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A cold-case homicide detective helps Christians understand why it’s important to develop a “forensic faith” and provides a unique template to help them become effective “Christian Case Makers.” Forensic Faith will help readers:
- understand why they have a duty to defend the truth
- develop a training strategy to master the evidence for Christianity
- learn how to employ the techniques of a detective to discover new insights from God’s Word
- become better communicators by learning the skills of professional case makers
|Publisher:||David C Cook|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, Fox News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene. Wallace has a master’s degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.
Table of Contents
Special Thanks 17
Preface: To Protect and to Serve 19
Chapter 1 Distinctive Duty 31
5 Evidential Examples to Help You Embrace Your Calling as a Christian Case Maker
Chapter 2 Targeted Training 67
5 Steps toward Preparing Yourself to Protect and Serve as a First Responder
Chapter 3 Intense Investigation 95
5 Practices to Help You Examine the Claims of Christianity Like a Good Detective
Chapter 4 Convincing Communication 147
5 Principles to Help You Share What You Believe Like a Good Prosecute
Postscript: Become a Sheepdog 201
Rebuttal Notes: Brief Answers to Common Challenges 205
Evidence Locker: Resources to Help You Become a Better Case Maker 209
Detective Notes: Notes and References 217
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I am so impressed with this book! I haven’t read any other books by this author, but I definitely plan to now! I plan to read Cold-Case Christianity as soon as possible, based on what I have learned in Forensic Faith. I love how straight forward the author is in his explanations. He presents the information very clearly and in a method that makes sense. He does not speak down to the reader, yet he makes sure to not skip steps in his explanation. I really appreciate the way the author takes the reader through the steps of solving and proving a cold case and applies that same method to proving the basis of the Christian faith. I have already begun sharing about what I have learned in Forensic Faith with my oldest child and plan to do much more reading, learning, and sharing with all of my children in the near future in order to prepare them to be able to defend their faith when challenged. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Some people believe that the word apologetics means to apologize for something, but it actually means a way to defend what you believe. Most Christians fail miserably to defend their faith when push comes to shove. They know what they believe but they can't prove or defend it when it comes to someone who wants to know more. How then can we, as parents, provide the means to do just that, when sending our kids off to public schools and colleges only to have our kids unable to communicate effectively the case of faith in Jesus Christ? The answer is so simple, and I myself found out the hard way when I opened up Forensic Faith, by homicide detective and former atheist, J. Warner Wallace. He found that by using the very same principles he used to re-open cold cases, and applied it to discovering the claims of Christianity, Jesus, the resurrection, God and if the Bible is in fact true. He pointed out something that is missing in churches and youth groups everywhere, that we are spending countless hours, teaching our children about the Bible and Jesus, but failing to train them in defending their faith, so when they leave home, they can be confident in their answers of why they believe what they believe. Just like our military and police don't receive teaching on their jobs or skills, they are trained in every potential situation that might come up in their line of work, that this is the very reason so many are walking away from their faith in Jesus temporarily or often times for good. We are missing the point of what we, as parents, teachers, pastors and others, should be doing in helping our children to be deployed into a world that is growing increasingly hostile towards Christians. J. Warner Wallace is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene, helps readers understand that the very sample principles and techniques he used to re investigate cold cases is the very same techniques he teaches to defend our faith and belief in Jesus. He invites readers to answer 7 simple questions in under 21 minutes to show you where you need to spend more time in training yourself in preparing to defend your faith. These are your areas where you are weak and need to devote some time and training should you need it. They are: 1. Why are you a Christian? 2. What evidence do you have to believe God exists? 3. Why do you trust what the Bible says about Jesus? 4. Why would God send people to hell just because they don't believe in Jesus? 5. If God is all-loving and all-powerful, why is there so much evil in the world? 6. If God is the creator of everything, who created God? 7. Why would a loving God command the total destruction of all of Israel's enemies (including their children and livestock)? I received Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace compliments of David C Cook Publishers and Litfuse Publicity. I can't recommend this book enough to Christians. This is exactly what should be happening inside our youth programs and churches, not only for our children but for new believers and old believers as well. Most people haven't even read their Bibles from cover to cover, and the Bible is our "casebook" that we rely on to determine our relationship with Jesus Christ. Why are so many people walking away from their faith? How as parents can we accurately answer our children's doubts when they have them? This book is the perfect engaging resource to help you know why you believe what you believe and help you to truly understand everything you ever