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"Corner Conversations is written for those looking for better evangelistic tools and for skeptics who are looking for the truth. In this follow-up to his 2005 Gold Medallion nominated Questioning Evangelism, Randy Newman allows his readers to listen in on conversations in this imaginary town to encourage open and honest conversations to continue in the real world. In this age of new and instant forms of electronic communication, the art of dialoguing with people who are wrestling with real issuesósuffering, the Bible, eternity, Jesus, sex, skepticism, evil, and spiritual journeysóseems to be lost. Corner Conversations is about reaching into peoples hearts the way Jesus didóthrough conversation." (EventSetter.com 2006-08-01)

"Randy Newman's first book Questioning Evangelism is one of the best books on evangelism around. If you haven't read itóbuy it, read it and put it into practice. Corner Conversations is his follow-up, although you won't need to have read Questioning Evangelism to understand Corner Conversations . . . . Newman has been clever in many ways, but one that I enjoyed was that the style of the conversations is differentósome are very friendly, some employ the cut and thrust of friendly but pointed argument. Yet each conversation is marked by openness and compassion. So there is something here for each of us, and something here for the different types of friendships, each conversation having several points that you feel that you could use yourself. And the chapters finish by pointing you to further resources." (Mark Loughridge three17.blogspot.com 2006-11-15)

Complete, realistic conversations with straight questions and answers are presented; some readers may find them offensive because of their directness though. Each conversation ends with a Keep the Conversation Going recommended reading section and a notes section. Recommended for Sunday schools and outreach groups interested in learning what to say to unbelievers. (BLE Church Libraries 2006-12-31) --1

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Turnerville—an imaginary place where people take time to think and discuss real issues without condemnation or sarcastic cracks.

In an age of hurried communication via e-mail, text messages, instant messaging, and cell phones, a place like Turnerville sounds really appealing—doesn’t it?

Written by Randy Newman, Gold Medallion nominee for Questioning Evangelism, this book allows readers to learn new conversational skills by eavesdropping on important dialogues that grapple with hot-button issues such as:

            • Why does God allow suffering?
            • Why should we believe the Bible?
            • Is Jesus really the only way?
            • Can we know about life after death?

We hear discussions on these kinds of topics, but rarely are they presented in a way that promotes respect without compromise, listening without patronizing, and convictions without arrogance. That’s all about to change. So pull up a seat; we have a lot to discuss.

Randy Newman has worked with Campus Crusade for more than twenty-five years. He currently works in the Washington, D.C., area, interacting with students, professors, and officers at the Pentagon. He is a frequent conference speaker and specializes in helping people of different backgrounds dialogue about issues of faith.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (June 23, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825433231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825433238
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading the book provided thought-provoking material which I intend to apply to conversations with those I care about and want to hear from regarding spiritual matters. The arguments the author presents to commonly used strategies are realistic, and help get inside the head of people who are not persuaded of the value of personal faith. The use of end notes for each chapter instead of many footnotes, is an improvement over the typical book of this kind. The documentation is still present but it does not interrupt the train of thought in the chapter. I can recommend it as a tool and also to encourage the art of listening rather than preparing a speech to present to people with whom I converse.
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The imaginary town of Turnerville is a place of real conversations where it's OK to disagree and discuss things. The author says, "It is my hope that we can change a disturbing pattern and provide respect without compromise, convictions without arrogance and listening without patronizing."

There are seven conversations in this book. They are not real but realistic and one which you may find yourself, as a Christian, engaged in any time you actually have a real conversation with someone. A brief synopsis of each one follows:

1. Why sickness and death? Why evil? Meet four people who work on an oncology (cancer) unit. First we hear from the two women and then from two men, one of whom is an atheist. All of them admit that sometimes their job can be hard, even for the two who are Christians.
2. Meet Nick and Suzanne who are good friends discussing whether the Bible is really better than all other books. Suzanne has been giving Christianity a break whilst Nick has been giving sobriety a chance in his life and begun to embrace Christianity.
3. Two good friends, Bob and Greg, are discussing the topic of whether there is only one way to heaven.
4. Insulted by a pastor's view of great literature, Dana walked away from the faith 7 years ago when he went to college. Not only was he devoted to literature but he took many women to his bed. We meet up with him again doing his doctorate, having been celibate for 3 years. Why? Before going on his third date, listen to a conversation between him and Larry, another PhD candidate and Dana's exercise partner. Dana says that him and Kathleen will not be having sex. Larry asks "Why not
5. AJ's is the local diner that turns into a gay bar each evening. Ed and Donnie haven't seen each other in 10 years.
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These dialogues are well written and meet the "engaging" description. I got a number of insights for letting people know, in a respectful way, of the desperate need we all have for deliverance from the judgment. For instance, one person expressed misgivings about Christians who come on too strong, as if they know everything. I think it was G. K. Chesterson who said something to the effect that the only good argument against Christianity is Christians.

The chapter on homosexuality is out of date, and there was another conversation that I didn't find particularly useful, but overall a worthwhile book. I rcommend anything by this thoughtful and highly experienced writer.
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Sorry to have to draw the attention of the publisher for their poor Kindle version by giving one star. I found no other way to get this message to them.

I bought the book because I like Newman's other book "Questioning Evangelism" and because all three reviewers before me gave it five stars. The book itself is a little shallow but an interesting read. It is meant for new/young Christians.

The Kindle version is poorly formatted. Wherever there is a dialog, the fonts are uneven, some lines are big and some are small, and still some parts of the dialogs are extremely small that is barely readable. You can't increase the font size using Kindle's font size adjustment key; it's formatted with some fixed CSS codes.

The normal paragraphs are fine but, since the book is about conversations, there are too many dialog formats that just frustrates your reading.

I have formatted a book to Kindle version and it's not that hard, with some HTML knowledge. In any case, it is quite irresponsible for the publisher not to proofread the digital version of their books before putting it out for people to purchase.
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Often as followers of Christ, we are uncertain about how to respond to questions concerning our faith, especially if the questions are cynical or hostile. Newman draws on his background and extensive experience to give concrete examples of ways to engage and respond with questions of our own that will encourage questioners to rethink their own questions and help promote helpful dialogues about the important issues of life. It's a helpful little work for bridging the gap between believers and nonbelievers..
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