6 Best Apologetics Books 2017

How does one answer some of the biggest questions about their faith or religion?

Defending the Christian faith from those who doubt or oppose it is a difficult task even for the well prepared.

Reading the Bible and regular worship will prepare you for simple, factual questions, but the tough critics are the ones who will be asking the tough questions, and an apologetics book will help prepare you for them. Studying it philosophically, biologically, mathematically and logically will help you comprehend it on a completely different level and, subsequently, help you defend it in on a whole new level.

Please join us as we take a look at some of the best apologetics books below. There are many tools available to help you and we would like to highlight some of our top picks in this list.

What to Remember as You Search for a Book

Apologetics is a combination of what you know and a little bit of who you are, which makes choosing an apologetics book a very personal choice.

There isn’t one single apologetics method for all situations nor do the methods work for every single person.

As you search through some of the book below, you might want to consider the following:

  • Ask Yourself If It’s Right for You. Skim, read the index and do as much as you can to get a feel for the book to see if it’s the right fit for you.

Some are more appropriate for those who are new to the Christian faith or new to Apologetics in general and others will be more of a challenge to read and comprehend. Avoid starting with something too difficult to prevent unnecessary frustration.

  • Are There Any Specific Areas You Need Help With? Some of you many need a tool to help you develop your knowledge and understanding of a certain area: God, Jesus, the Bible, etc.

Others discuss Apologetics in a more general way.

Top 6 Apologetics Books Table

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1. Tactics: A Game Plan$$4.8
2. Mere Christianity$4.6
3. The Reason for God$4.5
4. Jesus Among Other Gods$$4.4
5. The New Evidence $$$$4.3
6. Handbook of Christian Apologetics $$$4.3

A Tip For Reading Apologetic Books

We see so many comments from those who say that they made it through the first chapter and then called it quits. For some reason, the intro turned them off.

Like many other books, it uses one chapter to build up the next chapter, and so on and so on, until you finally reach the conclusion where all of the pieces (or chapters) of the book come together.

Try to give the book a fair chance if you struggle with it in the beginning. You might skip forward a few chapters to see what else the author has to say.

Bottom line: be open-minded as you read. These books are helpful to both believers and non-believers alike, and each party can benefit greatly from the same words.

Top 3 Best Apologetics Books Reviews

1. Tactics: A Game Plan

If you’re looking for a book that will help you with the “how’s” of defending Christianity, this is definitely a good one to read.

It is an excellent resource for learning how to maneuver your way through a variety of conversations and really shows you how to remain in command of the conversation rather than letting the doubters get the better of you.

This is a very practical book that gracefully and respectfully show you how to defend your faith without fighting those who oppose it.

Quite simply, as Gregory Koukl puts it, “I would like to teach you how to be diplomatic.”

2. Mere Christianity

Not only is he the author of a cultural classic (The Chronicles of Narnia) but also one of the best apologetic books of our time.

Rather than discuss defense of individual Christian denominations, he helps provide all Christians with some common ground. He speaks knowledgeably from both sides of the spectrum: at one point in his life, he abandoned the Christian faith and became an atheist. Having returned to Christianity later on in his life, he has an understanding of both sides and this shines through in his writing.

If you haven’t yet read it, we highly recommend that you pick up a copy and fill yourself with Lewis’ words. Perfect for both skeptics and believers alike.

3. The Reason for God

Having faced numerous skeptics and doubtful people in his New York City church, pastor Timothy Keller kept track of all of the most common doubts that people had about the Christian faith and used literature, philosophy, anthropology, intellectual reading and even pop culture to address them all.

His book gives believers a firm place to stand their ground in order to address the difficult questions and it helps them have a deeper understanding of their very own faith.

Keller also wants to remind non-believers that their doubts are a result of the beliefs they have in other things. His message is that they should also test their own beliefs in the same way that they ask Christians to test their own.