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How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator [Paperback]

By Joe Carter (Author) & John Coleman (Author)
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Uses Jesus' words and actions found in the New Testament to systematically evaluate his rhetorical stylings, drawing real lessons from his teachings that today's readers can employ. Jesus of Nazareth never wrote a book, held political office, or wielded a sword. He never gained sway with the mighty or influential. He never took up arms against the governing powers in Rome. He was a lower-class worker who died an excruciating death at the age of thirty-three. Yet, in spite of all odds-obscurity, powerlessness, and execution-his words revolutionized human history. How to Argue like Jesus examines the life and words of Jesus and describes the various ways in which he sought-through the spoken word, his life, and his disciples-to reach others with his message. The authors then pull some very simple rhetorical lessons from Jesus' life that readers can use today. Both Christian and non-Christian leaders in just about any field can improve their ability to communicate effectively by studying the words and methods of history's greatest communicator.

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Uses Jesus' words and actions found in the New Testament to systematically evaluate his rhetorical stylings, drawing real lessons from his teachings that today's readers can employ.

Jesus of Nazareth never wrote a book, held political office, or wielded a sword. He never gained sway with the mighty or influential. He never took up arms against the governing powers in Rome. He was a lower-class worker who died an excruciating death at the age of thirty-three. Yet, in spite of all odds-obscurity, powerlessness, and execution-his words revolutionized human history.

How to Argue Like Jesus examines the life and words of Jesus and describes the various ways in which he sought-through the spoken word, his life, and his disciples-to reach others with his message. The authors then pull some very simple rhetorical lessons from Jesus' life that readers can use today.

Both Christian and non-Christian leaders in just about any field can improve their ability to communicate effectively by studying the words and methods of history's greatest communicator.

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   174
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.25"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 31, 2009
Publisher   Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN  1433502712  
ISBN13  9781433502712  


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Joe Carter (MBA, Marymount University) is an editor for the Gospel Coalition, a senior editor at the Acton Institute, a communications specialist for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College. He lives in Ashburn, Virginia, with his wife, Misty.

John Coleman (MBA, Harvard Business School) is an author and businessman. His professional experience includes work in asset management, housing and community development, and consulting. John lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Jackie.



Joe Carter was born in 1969.

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Reviews - What do customers think about How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator?

Great Intro to Logic  Oct 19, 2009
I received this book a week ago and have really enjoyed the author's analysis of Jesus' dialog with his followers and the religious sect. The author identifies many logical patterns in Jesus' approach to argumentation, explains why Jesus used them, and draws insight from these logical patterns. This book is another helpful tool to shed greater understanding on the person and work of Jesus Christ. (The author does not suggest that Jesus was trained in sophistry; on the contrary, the author believes that logical argument is inherent in God's nature. Even the most skeptical person towards logic will have to rethink their thoughts on Jesus using logical arguments after reading this book).

Anyone who digests this book will also glean a better understanding about the basics of logic. It will also give one insights to presenting sermons or speeches.

Warning: I gave this book only four stars because I thought, in some cases, his contemporary illustrations of each argument type were not good choices. Some were counter to Christian conservative values, and I found myself cringing every time he quoted from these examples. He quotes from people like Bill Clinton.

If you can get through the contemporary examples, it is a good read.
 
How to Argue Like Jesus  Aug 3, 2009
How to "argue" is a bit misleading, but if you substitute "persuade" it makes more sense. I like this book alot and wrote a review at my blog.
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Worth reading for sure.
 
A practical guide to rhetoric for those of all faiths  May 26, 2009
Don't let the title fool you, this is a useful and accessible guide to effective rhetoric for those of any religious persuasion. Though much of the content revolves around the analysis of biblical texts relating to Jesus, many modern examples are also used and all of it within an easy-to-understand framework. For the experienced public speaker or the novice alike, this is an easy-to-read book that will provide you with practical tips and real examples of how to improve your rhetorical abilities.
 
a good rhetoric manual  Apr 7, 2009

How to Argue like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator
Joe Carter, John Coleman
ISBN-10: 1433502712
ISBN-13: 9781433502712
A catchy title. A neat cover. An interesting topic. A mediocre book. This book, though good, will not make the bestseller list.
The authors do a good job with their subject material. They organized it well. They treated it well.
They took the issues of logos, pathos, and ethos and dealt with them very well. They showed how Jesus spoke and utilized these things.
Their examples were good. Their case studies were good. One can learn much from this book.
I recommend this book to someone who is interested in honing their rhetorical skills.
I believe this book will be helpful to someone who desires to learn how to speak more convincingly and more logically.
The book is easy to read. No need to worry about keeping the dictionary at hand. The authors have written it for the average "Joe." That is a good thing.
What, then, you ask, is the problem?
The title promises too much. It lifts ones expectations very high. When I opened the book, I expected to find that there were new insights into rhetoric, argument, and logic. I found that was not to be so. Instead, I found that the book demonstrated how Jesus spoke and used the traditional rules of rhetoric. It's not that I learned nothing new. I did. I would profit from reading the book a second time. The let down of finding that the title seemed to promise more than was delivered simply made me a little jaundiced in my view.
That being said, the book still gets four out of five stars.
 
Simply superb  Mar 21, 2009
This exceptionally readable volume is both a fine introduction to Jesus' use of rhetoric for those studying that subject, and an insightful study of Jesus and his effective use of language for those seeking to know more about him. It is not a devotional book on the one hand; on the other, it is not a mechanistic manual of rhetorical devices. But it succeeds admirably in teaching the reader things about argument and about Jesus that chances are the reader has not learned before--or surely not with such effect.

While there is much about the writing and content of this book that is noteworthy, where I think the authors have truly made their mark is in producing a book so suitable for so many audiences. Beyond the many individual readers, Christian and non-Christian alike, who will benefit from this overview of Jesus' use of rhetoric, the book is an exceptional resource for undergraduate and seminary courses on Jesus, for homiletics classes, for introductory rhetoric classes, for church and college book groups, and for church school classes. The subject matter and presentation lends itself to all of these groups, but the addition of study questions and case studies ensures that any group can easily adopt this book for its situation. Likewise, the book's content would not be intimidating for better high school students, but in no way is too elementary for those with advanced degrees. This achievement itself is an endorsement of the authors' skill and understanding of the very subject matter they present.

Joe Carter and John Coleman are to be commended for what this reader hopes will be the first of many such books. Crossway has enhanced its reputation further by publishing this superb and perceptive book.
 

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