joshua, meaning “Jehovah-Savior” or “the Lord saves.” The title Christ is derived from the Greek word for Messiah (or the Hebrew Mashiach, see Daniel 9:26) and means “anointed one.” 4 likes
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