Why Jesus?

By Nicky Gumbel

Expanded Edition

Why Jesus? is a concise, easy-to-read study of the very real questions people may have about Jesus and why his birth, death and resurrection are central to the Christian faith.

Over 8.5 million copies of this popular booklet have been sold across the world since it was first published. Written by Nicky Gumbel, the pioneer of Alpha and vicar of HTB in London, it explores why we need Jesus and how he satisfies our hunger for meaning and purpose in life, for life beyond death, and for forgiveness.

Exploring Jesus' claims, character and death, Nicky uses effortlessly uncomplicated language to talk about the freedom we receive from guilt, addition, and fear, and the freedom to know God, to love other people, and to change.

Why Jesus? is illustrated throughout by Charlie Mackesy, author of the best-selling book ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’.

The booklet is designed to be given away at church services and events, to all guests at Alpha, and to anyone with questions about Jesus and the Christian faith.

This expanded edition – which replaces the previous booklet that is no longer in print – includes a couple of excerpts from Nicky Gumbel’s Bible in One Year, an ideal companion to reading the Bible, around the theme of God’s love.

Sections within the booklet include:

  • Why do we need Jesus?
  • How do we know Christianity is true?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Why did he come?
  • Why did he die?
  • Common excuses for not accepting the gift
  • What do we have to do?
  • A simple prayer to start your relationship with God
  • What now?
  • Go deeper: two excerpts from the Bible in One Year

If you are running an Alpha course, you can download the booklet in PDF format for free in My Alpha (create your Alpha, click on the ‘Series Materials’ tab, and the PDF is available under the ‘During Alpha’ heading).

Why Jesus? is also available in large print.

Also available in the series: Why Easter? and Why Christmas?

Product details:

  • Author: Nicky Gumbel
  • Illustrator: Charlie Mackesy
  • English Paperback
  • Publisher: Alpha International
  • Published: January 2021 (first published in 1991)
  • Weight: 59g
  • Number of Pages: 48
  • Thickness: 3.5 mm
  • Height: 178 mm
  • Width: 112 mm
  • ISBN: 9781912263660
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About the author

Nicky Gumbel led Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) from 2005 to 2022. Before this he read law at Cambridge and theology at Oxford, and practised as a barrister. Nicky is the pioneer of Alpha, a 15-session introduction to the Christian faith now running in over 100 countries around the world, and author of a number of bestselling books including Questions of Life and Searching Issues. Nicky is married to Pippa. They live in central London and have three children.