Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions


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In a world indifferent or even opposed to Christian truth, followers of Christ must be better equipped to communicate the timeless of the Christian faith. But how do you have a conversation with someone who is intent on proving you wrong and won't accept the Bible as a source of authority?

In Tactics, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You'll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously through the minefields of a challenging discussion, how to stop challengers in their tracks, and how to turn the tables on question or provocative statement. Most importantly, you'll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus.

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310282921
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 61,715
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gregory Koukl holds MA degrees in both apologetics and philosophy. He’s spoken on over 70 university campuses and hosted his own radio talk show for 27 years defending "Christianity worth thinking about." Greg is founder and president of Stand to Reason (str.org) and serves as adjunct professor of Christian apologetics at Biola University.


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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 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 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



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Tactics 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
sheep More than 1 year ago
Koukl writes with powerful simplicity. Powerful in that what he has to say is so practical, simple in that what he says is so lucid and born in his vast experience in talking about how people reason -- or not. There are legions of theological babblers who so need a week with this book. Would that philosophers and other people with big ideas wrote this well; so concise, so clear and yet nothing left out.
HSMS More than 1 year ago
I have been a fan of Greg Koukl for a few years now. His writing is clear and easy to read and at the same time rich and full of practical information. He is, in my opinion, one of the very best communicators and, in this book, shares how others can improve their communication as well. The tactics Koukl describes in this book can be used for sharing your faith, but also for a whole host of other areas of communication. They can be used at work during discussions with co-workers, direct reports, management, etc. for everyday work-related topics. If there were one book on communication that I could recommend, this would be it. If you have ever felt stumped in a conversation with someone, particularly when disagreeing on a particular subject, this book will help you. It can help with discussions at work, at home with your spouse, with friends and these tactics can also be employed when communicating via social media. I simply cannot adequately express how good this book is!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tactics- A game Plan for Discussing your Christian Convictions - is well named as it provides several tactics for responding to arguments and sharing your convitions. Koukl enables people to be as 1 Peter 3:15 states prepared to give answers in a gentel humble and respectful manner. This book is an excellent resource for someone beginning a study of apologetics or for someone who has an interest in apologetics. Examples are drawn form real life expereince and terms like "steamroller" are used to describe a tactic in a way that is accuarte but memorable. Chapter summareis are included to further assit the reader in processing the very useful information given by Koukl.
graycrew on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent book to teach the Christian that when people make statements, assertions, or opinions it's not our responsibility to defend our side. Koukl shows the reader that by asking probing questions the Christian can direct the conversation, and once motives, biases, and definitions are known they can then make a truthful assertion of their own by asking leading questions.This is a great book and a quick read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent resource for learning how to debate gently, in order to persuade someone to receive The Truth. Author addresses natural fears of getting into the debate, as well as typical arguments/setups/crutches used by the other side, and how to respond. Thank you, Mr. Koukl!
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