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Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition

A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions
Narrated by: Gregory Koukl
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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This expanded anniversary edition includes updates and expansions of existing tactics as well as the addition of an all-new tactic and a chapter on Mini Tactics filled with simple maneuvers to aid in discussions.

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. In Tactics, 10th Anniversary Edition, Gregory Koukl demonstrates how to artfully regain control of conversations, keeping them moving forward in constructive ways through thoughtful diplomacy. You'll learn how to stop challengers in their tracks and how to turn the tables on questions or provocative statements. Most important, you'll learn how to get people thinking about Jesus. Tactics provides the game plan for communicating the compelling truth about Christianity with confidence and grace.

Drawing on extensive experience defending Christianity in the public square, Koukl shows listeners how to:

  • Initiate conversations effortlessly
  • Present the truth clearly, cleverly, and persuasively
  • Graciously and effectively expose faulty thinking
  • Skillfully manage the details of dialogue
  • Maintain an engaging, disarming style even under attack 
©2019 Gregory Koukl (P)2019 Zondervan

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An engaging book on having logical conversations

Koukl shares lots of interesting personal stories and has a number of very good tips. The heart of this book is basically a book about logic - when someone makes an assertion, ask what are their reasons for thinking that, why do they think that is the case. While Koukl uses a number of memorable names, I personal would prefer stick with the technical terms in logic. This book is about how to discuss one's Christian convictions, though in reality almost everything in it could be about how to make a ration and rhetorical case for any matter. It is well worth be familiar and able to use the tactics in this book. Koukl does an excellent job at reading the book.

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Aussie says thanks

Thank you Greg for sharing such insightful ways of sharing our Christian convictions and ways of defending Christ with others. I will be forever grateful to God for him creating you to kindly share your gift of sharing your years of experience, knowledge and wisdom with others. God Bless you & Stand to Reason.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-2019

Awesome Book

I could feel the Holy Spirit speaking to me and through the author’s of this book. My struggle as a God created dyslexic person often leaves me struggling to quote scriptures as many of my fellow Christians do. Yet I feel empowered with words and ways to express my conviction while spreading Jesus message through the guidance found in this book. Please pray for me that I may be able to speak convincing words of wisdom to the atheist I am speaking too. More prayer means more power. I will in turn do the same for all those who venture to listen or read this book.

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  • joshua mcafee
  • 29-11-2019

Excellent intelligent advice

excellent ideas to appropriately frame discussion. Helpful perspective to engage everyone around you with love and curiosity while being faithful to the convictions of Christians. Enjoyable listen

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  • David
  • 04-12-2019

A great update to a great book.

In this 10th anniversary edition of tactics Greg Koukl updates his Previous book with several new tactics, and updates to several old tactics. This book was great before the update and it’s even better now. In this book Greg teaches you how to share your Christian convictions in a way where you come across with diplomacy rather than having the conversation turned into a fight.

The only fault I find is that the spoken material does not exactly match Word for Word the printed material. I’m not sure whether Greg was reading from a version of the book that was not finalized or what. This is a minor issue. For the most part he matches the book. A second tiny fault is if you get the Kindle edition whispersink is out of sync by about two seconds.

In spite of these two minor flaws this is a great book that I highly recommend to all Christians and should be required reading for all Christian leaders.

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  • Judy
  • 04-12-2019

Crucial conversation skills for evangelism

Excellent guide to effectively/respectively introduce others to Jesus. Tips are applicable to any communication topic.

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  • Bob
  • 19-02-2020

this is a must read for a serious Christian

if you think what you believe is exportable but have not been as effective in communicating it to your unbelieving friends and acquaintances you will love this book. it will give you some simple tools to use to keep you in the driver's seat as you communicate with those who misunderstand the real message of Christ. You don't have to end every conversation at the foot of the cross. sometimes the most effective thing you can do is put a stone in his shoe as he walks away that allows the Holy Spirit to better do His work that only He can do. This book will show you how.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-2020

Every Christian Needs This Book

Great techniques to help share Jesus with people.
This is a must read and study for anyone who is serious about sharing their faith.

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  • Lona S. Buggs
  • 25-01-2020

Some plant some water

A proper way to recognize the best answer for every man to help him/her on to a path of truth that leads to salvation.

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  • joe
  • 18-01-2020

Very informative and insightful

A great listen. Easy to understand and lots more to gleen. Will go through again.

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  • Jarod & Adria
  • 16-01-2020

Essential

This book is essential for any Christian who hopes to represent their views to others in a productive way. Already using the methods and they have been enormously helpful in advancing all difficult conversations, Christian or otherwise.

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  • Weston E.
  • 08-01-2020

A must read for all Christ followers

This book taught me how to share my faith confidently, weather you are a new believer in Christ or someone who has been in the faith their whole life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-2020

Refreshing

Great to get an overview of the difficulty we Christians have in speaking with confidence. Truth Is mighty, and handled properly, effective.

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  • Joe S.
  • 19-07-2020

Vital Listening for Christians and Non-Christians!

TL;DR: one of the most useful books you'll ever consume, regardless of whether you're a Christian or not - it'll change the way you present your ideas and debate!

Gregory Koukl provides an entertaining and highly educational book of advice on how to discuss ideas - either in a debate or in casual conversation.
The focus is Christianity, but the lessons presented here are useful to anyone of any conviction. He clearly presents each bit of advice (or, 'tactic') in a chapter of its own, entertainingly illustrated with examples of how it can be used and how he has used it. It also helps that he narrates this audiobook, as he's able to provide the intended emphasis and it feels more personal.
The lessons you learn from this will change the way you present your ideas and debate - even if you're a seasoned debater!

I've been recommending this to everyone who might be interested and I'll be listening to it again as well as buying a print copy to make sure I get the most out of it.

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  • David S
  • 12-07-2020

Excellent techniques, simplistic arguments

Overall, this is an excellent book, describing how to discuss our faith and enter into meaningful discussion with others. The narration is very good too. Easy to listen to.

The author presents a conservative theology. While I didn’t find that problematic, there is an underlying suggestion that people whose theology differs from the author’s are not actually Christians. His responses on some of the “hot” topics around Christianity are easily combatted, and miss the complexity around them. He’s right, though: most people won’t have thought through their views and therefore the technique will often still work.

His initial example of “questioning” someone he just met on abortion may again have worked: however if she had actually HAD an abortion he may have created a serious pastoral issue, which I hope he was ready to deal with.

Overall, good techniques: adapt to your own personality, and be aware that many atheists are using the same techniques in debate.

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  • MR R E Williams
  • 28-06-2020

Excellence book and an easy read

This book should be required reading for those who are into holding civil discourse. Enjoyed the book as well as found information useful and surprisingly it seems to be sticking!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-2020

Magnificent

loved every word of what I heard. I especially appreciate the Columbo tactic among others. Quite outstanding. The narrator was superb, very clear and kept a good pace. The suggested methods offered for sharing your convictions (faith) were solid. I applaud this masterpiece.

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  • Thinker
  • 02-03-2020

A must read

Love it, a much needed book for today. I will be buying a physical copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-2020

spot on

amazing book, we can learn alot from these " tactics " on our walk.

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  • muchaneta
  • 13-01-2020

The Ambassadors manual

An absolutely brilliant book! beautifully written.
Should be in every Christian's library.
I Loved it!

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  • Stormme Jayde
  • 12-01-2020

Great Clear Ideas

I will be re-listening to this many times. I found it extremely concise, and to the point, and I think if a person writes notes as they go along, will make it easier next time round. I pray that I can get my muddled mind around things because I am truly desperate to spread the Word, and to save at least, some souls.