- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan; 1ST edition (Feb. 4 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310282926
- ISBN-13: 978-0310282921
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.6 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
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Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions Paperback – Feb 4 2009
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With the advantage of a lifetime of experience, Greg Koukl has written what must be considered THE authoritative treatment of how to employ various strategies in conversations with unbelievers about the Christian faith. Tactics is not just another apologetics book. It is a sensitive, well-written, widely illustrated treatment of actual situations that often come up when believers share their faith. Koukl not only reminds us it is not enough to know why you believe, it is also crucial to know how to communicate those beliefs by adapting to various situations. And Tactics shows precisely how to do that. -- J. P. Moreland
Greg Koukl has been using the methods offered in this book for many years with our Summit students and to great effect. His suggestions, illustrations, and witnessing approach work. This is a well-written, practical, and timely book. -- David Noebel
In this wise and compelling book, Greg Koukl---who has thought long and hard about not only what to say but how to say it---provides a game plan for equipping believers through an artful method of careful thinking and winsome conversation. If you struggle with how to talk about your faith and respond to questions and objections in a meaningful and effective way---and most of us do---there is no better book to buy, read, and put into practice. I could not recommend it more highly! -- Justin Taylor
C.S. Lewis once said, 'Any fool can write learned language. The vernacular is the real test.' In this book, Greg Koukl passes Lewis's test with flying colors. There are many great arguments in favor of the Christian faith, but many of them are accessible only to professional apologists and philosophers. Koukl has developed a memorable and practical way to translate these arguments so that all Christians can become winsome and persuasive apologists in everyday conversations, no matter what their day jobs. This book should be required reading for every thoughtful Christian. -- Jay W. Richards
If you enjoy apologetics, then Greg’s book Tactics is not only a required read, but simply a delightfully entertaining resource. In fact, just try and put it down! Especially for those who struggle with relevant ways to relate to non-Christians while presenting Christian truth, this volume provides many proven methods of natural, non-confrontational dialogue where the purpose is often to simply give an unbeliever something to think about, what Greg calls placing a stone in someone’s shoe. Featuring remarkably simple techniques that are easily and fruitfully applied, I highly recommend this incredibly insightful book. -- Gary R. Habermas
Just as a course on tactics is a requirement at all military academies, so too Greg Koukl’s Tactics---A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions should be required training for all Christians and churches. Koukl has made a worthwhile contribution to the literature on apologetics by teaching us how to say what we say. Witty and winsome, this resource is as fun to read as it is to put into practice.” -- Hank Hanegraaff
“In a society filled with so much anti-Christian rhetoric, there is no better book to equip Christians to think clearly, soundly, and inoffensively in the face of the devices employed today in opposition to the Christian Faith. -- Norm Geisler, Author
Greg Koukl is a master tactician. I know of no one who is more conscientious in his efforts to communicate effectively and winsomely his Christian faith. In this book Greg shares with us his tried and true methods, skills honed through continual practice and revision. Mastering his tactics will make you a more effective ambassador for Christ. -- William Lane Craig, Author
When I want someone who can help me train ambassadors for Christ, the first person I call is Greg Koukl. Now, his proven ideas are in this book. I wish I knew these tactics twenty years ago. They are some of the best I’ve ever seen to help Christians be more effective ambassadors for Christ. Trust me---if you read Koukl's advice and learn his methods, your impact for Christ will skyrocket. -- Frank Turek, Author
Tactics is the book I’ve been waiting for! I love engaging non-Christians in conversation, but in the back of my mind I often think, 'What if I get stuck and don’t know what to do?' Greg helped me put that fear to rest and gave me practical tools to artfully maneuver in conversations. I enthusiastically recommend Tactics. It will revolutionize your conversations with non-Christians. -- Sean McDowell, Author
Greg Koukl is a wise, seasoned front-lines apologist. I am happy to recommend a book so full of practical insights and careful guidance for skillfully, winsomely defending the Christian faith. -- Paul Copan, Author
Greg Koukl is a master of the ideas that under gird the Gospel and one of the finest Christian communicators on the planet. He has spent many thousands of hours in front of the most difficult skeptics and their toughest questions and has developed very effective techniques to bring the truth to the surface of any conversation with love and grace. I have learned so much over the years by studying his persuasive yet respectful approach to giving reasons for faith. His book, Tactics, presents his methods in a way that is engaging and accessible to every believer. I hope Christians in churches all over the country gather together to study this important book and learn to stand firm for the Gospel in these dark times. -- Craig Ellison, PhD, Founder and Director
From the Back Cover
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.
You'll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields, stop challengers in their tracks, turn the tables and--most importantly--get 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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Fortunately, Dr. Greg Koukl recognizes these complexities. In Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, Dr. Koukl discusses the problems that come with engaging in Christian apologetics, how it often comes across as combative, how unbelievers tend to respond emotionally rather than rationally to Christian evidences, and how people (Christian and non-Christian alike) tend to commit many different logical fallacies and inconsistencies in their thinking. He outlines principles and tactics help discuss and defend the Christian faith and expose faulty thinking on the part of the non-Christian.
There are numerous tactics discussed in the book. The most prominent among them is the 'Columbo Tactic,' which is based on the Socratic method of asking questions to clarify issues and lead conversations. There are also numerous tactics dedicated to, among other things, spotting and exposing logical inconsistencies in non-Christian claims (Sibling Rivalry and Infanticide), as well as pacifying aggressive and belligerent sceptics (Steamroller), and showing the problems behind the non-believers presuppositions by showing the absurdity behind their views (Taking the Roof Off).
The other aspect of this book is that it is not weighed down by complex terms. It is very accessible and it is quite easy to follow along as the author lays out his ideas. For this reason, I would commend this book to everyone, whether they are regular evangelists or just want to share their faith with sceptical friends, relatives and co-workers.
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This is a good book for the active application of Christian Apologetics.