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Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues About God and Life Paperback – June 23, 2006
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"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
From the Back Cover
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well written and easy to use. I would say a wonderful guide for starting conversations in many areas.Published 18 months ago by Darlene R. Parks
Not helpful and a waste of time. Just read Questioning Evangelism by Randy Newman if you are looking great way to share about Christianity.Published 21 months ago by C. E.
I read this as a follow-up to Newman's 'Questioning Evangelism' and thoroughly enjoyed it. The fictional conversations were all believable in terms of topics and the relationships... Read morePublished on October 2, 2007 by J. Gypton