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‘Undaunted’ gives you the heart-wrenching-to-heart-warming back story to one of today’s most effective preachers, teachers and evangelists. The book, and the upcoming biopic based on its pages, tells you how the son of an alcoholic, violent father struggled against low self esteem and sexual abuse to become an agnostic determinedly set on disproving the historical case for the Christ and the Christian faith. Yet, despite his best efforts, Josh found the evidence overwhelmingly supported what he fought against and convicted him enrol at Bible college; graduating with a Master’s Degree in Divinity.
‘Undaunted’ is a story of faith and triumph set against the depression, poverty and depravation of the 1930s. Emotional and intellectual the book follows the pain of his journey to faith, and how that faith drove him to seek out people from his past who had abused and hurt him – not to revenge himself, but to forgive; just as God had forgiven him.
Now a leading practitioner of Christian apologetics and head of Josh McDowell Ministries, his works include a rebuttal of Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (‘A Quest for Answers’) and perhaps his most famous books, ‘More than a Carpenter’ and ‘Evidence for the Historical Jesus: A Compelling Case for His Life and His Claims’.
Undaunted by Josh D McDowell was published by Tyndale House Publishers in September 2012 and is our 14583rd best seller. The ISBN for Undaunted is 9781414371221.
1. All’s right with the world
2. In The Beginning
4. Junior's Betrayal
5. High School
6. Air Force
7. New Horizons
8. Great Britain
9. The Journey Continues
10. New Beginnings
11. Wheaton And Beyond
12. Going Home
15. Engagement And Graduation
16. A Final Summer
17. Out West
18. The Call
19. The Ble Ocean
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"‘Undaunted’ tells you how the son of an alcoholic, violent father struggled against low self esteem and child abuse, set himself on disproving the case for the Christ and the Christian faith, yet found the evidence overwhelmingly convincing. Now a leading Christian apologetic, Josh McDowell tells how he sought out the people who had wrong him, not for revenge, but to forgive them, just as God had forgiven him."
"As McDowell shared his story, he was transparent with his struggles, whether it was spending months trying to forgive the man who molested him to trying to understand if he was supposed to continue his education in law school or seminary. The only part of the story that I missed was how Josh met his wife. That isn't mentioned at all, and I just love a good ole love story. But, this book was a different kind of love story, between an injured, bleeding soul, and the God who can heal his pain. Definitely read this book, it will put a smile on your face and make your soul sing." – A reader review.
"It never ceases to amaze me -- what some people have lived through / overcome in their lives. Josh McDowell, from his story, is an AMAZING man of Christ. Not one who simply got saved and then used it as "fire insurance" for the rest of his life...but a man who followed Christ's leading and became someone who saves many others. What an inspirational story! (I just want to go give him a big hug!)" – A reader review.
"Josh's story is more than a memoir, it is a work of apologetics. Josh's search for the existence of God, and then His radical transformation into God's servant. The story carefully peels back the layers of Josh's insecurities, fears, doubts, anger, sadness, all deeply buried. I have no negative points for this book. I highly recommend it and am grateful to have read this powerful testimony of a radically changed life "in" Christ Jesus." – A reader review.
Josh McDowell’s biography begins with an account of devastating car accident that should have killed him and ended his story before it had really got going. If that collision with the truck approaching from behind had pushed him into the path of the unstoppable freight train, his life would have been just another one of the many unremembered, anonymous poor brought to grief in the depression of the 1930s. Yet Josh’s flame wasn’t extinguished. And it’s from here – as his life ‘passes before his eyes’ the reviews the painful events of his childhood and youth that form the background to the man he was so influenced the man he was to become.
Now that those years are well over three quarters of a century behind us, the economic and social deprivations of the 1930s have a certain romance. The sun burnt fields, the big old American cars, the wide open spaces, home spun entertainment, deep rooted faith and solid families all have an old world charm about them. Josh leaves his readers in no doubt that life in the depression years was no fairy tale. Indeed it was barely life at all. Yes all those nostalgic features are there in the book and in the soon to be released film, but the problem with life under those conditions is that could so soon come to an end. As well as the unlooked for harshness of an economic downturn, Josh’s family suffered from the drunken violence of his father, and the abusive behaviour of their farm hands.
No wonder, then, that uppermost in the mind of Josh and his four siblings was the idea of escaping to a better life. No time here for notions of a caring God and a forgiving saviour. Quite the opposite. Josh is a young man determined to undermine and destroy with the power of his mind his own resentment. God, however, has other plans. Now a leading preacher and teacher, Josh uses his intellect, his tough upbringing and his life changing experience to change the lives of others. Perhaps the most inspiring part of his story is his reaction to those who so hurt and wronged him in the past; those who – by accident, ignorance or intent, might so easily have destroyed him in body, mind and soul. It’s the stuff of movies that the victim, now released and empowered returns to the scene of his oppression and meets out justice upon his former oppressors. Not so Josh. Yes he hunts them down – or rather seeks them out. But not take his revenge, to give his forgiveness just as God has forgiven and restored him.
“The fact is,” says Josh McDowell in his introduction to ‘Undaunted’, “no one goes through life unscathed. The biblical book of Job says that “people are born for trouble as readily as sparks fly up from a fire.” I had a lot of sparks in my life, including one life-changing spark that brought me hope. I invite you to read and consider how - with the help of One stronger than yourself - you, too, can face life undaunted.”
Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has given more than 24,000 talks to over 10 million young people in 118 countries. He is the author or co-author of 112 books, selling over 51 million copies worldwide, including ‘More Than a Carpenter’ (more than 15 million copies in print worldwide), which has been translated into over 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 bolster their faith and scriptural beliefs. Josh will tell you that his family does not come before his ministry - his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have four children and eight grandchildren.
Cristóbal Krusen is an American-born screenwriter and film director. He is married and the father of six children. He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Belize. His includes the award-winning ‘Final Solution, ‘More than Dreams’ the made-for-TV movie, ‘First Landing’.
Josh McDowell would become one of the world’s most well-known evangelists. But his story begins with a young boy on a farm . . . one who didn’t believe in God. There’s a saying that childhood is the most beautiful of life’s seasons. And so it should be. But that wasn’t true for Josh McDowell. He was born to an alcoholic father who showed him no love, who valued him only as a farmhand. He endured years of painful abuse. Josh’s mother loved him but was unable to rescue him. In the midst of circumstances no child should have to suffer, Josh cried out to God for help, but He seemed silent. And so Josh believed God wasn’t listening—or even there at all.
How does a boy overcome such adversity to become one of the most impactful evangelists for Christ that the world has ever known? This is Josh McDowell’s story. For the first time, Josh fully reveals the dramatic spiritual transformation that occurred when he faced his past head-on and put everything entirely in God’s hands. It’s a story of overcoming shame, grief, and despair and embracing real love for the first time. It’s a tale of divine grace: when the worst that life can throw at you happens, you can come out on the other side with a faith that is full, free—and undaunted.
|Author / Artist||Josh D McDowell|
|Publisher||Tyndale House Publishers (September 2012)|
|Number of Pages||288|
|Page last updated||24th July 2014|