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By Natasha Crain
If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve seen me repeatedly recommend the book Cold-Case Christianity by detective J. Warner Wallace. It’s my go-to book to help people start learning the case for Christianity. I love how he uniquely and compellingly uses a detective’s skill set to investigate the claims of the Gospels.
Today I’m excited to tell you that Det. Wallace has a new book coming out August 1st that will now powerfully help readers learn the case for God.
Det. Wallace’s new book is called God’s Crime Scene: A Cold-Case Detective Examines the Evidence for a Divinely Created Universe, and I had the opportunity to read a pre-release copy.
Christian parents, you need this book.
God’s Crime Scene brilliantly lays out the case for God’s existence based on cumulative evidence from the origin of the universe, the fine-tuning of the universe, the origin of life, the design of life, our experience of consciousness, free will, and morality. In each chapter, Det. Wallace evaluates possible explanations for these pieces of evidence, just as a detective would evaluate possible explanations for evidence found at a crime scene. In the process, he points readers to “expert witnesses” who vary in their conclusions about the evidence and then provides an excellent reading list at the end of the book so the reader can continue to study both sides of the issue. One of the things I loved most about the book is that each chapter adds to an emerging “suspect” profile that characterizes the nature of who or what must be responsible for the evidence presented. Det. Wallace also includes 70-plus pages of a more in-depth “secondary investigation” at the end with a chapter-by-chapter dive into greater detail for those wanting to know more.
If you want to learn the evidence for God’s existence (which every parent should), I can’t think of a better place to start. And here’s an exciting opportunity: Starting August 17, I’ll be leading a read-along in the Facebook group “Apologetics for Parents.” We’re simply reading a chapter per week together and discussing the material. So grab your copy of the book, request to join the Facebook group, and read chapter 1 by August 17.
I had the honor of interviewing Det. Wallace about God’s Crime Scene this week and I’m thrilled to share what he had to say.
I love God’s Crime Scene because it’s engaging, it’s appropriate for “beginners” while digging much deeper than most entry-level books on the same subject, it’s highly memorable given your unique detective’s approach and illustrations, and it points readers to the resources they need next. Because of those characteristics, it’s not only a great book for parents, it’s also a great book for parents to read with their (older) kids—no experience necessary! What tips do you have for a parent who might want to study God’s Crime Scene with their teens?
I became a Christian while in the middle of a career as a homicide detective, and I soon realized my professional experience provided me with a unique opportunity to help people examine the evidence for Christianity and theism (the belief in God). Let’s face it, everyone watches detective shows. If I told you we could look at the evidence for God and Jesus while simultaneously mastering some of the tools detectives use to investigate murders, do you think you (or your kids) might be interested? That’s the goal of Cold-Case Christianity and God’s Crime Scene. Let me explain the approach in the latest book…
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