If you feel uncomfortable talking with someone who is skeptical about your faith, "How to Talk to a Skeptic" by Donald J. Johnson may be a good place to start.
The author gives some sound advice about how to approach someone who doesn't believe the same way you do and to do it in a way that is informative and non-confrontational. We are not supposed to be pushy sales-people when it comes to our faith, but instead to listen and find out the real reason the other person doesn't either accept our faith as valid or has questions. How we handle those discussions can alienate or positively influence that other person.
Although I personally do not enjoy debating, I do feel this book gave practical instructions how to address another's concerns.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a free copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
Often we are caught up in the Christianeze, the secret language that we learn once we have been in the body of Christ for many years, and share Jesus as if the rest of the world also understands those terms. This book shares, in a fresh way, how to share Jesus and His message with those who doubt most, the skeptics. It is very easy to read, understand, and offers tools that we can immediately use. This book would also be a great source for a Bible study or small/life group. I recommend it for your personal or group study
I am NOT one of those people who can easily talk about my faith in a deep, courtroom defense style. I'm more of a "I was lost but Jesus found me" type gal so when a book comes along as amazing as Donald J. Johnson's "How to Talk to a Skeptic", I'm thrilled. This book was fantastic! Mr. Johnson blew my mind! I always knew the arguments against God (like He's bloodthirsty and given to temper tantrums) were false but I couldn't articulated why. This book does a great job of laying out the fallacies of the common misconceptions about the God of the Bible. Well done Mr. Johnson! Loved this book. Two thumbs up.
BTW, I got a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
If you've ever found yourself challenged by a skeptic, you know it can be a daunting experience. If the skeptic simply wants to share ideas in a mutually respectful manner, the conversation can be beneficial for both of you. Sometimes, however, the discussion can take a nasty turn, so that suddenly, you find the skeptic no longer presenting ideas and trying to understand yours but determinedly trying to destroy all your beliefs. Even if you're standing on rock solid ground regarding your understanding and practice of faith, this situation can be more than intimidating.
Dr. Donald J. Johnson's book can help prepare you for this. His goal is to help you, when discussing the Christian faith with skeptics, to keep the conversation on pleasant and mutually respectful ground. I gave my highlighter a workout as I read this book.
In the first section, Johnson helps readers understand that the Christian faith is not a product to be sold. It's simply the Truth. Our job as believers is not to sell this Truth, but to present it. Those who listen will choose whether to accept it or not. God's Spirit does the hard work of helping us present the Truth and in drawing others to believe. Johnson goes on to present ideas on how to go about doing your part effectively.
In the second section of the book, Johnson talks about some common misconceptions about what Christians actually believe. I recommend this section to every Christian since many, as Johnson points out, buy into these themselves. Johnson does a fantastic job of presenting Christian doctrine clearly and solidly, according to God's Word.
In the third section, Johnson gives examples of how to talk with a skeptic by presenting a few possible conversations that might come up and how he would handle them. He makes it very clear at the beginning of this section that it is in no way comprehensive. He has just chosen a few familiar topics as illustrations for readers to consider and learn from. He closes this section with a deeper look into the mind of the skeptic, so readers can better understand what motivates this attitude and, therefore, handle it more compassionately or recognize when it's time to walk away.
I appreciated the information in this book and enjoyed reading it, too. Bethany House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy for this honest review. It's one I recommend.