The God Conversation: Using Stories and Illustrations to Explain Your Faith, By J. P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff
The God Conversation
  • Length: 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: February 14, 2017
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4486
  • ISBN: 9780830844869

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Think of it this way . . .

Our beliefs are challenged from many directions. Every day it seems more difficult to explain to our friends, families, and neighbors what we believe and why. When our ideas and arguments fail to persuade them, what then? Is there another approach we can take?

Veteran apologists and communicators J. P. Moreland and Tim Muehlhoff say that the best way to win over others is with a good story. Stories have the ability to get behind our preconceptions and defenses. They appeal to the whole person rather than just to the mind.

This expanded edition includes new chapters and updated stories and illustrations throughout. In these pages the authors enhance the logic and evidence found in other books defending the faith with things that your friends, relatives, or coworkers will ponder long after a conversation is over. Here is sound, empathetic coaching for those of us who long to communicate our faith more effectively.

"This is a must-read for apologists and evangelists—really, for all Christians—who want to be effective in communicating the gospel and good Christian thinking. Muehlhoff and Moreland are master communicators, and herein they reveal many of the secrets of their success. It is worth getting a group together in your church and studying this book. Everyone will be delighted, encouraged, and equipped."

Craig J. Hazen, founder and director, Graduate Program in Christian Apologetics, Biola University, author of Five Sacred Crossings

"The God Conversation is one of my favorite apologetics books to recommend. There is value in this book for everyone. Experts will gain practical, memorable ways to communicate critical apologetics truths. And beginners will find helpful stories and illustrations to answer some of the biggest questions asked today. This book is a gem."

Sean McDowell, professor, Biola University, internationally recognized speaker, bestselling author of over fifteen books, including A New Kind of Apologist

"A good story is like icing on the cake. It adds. Enhances. And flavors things up. Stories and illustrations do just that. They make the truth more desirable and digestible, not to mention enjoyable. That's what I love about Tim Muehlhoff and J. P. Moreland's book, The God Conversation. This is not just a book full of stories. Rather, it's a book aimed at making us storytellers. So sit back and relax. And enjoy the journey, as you are about to learn from two master storytellers the art of turning black and white to color."

Bobby Conway, founder and host of The One Minute Apologist

"Most conversations, let alone ones about God, are either dull, single-sided or competing monologues full of smoke. It simply shouldn't be. Carrying on a vital, passionate, engaging conversation with another human being is an art that has been sufficiently lost that we need wisdom and perspective on how to engage well. The God Conversation is a gift to the church to invigorate our conversations with believers, seekers and unbelievers. J. P. and Tim walk with us through the use of story and authenticity with such masterful delight that one ends by sensing the authors have given us the very gift we are to give to others."

Dan B. Allender, Ph.D., author of The Wounded Heart and To Be Told

"If you are a headhunting evangelist or an intellectual who must have the last word, put this book down and go home. If you love your pre-Christian friends and want stimulating resources to engage them in meaningful spiritual dialogue on hard questions, J. P. and Tim are the mentors you seek."

Dr. Fred H. Wevodau, Director, U.S. Metro Mission, The Navigators

"Today's culture is increasingly a story-based culture. As Tim and J. P. help to show, a story-based culture does not have to be a culture without truth. This book is an excellent tool to learn how to better communicate the great truths about God, the world, our faith and human nature through stories, modern-day parables, and by listening and teaching like Jesus. It is a must-read for all who want to help others find faith in Jesus Christ."

Alan Andrews, U.S. President, The Navigators

"I love stories and illustrations because of the impact they have had on me. If they have had a similar effect on you, this book is for you. It will reinforce your faith, hone your ability to share your relationship to Jesus Christ and delight your imagination. I cannot give it a higher recommendation."

Clyde Cook, former president, Biola University

"Moreland and Muehlhoff have written a unique and engaging book. The style is casual, yet the topics are treated with sufficient detail and nuance to be helpful. I commend The God Conversation to anyone seeking to discuss these matters in meaningful ways with family, friends and colleagues."

Stan W. Wallace, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Faculty Ministry Emerging Scholars Network, National Director

"The stories are memorable and thought provoking, and the clever writing brings out the authors' message. This is a well-written guidebook for evangelizing the curious and responding to skeptics."

Church Libraries, Spring 2008

"The God Conversation offers user-friendly help in countering objections to the faith."

World, March 22/29, 2008

"Their stories, coupled with advice on constructive listening, will be helpful to any Christian who wants to move beyond ideas and arguments to communicate the gospel using a softer approach."

Christian Retailing, November 2007

"In these pages the authors enhance the logic and evidence found in other books defending the faith with things that your friends, relatives, or coworkers will ponder long after a conversation is over. Here is sound, empathetic coaching for those of us who long to communicate our faith more effectively and more confidently."

Today's Christian Living, May 2017


Foreword by Lee Strobel
Preface to the Expanded Edition
1. The Power of Illustrations
2. Can God Be Good If Terrorists Exist?
3. Can God Be Good If Terrorists Exist? (Part 2)
4. Jesus, Buddha or Muhammad? Seeking a Guide in the Maze of Religions
5. Jesus, Buddha or Muhammad? (Part 2)
6. The Resurrection: Conspiracy Theory or Fact?
7. The Resurrection (Part 2)
8. What Would Machiavelli Do? Ethics in a Morally Confused World
9. What Would Machiavelli Do? (Part 2)
10. Are We an Accident? Arguing for God Through Design
11. Are We an Accident? (Part 2)
12. Unfulfilled Desires and the Existence of God: Something Isn?t Quite Right
13. Unfulfilled Desires and the Existence of God (Part 2)
A Final Thought: The Dangers of Agenda Anxiety
Name Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index


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J. P. Moreland

J. P. Moreland (PhD, University of Southern California) is distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. His many books include The God Conversation, Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview, In Search of a Confident Faith, and Love Your God With All Your Mind.

Tim Muehlhoff

Tim Muehlhoff (PhD, University of North Carolina) is a professor of communication at Biola University in La Mirada, California; codirector of The Winsome Conviction Project; and a speaker and research consultant for the Center for Marriage and Relationships. His books include The God Conversation, I Beg to Differ,Winsome Conviction, and Winsome Persuasion, which received a 2018 Christianity Today book award in apologetics/evangelism.