Thursday, August 19, 2010

7 Apologetics Books for Giving Away

No, these are not being given away today. These are seven (okay, technically ten) books that are great for giving to others as gifts for evangelistic/apologetic purposes. In no particular order:

Who Made God? In Search for a Theory of Everything by Edgar Andrews
Extremely readable and suitable for everyone from layman to advanced. Looks at the God hypothesis from a scientific perspective. Fun, witty, and thorough, with various short critiques of Dawkins and Stenger. Highly recommended.

The God Question: Searching for a Life of Meaning by J.P. Moreland
Moreland takes a holistic approach as he looks at "the God question" as it relates to all of life. Appeals to the reader to assess classical Christianity as he presents a case for God's existence, the identity of Christ, and the life impact of becoming a disciple of Jesus.

Choosing Your Faith: In a World of Spiritual Options by Mark Mittelberg
An approachable look at how one should evaluate the truth of Christianity as it stacks up against other worldviews. An epistemology and philosophy of religion book in disguise; readable, relevant, and friendly.

Welcome to College: A Christ-Followers Guide for the Journey by Jonathan Morrow
For the high schooler and/or high school graduate, this great resource addresses all the tough questions and issues facing young people at a key time of transition to college and university. Morrow tackles the crucial subjects that should not be ignored. Something like this should be required reading in teenage years.

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
A true classic that has influenced millions, C.S. Lewis's masterpiece apologetics work is still just as relevant as ever. All apologists should read it and recommend it to others.

Five Sacred Crossings by Craig Hazen
A unique novel that is not only a page-turner, but a comparative religions sort of apologetics book that shows Christianity is true. Story-telling with a message; a good gift book.

The Case for Christ | Case for Faith | Case for a Creator | Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel
All of the great "Case for" books are suitable for both the beginner apologist or for those with questions. Strobel's journalistic investigation into Christianity and the Creator pulls from the best academic minds while keeping the reader engaged. All of these are ideal for giving to others.

For more apologetics books, see the directory here.
What books do you recommend as good for reaching others?


pds said...

Cheers Brian! I have been wondering for sometime what Apologetic book I should give to my little brother. 'Welcome to College' might just be the ticket.


Seth said...

I know that the God Question by J.P. Moreland is a great book for beginning apologetics and it's evangelistic too, which is a great giveaway book.

A book I'm currently reading by R.C. Sproul called, "Defending Your Faith: An Introduction to Apologetics" is an excellent introduction for the layperson to apologetic thought. Sproul's approach in the book is to establish the existence of God and the authority of the Bible. Before he does that, he sets the foundation for thinking logically. He establishes the four principles of knowledge: the law of non-contradiction, the law of causality, the basic reliability of sense perception, and the analogical use of language which really helped me to understand some other arguments I've read. Also, Sproul covers a brief analysis of Hume and Kant. This is great book for a primer on apologetics because Sproul doesn't start immediately with the arguments. As the title suggests it's an intro. I wish that I had read this before reading other apologetic works.

So, that is a book I would add to the giveaway list. I would also add Disouza's "What's So Great about Christianity?" due to his great writing. Dinesh's ability to make difficult things understandable creates a great apologetic book for the layperson. Bill Craig's book "On Guard" is a great foundational apologetic book too.

I'm going to check out some of the other books you mentioned. I've read the God Question and found it to be very helpful.

Thanks for the list Brian!

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