Telling a Better Story: How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age
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Telling a Better Story: How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age

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Apologetics can strike non-believers as an offensive attempt to proselytize, while some Christians see it as unsophisticated. In Telling a Better Story, Josh Chatraw presents an inside-out approach to evangelism—focused on Jesus, attuned to our postmodern moment, and respectful of unbelievers. Containing chapters on cultural understanding and difficult issues, and presenting a holistic and contextualized gospel, it's a road map to effective witnessing.

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Title: Telling a Better Story: How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age
By: Joshua D. Chatraw
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2020
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 8 ounces
ISBN: 0310108632
ISBN-13: 9780310108634
Stock No: WW0108634

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Christianity Today 2021 Book Award Winner: Apologetics & Evangelism

The practice of offering reasons for the Christian faith, or apologetics, strikes many unbelievers today as offensive, an attempt to proselytize, while Christians themselves often view apologetics as unsophisticated or even faith-undermining. After all, shouldn't a believer focus on presenting the gospel rather than attempting to argue people to belief?

In Telling a Better Story, author Joshua Chatraw presents a new and better way to do apologetics, an inside-out approach that is attuned to our late-modern moment and respectful of unbelievers, all the while remaining focused on Jesus. With chapters on cultural understanding, dealing with the difficult issues, and presenting Jesus in a holistic, contextual manner, Telling a Better Story offers a roadmap to effective apologetics both for experienced apologists and those new to sharing their faith with others.

Author Bio

Joshua Chatraw (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the director for New City Fellows and the Resident Theologian at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. His books include Apologetics at the CrossCultural EngagementTruth in a Culture of Doubt, and Truth Matters. He is a fellow with the Center for Pastor Theologians and has served in both pastoral and academic posts during his ministry. 

 

Editorial Reviews

'If human beings are not simply rational animals, as Aristotle thought, but storytelling animals, what are the implications for Christian apologetics? In our post-Christian society, the Bible is no longer considered 'the greatest story ever told,' if it is told at all. Today, various stories pit one community's identity and interests against others. Accordingly, those who wish to defend gospel truth must learn how to recover the plausibility, goodness, and beauty of the Bible's account of what God is doing through Jesus Christ to make things right. Telling a Better Story proceeds with proper confidence to do just that. Josh Chatraw is faithfully attuned to the biblical text while listening with one ear cocked to the various cultural texts (including films) that compete for the attention and allegiance of our hearts and minds. The way forward, he rightly argues, is to show that the Christian story answers our burning questions and leads to flourishing communities. By telling a better story, and embodying it, we 'take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.'' -- KEVIN J. VANHOOZER, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

'The gospel is, first of all, a true story, but it is a story after all. With intellectual verve and winsome charm, Telling a Better Story not only tells but shows how the gospel outnarrates all the other plots offered. Only when our apologetics reaches the imagination of our story-starved age will it be compelling. This book does just that. Definitely a must-read!' -- MICHAEL HORTON, J. Gresham Machen professor of systematic theology and apologetics, Westminster Seminary

'If we are to be compelling witnesses for Jesus, we can't offer answers to questions people are no longer asking. Apologetics, then, is never a static endeavor. It requires listening as well as talking--which makes Telling a Better Story an essential book for equipping the church. Using a broad array of sources, Joshua Chatraw has incisively explored the reigning cultural scripts and illuminated the beauty and coherence of the gospel by contrast. This is a book to underline, to study, and to discuss in groups. I look forward to recommending it widely.' -- JEN POLLOCK MICHEL, award-winning author of Surprised by Paradox and Keeping Place

'Joshua Chatraw issues a call to maturity in this remarkable and stirring book, which tells the 'better story' of Jesus Christ. Much as many may want to ignore or dismiss Jesus, he does not give us that option, even nearly two thousand years later. I can't wait to share this book with friends and family who do not yet believe. And I will teach this book in my church too, so we never forget that the Christian story is not only true but also beautiful.' -- COLLIN HANSEN, author of Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church

'Josh Chatraw points to a better way to do apologetics in our increasingly fragmented world--a way that is more sensitive to beauty, more winsome, and more comprehensively related to human experience. This book will help believers share their faith in a way that actually makes sense to secular people around them--and not only logical sense, but cultural and emotional sense too. All Christians who want to share the gospel more effectively in our current cultural setting should read this book!' -- GAVIN ORTLUND, senior pastor, First Baptist Church of Ojai

'An extraordinary exegete of both Scripture and society, Joshua Chatraw has become a leading thinker and writer about what a powerful and penetrating apologetic strategy requires in our late-modern age. Mining insights from the likes of C. S. Lewis, Charles Taylor, Augustine, and many others, he shows readers inspiring and innovative ways to generate substantive conversations about God--starting with more intentional listening. Dialogical and engaging, irenic and relational, his 'inside out' approach highlights how the cross of Christ can best meet our most compelling existential needs--for meaning and morality, beauty and hope, love and worship--and satisfy our deepest human hungers and highest aspirations. The wild truth of Christianity makes it eminently worthwhile to learn how best to tear down barriers and build bridges of trust and understanding. This book will help you do just that.' -- DAVID BAGGETT, professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Moral Apologetics, Houston Baptist University

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