Undaunted: One Man's Real-Life Journey from Unspeakable Memories to Unbelievable Graceby Josh D. McDowell, Cristobal Krusen (With)
Undauntedboth the book and moviechronicles the riveting true story of a young farm boy named Josh who carried unspeakable memories of an alcoholic father and a farmhand’s abuse, causing him to defy God’s existence. Yet God redeemed a horrible situation with his unbelievable grace. Today Josh McDowell is one of the most popular evangelists in the world who defends the reality of Jesus Christ to millions through his presentations and classic book More Than a Carpenter. Undaunted unfolds the dramatic spiritual transformation in Josh’s life when he faces his past head-on and puts everything entirely in God’s hands. The result is an undaunted faith, a gift freely offered to everyone who seeks it.
But his story begins with a young boy on a farm . . . one who didn’t believe in God.
There’s a saying that childhood is the most beautiful of life’s seasons. And so it should be. But that wasn’t true for Josh McDowell. He was born to an alcoholic father who showed him no love, who valued him only as a farmhand. He endured years of painful abuse. Josh’s mother loved him but was unable to rescue him. In the midst of circumstances no child should have to suffer, Josh cried out to God for help, but He seemed silent. And so Josh believed God wasn’t listeningor even there at all.
How does a boy overcome such adversity to become one of the most impactful evangelists for Christ that the world has ever known?
This is Josh McDowell’s story. For the first time, Josh fully reveals the dramatic spiritual transformation that occurred when he faced his past head-on and put everything entirely in God’s hands. It’s a story of overcoming shame, grief, and despair and embracing real love for the first time. It’s a tale of divine grace: when the worst that life can throw at you happens, you can come out on the other side with a faith that is full, freeand undaunted.
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UndauntedOne Man's Real-Life Journey from Unspeakable Memories to Unbelievable Grace
By Josh McDowell Cristóbal Krusen
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.Copyright © 2012 Campus Crusade for Christ, Inc.
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Chapter OneAll's Right with the World
IT WAS AN UNUSUALLY warm day for so early in spring, and my car windows were rolled down to catch whatever breeze there might be in Wheaton, Illinois, thirty miles west of Chicago. I was a junior at Wheaton College, working my afternoon job of delivering administrative papers to local high schools. More than a part-time job, it provided me a small break from the unrelenting pressures of the academic workload at college.
I had hoped to get across the tracks at the Chase Street crossing before the Chicago commuter train rumbled past, but it seemed my approach was choreographed to coincide precisely with the lowering of the gate and the flashing of the red warning lights. I pulled to a stop and leaned back in my seat to relax. The clanging of the signal played a discordant counterrhythm to the number one hit song the Shirelles were singing on the car radio—"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?"
I glanced in my rearview mirror at the serene view of the Wheaton campus extending up the hill behind me, with venerable Blanchard Hall at its apex. The scene brought to mind the words of Jesus in the Gospel of
Matthew: "A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden." Would I leave a mark on the world for Wheaton? If so, what would it be?
My eyes turned back to the passing train. Such a soothing sound it made. I remembered lying in bed at night as a child, listening to the freight trains that passed by, their sound rolling unimpeded over the Michigan farmland. How resolute the locomotives seemed to be, their horns blaring fearlessly in the dark while the boxcars clattered rhythmically behind, their sound rocking me to sleep.
I sighed contentedly. For some reason, I thought of Robert Browning's oft-quoted line, "God's in His heaven, all's right with the world."
I sang along with the car radio,
So tell me now, and I won't ask again, Will you still love me tomorrow?
Suddenly, in the rearview mirror, I noticed a pickup truck barreling toward me, swerving erratically and gathering speed instead of slowing down. I blinked hard and looked again. The vehicle was not going to stop—it had no time or room to stop. With the train still passing in front of me, I reached for the gear shift to put the car in reverse, but there was no time to back out of the way. The truck was nearly on top of me when I threw the gear into neutral, pressed down on the brake as hard as I could, and braced for impact.
In a split second, my life flashed before me—a life that, for the most part, I wanted to forget.
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Beautiful. Well done. In the beginning, Undaunted is a difficult read. Josh McDowell's childhood was filled with pure evil: an alcoholic father, sexual abuse, and family discord. On the other hand, Undaunted is the story of redemption and restoration. As a reader, I valued Mr. McDowell's rising to challenge, putting forth questions until answers came ,and his pursuit to find God in the midst of his suffering. Our God is Mighty to Save. I value his desire to make his journey of faith more than just an intellectual exercise. In the book, I love the way Mr. McDowell shares his calling to minister specifically to young people (being a recipient of this blessing), and I love how Mr. McDowell sincerely cries out to God and follows His message of extending forgiveness. Mr. McDowell's truth resounds in other languages: Err irrt der Mensch solang er strebt. Man errs until he stops striving. Truly, a life molded by the hand of God and another transformed life...we will overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Words of our Testimony. ..
