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How to Argue Like Jesus:Learning Persuasion from History’s Greatest Communicator (Crossway Books, 2009)

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 inRome. 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.

Reviews and recommendations:

“How to Argue Like Jesus will help communications professors to teach angelically. Carter and Coleman Christianize Aristotle and add heavenly heuristics that show how Jesus used story and imagery, and how we can go and do likewise.”
Marvin Olasky, Editor-in-chief, World; Provost, The King’s College, New York City

“This engaging and edifying study by two gifted Christian writers shows that Jesus understood better than all the others both who he was talking to and what they needed to hear. It turns out that the right kind of straight talk really can confound the smooth experts, and being rhetorically effective doesn’t have to be at the expense of your good name. This is a genuine self-help book.”
Peter Lawler, Dana Professor of Government, Berry College; author, Homeless and at Home in America

“Anti-intellectualism plagues the modern church, but the best response is not a false intellectualism. How to Argue like Jesus falls into neither trap. It effectively teaches logic and critical thinking in the context of a well-lived life. This is what the church needs.”
John Mark Reynolds, Founder and Director, Torrey Honors Institute

“Carter and Coleman take a complex topic and distill it into a clear and readable volume on proper communication. I highly recommend this book.”
William J. Bennett, Fellow, The Claremont Institute; co-founder of Culture11

“I would have loved to have had this book to assign during the 13 years I taught college composition and rhetoric. So many of my fellow evangelicals think rhetoric is a dirty word, as in “That’s just a bunch of rhetoric.” But as this primer makes clear, Jesus was a master of rhetoric, a master of principled persuasion.” Jonathan Witt, Acton Institute Power Blog

“This book is an excellent read for anyone, Christian or non-Christian, who wants to learn how to communicate well with others. Some of the sections may be lost on one who does not have a background in logic or philosophy. However, the book was specifically written for the one who wants to better communicate and not for the logician or philosopher who wants to win more arguments.” Terry Delaney, Christian Book Notes

“The authors successfully tie the book’s content to practical applications in the reader’s life. Whether using these techniques to win an argument against a sibling, create a connection with your audience in public speech, or create an effective mission statement for your company, the authors neatly link their content to gain relevance with readers. Each chapter also concludes with a well-summarized quick-reference guide of key concepts.” – Charles Huang and Justin Joffe, The Harbus

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