True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In

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"Christianity seems like just another screwed-up religion!" Anna said. "Seriously, what has Christianity done for us―or for the world, for that matter? They're just a bunch of hypocrites, that's what I think! Are they good for anything?" "I don't know, Anna," Caleb said. "I just don't know." Caleb has been a Christian for a long time. But he realizes that he can't bring himself to share his faith with anyone because it doesn't sound like good news anymore. Christianity's truth claims come across as hollow, arrogant and intolerant. Christians have a bad track record of hating and condemning those they disagree with. Worst of all, it feels like Christianity is just about "saving souls," giving people an escape ticket to heaven while the world falls apart. Is it only about Jesus forgiving our sins? There must be more to it than that... In this engaging narrative, James Choung weaves the tale of a search for a Christianity worth believing in. Disillusioned believer Caleb and hostile skeptic Anna wrestle with the plausibility of the Christian story in a world of pain and suffering. They ask each other tough questions about what Jesus really came to do and what Christianity is supposed to be about. Along the way, they discover that real Christianity is far bigger than anything they ever heard about in church. And the conversion that comes is not one that either of them expects. Join Caleb and Anna on their spiritual journeys as they probe Christianity from inside and out. Get past the old clichÉs and simplistic formulas. And discover a new way of understanding and presenting the Christian faith that really matters in a broken world.

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James Choung has been in campus ministry for over twenty years, and currently serves as national director of evangelism for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. He is the author of True Story and Real Life, and he speaks frequently at campuses, churches, and conferences. Ordained with the Association of Vineyard Churches, he previously served on the pastoral staff of a Boston-area urban church plant, a megachurch in Seoul, and a house church in Los Angeles.

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"Finally someone has come up with a simple evangelistic approach that reflects the wholeness of the gospel. . . . The simplicity of Choung's circle diagrams is a welcome, refreshing, and much-needed approach." (Al Tizon, PRISM, May/June 2009)

"Although designed to help college students articulate a complete gospel, many in our churches will also benefit by reading it." (Rodney Stent, The Lamplighter, May 2009)

"Choung delivers a compelling, fresh look at what we consider the gospel - the good news surrounding Jesus Christ. He directs us to look anew at the way Christ shows us how to live and, from within a comfortable, fictitious setting, radically calls for a new definition of the gospel truth." (Kevin Alton, Journal of Student Ministries, November/December 2008)

"Through True Story, you'll learn an effective, authentic strategy for telling the story of the Bible to non-believing friends." (Catherine Newhouse, Ignite, Winter 2009)

"I suggest that all Christians read this book with an open mind. Even if you remain suspicious, you'll find tools here to draw people into discussion about faith in God and purpose in life." (Evelyn Bence, FaithfulReader.com, July 2008)

"Emphasizing relationship over religion and loving over lecturing; this book will give you the confidence to share what you love about Jesus and let Him handle the rest." (Dawn Paisley, Book Bargains and Previews, July 2008)

". . .highly recommended for community library Christian fiction collections." (James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review, July 2008)

"James has found a simple way to convey to both Christians and non-Christians that the good news is cosmically good--a diagram that does the best job I've encountered yet of placing our personal stories in the context of God's bigger story." (Andy Crouch, Editorial Director, Christian Vision Project)

"James Choung gives us a penetrating look into ourselves and our faulty reasoning. He challenges us to go beyond 'Sunday School' answers and wrestle with pain, sorrow, death and other strong issues that seem to be potholes on our journey of faith." (Tom Hodges, YouthWorker Journal, July/August 2008)

"Some of the strengths of this book:

  • Very helpfully shared the gospel through story dialog
  • Communicated the gospel relationally
  • Communicated the gospel holistically (heart, mind, soul and strength)
  • Demonstrated a biblical rethinking of the gospel, instead of the current prepackaged version that often leaves so much out
" (John Smulo on SmuloSpace (johnsmulo.com), May 24, 2008)

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