TACTICS: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions By: Gregory Koukl
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Table of Contents
PART ONE: THE GAME PLAN 1. Diplomacy or D-Day? 2. Reservations 3. Getting in the Drivers Seat: The Columbo Tactic 4. Columbo Step Two: The Burden of Proof 5. Step Three: Using Columbo to Lead the Way 6. Perfecting Columbo
PART TWO: FINDING THE FLAWS 7. Suicide: Views that Self-Destruct 8 Practical Suicide 9. Sibling Rivalry and Infanticide 10. Taking the Roof Off 11. Steamroller 12. Rhodes Scholar 13. Just the Facts, Ma'am 14. More Sweat, Less Blood
This is such an excellent book I have taught it in my classes twice. Greg Koukl packs a ton of great thinking in a relatively small book with just 200 pages.
The point of the book is to give you a toolkit for engaging in your apologetic/evangelistic efforts. No matter your comfort level Greg has clear and simple ideas that will help you to maintain your confidence, collect pertinent information, present your view convincingly, and maintain control of a conversation.
For me personally the two most powerful "tactics" were Columbo and Steamroller. The Columbo tactic is the foundation of the book and takes up almost half of it...but its well worth it. Essentially it is how to use questions to your advantage. Before Columbo I always felt that I had to constantly be providing answers and that led to me being anxious about always having the right information plus I was always on the defensive. Steamroller is another tactic that helps you to manage those people who are really aggressive in a conversation. While all of the "tactics" presented in the book are very useful and insightful I found those two to be a huge benefit to me.
Tactics gives you a tool kit for the HOW and WHYs of a conversation and a companion to it I would also suggest "The God Conversation" by J.P. Moreland & Tim Muehlhoff. This book gives great examples and stories to fill in the WHATs of your conversations.
I have went to my bookshelf to reference this bookshelf many times. You should probably have a copy too!