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  • Retail Price: 16.99
  • Release Date: August 2011
  • Page Count: 512
  • Size: 6 x 9
  • Binding: Trade
  • Available Formats: DVD Experience, Study Guide
  • ISBN: 978-0-7369-2878-6
  • Case Lot Quantity: 18

The Unshakable Truth®

How You Can Experience the 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith

Josh McDowell & Sean McDowell

The name Josh McDowell promises real-life, on-the-street Christian apologetics. In his first Harvest House book, Josh joins his son Sean to draw on his life’s work and comprehensively address a vital issue: why an entire generation of young Christians—and millions of older believers—is confused about what they believe, why they believe it, and how it’s relevant.

The Unshakable Truth is uniquely positioned for younger Christians because it presents apologetics relationally, focusing on how Christianity’s doctrines affect relationships. The authors…

  • ground every assertion in the overarching story of creation, incarnation, and re-creation.
  • distill 12 crucial “faith statements”—for example, “A personal Creator God exists.”
  • explain why each statement is trustworthy, how it applies to real life, and—using examples, stories, and experiences—what its relevance is.

A spiritual gold mine for parents, youth workers, pastors—anyone wanting to reveal Christianity’s relevance to today’s life and culture.

Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell

Josh McDowell has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for more than five decades. Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has spoken to more than 25 million people in 128 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 148 books, with over 51 million copies distributed worldwide, including Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Experience Your Bible, Evidence for the Historical Jesus, More Than a Carpenter (over 15 million copies printed in 85 languages), and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults strengthen their faith and understanding of Scripture. Josh will tell you that his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married for over 40 years and have four children and numerous grandchildren.

Sean McDowell

Sean McDowell

Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean’s website, www.seanmcdowell.org, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.

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Editorial Reviews

“Extremely well-written, using Scripture, stories, and great illustrations, the McDowells make these essential truths relevant and easy to understand. Recommend this book to every high school student, but also to parents, youth pastors, and those who train youth pastors.”
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The Unshakable Truth by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell is an amazing resource…”
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“In a time when Christianity is under attack and Christians are being called upon more and more to defend their faith, this book is a must read.”
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“When I first heard about the book The Unshakable Truth by Josh and Sean McDowell, I knew I had to get it…This is a great book for anyone seeking to know the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and I would especially recommend it to college-bound students.”
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“When I first heard about the book The Unshakable Truth by Josh and Sean McDowell, I knew I had to get it…This is a great book for anyone seeking to know the fundamentals of the Christian faith, and I would especially recommend it to college-bound students.”
DefendChristianFaith.blogspot.com

Endorsements

“Decades of Relativism’s cultural erosion of Reason have put today’s generation at risk of widespread confusion and deception. Josh and Sean McDowell effectively provide a grid of Truth—the only certain source of clarity for meaning and freedom for living. I commend them for this work and urge its reading by young-adult believers, their leaders, and all pastors.”
—Jack W. Hayford, founder, The Church On The Way, chancellor, The King’s College and Seminary

“We live in a world that thinks all truth is relative. In The Unshakable Truth, Josh and Sean McDowell point us back to the rock-solid, foundational truths of the faith. But even as they point us back, they also propel us forward into a deeper, richer relationship with God and equip us to live out the Cause that Christ has called us to—making disciples who make disciples. This valuable handbook not only provides an extensive exploration of the core truths of the faith, it also gives insightful, hands-on advice about how to relationally pass that truth on to the next generation.”
—Greg Stier, president, Dare 2 Share Ministries

“In a world where Christians are struggling to experience the dynamic power of Christ in their personal lives, Josh and his son, Sean, have provided us with the essential truths that define the Christian faith. This resource is a must for every believer, regardless of age, who wants to find the abundant life in Christ that brings the fullness of joy to all of life.
 
