American trial lawyer and Bible teacher Mark Lanier brings together both vocations in this book, which presents his own case for the truth of Christianity in the format of a case brought to trial, including opening statement, witness lists and point-by-point evidence analysis.

This may sound a bit like the concept for Lee Strobel’s The Case for Christ (Zondervan), although Strobel was posing as a sceptical journalist. While Strobel is accessible, lively and a tad sensationalist, Lanier is more methodical and analytical, using a variety of thoughts and ‘witnesses’, from philosophers to disciples.

There are some interesting and useful observations in the book; however, I’m not sure that a coherent argument is formed overall. Some of the analogies and reasoning don’t quite work and would need expansion to use them with your average atheist. But then a book that could answer everyone’s questions logically would be a very large book, and probably an inaccessible one.