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Tactics: A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Tactics: A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions
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Tactics: A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions

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In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver's seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy.
  • Tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations?
  • Want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions with family, friends, and coworkers?
Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver's seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.

You'll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables andmost importantlyget people thinking about Jesus. Soon, your conversations will look more like diplomacy than D-Day.

^ ^Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows you how to:

  • ^ ^Initiate conversations effortlessly
  • Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively
  • Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
  • Skillfully manage the details of dialogue
  • Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack
^ ^Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.
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About "Tactics: A Game Plan For Discussing Your Christian Convictions"

In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver's seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy.

  • Tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations?
  • Want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions with family, friends, and coworkers?
Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver's seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.

You'll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables andmost importantlyget people thinking about Jesus. Soon, your conversations will look more like diplomacy than D-Day.

^ ^Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows you how to:

  • ^ ^Initiate conversations effortlessly
  • Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively
  • Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
  • Skillfully manage the details of dialogue
  • Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack
^ ^Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.
-Editorial Review.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Gregory Koukl

Greg Koukl received his masters in philosophy of religion and ethics at Talbot School of Theology and his Masters in Christian Apologetics from Simon Greenleaf University. He has hosted his own radio talk show for seventeen years advocating clear-thinking Christianity and defending the Christian worldview. His teaching has been featured on Focus on the Family radio, he has been interviewed for CBN, NPR, and the BBC, and participated in an one-hour national television debate with Deepak Chopra on Lee Strobel's Faith Under Fire. Greg is the founder and president of Stand to Reason, and the author of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions.
-Editorial Review.

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Pivotal teaching on engaging in apologetic discussion.
5 stars By Fiona E Brown, Sep 22 2017
The "how to" methodology for engaging in apologetics. I loved this book, it helped me understand how to engage others meaningfully, what questions to ask, what pitfalls to avoid, who has the burden of proof, how to recognise holes in arguments. 
A pivotal book for me in developing more meaningful, challenging and hopefully life changing conversations with my students and beyond. This will be my go-to book when reflecting on old conversations and equipping myself for new ones.
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Useful for all Christians
5 stars By Hoa, Jan 02 2017
In a short and readable book, Koukl teaches a simple strategy for Christians to engage others in conversations to prepare the way for the gospel. He shows how to help others think and reflect on their own beliefs critically. This will help all Christians think more about their own faith, and be equipped to have conversations with others too. Highly recommended.
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Must Read for Young and Old Faith Defenders
4 stars By Ryan Kerrison, Nov 09 2016
Kouk's 'Tactics' is a book like no other. 

The suspenseful setup, the brutally crafted method of questioning and reasoning and the invitation to become an Ambassador for Christ is simply artful and many reads with bring forth new insight. 

One critique would be that this book only outlines methodology, you will need to read it in conjunction with apologetics books in order to draw out its full potential. 

An essential to any apologist's library.   
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A worthwhile book
4 stars By Derek Davey, Apr 29 2016
Gregory subtitles this book as "A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions".  I think there are one or two other similar books. He also suggests that diplomacy rather than a frontal attack will be more effective. I think he is right. My wife reminded me that he is taking a leaf out of Norman Vincent Peale's book - How to win friends and influence people. People like to talk, and Peale's approach does that. This book encourages that also, in a directed fashion, and getting the other person to justify and perhaps question their own stance, rather than a frontal attack, and shoving our own ideas down their throats. He points out that arguments are good things when done in the right way. It is necessary for clear thinking. His two main questions are - "What do you mean by that?", and "How did you come to that conclusion?" These both help to clarify a statement given, and make the speaker think and justify their position. He points out that little knowledge is needed to use this approach, and one can withdraw to brush up for another day, not having put anyone off, rather having been inquisitive. Gregory goes on from there to describe various opposing tactics and scenarios with accompanying counters. Clear thinking and sticking to one's own ideas rather than being sucked into (or suckered into) the opposing paradigms is needed. Altogether, this is a worthwhile book, and aids in the ongoing conflict between truth and the world's ways.
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An Essential Tool for Everyday Apologetics
5 stars By rob, Oct 24 2012
Tactics is a unique book on Christian Apologetics as it deals with a very overlooked aspect of sharing your faith, namely the uncertainty of what to say. When talking with unbelieving friends it is always tempting to just dump a load of information on them, such as just using (for example) the Kalam Cosmological Argument for the existence of God as soon as the topic of God comes up, and then be surprised when the argument makes no impact whatsoever, despite your vigorous support for each premise.

This book does not replace arguments for the existence of God or arguments for the historicity of Jesus' resurrection but rather teaches the reader how to control the flow of conversation, so that you can give the arguments you intend to use the proper context within the conversation, thus maximising the effect of the argument.

Koukle also gives a very useful strategy for how to respond to unbelieving assertions without appearing dogmatic, yet still exposing the flaws in such assertions (assertions such as "there is no absolute truth" and "I'd believe if there was evidence for God, but there isn't any").

Ultimately Tactics gives a new way of conversing with unbelievers which is both very friendly and exceedingly effective, all the while being a very interesting read.

I highly recommend this book.
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  • Catalogue Code 275373
  • Product Code 9780310282921
  • ISBN 0310282926
  • EAN 9780310282921
  • UPC 025986282929
  • Pages 208
  • Department Academic
  • Category Apologetic
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Feb 2009
  • Sales Rank #3540
  • Dimensions 203 x 133 x 16 mm
  • Weight 0.235kg
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