“I already find myself going back to the 12 truths presented in this book to help me meet specific challenges I face as my faith is attacked by today’s postmodern culture. Next to the Bible, The Unshakable Truth will become one of the most used books in my library.”
—Glen Schultz, Christian educator, author of Kingdom Education

“Creation, redemption, and being restored to God is all about relationships. Josh and Sean have given us God’s ultimate plan—a relational theology to believe and live out in relationship to him and one another.”
—Gary Smalley, founder of the Smalley Relationship Center

“In typical McDowell fashion, The Unshakable Truth will fascinate and challenge you. It gives you the outline to understand God as the creator, God in the incarnation, and God as our re-creator. You will walk away with a biblical foundation on which to build your worldview.
 
“In four decades of teaching people how to study inductively, I’ve discovered that knowing truth—God’s Word—for yourself makes you unshakable. Every minister, every pastor, should read this book. Then you should have your people read it as you model the truth in front of them. It’s a privilege to endorse the work of this faithful father and son. Well done!”
Kay Arthur, co-CEO, Precept Ministries International, and author

The Unshakable Truth gives us a model of how to demonstrate the essentials of the faith to our young people.”
—Paul Fleischmann, president, National Network of Youth Ministries

“Josh and Sean have nailed the priority of the church and provided pastors and church leaders with a biblical blueprint for ministry effectiveness and relevance.”
—Dr. David Ferguson, executive director of the Great Commandment Network

“In many respects our young people have lacked a solid biblical catechism—teachings about God and his Word. And now Josh and Sean McDowell have delivered us such a catechism that can be taught and lived out in front of our kids. This is a much needed book.”
—Ron Luce, president, Teen Mania

“Rarely can you find a masterful work that is both comprehensive and complete. This relevant resource will give you rock-solid answers to the real questions people are asking. Josh and Sean McDowell have made the most important truths of theology relevant, practical, and accessible for seekers and skeptics alike.”
—June Hunt, founder, CEO, CSO (Chief Servant Officer), Hope for the Heart

“As the storm clouds of secularism threaten today’s high school and college culture, there is a growing need for young believers to know what they believe and why they believe as they do. In The Unshakable Truth, the McDowells have addressed that need with clarity, completeness, and conviction.
 
“What is most impressive about this magnificent work is that it addresses crucial doctrinal and apologetic issues within a single volume. That alone is worth the price of the book.”
—J.P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, and author of The God Question

“If there has ever been a generation that needed a firm faith in unshakable truths, it’s this one. My friends Josh and Sean McDowell have a clear understanding of what this generation needs, and they communicate that truth in a logical and compelling way. This ought to be required reading for every high school and college student in America, and quite honestly, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if parents read it too!”
—Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife

“Josh McDowell and his son, Sean, have written a watershed book that, if heeded, could remedy the plight of the American family. The Unshakable Truth provides a biblical blueprint for believing and living as God designed—a plan for bringing redemption and restoration to our nation through the family and the church. This is a crucially needed resource, one I can heartily recommend.”
—Pat Robertson, host, The 700 Club

“Josh McDowell is both a scholarly apologist and a popular communicator. His careful research and artful presentation provides Christians with the ability to be equipped to engage people in relevant and effective evangelism.”
—Steve Douglass, president, Campus Crusade for Christ

“This is a comprehensive and balanced defense of what the authors believe are objective, absolute, and essential truths of the Bible and the need to apply them to our lives. The authors’ aim is to state, not only what we believe as Christians, but why we believe it, how it is relevant to our lives, and how we should live it out before the world. In view of their wide lay audience, this goal is well achieved.”
—Norman L. Geisler, PhD, provost and distinguished professor of apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary

“A big thanks to Josh and Sean for articulating with clarity and conviction the bedrock realities that make our walk with Jesus Christ solid and certain. In the words of Jesus, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:32). This book welcomes us to the joy of the no-regrets freedom that His truth cultivates in our hearts and lives.”
—Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University

“If a catechism’s proper aim is to teach the truths Christians live by and show how to live by them, then this father-and-son compendium is an extended catechism, and overall it is a very successful one. The celebratory liturgies for partying families are especially striking. This material should bring blessing far and wide.”
—Dr. J.I. Packer, author, professor of theology, Regent College

