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Did Jesus really say and do what the Gospels describe---and can we prove it? It's history's greatest question. In his follow-up to God's Not Dead, Broocks examines the evidence for Jesus' existence, the reliability of the biblical records, and the proof of the resurrection that validates the Nazarene's identity as the promised Messiah. 240 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 271
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0849948568
ISBN-13: 9780849948565

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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 God’s 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 God’s Not Dead movie sequel, which will cover the same theme.

Author Bio

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 God’s Not Dead, The Purple Book, and Every Nation in Our Generation. A graduate of Mississippi State University, Rice has a master’s degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and a doctorate of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

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  1. 1 Stars Out Of 5
    Confirmation Bias at it's best
    June 2, 2016
    comfyreading
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I 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?
  2. West Point, UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Greatest Question: Is Jesus Man, Myth or Messaih
    April 20, 2016
    pastor2519
    West Point, UT
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Was 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.

    4.5/5
  3. Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great introduction to apologetics
    April 18, 2016
    Tim
    Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As 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.
  4. York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Man Myth Messiah
    April 13, 2016
    gcw1
    York, PA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    MAN 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
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Everyone must read this!
    April 11, 2016
    HeidiMarie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In this book, the author goes into detail about all of the historical evidence proving the existence, miracles, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus, as well as the validity of the Gospels. Obviously, as Christianity places all of its weight on the single event of Christ's resurrection, Jesus being the real deal is pretty darn important.

    This book really shocked me, as I had no idea that there was so much evidence outside of Scriptures that even non-believers admit proves that Jesus was a real man and the Messiah. There is just so much information given in this book- if I tried detailing it all here, this post would be ridiculously long. I am a little overwhelmed by all the proof given, and I feel so compelled to share it with everyone. I don't understand how anyone could deny Jesus after reading this book. Broocks obviously did so much research into this topic, and he provides all of the sources that he used for this book, so the readers know that his statements are valid.

    The purpose of this book, according to the author, was to equip Christians to be able to defend their faith, and explain exactly why they believe in Jesus, and also why that belief is valid. The book does a remarkable job of doing just that.

    The book is organized really well and is extremely easy to follow and understand. I think that everyone should read this book, regardless of belief. Even if this doesn't convince you to become a Christian, I think that it gives a lot of important information about the Christian faith. Each chapter ends with a summary that leaves the reader with the main ideas of each chapter, and the book ends with instructions of how to share this knowledge with others.

    I gave this book 5/5 stars! I just want to give this to every person that I know and make them read it. I also recommend watching the new film "God's Not Dead 2", as this book is the evidence and the inspiration behind the film, and a lot of the information from the book is told in the movie. I just can't talk about this book enough!

    *I received this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.
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