Why Jesus?

By Nicky Gumbel

New lighter and thinner classic 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 9 million copies of this popular booklet have been sold across the world since it was first published. Written by Nicky Gumbel, 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 classic edition does not include any excerpts from the Bible in One Year - you can view the Expanded Edition here.

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?

Why Jesus? is also available in large print.

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


Download the PDF

You can also download the PDF of Why Christmas? on the MyAlpha website.  First register your Alpha course; you don't have to make it public straight away, and if you don't know your start date yet don't worry, you can always edit it another time.  Once created, click on the 'Series Materials' tab where you can download the file.  If you need help finding or downloading it please email [email protected]

Product details:

  • Author: Nicky Gumbel
  • Illustrator: Charlie Mackesy
  • English Paperback
  • Publisher: Alpha International
  • Published: November 2023 (first published in 1991)
  • Weight: 29g
  • Number of Pages: 24
  • Thickness: 2 mm
  • Height: 177 mm
  • Width: 112 mm
  • ISBN: 9781912263899
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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.