The Case For A Creator
Lee Strobel could have never predicted his life. He distinctly remembers someone telling him he could never make a living at writing. As an atheist, he would have never thought he would be writing about faith, God and Jesus. But this awarding-winning author has more than 4.3 million books in print-all written as a result of his belief in Jesus Christ.
Strobel grew up in a Christian home, but when he encountered the teachings of evolution and Darwinism as a freshman in high school, there seemed to be no room for his childhood faith. With each college class and advance degree, Strobel was firmly entrenched in his rejection of God as a supreme, authoritative being. He was educated at the University of Missouri (Bachelor of Journalism degree, 1974) and Yale Law School (Master of Studies in Law degree, 1979). He was a professional journalist for 14 years, culminating in his role as legal affairs editor of The Chicago Tribune. His awards include Illinois' top honors for investigative reporting (which he shared with a team he led) and public service journalism from United Press International.
A chance news assignment proved to be the catalyst for his interest in God. After a nearly two-year investigation of the evidence for Jesus, Strobel received Christ as his forgiver and leader in 1981. That investigation produced the best-selling book, The Case for Christ (Zondervan, 1988). It has sold more than two million copies and has been translated into nine languages. It was twice a finalist for the ECPA Christian Book of the Year.
Armed with his new belief in Jesus and convinced of his role as a teacher of apologetics, Strobel joined the staff of Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL, in 1987, and later became a teaching pastor there. In 2000, he joined Saddleback Valley Community Church as a teaching pastor, speaking regularly to the 16,000 people who attend the Orange County, CA, church. He left Saddleback's staff in mid-2002 to focus on writing books and speaking at national and regional conferences, though he continues as a periodic teacher at both Saddleback and Willow Creek. He is also a contributing editor and columnist for Outreach magazine.
Strobel has won three Gold Medallion awards, the highest quality award for Christian books, for The Case for Christ, The Case for Faith, and Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary. His other titles include God's Outrageous Claims, What Jesus Would Say, and Surviving a Spiritual Mismatch in Marriage, co-authored with his wife, Leslie. Forthcoming in 2004 are The Case for Easter and The Case for a Creator. He also contributed to This We Believe and Finding God's Peace in Perilous Times. He is co-author of the Becoming a Contagious Christian training curriculum, which is used around the world, and has appeared on many national radio and television programs, including "Focus on the Family" and "The Bible Answer Man." His articles have been published in a variety of magazines, ranging from Discipleship Journal to Marriage Partnership to The Christian Research Journal to Decision.
Lee Strobel and his wife Leslie have been married for 31 years and live in Trabuco Canyon, CA. Their daughter, Alison, teaches at a Christian school, and their son, Kyle, has received his master's degree in philosophy of religion and is currently pursuing a master's degree in New Testament.