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ss triple helix - spring 2017,  The Search for God and the Path to Persuasion

The Search for God and the Path to Persuasion

Peter May
Malcolm Down Publishing, 2016, £9.99, 254pp, ISBN 9781910786376
Reviewed by John Martin, CMF Head of Communications

Peter May is a gifted evangelist whose insights and approaches have lasted. The Search for God is packed with useful outlines and worked examples for sharing the gospel.

Evangelism, he says, is primarily dialogue. Conversation is a skill to be cultivated and he offers copious insights on how.
He isn't terribly keen on the term 'apologetics'; cultivating the art of 'persuasion' is closer to the mark, with the onus on the Christian to be creative and engaging. Knowing the gospel is the essential foundation. He offers approaches readers can take to memorise or make their own. This can be delivered as a three minute version if someone asks what the Christian faith is all about. Equally it could be fleshed out in five talks.

Asking questions, he says, is more effective than stating propositions. He commends the example of Socrates the Athenian philosopher who posed questions and built skillfully on the implications of answers offered. Not every dialogue will lead to sharing the gospel, but once the process begins it can be resumed.People today need to hear cogent reasons why the gospel makes sense. Here are helpful, practical resources to fulfil that need.
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