Aug 25, 2009

Great Books on Apologetic Approaches in the 21st Century

It has been encouraging of seeing a new breed of apologetic books released lately that advocate for some new approaches. Below I have listed some of them along with truncated versions of their Amazon descriptions. These books are pretty different from many of the classic works in the styles they advocate. I am not saying I agree with every single thing these authors write (especially the last one) but they are all very unique and great food for thought.

Please add your own selections if you want to promote one in the comments section. Let me know if you have any of these already and if so, what you think of them.

When God Goes to Starbucks: A Guide to Everyday Apologetics by Paul Copan

In "When God Goes to Starbucks", Copan offers readers solid and caring Christian responses to these and many other concerns that are being discussed in Starbucks, shopping malls, youth groups, and schools. Each chapter provides succinct answers and points for countering the cultural questions believers are faced with today.

The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith
by J. P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff


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.

Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl


Tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations? Want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions with family, friends, and coworkers? Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver’s seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.

Apologetics for a New Generation: A Biblical and Culturally Relevant Approach to Talking About God by Sean McDowell


Popular writer and speaker Sean McDowell offers a solution for this problem: a new way of approaching faith that addresses the questions the emerging generation is asking and that incorporates a radically humble and relational approach. This resource is imperative for leaders who are ready to engage a new generation with the claims of Christ.

Conversational Evangelism: How to Listen and Speak So You Can Be Heard by Norman Geisler and David Geisler


Witnessing used to involve laying out the truth and guiding a person to understand and accept it. But the awareness of basic Christian principles has changed and so have the needs of pre–believers. This refreshing, practical resource is ideal for churches and individuals. Readers will discover how God uses their everyday encounters for great things when they switch from trying to witness effectively to effectively being a witness through communication and compassion.

The Unexpected Adventure: Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People about Jesus
by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg

Bestselling authors Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg use compelling and humorous stories from their own lives in a devotional-style book that paints an irresistible picture of what personal evangelism can be - the fulfilling adventure of a lifetime!

Five Sacred Crossings: A Novel Approach to a Reasonable Faith by Craig J. Hazen

Five Sacred Crossings presents the Christian worldview’s uniqueness through creative fiction. Non–Christians will relate to the storytelling context and will see the overarching truth about the God who transcends time and culture. Christians are helped with their doubts and their desire to attractively present Christianity to our multireligious culture. Superb gift for sharing with nonbelievers.

A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics by James W. Sire


Each of the chapters is preceded by a short recounting of a situation when the author practiced apologetics. Chapters two and three discuss the values and the limits of apologetic argument. In the third chapter, Sire makes the startling statement that the first and most important value of apologetics is to establish Christians in their faith. The book is healthy instruction--especially the author's advice as to how to prepare for such a calling spiritually, vocationally, and intellectually.

Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today
by Jr. John G. Stackhouse

Stackhouse examines several of the challenges that today's apologists face, including the relativism of postmodernism and pluralism as well as the self-centered nature of consumerism. He argues that apologetics involves more than a defense of the faith; its goal is conversion, though this should be achieved by competently defending the Christian faith. Stackhouse offers helpful guidelines for apologetic conversations; he encourages apologists to tailor their message to their specific audience and to listen and empathize as much as to talk. He makes a lucid and thoughtful case that this humble approach, will be the only effective one for sharing one's faith with others in these times.


  1. Those are all good titles... perhaps I would suggest "Questioning Evangelism" by Randy Newman. It talks about the use of questions in conversation and evangelism and is useful alongside books like Tactics.

    For a classic that will really kick your butt spiritually and inspire you to pray and evangelize -- "The Passion for Souls" by Oswald J. Smith. A very old book - but then again, we have much to learn from the revivalists of the past!


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