“This is a most incredible comprehensive handbook to learn and absorb the truth of the Christian faith. Josh and Sean have woven their own life stories into this theological, yet practical, work. There is no doubt in my mind that The Unshakable Truth will be one of the classics for this generation—and it could not have been written by two more capable people.”
—Jim Burns, PhD, president, HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

“Once in a while there is a book you want to get into everyone's hands...The Unshakable Truth is one of those books.”
Stephan Radeliah, Co-host, LeSEA Broadcasting, “The Harvest Show”

“I am so incredibly grateful that Josh and Sean McDowell have written The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith. This book is destined to be a classic for every follower of Christ who desires to fortify their faith, develop their discipleship, and expand their effectiveness as a witness of the truth of God’s Word. Take the time to devour this book and discover how relevant your faith will become.”
—Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

“Josh and Sean McDowell have done the contemporary church a great service with their latest joint book, The Unshakable Truth. This book is a challenge for Christians to care enough about their world and especially their families to speak truth to them. More than that, it’s a tool to equip the reader to be able to do it with passion and precision.
 
The Unshakable Truth addresses the ever-present need to develop and pass on a Christian worldview and shows how to do it transgenerationally. I found the book to be extremely practical and immensely inspiring. It will awaken in the reader an enthusiasm to think clearly and respond boldly to our postmodern culture, which is bent on pushing God and absolutes far away.”
—Skip Heitzig, pastor and author

“I will never forget the day when, as a young pastor in my first church in Oklahoma, I opened Evidence That Demands a Verdict and began to devour it. Now, in the inimitable McDowell style, Josh and his capable son, Sean, have done it again.
 
The Unshakable Truth is not just another offering in practical theology or apologetics. It is, in fact, a Bible-college education in one very engaging and readable volume. As I read these words, I found myself continually offering prayers of thanksgiving to God for the gift he has given us in Josh McDowell and now Sean as well. Read it and reap!”
—Dr. O.S. Hawkins, former pastor, First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, president/CEO, GuideStone Financial Resources of the SBC

“Josh and Sean have created a comprehensive foundation for our faith using basic biblical truth and clever contemporary insight.”
—Bobb Biehl, executive mentor, BobbBiehl.com

“For years I have treasured, used, and given away copies of Josh’s many books. Of special value to me has been his classic work Evidence that Demands a Verdict. My original copy has been studied, underlined, and worn out.
 
The Unshakable Truth by Josh and Sean expands that work and brings it into the relational world in which we live. I highly recommend this resource. I’m sure I will use it again and again. It will be of great help to old and new believers alike as we seek to pass on our faith to the next generation...showing them ‘the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done’ (Psalm 78:4).”
—Dann Spader, president, Global Youth Initiative

“Josh and Sean’s new book, The Unshakable Truth, is a necessity for a lost and broken generation, a generation that by and large no longer has a Christian worldview. 
 
“This book is a must-read for anyone who is trying to balance their daily lives in light of what it means to not only be called a Christian but more importantly to live like one. If you take the time to read this book and apply it to your life, then you will become emboldened and equipped to carry the truth of Christ to even its most hostile opponents.”
—Nate Heitzig, youth pastor, Calvary Church of Albuquerque

“This book is vintage McDowell—but greatly enhanced! Like father, like son. Be assured. It’s more than academic. The authors recognize the greatest apologetic in winning people to Christ—loving one another as Christ loved us!”
—Dr. Gene A. Getz, president, Center for Church Renewal, founder, Fellowship Bible Church Movement, host, Renewal Radio

“An excellent combination of what Christ-followers should believe and why we should believe it. I applaud Josh and Sean’s efforts to help present these 12 unshakable truths in such a clear, readable fashion. The church groups who go through this valuable resource will find their spiritual foundation deeply strengthened.”
—Dr. Bill Jones, president, Columbia International University

“Not often does a book come along that everyone must read. The Unshakable Truth is one such book.”
Jerry Rose, President and CEO, Total Living Network

“This work by the McDowell team of father and son is nourishing food for the heart, where according to Scripture, mind, emotion, and will unite as one. The fundamental theological realities encompassing Christianity are set forth as objective truth and defended where applicable with traditional Josh and Sean apologetic skill. Illustrations and application through fitting analogies and personal stories, especially from personal family relationships, give each truth a concrete reality touching the emotions. Finally, realistic suggestions for practicing the truth and passing it on to family and friends stimulate the reader’s will to live out the truth.
 
