Not for me (but thanks anyway!). As the French Knights from Monty Python and the Holy Grail would say, I’ve already got one.
What is it, you ask? A copy of Resurrection iWitness by Doug Powell. As noted on Amazon:
This book gives evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ by using the easy-to-understand Minimal Facts argument. That means it relies only on the historical facts that almost all biblical scholars (including atheistic, Jewish, and liberal) accept and shows how only the biblical story of the resurrection can account for all these agreed-upon facts.
Across 32 intensively designed pages (16 spreads acting as individual chapters) — each containing information that is physically nested and must be actively opened to discover — the reader investigates the story of Christ and weighs the evidence to determine its historical accuracy.
While a 700+ page book by N.T. Wright will obviously go into more depth, the odds of getting someone to actually read about the evidence for the resurrection of Jesus go up dramatically with this book. At only 32 pages it is an easy read, and the artwork and interactive nature will be compelling for people.
The “minimal facts” argument is probably my favorite to use with believers and non-believers alike. It is very compelling and easy to explain, and it quickly explodes all sorts of myths, such as how Christians are to have a “blind faith” without evidence.
It starts by quoting 1 Corinthians 15 and notes that if an enemy wants to find the weak point of Christianity we hand it to him. Paul couldn’t be more clear: If the physical resurrection of Jesus didn’t happen, then Christianity is false, we are making the real God mad and we are to be pitied above all men.
It goes on to note key facts that even those hostile to the faith willingly concede, and then explains how alternate theories all fail in light of those facts. Our faith is grounded in reason and evidence and we can be confident that the resurrection really happened.
Remember, Christmas is the time of year where people expect us to talk about Jesus. Even the non-believers will listen to and hear songs about him. Wouldn’t a book that elegantly and accurately explains why we should believe that He really lived, died and rose again make a great gift?
So buy one or a bunch (only $12.46 for a coffee table quality book) and give them away. It will be your easiest evangelism of the year. Be sure to have it lying around your house as a conversation starter. Give one to your kids. This is the kind of message that our youth desperately need when they go off to college. It really disarms critics when we politely point out why we have solid reasons for trusting in Jesus as our Savior.
P.S. Now that’s weird — the link this page didn’t show up on Facebook on my computer and on my iPhone it gave a message saying that the link was “reported as abusive by Facebook users.” Huh??!! The worst part is that they never contacted me or explained why, and I have no idea how to figure it out. It will be interesting to see if that happens again. This is a recommendation for a book about Jesus — as a Christmas gift! It’s one of the least offensive things I’ve published all year!