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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: New Leaf Publishing (Jan. 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0890516049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0890516041
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e41e848) out of 5 stars An Excellent Resource April 20 2011
By Anna Grace Wood - Published on
Format: Paperback
After having this book for a week, I was beginning to wonder if I was going to have anything to say about it. That's not, as you may think, that there is nothing to say about it; rather, it's because the book was quietly lifted from my possession by my oldest son so that he could read it first. A preacher-in-training, he gives it his hearty approval.

When I sat down to read it, I saw why.

The Defender's Guide for Life's Toughest Questions is based on questions presented to Christians by those who don't know God; more specifically, they are questions raised by atheists. Mr. Comfort has taken their questions and provided biblical answers so that if you are ever confronted by these issues, you will know how to respond.

One criticism that I've read about this book is that the answers aren't in-depth enough. I don't find that to be so. Please remember that Mr. Comfort is answering many different questions on a broad range of subjects in a limited amount of space; I believe that he has succeeded at what he set out to do. At any rate, this book is a starting place. If you need more information than he was able to provide here in the space he had available, you can always do more research.

Christians are called by the Lord to be prepared to give an answer to those who would ask us about our faith, our hope; Ray Comfort has done some of the work for you (at least on some of the questions you will face). Read this book and be prepared. Read it and be blessed.

I was provided with a free copy of this book by New Leaf Publishing for purposes of review; I was not required to give a positive review, simply an honest one.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e17c8e8) out of 5 stars Defend Your Faith-Biblically! March 31 2011
By HAL - Published on
Format: Paperback
I remember the first time I ever heard of Ray Comfort-we were given a copy of his audio cd, "Hell's Best Kept Secret". After listening to that several times, I was hooked! We began purchasing some of his other materials, and I really enjoy all of them. His teaching and writing style are clear and easy to understand-even the children can grasp what he is teaching. So, when I was offered a new book by Ray Comfort, entitled "The Defender's Guide To Life's Toughest Questions", I was thrilled! This book is perfect for students in the secular academic system (or even some Christian schools and colleges), or for anyone who just wants to have answers for the questions skeptics throw out all the time. There are 5 topics covered; Humanity: Rights and Suffering; The Bible:Biblical and Theological Issues; Science: Scientific Thought and Evolution; Philosophy: Beliefs and Worldviews, and Religion: God and Atheism. Each topic has many questions that Christians commonly get asked, including Ray's answer to each question. One thing that really caught my attention was how Ray turned the "conversation" towards sin, salvation and eternity. This is something that we often miss out on, and focus on getting the other person to agree with us on a subject-evolution, fossils, no contradictions in the Bible, etc.-but leave out the most important part; where will they spend eternity, and how they can receive forgiveness. It was a good reminder for me, as I am guilty of this all too often.
Another thing I appreciated with this book is that Ray doesn't avoid answering "hard" questions. He gives a clear, Biblical answer, and doesn't apologize for standing on the Word of God as the ultimate Authority. Many people want to be careful not to offend, and while Ray, obviously, is not trying to offend, he doesn't back down from the truth of the Bible.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in being able to defend their faith, and answer the questions that are thrown our way so many times. If we don't have the answers for them, who will?!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e064d5c) out of 5 stars The Defender's Guide for Life's Toughest Questions June 5 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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I am truly enjoying this book and the "hmmmm..." moments. The Defender's Guide for Life's Toughest Questions should be enough information, but the subtitle of this book, Preparing Today's Believers for the Onslaught of Secular Humanism, by far says more than the title. Ray Comfort answers questions, from non-believers, in an effort to help believers answer the same type of questions they might encounter. To, of course, defend our faith and the Gospel of Christ, ultimately to help non-believers become believers. This book is broken up into:

* Preface - which is pretty enlightening all in itself
* 1. Humanity: Rights and Suffering
* 2. The Bible: Biblical and Theological Issues
* 3. Science: Scientific Thought and Evolution
* 4. Philosophy: Beliefs and Worldviews
* 5. Religion: God and Atheism
* Appendix 1 & 2 and Endnotes

In each section, Ray takes a question someone has asked and refutes it. Most of the answers start with Ray asking a question to show how the original question is really based in a worldview thought process, regardless of how the question is worded or what the question actually is. He uses a normal everyday type activity or situation as an example to draw from, then applies the scriptures to back it up.

