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Relational Apologetics: Defending The Christian Faith With Holiness, Respect, And Truth [Kindle Edition]

Michael Sherrard , Joanna Jury , Barbara Toth
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How do you know that there is a God? How do you answer someone who says that truth doesn’t exist? What do you do when someone asks you how you know that Christianity is the right religion? If you are like many people, the only answer you can offer is, “Well... I just have faith.” But to a world that wants to know if God is real, this is not a good enough answer. Christians must be ready to give a reason, a good reason, for their hope in Jesus, and their lives must be a holy reflection of their message.

In Relational Apologetics, Michael C. Sherrard seeks to help Christians do just that: become holy people that defend Christianity both in word and deed. Using stories and drawing upon personal experiences, Sherrard teaches the importance of personal holiness, treating skeptics with respect, engaging in authentic conversations instead of shouting matches, and having well thought out answers to the skeptic's questions. In the process, you’ll learn that defending Christianity is as much about who you are and what you do as it is what you say. And you will find that your life is intended to be an apologetic for God and a light for men to find Him

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About the Author

Michael Sherrard is the director of Ratio Christi College Prep, and preaching pastor for Crosspoint Community Church. Mike s passion for writing comes from his desire to share truth in a simple way. He and his wife, Terri, live in Peachtree City, Georgia, with their three children.

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  • Print Length: 164 pages
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  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 8, 2014)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple but profound December 29, 2012
By Jack M
I loved this book. Mike makes the subjects of Apologetics and witnessing blend into a straight forward, easy to read, and easy to use resource for any believer. You don't have to be a scholar with a fancy degree to relate God's love to those around you and Mike gives you a framework to speak what you know to those who are seeking answers to life's most asked questions. You need to read this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good reminder for those who witness apologetically September 30, 2012
This book emphasizes the relational aspects of witness in the power of the Holy Spirit, and the need for a holy life. Often we look to better arguments, and leave God out of the picture. We also look at others as competitors to beat rather than individuals with personal needs. This is the strength of this book, and a good reminder to us.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!! December 4, 2012
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Love the heart of this book. Super easy read. I found myself not wanting to put it down. Well written. Loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I just finished Relational Apologetics. An extremely worthwhile read.

Being able to explain what one believes is important--but this book emphasizes that it is as much about how you say it as what you say.

If the term apologetics sounds too academic--do not fear, this book is written in a way that you will both understand and find meaningful.

Read the book--enjoy the journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Living and Telling March 8, 2013
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Point: Apologetics is more than merely answering questions, or spouting facts. The one who glorifies God is the believer who is able to defend his/her faith humbly, honestly, accurately, and with a life that backs it up.

Path: Sherrard divides his book into four main parts: 1) How one's life approves or denies the message; 2) Keys to what to do while defending your faith; 3) Truths which are essential; 4) An annotated bibliography of helpful resources.

Sources: He is a self-confessed C.S. Lewis fan, a follower of Greg Koukl, and reader of Habermas. There are many other influences in his life, but those are a few I noted (you can see his bibliography which reveals many more).

Agreement: The strength of this book was in three areas:
The recognition that apologetics do not save anyone - the Gospel does (pg 43).
The focus on having a life that backs up one's words (whole first part of the book).
The annotated bibliography at the end.

I wouldn't list this as a one stop shop for apologetics. I would hand this to someone interested in being more proactive about defending their faith. I also would give this to someone who is very involved with defending their faith but it annoying about it.
I would agree with Sherrard that "Mere Christianity" by Lewis and "Tactics" by Koukl are must reads along side of this.

Personal App: Am I living up to the message I share?

Favorite Quote: "Defending your faith is not an act of arrogance. Rather, it is an act of love" (16).
"I believe that the power to save someone rests in the gospel and not in us or in our arguments" (43).

It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Mike gives his readers great information based on Biblical principals along with practical advice on how to share their faith. Comprehensive yet easy to follow - definitely worth reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book addressed one of my greatest weaknesses: how to evangelize the average man or woman on the street. My graduate level apologetics and evangelization classes skipped over the material covered in this book, leaving me with knowledge that I could not share to the average person. This book truly opened that gate for me. It covered the most common situations found everyday that can be used by anyone. Though it is an easy read, one should not think they are too educated to read it. This book is for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Simple January 17, 2014
This is a great read, but most importantly it is practical. Our world is changing rapidly and this book is a great help to keep it simple and real when defending the faith. I found the stories to be authentic and the arguments make common sense.

Personally I know Mike, and he lives his life true to the book. He's not just writing ideas, he lives out this book and he comes as a helpful practitioner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent look at a relationship approach to apologetics.
This is a "how to" book on apologetics. Useful for the layman as well as the church staffer. Read more
Published 8 months ago by W. Sid Vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars How to share your faith without fear of making a fool of yourself
Michael Sherrard shares the essential foundation for engaing others in conversations about the Christian faith. Help for anyone who is fearful of getting in over their head.
Published 10 months ago by Bob Goodnough
3.0 out of 5 stars You probably can relate to this book
The author at the beginning of the book made it clear that the book “is about how to share and defend your faith as a non-scholar to a non-scholar” (11). Read more
Published 15 months ago by SLIMJIM
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
This book was a pleasure to read. The layout was good, the information included was appropriate and useful, and the touch of personal experience was helpful. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Charis242
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
An awesome resource for college and high school age students, in a world that is rampant with heated debates and arguments that spur on the hatred that skeptics have for the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Cassady Weldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource for learning how to bring people to the Lord
This book is excellent for learning one-on-one evangelism. The PROBLEM with this book is that it isn't until the 10th chapter that you get to the ESSENCE of his approach. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lover of Christ
4.0 out of 5 stars useful and grounded
Sherrard brings us back to the humanity of sharing our faith, including but not exclusively relying on intellectual models to communicate the life-saving truth of the Gospel.
Published 20 months ago by Brad Gromis
4.0 out of 5 stars I like it
While i have not studied the whole book, it appears to be right on target. I would recommend this book
Published 22 months ago by Mason H. French
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Scripture tells us to become His hands and feet (which means both in works and words), and through that we may give non-believers insight into the heart of a Christian. Read more
Published on March 31, 2013 by Robert Vamvas
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Christian needs this book!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well written, quite easy to read, easy to understand, and reminds you that it truly is important to know how to defend your faith. Read more
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More About the Author

Michael C. Sherrard (B.A. Religion, M.Div with a concentration in Apologetics) is the Director of Ratio Christi College Prep and Preaching Pastor for Crosspoint Community Church. Mike's passion for writing comes from his desire to share truth in a simple way. He and his wife, Terri, live in Peachtree City, GA with their three children.

He grew up playing sports and has great memories of trips to ballparks in the cold of winter to hit ball after ball with his brother and father. His family is very dear to him as it is what gave him the solid foundation that his life has come to rest upon.

Growing up, Mike was interested in reading and loved the works of Lewis, Tolkien, and the Hardy Boys, but never would have envisioned a time in his life when he would do something non-athletic. This is despite the fact that his brother knew all along that Mike was a "nerd who just happened to be athletic."

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