As Easter approaches, the perfect little resource to equip yourself to have an intelligent conversation about human history's most significant event is now available. Adapted from N.T. Wright's the Challenge of Jesus, the Challenge of Easter is a quick read at only 62 pages long. If you have an hour and a half to put into boning up on the historical facts surrounding the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, this book is for you.
Wright makes the case that the church would never have existed if Christ's resurrection were not a fact. "We better learn to take seriously the witness of the entire early church, that Jesus of Nazareth was raised bodily to a new sort of life, three days after his execution."
Alternative theories about Jesus's fulfilled prophecy about himself being raised from the dead have been discussed, debunked, buried, and themselves resurrected and recycled for the past two millennia. In sixty-two pages, Wright not only strengthens the resolve of believers by affirming their faith and giving them the tools to boldly converse about Christ, he politely and respectfully punches holes in the arguments of skeptics.
If you are unfamiliar with Wright's writings, this is a great book to cut your teeth on.