What People Are Saying about Common Ground (Professionals)

“Steve Wagner has made a great contribution to breaking the logjam in the discussion of abortion.  These discussions often end up as posturing or shouting matches because there is no common place to begin.  Steve has identified places of common ground from which to proceed–this has the chance to actually make some headway in these difficult and emotional discussions.  I commend this book for those who want to engage the discussion seriously.”  (Scott B. Rae, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University)

“Both sides of the abortion debate claim to be defending the dignity of persons. Unfortunately, while quarrelling with each other they sometimes neglect to consider the dignity of the person with whom they are disagreeing. Steve Wagner’s book, Common Ground Without Compromise, is an antidote to this. He offers to his readers a template on how one may go about discussing the abortion issue with firm conviction while at the same time exhibiting charity.  This is a fine piece of work.”  (Francis J.Beckwith, Associate Professor of Philosophy & Church-State Studies, Baylor University)

“Steve Wagner has mastered the art of pro-life communication and I can’t think of anyone better suited to winsomely engage hostile critics. He’s a tough-minded thinker with a gracious attitude, one who charms rather than repels. I commend Steve to you without reservation. Indeed, to the extent you trust my pro-life work trust his. And please, don’t just read this book. Consume it. Lives will be saved because you did.”   (Scott Klusendorf, President, Life Training Institute)

“This motivational book proves to be a necessary tool that combines the use of stories and interaction to create effective ways to enter into reasonable, sound and peaceful discussions on the topic of abortion.” (Melanie Welsch Pritchard, Life Educational Corporation)

“Some books are well-timed. Stephen Wagner’s Common Ground Without Compromise: 25 Questions to Create Dialogue on Abortion (Stand to Reason, 2008) should help many pro-lifers achieve the progress possible in a tough political environment: Transformations of heart and mind can save many lives now and create opportunities for when the political pendulum swings back.”  (Marvin Olasky, “Abortion Treadmill,” World Magazine, January 17, 2009)

“Simply put, this book is brilliant. I’ve seen it work in person. It definitely makes for a more “Christian” discussion, as opposed to screaming at people or waving bibles in their faces. Anyone who doubts the approach should consider the results of those that use it. This book has helped me go to the next level in establishing common ground with even the most extreme pro-choice advocate.”  (Josh Brahm, Creator of Life Report & Director of Education and Public Relations, Right to Life of Central California, Fresno Office; from a Review on Amazon.com)

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