by William Lane Craig
C.S. Lewis and G. K. Chesterton are personal favorites, but their language is slightly antiquated and the issues they reference and defend are sometimes not current. Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig hits on a similar level but does so with modern language. The terms can still sometimes be difficult but not insurmountable. This is a must-read for the student going off to college or the Christian wanting to embark on a course of self-study.
"It is for that reason that Christians who depreciate the value of apologetics because 'no one comes to Christ through arguments' are so shortsighted. For the value of apologetics extends far beyond one's immediate evangelistic contact. It is the broader task of Christian apologetics to help create and sustain a cultural milieu in which the gospel can be heard as an intellectually viable option for thinking men and women." - loc. 178 (kindle)
"Unfortunately, our churches have largely dropped the ball in this area [apologetics]. It's insufficient for youth groups and Sunday school classes to focus on entertainment and simpering devotional thoughts. We've got to train our kids for war. We dare not send them out to public high school and university armed with rubber swords and plastic armour. The time for playing games is past." - loc. 247 (kindle)