Wednesday, March 18, 2009

The Case for Life

Readers of this blog know that I mention lots of books that I have found helpful or think that you will find helpful. I usually try to avoid "hard sells" (e.g., You have to buy this book! It's a must-read!) As John Piper once pointed out to me, there's only one Book that's really a "must read"!

But I do sometimes make an exception and say that I think such-and-such is a book that I hope many, many people read. The latest example for me is Scott Klusendorf's new book, The Case for Life: Equipping Christians to Engage the Culture.

The book is divided into four parts:
  1. Pro-Life Christians Clarify the Debate
  2. Pro-Life Christians Establish a Foundation for the Debate
  3. Pro-Life Christians Answer Objections Persuasively
  4. Pro-Life Christians Teach and Equip
Pastors will be especially interested in chapter 16, "Equip to Engage: The Pro-Life Pastor in the Twenty-First Century."

Here are a few of the blurbs:
The Case for Life is a veritable feast of helpful information about pro-life issues, the finest resource about these matters I have seen. It is accessible to the layperson, and it lays out a strategy for impacting the world for a culture of life.”

J. P. Moreland, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Biola University; author of Kingdom Triangle

“Scott Klusendorf takes the insights and methods for defending the right to life he so effectively communicates in his teaching presentations into a book that provides a clear and cogent biblical rationale for the sanctity and dignity of life, born or unborn. This is a great tool for the layman who knows he or she is pro-life, but doesn't understand the presuppositions on which his or her beliefs are based or who doesn’t feel equipped to defend or discuss the issue with others.”

Chuck Colson
, founder, Prison Fellowship

“Scott Klusendorf has produced a marvelous resource that will equip pro-lifers to communicate more creatively and effectively as they engage our culture. The Case for Life is well-researched, well-written, logical, and clear, containing many pithy and memorable statements. Those already pro-life will be equipped; those on the fence will likely be persuaded. Readers looking to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves will find much here to say. I highly recommend this book.”

Randy Alcorn
, best-selling author
For a taste of Scott's style and substance, check out the interview he just did with Zach Nielsen, as well as the interview he did last week on embryonic stem cell research with the Crossway Blog. Readers may also recall that I interviewed him at the end of last year about pro-life politics in light of President Obama's victory. You can also check out his work at the Life Training Institute.