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Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions

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In a world increasingly indifferent to Christian truth, followers of Christ need to be equipped to communicate with those who do not speak their language or accept their source of authority. Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to get in the driver's seat, keeping any conversation moving with thoughtful, artful diplomacy. You'll learn how to maneuver comfortably and graciously t ...more
Paperback, 207 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Zondervan (first published November 1st 2008)
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Jun 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: apologetics
Most books on apologetics focus on the content of apologetics, making sure you know what you believe. The best books on apologetics I've encountered are those that focus on preparing your mind ahead of time for an encounter, which means more than just having the right things to say, it also means knowing how to say them. It's the difference between strategy and tactics, strategy looks at the world map and marks out the overall objective, tactics focus on the details of accomplishing a single mis ...more
I think this is an extremely easy to read and practical book that teaches how to winsomely use conversation and questions to talk with people about the Christian Worldview. I am hesitant to recommend a book by an author that is not presuppositional (because I am a very staunch presuppositionalist). I do not agree with everything in the book, and sometimes cringed at his non-presuppositional examples or philosophy. (I would compare him to Francis Schaeffer). I also can't stand when the book uses ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
"Tactics" is probably the best "intro to apologetics" book I've ever read. While not revolutionary in content, Greg Koukl changes the game in the way he presents academic concepts, all while encouraging Christians to speak to their opponents with grace.

He breaks the book into two parts: the first part is his recommendations for interactions, specifically, he recommends asking a lot of questions so you get a full understanding of what your opponent believes and how she came to those conclusions.
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Solid rhetorical advice for anyone who wants to calmly and constructively discuss controversial topics. It's obviously aimed at Christian evangelizing, but could easily be adopted to other contexts.

As a non-Christian, I disagree with many of the substantive issues Koukl gives as examples. That's no flaw of the book, since I knew what to expect from the book's cover. However, Christian readers may also have to overlook Koukl's treatment of their religion, particularly if they think modern accoun
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How do you go about telling the truth of your Christian convictions without either being harsh and abrasive or having someone run over you in the conversation? How do you ask pointed questions of a person who is raising an invalid point without coming off like a bully yourself? In Tactics, author Greg Koukl gives plain, powerful, and helpful advice for believers who would like to be able to discuss their faith with civility while not allowing the spurious logic of their opponents to derail the ...more
John Martindale
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This little book contains some examples of ways to ask the right questions to help another person to reason and see possible inconsistencies and holes in their worldview.
One thing I didn't like is how the author shares some ways for Christians to prevent others from using the tactics against them. This seemed a double standard to me--others don't have a right to ask us these kind of leading questions for reasons x,y, and z, and yet we should be going around asking non-Christians such questions
J. Wallace
Oct 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good book that discusses successful and reasoned approaches that can be employed by those who seek to defend the Christian worldview. I also discuss this topic in my book, “Cold Case Christianity” (Chapter 10: Prepare for an Attack)

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Dec 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Nearly gave it 4 stars but couldn't quite do it. Useful for face-to-face apologetics but I can't help feeling that you really need a gift for this sort of evangelism and an aptitude for clear-headed thinking on your feet. Just as it is not possible to learn to be a good leader - you either are or you aren't.
Keturah Lamb
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read a review before starting this book where the reader had said this book was boring, not written in an engaging way. And that the author was a bit arrogant. Maybe we read books differently? But this book did not come across that way to me at all!!

I actually laughed several times (out loud) over the course of reading this. It was super enjoyable to read, fast paced, interesting, clever, hilarious!

But I also learned a lot. I love to debate, but I often get carried away and can become "scary",
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
The whole time I was reading this book, I couldn't decide if I liked it or not. There was a lot of good information in here, I was able to glean some great insights. Really, it's a very basic primer on argumentation and logical fallacies. At times the tone did come across as a little condescending, but the author often backtracked and cautioned against that attitude. There was a lot of redundant information, even if the points made were good. More examples and less explanation would have been he ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to read over again

I simply loved this book and will reread it, and hopefully teach these lessons in logic, reason, and tactics to my children well.
David Couch
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great book on how to engage with people. Similar premise to Randy Newman's 'Questioning Evangelism' but much more practical.
Chad Warner
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to Chad by: Pastor Anderson
A solid game plan to converse comfortably and graciously about Christian values. It shows how to present the truth clearly by being diplomatic, using friendly curiosity rather than confrontation. In addition to the overarching plan, there are several specific tactics, with plenty of sample conversations.

I've been listening to Greg's weekly podcast for a few years. I don't completely agree with him on all doctrines, but I really like his approach to apologetics. It's winsome and well-reasoned.

Aaron Downs
Feb 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Gregory Koukl’s Tactics proves to be an invaluable resource for training to engage people in our culture. His approach to confronting incorrect worldviews is not an immediate decision or paradigm shift; rather, he wants to “put a stone in their shoe.” The goal is not to completely change an individuals thinking in one conversation, instead the goal is to give them something to think about that challenges their current way of thinking. This tactic is effective in our culture because people enjoy ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
I first heard about this book several years ago at a homeschool conference, when I was 13. It was my second introduction to apologetics at the time, and this book was recommended. I wrote down the title and promptly forgot about it for years. It wasn't until I took my first college class, which was about worldviews and apologetics, that the book came up again and I thought "I have to read this." Fast forward a year later and I finally got around to reading it...and I am so glad I did!

