Tuesday, May 3, 2016
#REVIEW: Man, Myth, Messiah by Rice Broocks
Title: Man, Myth, Messiah
Series: Follow up to God's Not Dead
Author: Rice Broocks
Published Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Buy It Link: Amazon
Synopsis: Did Jesus Really Exist?
The search for the historical Jesus continues to be headline news. Any speculative theory seems to get instant attention as the debate rages about His real identity and the claims made in His name. Did Jesus really exist? Is there real historical evidence that demonstrates that He lived and actually said and did the things the Gospels record? Is there any validity to the speculative claims that the Jesus story was a myth, borrowed from a variety of pagan cultures of the ancient world?
In this follow-up to the book God’s Not Dead (that inspired the movie), Man, Myth, Messiah looks at the evidence for the historical Jesus and exposes the notions of skeptics that Jesus was a contrived figure of ancient mythology. It also looks at the reliability of the Gospel records as well as the evidence for the resurrection that validates His identity as the promised Messiah. Man, Myth, Messiah will be released concurrent to the God’s Not Dead movie sequel, which will cover the same theme.
My Rating: 3 stars
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was expecting so much more from this book. I was expecting real facts, more meat, something more to chew on besides, "The gospels say it is so." Of course, I am always looking for more meat, something more than just the Gospels, something more along the lines of historians like Josephus. It didn't feel like the author gave enough when he went into the non-Christian historians of the day. That would have helped immensely.
From the surface, it was an good read, probably enough for a new believer to digest, in fact probably enough for them to truly put some trust and faith into. For the already believers who are looking deeper into apologetics, this just didn't seem to have enough to it.
Most of the points the author gives to defend your faith are the same points given in every other apologetics essay, and unfortunately, some non-believers, skeptics, have all heard the same arguments before and have their own answers.