“The emphasis on Christianity as a life of joy through loving relationships with God and others makes this not just another theology book. As the authors intend, it is truly a practical handbook for living in the truth of God’s story for which each of us were created, and passing it on to others, especially the next generation.”
—Dr. Robert Saucy, distinguished professor of systematic theology, Talbot School of Theology

“Josh and Sean McDowell have created a comprehensive work that will serve as an invaluable resource to those who believe in and who are curious about the Christian faith. They present the truths of the Christian faith upholding the solid foundation of a biblical worldview, a necessary stance in a time where our culture seeks to define truth, causing it to erode under our feet.”
—Joe White, president, Kanakuk Kamps

“Creation, redemption, and being restored to God is all about relationships. Josh and Sean have given us God’s ultimate plan—a relational theology to believe and live out in relationship to him and one another.”
—Gary Smalley, founder of the Smalley Relationship Center

“In typical McDowell fashion, The Unshakable Truth will fascinate and challenge you. It gives you the outline to understand God as the creator, God in the incarnation, and God as our re-creator. You will walk away with a biblical foundation on which to build your worldview.
 
“In four decades of teaching people how to study inductively, I’ve discovered that knowing truth—God’s Word—for yourself makes you unshakable. Every minister, every pastor, should read this book. Then you should have your people read it as you model the truth in front of them. It’s a privilege to endorse the work of this faithful father and son. Well done!”
Kay Arthur, co-CEO, Precept Ministries International, and author

The Unshakable Truth gives us a model of how to demonstrate the essentials of the faith to our young people.”
—Paul Fleischmann, president, National Network of Youth Ministries

“Josh and Sean have nailed the priority of the church and provided pastors and church leaders with a biblical blueprint for ministry effectiveness and relevance.”
—Dr. David Ferguson, executive director of the Great Commandment Network

“In many respects our young people have lacked a solid biblical catechism—teachings about God and his Word. And now Josh and Sean McDowell have delivered us such a catechism that can be taught and lived out in front of our kids. This is a much needed book.”
—Ron Luce, president, Teen Mania

“Rarely can you find a masterful work that is both comprehensive and complete. This relevant resource will give you rock-solid answers to the real questions people are asking. Josh and Sean McDowell have made the most important truths of theology relevant, practical, and accessible for seekers and skeptics alike.”
—June Hunt, founder, CEO, CSO (Chief Servant Officer), Hope for the Heart

“As the storm clouds of secularism threaten today’s high school and college culture, there is a growing need for young believers to know what they believe and why they believe as they do. In The Unshakable Truth, the McDowells have addressed that need with clarity, completeness, and conviction.
 
“What is most impressive about this magnificent work is that it addresses crucial doctrinal and apologetic issues within a single volume. That alone is worth the price of the book.”
—J.P. Moreland, distinguished professor of philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, and author of The God Question

“If there has ever been a generation that needed a firm faith in unshakable truths, it’s this one. My friends Josh and Sean McDowell have a clear understanding of what this generation needs, and they communicate that truth in a logical and compelling way. This ought to be required reading for every high school and college student in America, and quite honestly, it wouldn’t be a bad idea if parents read it too!”
—Dennis Rainey, president, FamilyLife

“Josh McDowell and his son, Sean, have written a watershed book that, if heeded, could remedy the plight of the American family. The Unshakable Truth provides a biblical blueprint for believing and living as God designed—a plan for bringing redemption and restoration to our nation through the family and the church. This is a crucially needed resource, one I can heartily recommend.”
—Pat Robertson, host, The 700 Club

“Josh McDowell is both a scholarly apologist and a popular communicator. His careful research and artful presentation provides Christians with the ability to be equipped to engage people in relevant and effective evangelism.”
—Steve Douglass, president, Campus Crusade for Christ