Josh McDowell ('Joslin' is his given name) has led a life that most people would crumble under - or at the very least be bitter and unproductive in life. Born in Michigan in the late 30's -with much older siblings, and during wartime- Jos quickly realizes that his dad is an alcoholic and his mom is abused. His animosity towards his dad quickly turns to hatred and he dreams of ways to make him suffer and perhaps hasten his departure from the earth Another major factor in Jos' young life is the years of sexual abuse he suffers at the hands of their family's hired "house help", Wayne. All of these atrocities create a hurting and angry young man that becomes a very high achiever, a hard worker. He graduates high school, has a brief time in the military, and goes to college where one of the pivotal moments of his life occurs. He is running for class president, and while seeking to gain votes has a conversation where he is challenged by the "Christian clique", as he calls it, to disprove the resurrection of Jesus. He takes this challenge extremely seriously, doing major research and even traveling to Europe in his quest to prove them wrong. What he discovers shocks him to his core and his life (and the lives of countless others) will never be the same. What a powerful story - I read it straight through with hardly a break! I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
"undaunted" is a very hard to put down book! it is amazing to see how josh mcdowell was able to find christ and become a christian after having such a tough childhood and having so many difficult questians to deal with . this memoir awnsers the questian how he has become such a fine man of God great gift idea for a friend or family member
I found it so amazing how McDowell found faith, hope, and grace through all the bitterness and hatred that had consumed him. When he was a boy, someone who lived in the house molested him. He had to keep his father from killing his mother. Josh could not wait to leave his hometown in Michigan. While away at college, Christians intimidated him. , and he confronted them with a challenge. He was bitter for most of his childhood and teen years, for all he had gone through who would not be! Yet he took on the challenge to prove the resurrection did not happen. Instead, the evidence he had was overwhelming but it was by reading about God's love that his life dramatically changed forever. I recommend this book to anyone who has doubts that God exists. In addition, for anyone who feels like there is no hope in their lives, and need some real inspiration. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book for review purposes from Tyndale House.
What an excellent book! McDowell shares his heart-breaking story of his early life in an abusive family and an abusive situation with a farm hand, through his years of searching for the truth and into his seminary years. At times this book was hard to read because of the depth of pain that McDowell experienced in his early life. However, while he shares his painful memories, the focus is on the amazing power of God's grace and redemption, and how forgiveness and love can overcome all. I can't recommend this one highly enough! It truly is one of the best books I've read in the last six months, so I can only say, just read it. If you have a past that is colored by alcoholism, abuse, or neglect, read it. If you are searching for meaning or truth, just read it. It is a quick read that is so encouraging! Now I can't wait to see the movie!
I tried reading his More Than a Carpenter book years ago. Although I was intrigued by the concept of an atheist becoming a Christian after a dare to prove that Jesus was who he said He was. And the authors trip to Europe to prove that He didn't exist, then finding out He did. The book was rather dry to me. And from what I have heard, you either love it or just don't get into it. That was me, I was already a believer and didn't need that proof to show He was not a lier, but the real deal. Now this book is the authors basically biography, the story of his life and some unbelievable events that details how he became who he is today. The story flowed well, was well written, and as hard as some of the subjects were, interesting. And what is even more interesting to me, is this is the 2nd book in a row I have read that have been about a father abusing their children. The first was fiction, this was not. I really liked this book, and I think it would be a good read for a Christian, or someone searching for the truth. He has the proof in here that would at least make you question.
I have heard of Josh McDowell and his book More than a Carpenter since I was a child. Yet I never knew all the trials he went through as a child and all the ways God revealed Himself to Josh as a young man. What a case this makes for forgiving others - seeing the results in his life was amazing! I loved this story - it gave me goosebumps at times to see how God provided miraculously for Josh in so many different ways!
Dramatic, Heart-Breaking, and Inspirational. Very well written. This biographical book told of an intellectual quest that led to spiritual awakening. The early experiences in his life were difficult to take, even heart-wrenching. His trials show he can relate to those who are suffering. Knowing where it led because he is such a public figure, I was not surprised by the conclusion, but the journey leading there was quite interesting and inspiring. His life can draw you to renew your own faith. I was reaching for the tissues when he wrote how God answered prayer in Chapter 19, at the end. This book did not take long to read, it flowed like a novel, and it had the evangelism I expected from Mr. McDowell.
This is the true story of Josh McDowell, author and evangelist. The book chronicles his childhood and college years, and was written by Josh and film director Cristobal Krusen. This is a powerful story of Josh's upbringing. He overcame many struggles in life to get where he is today. I have read some of Josh's books but did not know his story or seen the film based on his life. I would have liked to see the story continue past his seminary years, which is where the book stops.
This was a really good book; amazing how God can use us if we are willing. It doesn't matter what our background has been. It was a very well written book as well; it easily kept my attention.