Why I am a Christian (John Stott, 2003)

In my library I have a few books I loan to non-Christians who have reached the point in their spiritual pilgrimage that they are willing to consider the claims of Christ. Different people raise different questions and have different concerns, so I try to prayerfully fit the book with the person. For example, to some I give a copy of C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity, and to others The Unknown God by Alister McGrath. Now one of the finest Bible teachers of this century, John Stott, has written Why I am a Christian.

As expected from his pen, the book is warm, thoughtful, and clear. He explains how God pursued him with grace, and that what he has found in Christ is truth, radical redemption, true humanity, freedom, and a profound sense of fulfillment. The final chapter is an invitation to bow and believe.

Why I am a Christian will not necessarily be the right book to give to every non-Christian in our increasingly pluralistic world. It will be good for some, however, and it will encourage Christian readers to engage our post-Christian world with the gospel.


Why I am a Christian by John Stott (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press; 2003) 133 pp. + notes.