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What People Are Saying

John Ortberg
"John Stott's Basic Christianity is a simple, clear, deep explanation of our faith. I am so grateful for the lucid elegance of this invitation to follow Jesus."
John Ortberg, pastor and author, Menlo Park Presbyterian Church
James Emery White
"I first read Basic Christianity as a new Christian in college. I feasted on every word. The blend of head and heart, soul and strength, marks me to this day. It provided a rudder of truth that would long keep me on course amid the gale-force winds of our day. Later in life, when I had the opportunity of meeting the author, the book took on an even richer texture--for it was clear that the words of the book were a reflection of the life that he led. I cannot commend this book, or the life behind it, highly enough."
James Emery White, pastor, professor and author of Serious Times
Anne Graham Lotz
"Anything John Stott says is worth listening to. Anything he writes is worth reading. Basic Christianity is not only a classic must-read for every believer, it is truly a blessing preserved on the written page for the enrichment of this generation and those to come."
Michael Card
"'Who is Jesus Christ?' and 'What does it mean to follow him?' These are the basic questions that need to be first sincerelyasked and then meaningfully answered. They are the fundamental questions the Gospels ask and to which they give the perfect answer. From Augustine to Bonhoeffer, from The Confessions to The Cost of Discipleship,great theologians with pastors' hearts have asked and answered these two basic questions for their own age. In our time, it has been John Stott and his Basic Christianity."
James W. Sire
"[This slim volume] has introduced more people to Christ than any book I know other than the Bible."
James W. Sire, author of The Universe Next Door
Rick Warren
"There are a few landmark books that everyone in the world should read. This is one of the rare few. In the twenty-first century, you cannot afford to ignore this book! Whether you are a skeptic, raised in another faith, spiritual seeker or Christian believer, you need to know why 2.3 billion people call themselves 'Christians.' You need to know what they believe and why they believe it. This book is especially essential for leaders in business, government, academics, media, entertainment, journalism and other fields that work directly with people. To be able to have an intelligent conversation with one-third of our world's population, you need to understand their worldview. This is the classic introduction to the faith that has transformed billions of lives."
Rick Warren, author, The Purpose Driven Life, pastor, Saddleback Church
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830863792
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 6/8/2012
  • Series: IVP Classics
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 124,562
  • File size: 284 KB

Meet the Author

Basic Christianity, has sold two million copies and has been translated into more than 60 languages. Other titles include The Cross of Christ, Understanding the Bible, The Contemporary Christian, Evangelical Truth, Issues Facing Christians Today, The Incomparable Christ, Why I Am a Christian and Through the Bible Through the Year, a daily devotional. He has also written eight volumes in The Bible Speaks Today series of New Testament expositions.

Whether in the West or in the Two-Thirds World, a hallmark of Stott's ministry has been expository preaching that addresses the hearts and minds of contemporary men and women. Stott was honored by Time magazine in 2005 as one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" and was named in the Queen’s New Years Honours list as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

In 1969, Stott founded the Langham Trust to fund scholarships for young evangelical leaders from the Majority World. He then founded the Evangelical Literature Trust, which provided books for students, pastors and theological libraries in the Majority World. These two trusts continued as independent charities until 2001, when they were joined as a single charity: the Langham Partnership. Langham's vision continues today to see churches in the Majority World equipped for mission and growing to maturity in Christ through nurturing national movements for biblical preaching, fostering the creation and distribution of evangelical literature, and enhancing evangelical theological education.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Rick Warren
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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    Highly Recommended - A classic to be read again and again.

    John Stott explains the Christian faith in a kind, straightforward, and thoughtful manner. For the new Christian, or for those simply seeking to better understand Christianity, this book will be most helpful. For those who are well-established in their Christian faith, this book will keep you well-grounded in the basics while offering new insights each time you read through it. It is truly a classic.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2001

    A Highly Recommended Primer

    Stott describes basic Christianity in detail and then lays out a convincing plan of action for believers. He points out that we owe forgiveness and reconciliation to the death of Christ. After the resurrection the Holy Spirit took the place of Jesus and next the Holy Spirit changed the apostles. Stott reminds us that the claim that Christ can live in all of us is put forth in Galatians 2:20. Stott's book is a concise introduction to Christianity for beginners. It can also serve as a good refresher for those who need to review the basics.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    great book on the foundation of christianity

    pure basics, great facts, a learning experience with every chapter. a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about 'what is christianity and what it takes to live the christian life', no bs, just the facts, as a former catholic this book was very refreshing, just give me jesus, no man made traditions. read stott.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2004

    Good reading...

    If the average non Christian consumer were to begin considering conversion, spending less than an hour perusing a Christian book section or facing the lists of churches in the Yellow Pages would be enough to confuse them to the point of reconsidering. Christians come in all shapes, sizes, and variants. Although Paul encouraged unity in the Body of Christ, it has never been achieved. What we all agree on is a short list. ...................... Despite that, there are some essentials that belong in every church, whether Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, or non Demoninational. John Stott has taken the vital facts that you must believe to be called Christian and placed them in a straightforward easy to read book. With a precision akin to Lee Strobel's Case for Christ, he lines out the ABC's of faith. The logic of the Resurrection to the deeper meanings in the Ten Commandments are laid out concisely. .................. *** Long time believers may not have any 'aha' moments, but if they read this, they will have more to defend their faith than 'it's true because it is written and I believe it.' New believers or seekers will know what is most basic without the rigamorole variations that differ from sect to sect. ***

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Claiming to be a Christian

    Many of us who claim to be Christian certainly fall short of what is expected of us according to Gods word. This is a easy read. Take a look at your TV for a week and it doesn't matter much which programs you watch. Pay attention to what you see and then get into this book. You will see exactly what I am talking about. We have a big act to clean up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2001

    very clear, concise, and right on target

    This is a very accurate description of Christianity. Intellectual, yet easy to read. Gives people from all backgrounds a good feel for what Christianity is all about.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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