This book i
John Quin
Jun 28, 2016 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I purchased this a long time ago and like far too many books I left it on my Kindle shelf. While successfully experimenting with Kindle text to speech I finally got around to marking this off my to read list.
This book will be of most benefit to Christians who rush headlong into arguments with non believers without a plan, strategy or any idea what they are doing. The books lays out some simple techniques for talking to others which will rapidly become to se
Mike Knox
Dec 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for helping Christians discuss their faith with others. Acknowledging that such discussions have often led to heated exchanges, Koukl advocates engagements that “look more like diplomacy than D-Day” and “an approach that trades more on friendly curiosity…than on confrontation” (19-20). But this doesn’t mean that he’s big on love and soft on reason. The author upholds the importance of logic, reason, and apologetics against those who frown on their use.

At the heart of Koukl’s
Brandon H.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Greg Koukl's book, "Tactics" is practical, easy to read, entertaining, and an invaluable resource for all believers living in this postmodern age who are confronted on a regular basis by skeptics with all sorts of unfounded absurd accusations. It's obvious he is an expert in his field but even the most amateurish defender of the Christian faith can learn from his practical approach.

Even if you're not into "apologetics" or hate dealing with confrontation and challenges over your beliefs, Mr. Kou
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Learn to share the faith in a non-threatening way that takes the pressure off you and avoid talking at people!

I cannot begin to say how valuable the contents of this book are to all Christians (engaged in evangelism). I have shared its contents with students of various countries who are engaged in presenting and defending their faith and they were incredibly receptive. Just about any Christian who wants to be equipped and/or is scared of evangelism can benefit from this book.

PLEASE, don't miss o
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great book by Gregory Koukl! Clear and thorough to anyone looking for a game plan to share their faith in a myriad of situations. Koukl consistently reiterates the needs of the Christian to be kind and courteous but also to always be ready to give an answer. And boy, what answers does he describe! Most importantly, I really like how he encourages believers to not let the errant world-view comment by non-Christians go by untested. The underlying truth about genuine repentance being from the Holy ...more
Scott Hayden
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: james Conrad
Recommended to Scott by: daniel lamb
When, as I read a book, I'm already deciding that I have to buy more copies for loaning out, I know I've got a 5 star reader.

It's just so practical. Koukl puts the tact in tactics.
Truth without tact is a slap in the face.
Tact without truth is a warm fuzzy with no place to land.
Tact plus truth is an invitation to reconsider.

Wish I'd known this when I was a teen. But now, as the title says, I've got a game plan for approaching conversations. Thanks, to Daniel Lamb, I've already got an outline!
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
This is one of the greatest Christian apologetics books I've ever read. Greg Koukl doesn't necessarily highlight on the content of the Christian arguments but rather focuses on how to apply these arguments in discussion in a Jesus-like way. It is an extremely practicable book. While I'd say that I've had my fair share of discussions about the reasons for Christianity with skeptics and consider myself to be fluent in the art of communicating Christian ideas, I learned quite a lot from Koukl's boo ...more
Malin Friess
Sep 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was turned off by this book called Tactics...a game plan for discussing your convictions. Even the cover of the book with chess pieces seems to imply that your friends and colleagues of other faiths or no faith are pieces in a game to be won. I don't think this confrontational, argumentative, Columbo style of apologetics is helpful. For example the author meets a Wican cashier at CVS and begins with the first question so you are pro choice right? B

Being ready to defends one faith is appropriat
I welcome any resource that can make me a more effective and winsome communicator of the gospel. While I might quibble with little things here and there, I appreciated this work and often found it convicting. I think this would be a great resource to walk through as a small group or with students to equip them to share their faith. Unlike previous generations of believers, we today do not have the luxury of a shared worldview. This book helps Christians, a la Francis Schaeffer, to better engage ...more
Jul 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found Gregory Koukl’s book Tactics helpful. Here are some quotes from the book that I enjoyed:

“Even though there is real warfare going on, our engagement should look more like diplomacy than D-Day” (19).

“You must be careful not to use your tactics merely to assault others… I am not opposed to being assertive, direct or challenging. However, I never intend to be abrasive or abusive” (27).

“Always make it a goal to keep your conversations cordial. Sometimes that will not be possible. If a princi
Ashley Jackson
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really liked reading this book. I felt like it gave good tactics of how to share the Gospel.
Matt Smart
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an excellent apologetics book which stresses the need for logical reasoning in winning the lost and defending your faith.
Brian Nicks
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
While not an apologetics book, it does expose the reader to an excellent method of disarming and dismantling objections to Biblical Christianity that is both effective and winsome.
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A solid and down-to-earth resource for anybody wanting to learn how to defend their faith. Just a warning: this book may fill you with pride. Don't let it.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! This book was absolutely amazing! It was so interesting and engaging. Helped answer some really hard questions. I'll definitely be reading and viewing it again!
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