“This is a comprehensive and balanced defense of what the authors believe are objective, absolute, and essential truths of the Bible and the need to apply them to our lives. The authors’ aim is to state, not only what we believe as Christians, but why we believe it, how it is relevant to our lives, and how we should live it out before the world. In view of their wide lay audience, this goal is well achieved.”
—Norman L. Geisler, PhD, provost and distinguished professor of apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary

“A big thanks to Josh and Sean for articulating with clarity and conviction the bedrock realities that make our walk with Jesus Christ solid and certain. In the words of Jesus, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ (John 8:32). This book welcomes us to the joy of the no-regrets freedom that His truth cultivates in our hearts and lives.”
—Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, president, Cornerstone University

“If a catechism’s proper aim is to teach the truths Christians live by and show how to live by them, then this father-and-son compendium is an extended catechism, and overall it is a very successful one. The celebratory liturgies for partying families are especially striking. This material should bring blessing far and wide.”
—Dr. J.I. Packer, author, professor of theology, Regent College

“This is a most incredible comprehensive handbook to learn and absorb the truth of the Christian faith. Josh and Sean have woven their own life stories into this theological, yet practical, work. There is no doubt in my mind that The Unshakable Truth will be one of the classics for this generation—and it could not have been written by two more capable people.”
—Jim Burns, PhD, president, HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

“I am so incredibly grateful that Josh and Sean McDowell have written The Unshakable Truth: How You Can Experience the 12 Essentials of a Relevant Faith. This book is destined to be a classic for every follower of Christ who desires to fortify their faith, develop their discipleship, and expand their effectiveness as a witness of the truth of God’s Word. Take the time to devour this book and discover how relevant your faith will become.”
—Jack Graham, pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church

“Josh and Sean McDowell have done the contemporary church a great service with their latest joint book, The Unshakable Truth. This book is a challenge for Christians to care enough about their world and especially their families to speak truth to them. More than that, it’s a tool to equip the reader to be able to do it with passion and precision.
 
The Unshakable Truth addresses the ever-present need to develop and pass on a Christian worldview and shows how to do it transgenerationally. I found the book to be extremely practical and immensely inspiring. It will awaken in the reader an enthusiasm to think clearly and respond boldly to our postmodern culture, which is bent on pushing God and absolutes far away.”
—Skip Heitzig, pastor and author

“I will never forget the day when, as a young pastor in my first church in Oklahoma, I opened Evidence That Demands a Verdict and began to devour it. Now, in the inimitable McDowell style, Josh and his capable son, Sean, have done it again.
 
The Unshakable Truth is not just another offering in practical theology or apologetics. It is, in fact, a Bible-college education in one very engaging and readable volume. As I read these words, I found myself continually offering prayers of thanksgiving to God for the gift he has given us in Josh McDowell and now Sean as well. Read it and reap!”
—Dr. O.S. Hawkins, former pastor, First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, president/CEO, GuideStone Financial Resources of the SBC

“Josh and Sean have created a comprehensive foundation for our faith using basic biblical truth and clever contemporary insight.”
—Bobb Biehl, executive mentor, BobbBiehl.com

“For years I have treasured, used, and given away copies of Josh’s many books. Of special value to me has been his classic work Evidence that Demands a Verdict. My original copy has been studied, underlined, and worn out.
 
The Unshakable Truth by Josh and Sean expands that work and brings it into the relational world in which we live. I highly recommend this resource. I’m sure I will use it again and again. It will be of great help to old and new believers alike as we seek to pass on our faith to the next generation...showing them ‘the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done’ (Psalm 78:4).”
—Dann Spader, president, Global Youth Initiative

“Josh and Sean’s new book, The Unshakable Truth, is a necessity for a lost and broken generation, a generation that by and large no longer has a Christian worldview. Josh and Sean very clearly and biblically lay down what it means to have a Christian worldview in 12 easy-to-understand and compelling truths.
 
“This book is a must-read for anyone who is trying to balance their daily lives in light of what it means to not only be called a Christian but more importantly to live like one. If you take the time to read this book and apply it to your life, then you will become emboldened and equipped to carry the truth of Christ to even its most hostile opponents.”
—Nate Heitzig, youth pastor, Calvary Church of Albuquerque

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