• Telling a Better Story

  • How to Talk About God in a Skeptical Age
  • By: Josh Chatraw
  • Narrated by: Mark Smeby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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By: Josh Chatraw
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Christianity Today 2021 Book Award Winner: Apologetics & Evangelism

Telling a Better Story clears a path to a more effective, empathetic apologetics for today—both for experienced apologists and those new to sharing their faith with others.

Today's Christians often view the practice of defending their faith as pushy or unnecessary. Won't it just be taken for proselytizing? Don't many unbelievers find it offensive? Many Christians have shifted to a strategy of hoping that our lives will show Christ to our neighbors—and, while this is certainly good, it's no substitute to actively telling people about Christ.

In Telling a Better Story, author Joshua Chatraw presents a new and refreshing way to engage in apologetics that will help you tell the story of Christ in a holistic, culturally-contextual manner that—while being respectful—helps unbelievers imagine a more complete happiness and a better meaning to life.

Telling a Better Story will give you the tools to:

  • Understand the cultural stories that surround us.
  • Recognize how these secular stories have shaped the way many people think.
  • Learn how to tell God's story in a fresh way that allows today's younger generations to see it as a more meaningful and more hopeful story than the scripts around it.

Finally, you'll also learn how to deal with the perennial issues and common objections to Christianity.

©2020 Josh Chatraw (P)2020 Zondervan

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What is your story? The gospel is a story that is

Chatraw, gives a different way of sharing the story of the gospel in this book, that is a very useful tool.The first couple of chapters I felt dragged a bit for him to finally get to the point. However the last 4 chapters were excellent. How do you better understanding where people are coming from? Their backgrounds, experiences and lifestyle all play huge key into sharing the gospel... in the story (The gospel) that can be reflective in their own life. That forgiveness, self-sacrifice, mercy and Justice, all coincide together. Might read again because there is much I wish to break down and digest after reading this book.

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  • 07-25-22

Fantastic.

A wonderful , refreshing , relevant piece of apologetic discourse for our modern times. Will equip listeners for many interesting discussions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-22-22

Great insights

I read this book with my friends in a book club. I appreciated the inside out approach presented by Josh. The need to listen to the person with the objections, understand their story prior to launching into an explanation of how the gospel is a better fit. Great book well researched. Highly recommend. The audible presentation was a great way to review chapters in my car while travelling.

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  • David Graieg
  • 08-19-20

A good holistic approach to apologetics

I appreciated Chatraw's insights on how the Christian story is (or at least claims to be) a better story (than secularism) in terms of meaning, true human identity, happiness, inclusiveness, and reason. And respond to objections.