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Recovering the Art of Christian Persuasion
Auteur(s): Os Guinness
Narrateur(s): Ralph Lister
Durée: 10 h et 15 min
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In the post-Christian context, public life has become markedly more secular and private life infinitely more diverse. Yet many Christians still rely on cookie-cutter approaches to evangelism and apologetics. Most of these methods assume that people are open to, interested in, and needy for spiritual insight when increasingly most people are not. The urgent need, then, is the capacity to persuade - to make a convincing case for the Gospel to people who are not interested in it.

In his magnum opus, Os Guinness offers a comprehensive presentation of the art and power of creative persuasion. Christians have often relied on proclaiming and preaching, protesting and picketing, but are strikingly weak in persuasion - the ability to talk to people who are closed to what is being said. Actual persuasion requires more than a one-size-fits-all approach. Guinness notes, "Jesus never spoke to two people the same way, and neither should we."

Following the tradition of Erasmus, Pascal, G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, Malcolm Muggeridge, and Peter Berger, Guinness demonstrates how apologetic persuasion requires both the rational and the imaginative. Persuasion is subversive, turning the tables on listeners' assumptions to surprise them with signals of transcendence and the credibility of the Gospel.

This book is the fruit of 40 years of thinking, honed in countless talks and discussions at many of the leading universities and intellectual centers of the world. Discover afresh the persuasive power of Christian witness from one of the leading apologists and thinkers of the era.

©2015 Os Guinness (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Ken
  • 2016-10-24

Different voices?

I was really looking forward to getting deep into this topic but right from the start this audio book seemed replete with distractions.

The reading of the text was clear and understandable however, when ever a quotation involved someone of a particular national heritage the narrator would switch between a multitude of dialects. On one hand, performance wise it's impressive, on the other hand it's quite distracting while in the midst of comprehending and synthesizing together abstract concepts.

The other distraction was that there were literally two narrators at different parts of the book. I couldn't quite understand why or if there was some logical reasoning for it. But the beginning introductions up through the first chapter was the most confusing in this respect . After which the reading remained with just one narrator.

Over all, I thought the writing seemed a bit strained with way too much repetition of key phrases. I always appreciated the problems that the author identifies with many approaches to apologetics and kept waiting for a practical solution. In the end, the journey may have had its effect, I think, but I was left feeling a bit unsatisfied. Not a true bait and switch but the conclusions didn't really justify the verbosity. Still I would recommend it because I think more Christians need to learn the lessons found in the book.

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  • R. Harbaugh
  • 2016-04-06

Powerful and timely

Insightful in so many ways. You won't be disappointed. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to know why much of our evangelism and apologetics might be ineffective.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-06-26

Very irritating accent-impersonations

Os Guiness' text is one of the best apologetics works out there. This was spoilt by the narrator's unnecessary imitation of supposedly American, German, French, and British accents. Instead of helping us to hear the meaning of the quoted works, it drew attention to the narrator, as if the goal was to hear his range of impersonations. This was distracting, irritating, and in some cases, utterly foolish.

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  • Jon Cohen
  • 2020-05-20

GREAT CONTENT...EXTREMELY ANNOYING READ

There are undoubtedly audio books where the use of different voices by one reader enhances the content. This is sadly not one of them. While the half-hearted attempts to “speak” in the national accents of the quoted authors is both distracting and irritating...this approach - for a Christian listener - is downright blasphemous when the reader assumes an accent for Almighty God. What on earth was Os thinking? Such an exceptional thinker...with truly refreshing insights on modern apologetics... undermines the entire thrust of his argument about the JUDICIOUS use of humour or drama by displaying remarkably poor judgment in this regard.

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  • Kimberly
  • 2017-03-02

Thought provoking

Thought provoking nuggets in each and every chapter. A must listen for searchers and believers alike!

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  • Marcus
  • 2016-06-09

Great and helpful!

I think this is a very timely book that is approached with humility and strength. I found it highly profitable for my ministry. I think any Christian out there need to listen to this book.

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  • Brad and Jodi Cooper
  • 2018-11-27

EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS

Put this at the top of your list. Os Guinness presents a wealth of wisdom here from many years of deep thinking, broad reading, and fruitful ministry. Be prepared to be challenged and provoked to change and grow. Note: As a bonus, his style is thoroughly enjoyable and the narrator/reader is excellent.

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  • Marco Troisi
  • 2017-02-18

Some good points but too verbose

Despite numerous good points here and there, it often kept going on without getting to the point. I appreciate that the author is trying to reason with the listener/reader without always imposing his own point of view, but at times it would have been easier to get to the point, make it absolutely clear and then elaborate from there.

Definitely a good read overall, I recommend it.

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  • Trev and Steph
  • 2016-06-02

Great book about Christian persuasion.

Great book book about Christian apologetics and persuasion. very biblical and engaging! it is worth the read.

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  • Eric R. Claghorn
  • 2020-07-26

how to really live as a Christian

loved this audio book despite it not exactly being what I expected. thought this would have been a cross between Tactics by Greg Koukl and the author s other book on civility. it was much better. although long on words, it was worth every minute. I will be re-reading this regularly.