Outreach Resources of the Year: Apologetics

The Outreach Resources of the Year honors the past year’s best books that emphasize outreach-oriented ideas. 

Last fall we invited publishers and authors to submit resources that released between Nov. 1, 2022, and Oct. 31, 2023. The Outreach magazine editorial team then placed the qualifying titles into 13 key categories for review by expert panelists in each field. After thoughtful consideration, they selected one or more entries as an Outreach Resource of the Year and spotlighted some titles as “Also Recommended.” 

Here you will discover valuable tools that belong on your bookshelf. You will reach for them time and again as they enhance your effectiveness in ministry through the years. 


Evaluated by Andrew MacDonald, associate director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center Research Institute.


The Augustine Way: Retrieving a Vision for the Church’s Apologetic Witness by Joshua D. Chatraw and Mark D. Allen (Baker Academic)

Chatraw and Allen break new ground in apologetics by looking back in The Augustine Way. Both authors apply recent work on theological retrieval to the field of apologetics, using Augustine’s writings amid societal upheaval to shed light on our own culture. This unique work offers an innovative approach to apologetics, deploying the historic Christian faith to answer familiar questions and fears. The result is a robust analysis of our current cultural moment with a confidence rooted in our past. 


Humble Confidence: A Model for Interfaith Apologetics by Benno van den Toren and Kang-San Tan (IVP Academic)

Pastors and leaders looking for help in engaging across faiths would do well to read Humble Confidence. But this book goes beyond that purpose—it is a valuable resource for understanding religious pluralism as it relates to contextualizing our witness.

Read about the other 2024 Outreach Resources of the Year honorees »

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