Read this if…
- You are looking for creative, unique ways to share your faith with others.
- Desire to share Gospel-centered conversation with acquaintances and friends.
Looking to grow in your own faith by digging deeper in specific areas of thought.
Think of it this way . . . Our beliefs are challenged from many directions. Every day it seems more difficult to explain to our friends, families, and neighbors what we believe and why. When our ideas and arguments fail to persuade them, what then? Is there another approach we can take? Veteran apologists and communicators J. P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff say that the best way to win over others is with a good story. Stories have the ability to get behind our preconceptions and defenses. They appeal to the whole person rather than just to the mind. This expanded edition includes new chapters and updated stories and illustrations throughout. In these pages the authors enhance the logic and evidence found in other books defending the faith with things that your friends, relatives, or coworkers will ponder long after a conversation is over. Here is sound, empathetic coaching for those of us who long to communicate our faith more effectively.
“One of the hottest gifts today for female shoppers is the Mr. Wonderful Doll. He’s twelve inches tall, handsome, and (most important to women) sensitive. This perfect man is programmed to always say the right thing. Simply push a button to hear him say one of sixteen phrases, including,
- “You take the remote. As long as I’m with you, I don’t care what we watch.”
- “The ball game is not that important. I’d rather spend time with you.”
- “Why don’t we go to the mall? Didn’t you want some shoes?”
- “You know, I think it’s really important to talk about our relationships.”
“You’ve been on my mind all day. That’s why I bought you these flowers.”
The best thing about Mr. Wonderful is that he never disappoints. He’s never irritable, sarcastic, or selfish. As long as you keep putting in three AA batteries, he’ll continue to affirm and compliment whoever is pushing his button. It’s certainly understandable why such a doll would be desirable.
God would have done the same – that is, he could have created a world of Wonderful Human Dolls. Each time God pressed our button, we’d be programmed to say.
- “God, you have been on my mind all day.”
- “As long as I’m with you, God, I don’t care what we do.”
- “God, you are holy, perfect, and worthy of my love.”
“God, I would never disobey you.”
In a world of human dolls, there would be no evil. Why? Because lying, cheating, rape, murder, abuse, racism, and sexism would not be part of our programming. All we would do, like the Mr. Wonderful Doll, is fawn over God continually. It would be a perfect world, free of evil. But would a relationship with a doll satisfy?”