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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Did Jesus Really Exist?
The search for the historical Jesus continues to be headline news. Any speculative theory seems to get instant attention as the debate rages about His real identity and the claims made in His name. Did Jesus really exist? Is there real historical evidence that demonstrates that He lived and actually said and did the things the Gospels record? Is there any validity to the speculative claims that the Jesus story was a myth, borrowed from a variety of pagan cultures of the ancient world?
In this follow-up to the book Gods Not Dead (that inspired the movie), Man, Myth, Messiah looks at the evidence for the historical Jesus and exposes the notions of skeptics that Jesus was a contrived figure of ancient mythology. It also looks at the reliability of the Gospel records as well as the evidence for the resurrection that validates His identity as the promised Messiah. Man, Myth, Messiah will be released concurrent to the Gods Not Dead movie sequel, which will cover the same theme.
Rice Broocks is the cofounder of the Every Nation family of churches, with more than one thousand churches in more than 73 nations. The senior minister of Bethel World Outreach Church, Nashville, Tennessee, Rice is also the author of several books, including Man, Myth, Messiah, Gods Not Dead, The Purple Book, and Every Nation in Our Generation. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Rice has a masters degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and a doctorate of missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Jackson Reynolds1 Stars Out Of 5One Star Is Too GenerousFebruary 3, 2017Jackson ReynoldsQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 4This is perhaps one of the worst books I have ever read. I have read a great deal of Christian apologetic literature (running the gamut from dreadful to superb), but this flaccid pamphlet falls far beyond the pale of even the most infantile titles I've hitherto had the displeasure of ingesting. The author's spectacularly conspicuous ignorance of basic science, coupled with his thinly (read: unsuccessfully) disguised certainty of conclusion from the outset, makes it painfully evident that one should not be surprised when one arrives at the bottom of the final page and discovers that not a single drop of original scholarship or legitimate critical questioning were anywhere to be found within this 300-page, question-begging Gospel tract. Having read this book, it is now of little mystery to me why the "God's Not Dead" films which were based on this book and its prequel were so unashamedly terrible. Let it be known: if one wishes for his or her cause (whatever it may be) to be in any respect seriously advanced, Pastor Rice Broocks is not the cheerleader one would be wise to employ to champion said cause.
comfyreading1 Stars Out Of 5Confirmation Bias at it's bestJune 2, 2016comfyreadingQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 1I know in my mind that Jesus existed, and I know he was raised from the dead and all the other good stuff that happened all those years ago. What this book claims, is that it will give me even more solid information about the man we have come to know as the Son of God. This book claims that it has answers to our questions about whether he existed, and it also has proof that Jesus is a part of our historical world.
Thats all fine and dandy and I was ready to read some really good, researched, paper on that as well as other questions being answered. What I got was a jumble of bible verses, reiterations of parts of the bible that I already know, and information that could easy be taken from the bible. What I am trying to say is that Mr. Broocks didnt do any research, didnt take any time to actually try and find answers with scientific reason, instead he perused the bible to try and connect the dots. We in the psychology field (heh) call this confirmation bias. This means that the author used a book that he already knew would give him the answers he so seeked, and didnt do any other research (as far as I can tell) that would support his theory.
There has been no time in my college education, or even before that, where I was allowed to use one reference when it came to doing a research paper. If I used one book to explain all of my theories and ideas, but never cross referenced any other historical book or website or anything-how would I know Im right? Broocks uses faith and the already known stories from the bible to put his faith in the word that Jesus existed. Okay, this is fine, but to have written an entire book claiming that you have proof he existed. This just doesnt rub me the right way at all. I feel like he took the easy way out, and used the bait and switch method for this book. Sorry Mr. Broocks but this wasnt your best shot, and I definitely lost some respect for you here.
If this book was put into the hands of a non-believer, or someone who isnt sure what they believe, the book isnt going to be taken seriously, nor will it be considered historically accurate. I dont like when books like this say they are going to destroy the myth, yet use words from the bible which is one of the most ridiculed books in the world. To anyone buying this book for answers, they are only going to get bible verses spit at them in little increments. You are better off seeking out the Holy Bible instead of this. Dont buy this book, its just pointless to read. I give this book 1 out of 5 stars. Can I give a zero?
pastor2519West Point, UTAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Greatest Question: Is Jesus Man, Myth or MessaihApril 20, 2016pastor2519West Point, UTAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Was Jesus just a man? Was he a myth? Or is He truly the Messiah. Author Rice Broocks suggests that history's greatest question is just who was Jesus; and he sets out to answer it in his recently released book Man Myth Messiah: Answering History's Greatest Question ( W Publishing Group, 2016).
