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Evidence for the Resurrection Press Release

FATHER/SON FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIP

IN NEW EVIDENCE FOR THE RESURRECTION BOOK

In First Joint Book Project, Best-Selling Author Josh McDowell and His Son Sean

View Resurrection of Christ Through Fresh Lens To Address Cultural Epidemic of Pain and Loneliness  

Your browser may not support display of this image. DANA POINT, CA, - The empty tomb of Christ was not only intended to offer the church a future hope, according tobest-selling author Josh McDowell in his most compelling book since Evidence That Demands a Verdict. In this first collaboration with his son Sean McDowell, titled Evidence for the Resurrection: What It Means for Your Relationship with God (Regal Books), Josh views this key event in human history through a fresh lens, called relevant apologetics, designed to answer crucial life questions people face everyday in our culture.  

On Feb. 2, 2009, Evidence for the Resurrection hit national bookstore shelves and online storefronts as a pre-Easter book release for pastors and youth leaders who want to get a jump on the holiday teaching. Simultaneously, companion books for teens and children, titled Jesus: Dead or Alive? and Jesus is Alive!, will also release.A free, 6-page downloadable Evidence for the Resurrection pamphlet containing the book’s foundational messages will be available online at www.josh.org/risen on Jan. 28.  

“While the resurrection promises us a new and perfect life in the future, God loves us too much to leave us alone to contend with the pain, guilt and loneliness of our present life,” says Josh McDowell.  

In Evidence for the Resurrection, the McDowells lead readers step by step through God’s original intention in creation, how that intention suffered a damaging blow, and his incredible solution for once again restoring relationship with man and woman. The last half of the book presents a thorough but accessible exploration of the many compelling evidences and solid reasons for our conviction that Christ’s resurrection actually occurred as a real event in history. 

Josh is a well-known former agnostic who, since 1961, has argued biblical truth on the basis of  careful, historical research and analyses. He has delivered his ministry messages about apologetics and problems facing young people to more than 10 million young people and adults in 113 countries, and has written or co-written more than 100 books, including classics More Than A Carpenter and Evidence That Demands a Verdict. 

The McDowells contend that, though millions worldwide dress-up in Sunday bests and attend Easter services to commemorate the resurrection, so few apply its power for their everyday lives. Skeptics of the resurrection date back to the first century when Thomas, the disciple, placed his hand into Jesus’ side. Then, in 2007, Director James Cameron took a memorable shot at disproving a resurrected Jesus in his controversial TV special “The Lost Tomb of Jesus.” A Barna Research report found that 25 percent of adults and 51 percent of churched young people do not believe Jesus came back to physical life after he was crucified.

“Few people seem to realize that the resurrection of Jesus is the cornerstone to a worldview that provides the perspective to all of life,” says Josh. “No matter how devastating our struggles, disappointments, and troubles are, they are only temporary. No matter what happens to you, no matter the depth of tragedy or pain you face, no matter how death stalks you and your loved ones, the resurrection promises you a future of immeasurable good.” 

Sean, 32, one of four McDowell children and the only son, is cut from a similar cloth. Like Josh, he graduated with honors from Talbot Theological Seminary, has published previous ministry books, (including Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, Broadman and Holman), speaks professionally, and is a father.  

“The resurrection is so central to our faith that we cannot put it off to the side. We must make a decision about its truth and engrain it deeply into our beliefs and actions,” says Sean, who contributed personal research and spoke to biblical scholars while co-writing Evidence for the Resurrection. Later this year, he will publish an updated version of his dad’s bestseller More Than A Carpenter.  

As head of the Bible department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Sean stays very connected to the lives of young people today. In conclusion, he illustrates why the new message is critical. “Young people have these questions about the resurrection - not necessarily dead or alive questions. They have relevant-to-their-life questions that deal with real-life relationships.”

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