How Jesus Saves: Atonement for Ordinary People


“Josh McNall has done a terrific job in providing a very easy-to-read, yet descriptive account of how God reconciles us to himself through Christ’s atoning death. Josh breaks down all the key terms, explains the story and logic of the atonement, and does it in a way that is eminently relatable and culturally savvy. There are few introductions to the atonement for beginners better than this.”
Academic dean and lecturer in New Testament, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia
Author of Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible



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Perfect for:

  • College or Young Adult Ministry
  • Small groups
  • Neighborhood Bible studies
  • Sunday School

In these pages you will:

  • Come to understand the meaning of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection
  • Engage with a book that is highly readable and written in ordinary language
  • Appreciate the goodness, beauty, and truth of God vis-a-vis atonement doctrine


About the Study

While “Jesus saves” remains the central claim of Christianity, the ensuing question—How?—demands attention. How exactly does a brutal and shameful crucifixion bring salvation? Why does the Bible call it good news, and why should we?

In How Jesus Saves: Atonement for Ordinary People, Joshua McNall unpacks the meaning of Jesus’s life and death for everyday people. Through Scripture, story, and real-life applications, he brings together the primary models of atonement doctrine and offers an integrated vision for how Jesus offers the benefits of salvation to the world.

The result is an accessible book that helps remove obstacles for skeptics and can deepen the faith of committed Christians. In both the book and accompanying videos (available separately), McNall addresses this great Christian doctrine with simplicity without sacrificing the nuance this topic demands. Reflection questions available at the end of each chapter.

About the Author

Joshua McNall (PhD, Manchester) is assistant professor of theology at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He has authored successful books like Long Story Short: The Bible in Six Simple Movements, Perhaps: Reclaiming the Space Between Doubt and Dogmatism, and The Mosaic of Atonement: An Integrated Approach to Christ’s Work. He and his wife, Brianna, have four young children and he blogs regularly at


  • Length: Five Chapters + Introduction & Conclusion
  • Page Count: 126
  • Video accompaniment: Encouraged

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The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith by Phil Tallon
Long Story Short: The Bible in Six Simple Movements by Joshua McNall
Epic of Eden: Understanding the Old Testament by Sandra Richter

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