Saturday, March 24, 2012

Book Review: Tactics, by Gregory Koukl

"Tactics: A Game plan for discussing your Christian convictions", by Gregory Koukl

Just a short review:

I'd had a desire to read this book since I first heard of its release. Even someone as overeducated as myself feels the need to get up to speed on apologetics, and practical tips for conversation in particular. This book did not disappoint. Over 14 chapters, Gregory really gives simple, practical techniques and strategies for conversing about Christian faith that anybody could apply. He begins with a succinct but forceful defense of the importance of reasoned argumentation, before presenting one or two tactics per chapter. Most of these are simple variations of questions designed to advance conversation - to encourage someone to present the substance of their assertions, their reasoning, and hold out the flaws or contradictions in their position.

This isn't rocket science, but it is an art, and part of Gregory's skill is in reminding that the art of reasoning and conversation is one that needs practice, reflection, and it's not "all or nothing, now or never". As I read this, I felt both like I could put some of these things into practice immediately, and that I had an honest desire to see other Christians read a practical and helpful book like this themselves.

No hesitations in recommending this book at all. 4.5/5.

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