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

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

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

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

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


“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

Chan Arnett

Great for Every Christian

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Remember the joy, the excitement, the life you experienced in Jesus, when you first started following Him for real? Are you wondering if it's starting to fade? Your heart's in the right place — you want to keep your first love. It's just starting to seem too familiar, though.

Engaging... Exhilarating... Surprising... Refreshing!

You're not alone. Even the Christians you look up to most may feel the same way, and more often than you'd think. Yet even the most experienced Christians can be surprised by Jesus all over again! Listen to some of them as they describe their own encounters with Christ through the book Too Good to be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality:

Best-selling author Lee Strobel: "Engaging ... exhilarating ... This might be the most surprising and refreshing book you'll read this year."

Love, Respect, Worship

Talbot University distinguished professor J. P. Moreland: "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."

A Fun Read!

Liberty University distinguished professor Gary Habermas: "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."

Fresh Insights After Two Thousand Years

Author and speaker Dr. Frank Turek: Are you skeptical that anyone could present fresh insights about Jesus after two thousand years? Tom Gilson has done just that."

From Growing Stale to "Blew Me Away"!

Those are some of the experts' endorsements. What about the rest of us, though? Be encouraged by what a blogger named Amber wrote. First she described her early joy: "There was just no hiding how amazing Jesus was." But she'd been losing that close connection with Him:

As the years passed, that changed. Apathy has set in. Jesus has become so familiar to me that I kind of forget how amazing 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 because I tend to think I know all there is to know.

But then she read Too Good to be False, and it "totally shook me up," she says:

This book helped me to reopen my eyes to how awe-inspiring and unbelievably wonderful my Savior is! ... As a Christian who has grown a little too used to Jesus and all the common phrases, [Part 1 of the book] blew me away. You will find yourself overwhelmed by how truly loving Jesus was, how His brilliance will forever go unmatched, how incredible his voice of authority changed the world, and much more.

You can fall in love with Jesus again!

Not just that, but if you need to recover your assurance that His life, His message, His death and resurrection are true, that's in Too Good to be False, too. As best-selling author Eric Metaxas said, "Too Good to be False takes a fascinating look at the human character of Jesus, uncovering fresh insights for believers and skeptics to see that Jesus' story is not simply a story — it's truly, truly too good to be false.

So read Too Good to be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality. Discover Jesus anew, and fall in love Him all over again!