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The Story of Reality
How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between129
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Biblical Christianity is more than just another private religious view. It's more than just a personal relationship with God or a source of moral teaching. Christianity is a picture of reality. It explains why the world is the way it is. When the pieces of this puzzle are properly assembled, we see the big picture clearly. Christianity is a true story of how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role humans play in the drama, and how all the plotlines of the story are resolved in the end. In The Story of Reality, bestselling author and host of Stand to Reason, Gregory Koukl, explains the five words that form the narrative backbone of the Christian story. He identifies the most important things that happen in the story in the order they take place: God Man Jesus Cross Resurrection If you are already a Christian, do you know and understand the biblical story? And for those still seeking answers to the questions of life, this is an invitation to hear a story that explains the world in a way nothing else will. This story can change your life forever.
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'I have known Greg Koukl for a quarter of a century as a smart, well-educated man of integrity with a tender heart for God. I've enjoyed his previous writings, but The Story of Reality is clearly his best and most important book to date. I couldn't put it down. Koukl carries on a conversation with the reader, presenting the big elements of the Christian Story, providing reasons for believing the Story, and contrasting it, when appropriate, with alternative narratives. The book has a wonderful feel of authenticity. I highly recommend it for believers who want to be encouraged and instructed, and it's an excellent give-away for an open unbeliever.' * J. P. MORELAND, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University * 'Greg Koukl is a master communicator! The Story of Reality is a beautifully crafted description of the Christian worldview, written in an accessible, winsome, and well-reasoned manner. If you're curious about why Christians see the world the way we do, or you're a believer who simply wants to communicate Christianity in an articulate way to others, this book is for you!' * LEE STROBEL, bestselling author of The Case for Christ and The Case for Grace * 'We're not likely to glean the point of our existence from CNN. It takes the greatest story ever told---and a great storyteller---to steal us away from our dead-end plots and to display the richness of reality as Greg Koukl does here. These are the big questions, and The Story of Reality answers them in a sharp, winsome, and accessible way. Read it, and then give it to a friend!' * MICHAEL HORTON, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author of Pilgrim Theology * 'The Story of Reality is the clearest explanation the Christian worldview I've ever read, written in a style everyone can understand. More than any other time in history, it's essential that followers of Christ clearly understand what we believe, why we believe it, how it benefits our lives, and the best ways to share it with others. Fortunately, my friend Greg Koukl has given us this book at just the right moment. He has brilliantly given us a simple tool we all can use in a culture that has lost touch with reality.' * RICK WARREN, author of The Purpose Driven Life * 'The Story of Reality is a delightful and bold book. Greg Koukl has masterfully captured the heart of the Christian story in a way that is clarifying and insightful for believers but also eye-opening and thought-provoking for nonbelievers. The Story of Reality is a book worth reading carefully, discussing with friends, and ultimately passing on to others.' * SEAN MCDOWELL, Ph.D. professor at Biola University; author of more than fifteen books, including A New Kind of Apologist * 'When I looked into Koukl's Story of Reality, I thought, "This is not how I would say this." I would have used more technical terms, added quite a bit of history, expanded it by a couple of hundred pages, and put in about a thousand footnotes. So readers can rejoice that, instead, Greg Koukl is the right man to tell the story in such a clear, concise, and conversational way. This book explains the central ideas of Christianity and answers questions people are really asking.' * FRED SANDERS, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University; author of The Deep Things of God * 'When I first read The Story of Reality, I knew I was reading a modern classic. Like C. S. Lewis before him, Greg Koukl has written a masterful, measured, intelligent, and insightful book---a must-read for anyone who wants to understand Christianity and its unique ability to explain the way the world really is. Greg will enlighten and inspire you, just as he's inspired me as my mentor for many years. The Story of Reality is a book you'll read more than once. It will take its rightful place alongside other Christian classics on your bookshelf.' * J. WARNER WALLACE, author of Cold-Case Christianity, God's Crime Scene, and Forensic Fa
Gregory Koukl holds MA degrees in both apologetics and philosophy. He's spoken on over 70 university campuses and hosted his own radio talk show for 27 years defending "Christianity worth thinking about." Greg is founder and president of Stand to Reason (str.org) and serves as adjunct professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University.
Chapter 1---Picture, Puzzle, Story Chapter 2---God Chapter 3---Man Chapter 4---Jesus Chapter 5---Cross Chapter 6---Resurrection Epilogue Notes This section will contain explanatory notes for each chapter that serve the function of footnotes, but without the numbering. The goal is to present important secondary material in a way that does not seem academic or tedious, but flows as a natural extension of the narrative.