Think of It This Way . . . Our beliefs are challenged from many directions. Every day it seems more difficult to explain to our friends, families and neighbors what we believe and why. When our ideas and arguments fail to persuade them, what then? Is there another approach we can take? In The God Conversation veteran apologists and communicators J. P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff say that often the best way to win over others is with a good story. Stories have the ability to get behind our preconceptions and defenses. They can connect both emotionally and intellectually, appealing to the whole person rather than just to the mind. How do we defend belief in a good God in the face of terrorist attacks or natural disasters? What can we say to show we are not arrogant to believe that Jesus is the only way with so many sincere people following other world religions? What if they think we are naive to say Jesus actually rose from the dead? And when they seem confident in their right to choose their own ethical stances, how can we help them appreciate the value of a universal standard of right and wrong found in the Bible? The authors offer a wealth of penetrating illustrations, examples and quotes that respond to these issues and more. In these pages they enhance the logic and evidence found in other books defending the faith, with things that your friends, relatives or coworkers will ponder long after a conversation is over. Here is sound, empathetic coaching for those of us who long to communicate our faith more effectively.
The God Conversation is an excellent book for giving us tools to use when sharing our faith – most notably illustrations and stories. As I read through the different illustrations, as well as the author’s commentary on how to use such stories in conversation, I realized how in my own experience in sharing my faith, just passing along more and more information is not the best way to communicate the love of Jesus to people, but rather stories and illustrations can make different aspects come alive and be left as sticking points that people will remember.
The God Conversation is an excellent resource to help us share our faith. This book helps educate us on winsome and relational ways to communicate and share our faith with others. The illustrations and stories in this book are very helpful, memorable, and relatable. I highly recommend this book.
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