As Dr Gary Habermas points out in the forward, Broocks builds a strong Christian foundation from which action should proceed. Historical facts and reliability of scripture make up the first few chapters, then Broocks moves on to the facts behind the resurrection and crucifixion, and then the deity of Jesus. But he doesn't stop there. As Christians we are called to carry the good news and so Broocks devotes some space to showing why believers need to be engaged in discipleship and evangelism.
In his introduction Broocks points out that churches are starting to see a real need to equip people to defend their faith (p xviii). Fifty years ago that might not have been needed, but in this age of millennials, post-modernism, and an increasingly diverse demographic in most of our neighborhoods, it's often not enough think that we know what we believe, we have to know why we believe it, and be able to explain why.
Broocks has done an excellent job of compiling information from scholars and theologians, and putting it into language that the average church person can understand. He provides answers to the most frequent arguments that a Christian is likely to encounter, and as I read this book, I finally felt that I was also gaining the confidence needed to share and defend my faith in Jesus the Messiah.
Notice I said gain the confidence. I have been sure of and confident in my faith for quite some time, however that doesn't mean that I have felt comfortable proclaiming it, and when challenged, I was likely to back down. I didn't change my idea of Jesus, but I felt definitely unprepared to get into a prolonged discussion of why. Now I feel that I have the information I need to explain the what and why of my faith.
This book serves as a stand-alone read, or could easily be used in a Sunday school class or small group, and could serve as a valuable resource for Pastors to use in preparing sermons or evangelism training.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review.
TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Great introduction to apologeticsApril 18, 2016TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As Christians, we find ourselves moving from the doctrinal discussions of earlier times into a battle allowing us to own faith and still be considered intelligent beings. Fortunately, the defenders of the faith have never been far from the front lines of these skirmishes. C.S. Lewis, Josh McDowell, Alister McGrath, and Lee Strobel have become commonplace names in the field of apologetics through the past several decades. to this list we might now add Rice Brocks, author of Man, Myth, Messiah .
The movies God's Not Dead, and God's Not Dead 2 are based on the works of Brocks, and when one needs a place to begin developing their stance on apologetics, I believe the works of Brocks are excellent starting points. For the moment, I look to Man, Myth, Messiah only.
Brocks begins by creating a historical foundation for the existence of Jesus Christ, and then moves stepwise through a route to move from the simple historical acceptance the man Jesus Christ existed to the believe He was the Messiah. The work is reminiscent of earlier works, but includes updated support which speaks to his points.
Beyond the updated examples, earlier writers like Lewis and Strobel tend to dig deep in their writings and leave casual readers struggling to read the much needed material. Brocks seems to have a way of writing which I find easier to read, all the while maintaining the depth needed to give integrity to his work. I highly recommend anyone who wishes to develop a deeper basis for defending their faith to give this book a read. It is well worth their time.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for review purposes in exchange for a fair and honest review of the material contained. A positive review was not required and all thoughts on the book are my own.
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Man Myth MessiahApril 13, 2016gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5MAN MYTH MESSIAH
Answering Historys Greatest Question
By Rice Broocks
Who was Jesus? Just a man, a good teacher, or was He a myth, a made up story, or was He the true messiah promised by God in the Old Testament? Rice Broocks will answer this question in his book Man, Myth, Messiah. . Using the Holy Bible and other historical writing Rice shares the facts and factious stories that have been passed down for centuries by other religions and groups. The facts Rice share proves who Jesus was, why He was here. Rice has divided his information into 10 chapters of information that include what skeptics believe, why the Bible is reliable, why Jesus had to die and many other details. One chapter is answering the call to discipleship and another is on preparing to share the Gospel.
I found the book very interesting, especially the stories of the myths. The book contains a large amount of information. Use this book in discussion groups and/or study groups to understand who Jesus really is.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
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