Beyond Opinion: Living the Faith We Defend
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Apologist Zacharias joins Alister McGrath, John Lennox, and others to show Christians how to defend their faith and be transformed by it. Addresses topics including the process of spiritual change; the challenges posed by atheism, youth, science, and Islam; existential questions of evil and suffering; the validity of the Bible---and the hypocrisy of its followers. 384 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.44 (inches)
ISBN: 0849946530
ISBN-13: 9780849946530

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About The Author

Ravi Zacharias is the Founder and President of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional offices in Canada, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Austria, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. Zacharias and his wife, Margie, have three grown children. He is the author of many books, including Can Man Live Without God and Why Jesus?

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  1. Bill
    Batavia, OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Resource
    November 5, 2012
    Bill
    Batavia, OH
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great book on two fronts - 1) understanding for yourself and 2) to help ypu defend the faith as we're told to do in Peter. I highly recommend it.
  2. Hungry
    Indianapolis, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good primer to the realm of Apologetics
    January 20, 2011
    Hungry
    Indianapolis, IN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Not exhaustive, but well considered and written. This is a great "ground floor" text for the apologetics newcomer. My teenage son is also reading this book, to great advantage. If you have teens; this book will be valuable in providing some tools for them to address often asked questions of skeptical classmates and instructors.
  3. Scotty
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    "Beyond Opinion" is a must-read on apologetics
    November 24, 2010
    Scotty
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    If you want a significant resource to help you better share and defend your Christian faith, "Beyond Opinion" is the book you need to add to your bookshelf.

    When I first started reading the book, I didn't think that would be my final conclusion. But the book, compiled by distinguished Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias (who did some of the writing and was joined by noted members of his international ministry), is loaded with skill-building knowledge for the Christian who wants to win people rather than arguments.

    Initially, I thought it rather arrogant of Zacharias to write in the introduction, "This may not be a 'read-through' book that can be absorbed in a single sitting. But I suggest to you it is a 'must-read' book for our times ..." but I soon discovered Zacharias was right on both counts (even if he did "say so" himself!).

    Getting into the book is slow going. I found the early chapters to be so laden with foundational information it seemed as if the writer was cutting corners to contain the chapters. That made for a choppy read, almost as if the work was the result of a poor edit job.

    However --- and fortunately for that "however" --- the remainder of the book smoothed out into a readable flow chalk full of great insights about sharing and defending the Christian faith. These insights do not make for light reading. The material Zacharias and his co-writers present is the real, heavy-duty content of apologetics ranging from how to help the non-believer who has genuine questions about Christianity, to defending against the "enemies" who try their best to destroy our faith.

    It is precisely because "Beyond Opinion" (published by Thomas Nelson) is not just another light-weight book on apologetics that I highly recommend it. The writers pull out all the "big words" and intellectual terms in the material they present, yet manage to provide readers of various backgrounds knowledge and insights understandable for anyone ranging from the new Christian to the experienced church leader.

    If you're serious about sharing your Christian, faith, this is a serious resource that can better help you do that.
  4. Jonathan McPeters
    Southern Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great reading...really makes you think!
    November 9, 2010
    Jonathan McPeters
    Southern Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Beyond Opinion—Ravi Zacharias:

    Alright, so Ravi Zacharias is the compiling editor, not the actual "author", but he did write a couple of the sections, and the other authors are on his staff at RZIM. Zacharias opens the book with an Introduction that effectively lays out the need for such a book. Beyond Opinion is a collection of articles on practical apologetics.

    This is not the stuff that people go flocking to read, but rather the stuff that people prefer to defer to the experts. The point Zacharias makes in the introduction is that effective apologetics isn't just for the experts, but that the non-expert (i.e. the rest of us) instead needs "to connect with the questioner at a personal level." The stated purpose of the book is "to encourage and challenge the non-expert to feel comfortable talking about the Gospel without feeling the burden of needing a high level of philosophical training." He admits that it's not easy reading, but makes a compelling point that it is necessary reading given the times in which we live.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  5. rougek
    Colombia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Apologética de fácil comprensión y mucha reflexión
    October 3, 2010
    rougek
    Colombia
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Es necesario para aquellos que viviendo una vida cristiana, encontramos diariamente multitud de formas de pensamiento y creencias, el poder comprenderlas, y establecer una correcta comunicación de nuestra fe hacia ellas.

    En el libro Beyond Opinion del apologista Ravi Zacharias, encontramos un compendio de ensayos sobre distintas creencias del mundo moderno y creencias históricas, todas ellas cuestionando al cristianismo y el porqué creemos lo que creemos.

    Encontré en la lectura de este libro, valiosa información para reflexionar en si mis creencias están firmemente arraigadas al punto de no sólo mostrar sino de demostrar que en mi vida se hace carne lo que creo, así como una reflexión acerca del modo de pensar de la gente con la que me encuentro a diario, atea, postmoderma, antireligiosa, etc.

    El libro va más allá de informarnos sobre estas tendencias, pues exige de parte de nosotros que establezcamos un puente conversacional, que pueda responder a sus cuestionamientos y a sus necesidades manifiestas. Me impresionó lo profundo y bien escrito, y sin embargo fácil de comprender. Su invitación a prepararnos a responder a "todo aquél que demande una razón de la esperanza que tenemos" contiene un reto tanto en prepararnos intelectualmente, como en prepararnos espiritualmente, para ser coherentes con lo que decimos creer.

    Es definitivamente un libro que vale la pena tener como libro de consulta constante, para este mover de los días, donde cada uno cree lo que quiere. Totalmente recomendado.
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