Item description for Why I Am A Christian by John R. W. Stott & Simon Vance...
Overview Why Jesus? Perhaps you have had the funny feeling that God wants to get your attention. Or maybe you're intrigued with what you've heard about Jesus. Or maybe you're simply looking for meaning and direction in your life. John Stott has spent a lifetime wrestling with questions about Jesus both personally and in dialogue with skeptics and seekers around the globe. Now in Why I Am a Christian he provides a compelling, persuasive case for considering the Christian faith. If you take an honest look at Jesus, you will discover that following him gives you the purpose, identity and freedom you've been searching for--and far more than you have ever imagined.
Publishers Description Why Jesus? Perhaps you have had the funny feeling that God wants to get your attention. Or maybe you're intrigued with what you've heard about Jesus. Or maybe you're simply looking for meaning and direction in your life. John Stott has spent a lifetime wrestling with questions about Jesus both personally and in dialogue with skeptics and seekers around the globe. Now in Why I Am a Christian he provides a compelling, persuasive case for considering the Christian faith. If you take an honest look at Jesus, you will discover that following him gives you the purpose, identity and freedom you've been searching for--and far more than you have ever imagined. Review: In a time when many Christian authors recommend the claims of Christian faith by descriptions of faith encounters and invitations to 'dance with the myster, ' John Stott . . . offers a clear and compelling account of the theological basis for his own belief. . . . It's the sort of book that Christians who need a more reasoned, thoughtful approach to their faith will read and then pass along to skeptical friends. ?Publishers Weekly (November 24, 2003)
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Format: Audiobook, CD
Studio: Hovel Audio
Running Time: 195.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.18" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Hovel Audio
ISBN 1596442646 ISBN13 9781596442641
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More About John R. W. Stott & Simon Vance
The Reverend Dr. John Stott was Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place in London, England, and had a worldwide ministry as a Bible expositor, speaker, and writer.
John R. W. Stott was born in 1921.
John R. W. Stott has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Why I Am A Christian?
Good Undergrad Textbook Jul 11, 2008
I am now for the second time using this as a freshman-level textbook in a course introducing Christianity to undergraduate students. Stott is the quintessential Christian gentleman, and very articulate. It is a testament to his greatness that he can, with all his accumulated wisdom, still write such an eloquent and accessible text.
Dennis Durst Kentucky Christian University
Circular Reasoning; Argumentum in Circulo; Fallacy of Redundancy; Tautology Jun 10, 2008
The guy believes in God but technically the only reason he believes in God is because Bible says so. It is called "circular reasoning" and that kind of discussion never takes you to the result. Most of the examples and paragraphs are based on Bible.
I don't believe in Bible that's the reason I am reading a book about religion, what makes you think I believe in this time ?
Summary of the Book;
-Is there a God? -Yes. -How do you know? -Because the Bible says so. -How do you know the Bible is correct? -Because it was inspired by God.
Well Argued Apr 24, 2007
Dr. Stott has a way with the pen. I commend this volume to anyone who wonders about his or her faith and how precious and valuable it might be. If you are second guessing, read this volume.
Let your soul find rest in God - good read Nov 29, 2006
Pastor and teacher John Stott puts his own personal thoughts together on the reasons that he is a follower of Christ and it makes for a very easy and enjoyable read. Stott begins with the concept that he is a Christian not because of his own desires to be so, but because of the love of God for him through Jesus Christ. "The Hound of Heaven" is the first chapter and sets the stage for the rest of the book by putting the reader in a proper perspective to understand the true nature and character of God. Stott reminds the reader, that if they are a follower of Christ, then they, too, were first pursued by God and it was because of the grace of God, not their own works, that is the cause and crux of their salvation.
Stott then moves on to six other reasons that he is a follower of Christ - from the typical "claims of Christ" arguments that Jesus is either who he said he is or is not worthy of our adoration and worship - Stott concludes that Jesus is, indeed, the Son of God. He also reasons that the sacrifice of Christ shedding his blood on the cross in payment for our sins makes Christ worthy of our very lives. The next chapter, "The Paradox of Our Humanness," was excellent - Stott put forth the concept that the very existence of man is quite a paradox of creation - both light and dark, good and evil are so evident throughout human history - Stott asks how these seemingly low creatures can rise to such high ideals and ambitions and at the same time sink to such depravity and debauchery. Christ and the concept of sin and redemption are the solutions to this inquiry into the nature of man, claims Stott.
He finishes the book with chapters stating the Christ is the key to our freedom, the fulfillment of our aspirations and offers the greatest invitation for man - to literally be a child of the Living God. Only through Christ does man not only know himself, but also becomes who he is created to be. Only in Christ does our soul find rest, as Augustine wrote. Stott has experienced this peace and fulfillment in his own life and this book would be an excellent gift to share with another seeking to find the true meaning of life - Stott is pointing them in the direction of the cross - the symbol of suffering and deliverance together by the work and sacrifice of Christ.
Short and to the point May 25, 2006
The prolific evangelical author John Stott has provided a down to earth discussion of why he believes in Jesus Christ as lord and savior. This book is a balance between reason and faith, clearly fulfilling Anselm's dictum. "I believe in order that I might understand." The present work is an indirect response to Bertrand Russell's case against Christianity and with logic, insight and faith Stott offers the reasons for his faith. He develops his basis for convictions in six chapters, with the first being the most intriguing. Chapter one begins with Stott recalling why he became a Christian. He offers the familiar reasons for becoming a believer: he was born into a Christian home and accepted Christ around the age of 17; however he is quick to point out that he could have rejected this heritage and walked away. But he didn't. Stott then focuses on Francis Thompson's poem, "The Hound of Heaven." Stott relates this poem to the Apostle Paul, Augustine, C. S. Lewis and then to himself. In a few words, Stott relates how God pursued him as a hound on the trail of a hare. From this juncture he then shares in the next five chapters the claims of Christ, his cross, humanity's flaws, freedom in Christ, and the fulfillment that only Christ can offer. Stott's book ends with chapter seven, a look at Matthew 11:25-30. Stott relates from this passage two of Christ's affirmations and two of his invitations. The book concludes with the sinner's prayer. For those familiar with Stott and his writing, this is undoubtedly his work. It is well thought out and clearly written. He is well acquainted with many sources and includes many timely examples to prove his point. If Stott is one of your favorite writers (as he is of mine) this book well peel back a layer of mystery and reveal a person who isn't all that different in his conversion to and journey with Christ. If one is a nonbeliever this work may not convince you to become a Christian (though it can surely present a `reasoned faith' for the skeptic). But, I see this book especially opportune for the seeker, one who has serous interest in believing in Christ but may wonder if Christianity is able to offer something to our pluralistic and postmodern society. To this last group I think Stott will most definitely speak.