Some of Ray's answers are short and others are longer, but they are all on point and easily understandable. And the examples he uses will help to remind you how to answer the question, if it is ever asked of you.

I will be referring to this book for a long time. Thank you Ray for writing it and making it understandable for us laymen.

I received a complimentary copy of the book, from New Leaf Publishing Group, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f066198) out of 5 stars Real answers! April 6 2013
By Books In My Spare Time - Published on
Format: Paperback
I picked up a copy of Ray Comfort's new book, The Defender's Guide For Life's Toughest Questions, at a convention I attended recently up in Vancouver. I wasn't quite sure what to expect from it, but since we have enjoyed and learned a great deal from Ray Comfort in the past (his books Hell's Best Kept Secret and Militant Evangelism are excellent, and usually on the required-reading lists for my kids), I bought it with high expectations.

I wasn't disappointed. In fact, Mr. Comfort had me hooked from the preface, when he described a popular atheist poster picturing some "atheists" who weren't. (Being a history buff and a Civil War reenactor, one of my pet peeves is historical revisionism. I started my growl of, "Hey! Abe Lincoln wasn't an atheist! Hey! Thomas Jefferson wasn't --", but read on, and much to my joy found that Mr. Comfort had gone ahead set the record straight with direct quotes.)

Mr. Comfort took many of the most challenging and pernicious questions asked by skeptics and atheists, answered them clearly and scripturally, and arranged them into five categories: Humanity, The Bible (theological issues), Science (and the theory of evolution), Philosophy, and Religion: God and Atheism. This arrangement makes it easy to find a specific question you've been asked. This would also make it simple to use this book for a group study or in a home school, taking a category a week and using Mr. Comfort's questions/answers as a springboard for discussion and further study.

Both the questions and the answers were thought-provoking, although I was surprised by the venomous tone of some of the questions, gleaned, I believe, from Mr. Comfort's blog. Some are questions that Christians have been asked for a long, long time, such as "are you afraid of dying?" and "do you ever doubt the existence of God?" Others , such as "Religion has no relevance in contemporary America... We don't need God", are the outgrowth of our humanistic culture. In fact, the subtitle of this book is, Preparing Today's Believers for the Onslaught of Secular Humanism. I think that for a wise believer, a careful reading will do exactly that.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ddbee04) out of 5 stars Not that solid April 1 2011
By Amanuensis - Published on
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I like Ray Comfort's works in general. In particular, The Way of the Master and the evangelism tools. For that matter, also, inasmuch as the Way of the Master is solid on theological foundations of salvation and evangelism, it is also weighted in only one direction and that formula doesn't always work that way. There are thousands of other approaches to evangelism than to ask a person if they have ever told a lie.
This book, the Defender's Guide, in my opinion will not work well in the streets. I have been doing street evangelism for many years and the answers in this book are too simplistic and won't hold water with people who think and reason, especially secular humanists or others who just don't agree on the Bible being God's revelation to man.
It is a decent primer on apologetics but the average thinking unbeliever could poke holes in it rather easily. I would not want some young Christian get this book and use these arguments. They would get shut down.
A thourough knowledge of God's Word is the best apologetic. Answering the real questions of this hard and difficult life is what gets people to see how the CROSS has all the answers. Ultimately it's not some clever argument that brings people to Jesus. "Blessed are those who don't see and yet believe!!!"
I believe you'd be better off reading the book of Romans fifty times (I mean this literally) over a month's period of time. Any brother or sister who does this will be fully equipped to answer most questions asked them and to lead them to Jesus.

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