Thinking Christian by Tom Gilson

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“A terrific read”

“It’s a terrific read and is certain to rekindle an awe for the character of Christ.”

George Brahm

“An amazing read. … It’s encouraged my trust in the goodness of Christ”

This book has been an amazing read so far. Endorsed by Lee Strobel and Eric Metaxas! It’s encouraged my trust in the goodness of Christ.

Brian Adachi

“Fresh perspective. … Apologetics that made me want to worship”

Tom Gilson takes a fresh perspective that makes this the first work of apologetics that made me want to worship [Jesus]. … There are plenty of books that defend the reliability of the Gospels by looking at historical evidence or examining skeptical objections. Gilson does a bit of an end-around and shows that the person of

Erik Manning

“Is there really anything new to learn about Jesus?”

I read many great apologetics books about Jesus, but this one was truly very different. I didn’t walk away with a ton of facts and figures to memorize. Instead, I walked away with a renewed sense of awe for the person of Christ and some great logical points solidifying my faith that the Gospel stories

Jennifer DeFrates

Learning from what the Bible doesn’t say about Jesus!

I was fascinated by this book. Tom Gilson takes a novel and fresh approach by looking at what we can learn about Jesus from what actually “isn’t” said about Him in the Bible. There were a lot of “ah-ha” moments. I recommend reading this book to take a new and refreshing look at Jesus. He


“Simple, unique way to take a fresh look at Jesus of Nazareth”

This book takes a refreshing approach to examining the life and works of Jesus of Nazareth, one that he admits he “resurrected” from the past but has been lost to modern readers. This approach is to look at Jesus based on what He “didn’t say,” and what He “didn’t do,” rather than what He did

Chan Arnett

Great for Every Christian

This book will pull you in and help you meditate on the beauty, majesty, and goodness of Jesus Christ.

Tim Arndt

“Gilson’s thesis is an amazing one”

Gilson’s thesis is an amazing one and I hope to see more engagement with it. It would be incredible to see what someone like Bart Ehrman would say to it. I hope it gets out in the world of academia all the more. … This is a book to be taken seriously by Christian and

Nick Peters

“Gilson’s approach reminded me of … G. K. Chesterton.”

Gilson’s approach reminded me of some arguments by the literary giant G. K. Chesterton (1874–1936). … [The] book is a refreshing new view of the most influential person of history. … Gilson convincingly rebuts the claim that the Gospel accounts are simply legends.

William Pelletier

“Totally shook me up — helped me to reopen my eyes to Jesus”

Jesus had become so familiar to me that I kind of forgot how amazing He really is. My mind has stopped registering how wonderful He really is. Of course I still love Him and acknowledge the gift of eternal life in heaven that He provided me. But the relationship end of knowing Jesus grows stale

Amber (Blogger)

“Deftly and delightfully helps us reexamine Christ’s life and character”

Christ’s brilliance can become dulled by our familiarity with the Gospel accounts. Tom Gilson deftly and delightfully helps us reexamine Christ’s life and character by inviting us to look at what Jesus didn’t do. This fresh, invigorating approach reignited my passion to worship Christ and enabled me to understand His love in a much deeper,


Thought-provoking! Worship Inducing!

Through highlighting the extraordinarily powerful and excellent character of Christ, and exposing the holes in skeptics’ theories about the credibility of the Jesus ‘story’, Tom Gilson takes the reader on a journey that ends in worship. Interestingly much of his case is made in what Jesus didn’t do which I found to be a rather

Carla ET Lake

“Absolutely Brilliant!”

Tom Gilson’s masterpiece took everything I thought I knew about Jesus and turned it upside down! I didn’t think I could fall in love with Christ again but this book helped prove me wrong. Absolutely brilliant!

Rulonda JaBrey

“What an Eye-Opener”

Fascinating… Really interesting… Unique… A new angle a lot of us haven’t considered… What an eye-opener; it’s like looking at a multi-faceted diamond and seeing brilliance that you’d never seen before.

Janet Mefferd

A masterpiece of fresh scholarship on Jesus and the Gospels!

Tom Gilson’s new book,  Too Good To Be False, is extraordinary, and probably groundbreaking with respect to the gospels! I exuberantly recommend it to everyone, whether you are a current follower of Jesus, a skeptic, or a devoted Muslim, etc. This book compellingly demonstrates that the character of Jesus is unsurpassed in all of literature.

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What if we take the story of Jesus seriously — as a story?

Skeptics urge us to do that. It's "only a story," they say, a legend just like many other God-stories from ancient days. So why should we treat it as anything more than that?

Too Good to be False takes up that question using an approach no author has taken in close to a century, and shows that although the skeptics' question may be a fine one, their answer is as far from truth as it could be. Jesus' character is unlike any other. No other hero — whether of history, myth, imagination, or legend — has loved as he loved, led as he led, cared as he cared, or understood himself as Jesus understood himself.

Christians reading this book will encounter Jesus in fresh, worshipful new ways, and skeptics may discover his character is too unique, too consistent, and entirely too good to be false.

Early Praise for Too Good to be False

"Tom Gilson makes a compelling case that Jesus couldn't possibly be the product of near legends because he is quite literally too good not to be true. This might be the most surprising and refreshing book you'll read this year!" — Lee Strobel

"This book takes a fresh look at the uniquely great character of Jesus, and finds in his greatness a new and compelling case for the truth of his story as presented in the Gospels." — Josh McDowell

"Are you skeptical that anyone could present fresh insights about Jesus after two thousand years? Tom Gilson has done just that."

"I may never before have made this comment in a recommendation, but this volume was a 'fun read.' I enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong — Gilson’s responses hit the skeptical objections at which he aimed time-and-again, including many of the major complaints lodged against Jesus’ story." — Gary Habermas

"I have never approached the gospels in this way and with Gilson's guidance, I have come to love, respect, and worship Jesus with renewed vigor and insight. Honestly this book must be in your library." — JP Moreland

"Too Good to be False takes a fascinating look at the human character of Jesus, uncovering fresh insights for believers and skeptics to see the Jesus' story is not simply a story — it's truly, truly too good to be false. — Eric Metaxas

Are you skeptical that anyone could present fresh insights about Jesus after two thousand years? Tom Gilson has done just that. ... Too Good to be False not only gets you to say “wow!” about the most influential life in human history, but also helps you realize how feeble the arguments against the biblical Jesus are. I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy this easy-to-read and hard-to-refute case. — Frank Turek

Too Good to be False meaningfully contributes to the world’s apologetics library by affirming in a creative new way that Jesus was the most brilliant, loving, world-changing leader in history. — Jeff Myers

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