Who is Jesus?
Christ made clear
WHO IS JESUS?
By Roger Carswell
Christian Focus. 69 pages. £4.99
ISBN 978 1 845 506 353
Who is Jesus? is an evangelistic book. It is quite small, hardback, light and has a good cover design, which altogether make it an attractive book to give away.
The content answers the book’s title question and does it very well. The five short chapters cover: the historical Jesus; Jesus — fully man; Jesus — fully God; Jesus, the substitutionary sacrifice; and, an invitation to trust in Jesus.
The book’s standout features are: 1) its conversational style of writing; 2) the wonderfully full, immediate, even earthy, presentation of Jesus — sometimes the information about Jesus is so rapid that it feels like Roger is shooting Bible truth at you through a machine gun, which I found powerful rather than overwhelming; 3) the use of the New Living Translation for Bible quotes.
Who is Jesus? sets out evidence straight from the Bible in a very impactful way. Clearly effort has been made to be simple, cohesive, persuasive and accessible. However, some of the vocabulary and quotations seem to target a reader a little more at home with literature and history than some of the inner-city people I want to give literature to. Having said this, the book will remain very accessible and engaging for many non-Christians who have a little Bible knowledge and a good high-school grasp of English.
Unfortunately, there are two things this book has that make it harder to use, for me. The first is that it ends with a ‘sinner’s prayer’. As someone who gives books away to people I have relationships with, this treads on my territory in my view. Maybe we need two versions. Secondly, when it comes to evangelistic literature, I prefer a book to be free of publisher advertising, commendations and mission statements.
All things considered, I’m glad I’m aware of this book.
pastor for evangelism, Lower Ford Street Baptist Church, Coventry