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How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator

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Uses Jesus' words and actions found in the New Testament to systematically evaluate his rhetorical stylings, drawing real lessons from his teachings that today's readers can employ.

Jesus of Nazareth never wrote a book, held political office, or wielded a sword. He never gained sway with the mighty or influential. He never took up arms against the governing powers in Rome.
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Paperback, 174 pages
Published December 18th 2008 by Crossway Books
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Karey
Nov 29, 2008 Karey marked it as to-read
This review is advance praise of the author himself, since I'm writing it before the book's release: I met John Coleman and his wife Jackie at a Thanksgiving dinner recently, and was impressed by them as a loving couple, as well as by the integrity and solid character of John who is studying business and government at the Harvard School of Business. I just found out today that his book, How to Argue Like Jesus is to be released soon. I truly look forward to reading it, since books are often an ...more
Peter Krol
A wonderfully concise book on the art of communication. The authors take the example of Jesus Christ (public communicator extraordinaire) and show how he demonstrated valuable rhetorical principles and categories. This book helped me consider how to develop as a public communicator in rhetoric's three major areas: Pathos (energy, emotion, connecting with the audience), Logos (use of reason), and Ethos (character and credibility).

I appreciated the distinction the authors made in the intro: there
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Michael Boling
We all communicate each and every day in one form or another. Since we are commanded in Scripture to always be prepared to give an account for the reason we believe, it behooves us to be capable communicators when sharing the hope that is within us, namely the message of the gospel. What better place to study the art of gospel communication that from the words of Jesus. Joe Carter and John Coleman in their helpful book How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communic ...more
Jane (yesmissjane)
The first half of this book was quite interesting... an exposition of Aristotle's 'On Rhetoric', basically, with examples drawn from the words of Jesus. Then it went somewhere else.... A 'leadership' manual? (groan) This is really not what the title led me to expect.

I think that the authors were a bit confused about who they were writing this for: the introduction claims that it is addressed to a general audience, but the vast majority of the posited applications were either for a preacher or a
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Shawn Trautman
This was a very good primer for the art of rhetoric. I have not had much training or education in this area, so this introduction was very helpful for me. It gave me practical skills to improve my communication, and has encouraged me to study this ancient topic more thoroughly. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to improve their communication skills, whether they are professional communicators or casual conversers. This book would be helpful for everyone!
Joel Ohman
Lots of really good practical stuff in here. The concepts overviewed in the book likely won't be anything new to anyone who has taken even an introductory course in logic/debate/etc. but seeing the concepts illustrated through the life of Christ makes for an interesting read. The chief positive to the book is that it is ultra practical - lots and lots of actionable "do this"/"try this" stratagems that can be employed in all manner of written and spoken communication. This is definitely a book wo ...more
Paul Miller
Good primer on basic rhetorical techniques with examples from the Gospels and elsewhere.
Jim
Good introduction to rhetoric with a little instruction on logic to boot. HtALJ explores basic concepts of rhetoric by demonstration from the teaching ministry of Jesus. Later chapters address principles of small group leadership and other rules of thumb for strong public speaking. The book avoids being overly technical while still doing a good job of familiarizing the reader with the vocabulary of rhetoric. It is very accessible to most readers and recommended for any one who speaks in public o ...more
Mike
The authors do a great job demonstrating how Jesus employed the classical methods of rhetoric of Logos, Ethos, and Pathos. The weakness of the book is in training the reader in how to do it yourself. They give a few examples and tips but I did not feel very equipped after reading it. This serves as a good introduction to the concepts. However, you will need some other books to take you the next steps.
Dan
This book's title is far more provocative than its contents. The basic premise of the book is to demonstrate that much of Jesus' utterances can be broken down into the usual Logical categories. The book is useful, I suppose, if the reader is new to these categories, but...
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