Book Review: Tactics

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian ConvictionsAfter hearing this book recommended at least a couple of times and since it dealt with a topic I wanted to learn more about, I picked up a copy of Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl. I read it a few weeks ago and it was excellent.

When it comes to talking to others about our faith, trying to spark an interest in them toward spiritual things, or answering questions about the Bible, this is not the sole responsibility of preachers or limited to more mature Christians. Instead, this is for all disciples. Yet it can be intimidating to think about trying to talk to others about spiritual matters when we live in a world that is increasingly indifferent and/or hostile toward religion and any form of Christianity. Understanding this, the author explains various “tactics” we can use to make the most of everyday conversations and plant seeds of truth in the hearts of others – to make them think and, hopefully, lead them to become convinced of the gospel at some point.

The author explained it this way:

“It may surprise you to hear this, but I never set out to convert anyone. My aim is never to win someone to Christ. I have a more modest goal, one you might consider adopting as your own. All I want to do is put a stone in someone’s shoe. I want to give that person something worth thinking about, something he can’t ignore because it continues to poke at him in a good way” (p. 46).

If anyone is going to be converted to Christ, they must become convinced of the truth of the gospel for themselves (its claims about Jesus, the plan of God, and the instructions for us). They must be personally convinced of this, not be forced or manipulated into going along with it. This is why it is so important to give people something to think about in our conversations with them. There is a time to “close the deal,” so to speak; but in most of our conversations, we simply need to “put a stone in [their] shoe” and get them thinking. This book explains how this can be done in various situations.

This book will be helpful for any Christian wanting to have a better understanding about how to talk with their non-Christian friends in a way that could one day help lead them to Christ. I highly recommend it.

This book is available on Amazon – Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions (affiliate link)


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