Item description for Conversational Evangelism: How to Listen and Speak So You Can Be Heard by Norman L. Geisler & David Geisler...
Overview Readers will discover how God uses their everyday encounters for great things when they switch from trying to witness effectively to effectively being a witness through communication and compassion.
Witnessing used to involve laying out the truth and guiding a person to understand and accept it. But the awareness of basic Christian principles has changed and so have the needs of pre-believers. With a passion for people, authors David and Norman Geisler share an engaging, conversational approach to evangelism as they address: What makes old models of witnessing ineffective in today's cultureWhy evangelism must start with relational pre-evangelismHow to ask questions, listen attentively, and understand what someone believesWays to identify the real barriers to belief in order to build a bridge to truthHow to keep dialogue going with different personality types
This refreshing, practical resource is ideal for churches and individuals. Readers will discover how God uses their everyday encounters for great things when they switch from trying to witness effectively to effectively being a witness through communication and compassion.
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2009
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736923993 ISBN13 9780736923996
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More About Norman L. Geisler & David Geisler
Dr. Norman Geisler, PhD, is a prolific author, veteran professor, speaker, lecturer, traveler, philosopher, apologist, evangelist, and theologian. To those who ask, "Who is Norm Geisler?" some have suggested, "Well, imagine a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham and you're not too far off."
Norm has authored/coauthored over 80 books and hundreds of articles. He has taught theology, philosophy, and apologetics on the college or graduate level for over 50 years. He has served as a professor at some of the finest Seminaries in the United States, including Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Dallas Seminary, and Southern Evangelical Seminary. He now lends his talents to Veritas Evangelical Seminary in Murrieta, California, as the Distinguished Professor of Apologetics.
Norman has been married for 57 years (as of 2013) to wife Barbara Jean, graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College (Taylor University)
Dr. and Mrs. Geisler have six children, fifteen grandchildren, and three great grandchildren
SPANISH BIO: Norman Geisler (PhD, Loyola University) es presidente del Seminario Evangelico del Sur y autor de mas de cincuenta libros, entre los que se destacan Decide For Yourself, Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics y When Skeptics Ask. Fue tambien coeditor de Is Your Church Ready? Un libro asociado a Quien creo a Dios?
Norman L. Geisler currently resides in Weddington, in the state of North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Conversational Evangelism?
Finally, a useful book May 18, 2010
Finally, a useful apologetics book. If you have a relative, friend, or fellow traveler who needs the Word of God in their lives, this is the book to read--a hands-on, easily readable, how-to book with questions to ask and answers to give for a step-by-step evangelical conversion.
Excellent tool for evangelism! Sep 10, 2009
I was a tract witness before i read this book but now after reading and applying the material covered in the text, i now share Christ much more frequently and comfortably. Dr. Giesler is an excellent apologist and i have admired his work for most of my Christian walk. Thank you for such great materials and inspiration!
Common Sense Sep 8, 2009
I was recently in an evangelism training session. One gentleman kept insisting that Christians need to carry a Bible everywhere, have scripture memorized, and witness to everyone. I admire his enthusiasm but as the instructed pointed out...his tactics rarely work and people will cause people to run from him.
If we truly want to reach people we must first get to know them. Who are they, what is their living situations. We must develop a relationship with that person and listen to them before they will listen to us.
Conversational Evangelism is a common sense guide that will benefit Christians. The authors emphasis listening, asking questions, and becoming friends. Evangelism is difficult. Many shudder at the thought. The first step is making Christ the Lord of our life. If He is first in our lives then we will follow His lead.
A GREAT book on how to share your faith! Aug 30, 2009
Sometimes...you just get "sick and tired" of being "sick and tired" on how you share your faith with others (or don't!) because you don't know exactly how to approach the subject. I was at such a point, until someone recommended Geisler's book. Bingo! I FINALLY found one that addressed all of my issues and gave clear and insightful points on how to do it better. First by learning how to "listen" well...and second by understanding how to direct your questions. If only I had this book YEARS ago..I might not have blown it sometimes when it came to sharing! Gone are the days when just saying: "Jesus is the way" and people would give their lives to God. Now...it's about listening to deeper issues and arguments from those who want a much more analytical approach to your points. A week after reading Geisler's book, I had one of the best conversations ever with a friend regarding the Bible and my faith. If you truly want to speak...so you can be heard? This is definitely the book for you! It's a gem!
Is Apologetics Biblical??? Aug 29, 2009
At least one reviewer here seems to frown upon Geisler's relational, non-confrontational apologetics approach. Seems to me that he's taking a narrow view of how one should talk to non-believers. As well, he is choosing to ignore the fact that our world today is (culturally) tremendously different, and he is in denial that God created us to be curious and rational beings.
On his website, Geisler informs us in his excellent article, "The Need For Apologetics," ([...]) that "Paul tailored his starting point to where the audience was. With the heathen at Lystra he began by an appeal to nature (Acts 14) and ended by preaching Jesus to them. With the Jews he began with the OT moved on to Christ (Acts 17:2-3). But with the Greek thinkers Paul began with creation and reason to a Creator and on to His Son Jesus who died and rose again (Acts 17:24f)." Sounds like relational apologetics to me!
In the same referenced article (above), Geisler also states, "...we are to give a reason to those who ask the questions (cf. Col. 4:5-6). It is not expected that every one needs pre-evangelism, but when they do need it, we must be able and willing to give them an answer.
Finally, it links doing pre-evangelism with making Christ Lord in our hearts. If he is really Lord, then we should be obedient to Him by "destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and ... taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5). In other words we should be confronting issues in our own minds and in the expressed thoughts of others that are preventing them from knowing God. That is what apologetics is all about."