Is Christmas Unbelievable?

Four Questions Everyone Should Ask About the World's Most Famous Story

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Evidence for the Bible's account of Jesus' birth.

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Many people assume that the story of the baby in the manger at Bethlehem is just another made-up fantasy for kids. In this concise book, respected apologist Rebecca McLaughlin outlines the evidence that Jesus was a real person, explaining the reliability of the Bible’s accounts of his life and why believing in a virgin birth is not as ridiculous as it might sound.

This book shows that there is a rational basis for the belief that the world’s most famous story is fact, not fantasy—and how those events in history can infuse our lives today with meaning and joy.

Rebecca McLaughlin gained a PhD from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill Seminary in London before working at The Veritas Forum. She is the author of the award-winning Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion and a regular contributor for The Gospel Coalition.

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  • Introduction
  • 1. Was Jesus Even a Real Person?
  • 2. Weren't the Gospels Made up Later?
  • 3. How Can You Believe in a Virgin Birth?
  • 4. Aren't We All Just Stories in the End?

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Author Rebecca McLaughlin
ISBN 9781784986407
Format Paperback
First published October 2021
Dimensions 110mm x 178mm x 6mm
Language English
Pages 64
Publisher The Good Book Company

Dr Derwin L. Gray

Co-founder and Lead Elder-Pastor, Transformation Church; Author, God, Do you Hear Me? Discovering the Prayer God Always Answers

Don’t let the size of this book fool you. It may be small, but the content is BIG. My friend Rebecca has written a book for seeker and believer alike. Bring your questions, concerns, fears, and doubts. Rebecca, like a close friend, takes you by the hand and addresses them beautifully in this book.

John Lennox

Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford; Author, Can Science Explain Everything?

This is the ideal book if you are a sceptic. Rebecca McLaughlin is very much in tune with the big questions many of us ask. She cuts her way through the common misconceptions surrounding the Christian message and demonstrates convincingly why the idea that God visited our planet is far from a Star Wars or Harry Potter fantasy.

Quina Aragon

Author, Love Made and Love Gave

Rebecca graciously addresses our hesitations about the incredible claims of Christianity, and specifically Christmas. Her friendly and sincere tone complements her call for us to seriously consider and believe the greatest story ever told—a story that extends beyond Christmas.

Customer reviews


“warm apologetics”

I read Rebecca's book 'Confronting Christianity' early this year and found it so well written, and one that would be easy to give away. However, the price makes it tricky to buy in bulk.

But here's one you can get for a quid per copy! I'm planning on ordering a load for the church where I serve this Christmas. Christians reading it will be encouraged and strengthened and, I think, confident to give it away to those who don't know Jesus.

I think Rebecca does two things exceptionally well:

1 - she writes excellently
2 - the way she deals with fairly classic apologetics questions is never cold and stark, but always warm and connects well with people as people, not just brains on sticks.

Also really pleased to see the first evangelistic Christmas book for years that has a cover that is neither green nor red!


“Good Foundational Understanding”

This is a very short, basic book regarding the claims of Christianity and Christ. McLaughlin addresses four different questions in four short but packed chapters:

- Was Jesus Even A Real Person?

- Can We Take the Gospels Seriously?

- How Can You Believe in a Virgin Birth?

- Why Does it Matter?

McLaughlin uses both Scripture and historical texts to discuss these questions. The content is very well written, concise, and supported thoroughly. For a seasoned believer, this would be a simple refresher on the basic claims of Jesus. For a non-believer or a new believer, this book provides a lot of wisdom, insight, and truth to Christianity.

I do believe most non-believers and new believers will still have questions after reading the book, but it's a great starting point for understanding the biblical truth of Jesus. With that foundational truth, the reader can address any additional questions by going directly to Scripture.

I would have enjoyed McLaughlin including an appendix that provided even more questions for thought or a short study through scripture as a follow up to the chapters. This would provide an even deeper understanding for some readers.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.


“A brilliant Christmas booklet!”

Easily the best I've read for years. I was recently gently quizzed about my faith by a non-Christian from my sports club who knows little about Christianity and this booklet addresses all her questions & more. I shall be giving it to her, using it widely & encouraging our church family to use it liberally.

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