Confronting Jesus: 9 Encounters with the Hero of the Gospels

By Rebecca McLaughlin

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Confronting Jesus: 9 Encounters with the Hero of the Gospels

By Rebecca McLaughlin

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Award-Winning Author Rebecca McLaughlin Explores Who Jesus Really Is in This Follow-Up to Confronting Christianity

Jesus is the most famous human being in all of history. But while many people have a basic sketch of Jesus in their minds, comparatively few have taken time to read the four biographies of his life in the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

In Confronting Jesus, Rebecca McLaughlin shares important biblical context to help all readers see why the Gospels should be taken seriously as historical documents. Exploring eyewitness testimony about Jesus, McLaughlin points to him as a first-century Jewish man who is the Son of God, King of the Jews, mighty healer, greatest teacher, lover of sinners, suffering servant, perfect sacrifice, and universal Lord. This follow-up to her first book, Confronting Christianity, helps readers understand the message of the Gospels and explore who Jesus really is. Individuals and groups can work through the book together with the Confronting Jesus Study Guide and the Confronting Jesus Video Study.

  • Winsome and Informative: Mixes thorough research with an approachable writing style and cultural references to help readers grasp biblical truths
  • Great for Apologetics and Evangelism: Presents the gospel clearly and invites readers to study with a friend
  • Companion Resources for Personal and Small-Group Study: Confronting Jesus Study Guide and Confronting Jesus Video Study also available
  • Follow-Up to Rebecca McLaughlin’s Confronting Christianity: This book offers readers a next step and a helping hand as they explore who Jesus is
  • Accessible: Assuming neither knowledge of the Bible or belief on the part of her readers, McLaughlin provides a clear explanation of the 4 Gospels 
  • Published in partnership with the Gospel Coalition

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Rebecca McLaughlin

Rebecca McLaughlin (PhD, Cambridge University) is the author of Confronting Christianity, named Christianity Today’s 2020 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year. Her subsequent works include 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about ChristianityThe Secular Creed; and Jesus through the Eyes of Women.

Product Details

Category: Apologetics
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 208
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 8.91 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-8113-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-8113-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433581137
Case Quantity: 60
Published: September 20, 2022

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Jesus the Jew
Chapter 2: Jesus the Son
Chapter 3: Jesus the King
Chapter 4: Jesus the Healer
Chapter 5: Jesus the Teacher
Chapter 6: Jesus the Lover
Chapter 7: Jesus the Servant
Chapter 8: Jesus the Sacrifice
Chapter 9: Jesus the Lord

General Index
Scripture Index


“Who is Jesus, really, and why does he matter? That’s the question Rebecca tackles in this insightful exploration of the life of Jesus, using his four authorized biographies—the Gospels. For the last two thousand years, those who have studied Jesus have found him simple enough for a child to understand yet profound enough to confound the philosophers. Whether you’re exploring who Jesus really is for the first time or just want to learn more about the beauty of our Savior, Confronting Jesus is a must read.”
J. D. Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina; author, Just Ask

“In a time when the public witness of the church in America has been profoundly damaged due to scandals, divisions, and culture wars, I have encouraged so many of my friends—from non-Christian neighbors to church planters—to return to the simplicity and the power of Jesus. Albert Einstein once admitted that though he wasn’t a believer in Jesus, he was nevertheless ‘enthralled by the luminous figure of the Nazarene.’ There couldn’t be a better time than now for us all to be enthralled by him once more, and I can’t think of a better person to (re)introduce us to the luminous figure of the Nazarene than Rebecca. A beautiful and moving book!”
Abraham Cho, Senior Director of Training, City to City NYC and North America

“McLaughlin offers anyone curious about or interested in Christianity the best entry point by giving her readers a high-definition look at Jesus: who he is, what is unique and significant about him, and most importantly, why it’s worth believing in him. The descriptions of Jesus you will find in this book come together to make an attractive and compelling case for why so many of us love and follow him.”
Vermon Pierre, Lead Pastor, Roosevelt Community Church, Phoenix, Arizona

“No one has been more impacted by the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ than Jesus Christ. The amount of misinformation circulated about this first-century Jewish man is staggering. In Confronting Jesus, Rebecca masterfully unpacks what the Gospels reveal about Jesus. You will be amazed by the good news he delivered, in awe of the life he lived, and compelled by the invitation he extends.”
Christine Caine, Founder, A21 and Propel Women

“It is no secret that Jesus is the central figure in the Christian faith. However, we live in a day when many do not know why he is so central. Rebecca McLaughlin has done us a kindness by laying out the beauty of Jesus with clarity and conviction. Bring your questions and, through these pages, find Jesus ready, willing, and able to answer.”
Irwyn Ince, Coordinator, Mission to North America; author, The Beautiful Community: Unity, Diversity, and the Church at Its Best