|A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural|
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Atheist-turned-Christian Lee Strobel, the former award-winning legal editor at The Chicago Tribune, is a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books. He currently serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and a Teaching Pastor at Woodlands Church, one of the largest congregations in the country.
Lee’s book, The Case for Christ: A Journalist’s Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus, became an immediate bestseller upon release 20 years ago. The Case for Christ and Strobel’s following books have sold more than 10 million units to date.
Described in the Washington Post as "one of the evangelical community's most popular apologists," has created content for dozens of popular books, curriculum products and films. Lee shared the Christian Book of the Year award in 2005 for a curriculum he co-authored with Garry Poole about the movie The Passion of the Christ. He also earned Christian Book Awards for The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator and The Case for Grace, all of which have been made into documentaries distributed by Lionsgate.
Lee was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree). He was a journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers, winning Illinois' highest honor for public service journalism from United Press International. He also led a team that won UPI’s top award for investigative reporting in Illinois. In addition, Lee taught First Amendment Law at Roosevelt University.
After investigating the evidence for Jesus, Lee became a Christian in 1981. He joined the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in 1987 and later became a teaching pastor. He joined Saddleback Valley Community Church as a teaching pastor in 2000. He left Saddleback to write books and host the national network TV program "Faith Under Fire."
In recognition of the extensive research for his books, Southern Evangelical Seminary honored Lee Strobel with the conferring of a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2007. Lee's books include The Case for Miracles (2017), The Case for Grace, In Defense of Jesus, Finding the Real Jesus, God's Outrageous Claims, The Case for Christmas, The Case for Easter, The Unexpected Adventure (co-authored with Mark Mittelberg), and Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, which he wrote with his wife, Leslie. Lee also co-authored the Becoming a Contagious Christian course, which has trained nearly two million Christians on how to naturally and effectively talk with others about Jesus. His recent works include his first novel, The Ambition, and The Case for Christ Study Bible which features hundreds of notes and articles. Pureflix released a film in 2017, now available on DVD, which is based Lee's life as recounted in The Case for Christ.
Leehas been interviewed on such national TV networks as ABC, Fox, PBS and CNN, and his articles have appeared in a variety of periodicals, including the online editions of the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. He has been a recurring guest on "The Bible Answer Man" and "Focus on the Family" radio programs. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
Lee and Leslie have been married for 45 years and live in Texas.