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The McDowells’ Opus

Josh McDowell, along with Son Sean, Delivers a Crowning Work to Equip

the Church and Christian Families to Pass On “The Unshakable Truth

Media Note: The Unshakable Truth fills a critical void when “75 percent of Christian leaders were not able to clearly define the core of Christianity and the process of spiritual maturity.”

DANA POINT, CA, April 20, 2010 - In a time when many Christians are looking to their faith for answers, best-selling authors Josh and Sean McDowell direct us to the very foundations of Christianity’s 12 Unshakable Truths originally established by 300 Church Fathers in Nicaea in AD 325. In The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience The 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith, father and son invite readers to experience anew the authentic truths that are both real and relevant to our everyday lives. Harvest House Publishers is pleased to release the book nationally, June 1.

Fifty years in the making, The Unshakable Truth marries Josh’s passions in his teaching ministry - truth in relationships and evidence that reinforces our faith. This book stands as the crowning opus of Josh’s past 115 different works. It brings together roughly five decades of ministry experience, evidential research, and a proven track record of living out the truth in his own relationships. Sean offers the perspective of his generation and is living testimony that truth can be passed down from one generation to another.

The Unshakable Truth is a practical, user-friendly handbook consisting of more than 500 pages, 51 chapters and three appendices, designed as a revolutionary discipleship tool for students, parents, youth leaders and pastors. Each of the 12 foundational truths are divided into twelve sections. Each section has four poignant chapters supporting that truth: 1) What is the “truth?” 2) Why should I believe it? 3) So what? How is it relevant to my life? 4) How can I live it?

“Moral truth isn’t something you or I create or decide for ourselves. In fact, it isn’t even something God decides,” the McDowells write. “It is something he is. It is God’s nature and character that define moral truth. The basis of everything we call moral and right springs from the truth that resides in the character of the eternal God who is outside us, above us and beyond us.”

The book is underscored by thought-provoking research including a recent survey showing that “75 percent of Christian leaders were not able to clearly define the core of Christianity and the process of spiritual maturity.” (Barna Research Group, 2008)

“The truth process does not stop with believing. It continues on and affects our behavior. When we become intimate with the truth, it transforms how we conduct ourselves in community with others, and that results in godly living,” state the McDowells.

Many churches and families are searching for a practical and systematic means to instill the true faith and a Christian worldview within their young people. A biblical worldview, the McDowells state, “must be formed out of our relationship with God defined through Christ by his Word and empowered by his Holy Spirit. To put a succinct definition to the Christian faith that forms our worldview, we could say it is a way of knowing and being and living in right relationship with God, ourselves, others and the world around us. It is Christ’s “way” that we must regain and recapture; and when we live in His “way,” our joy is complete.”

The McDowells go on to provide an in-depth understanding of how to know and live out the 12 truths shared in this book. Then they show us that these truths are not dry theological concepts for discussion and debate. “Rather, this is the true and gripping story proclaimed from Genesis to Revelation, the story that gets to the very heart of what life, relationships, human happiness, and joy are all about.”

More about the authors

Since 1961, Josh has delivered his ministry messages to more than 10 million young people and adults in 113 countries, and has written or co-written 115 other books, including classics More Than A Carpenter and Evidence That Demands a Verdict

In his own right, Sean is an author, conference speaker and educator who heads the Bible Department at Capistrano Valley Christian Schools. Sean graduated Summa Cum Laude from Talbot Theological Seminary, his father’s alma mater. Sean is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in apologetics and worldview studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Since 2006, Sean has authored or co-authored several Christian books, including Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, Understanding Intelligent Design along with William A. Dembski, Evidence for the Resurrection, the revision to More Than A Carpenter with Josh McDowell, and was the general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation.

Josh and Sean McDowell live with their families in Southern California.

For information and a free downloadable brochure on The Unshakable Truth, visit www.josh.org/truth beginning in early May.

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