Book review: Damaris study guides
Damaris are a leading Christian ‘culture-watch’ group who help Christians and non-Christians understand developments in contemporary culture. Their resources also include material for teachers and youth-workers, books and evangelistic CDs.
Book review: Foreign to Familiar - A guide to Understanding Hot- and Cold-Climate Cultures, by Sarah Lanier
Weather shapes our different national cultures more than we realise. A cross-cultural worker with wide experience, Lanier explains the vital differences between hot- and cold-climate cultures. This is not just of passing interest, because it dramatically affects how we communicate the gospel within different cultures. In a cold-climate culture, social life is lived primarily within the home. In a hot-climate culture, community life and relationships are conducted outside. Hot-climate cultures are far more relational, much less task-oriented.
Book review: Tell Me a Story: The Life-Shaping Power of our Stories, by Daniel Taylor
“You are your stories. You are the product of all the stories you have heard and lived – and of many that you have never heard. They have shaped how you see yourself, the world and your place in it. Your first great storytellers were home, school, popular culture, and, perhaps, church. Knowing and embracing healthy stories are crucial to living rightly and well. If your present life is broken or diseased, it can be made well. Or, if necessary, it can be replaced by a story that has a plot worth living.” Taylor, a professor of English, writes with great insight into how and why God uses story. Wisely, he has also created a book that is very accessible to not-yet-Christians.
Book review: Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary by Lee Strobel
Understanding how non-Christians actually think is essential to effective evangelism. Strobel’s book is a valuable eye-opener.
Book review: I Hate Witnessing - A Handbook for Effective Christian Communication, by Dick Innes
It’s not what it sounds! This is not a manual of ‘what to say’ through gritted teeth when ‘out doing witnessing’. Instead, the book initially shows how to get off the ‘Guilt Trip’ of wrong motivation for evangelism. It goes on to show what things actually communicate Christ effectively to others; how to get past closed minds; and examines the methods Jesus used in building bridges – using personalized and appropriate ways to reach individual people through their felt needs. These essential lessons in evangelism are highly relevant to online witness also.
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It is said that only 25% of evangelicals succeed in sharing their faith verbally in any one year. It’s obviously a big hurdle for many of us, and Chap Bettis isolates the issues and shows how to: • pray effectively for evangelistic opportunities • build genuine relationships with non-Christians • develop the stories of God's work in our lives • recognize evangelistic doors that God is opening • easily transition to spiritual matters • followup after a conversation
Book review: Out of the Saltshaker - and into the world, Rebecca Pippert
Pippert’s classic has been radically updated and expanded in this new edition. It goes to the heart of what evangelism should be: not something we do, but a way of life. She wants us to laugh at her mistakes, identify with her failures, and find out how to really be salt in the world. Practical, deep, insightful angles on any form of evangelism.
Book review: Permission Evangelism - When to Talk, When to Walk, by Michael L Simpson
What is ‘permission evangelism’? It doesn’t mean we can only evangelize those who want to be evangelized! Instead, it demonstrates how to connect with non-Christians, and use an approach which aims to lead them into giving us permission to offer progressively more information about the Gospel in an appropriate way.
Christian Devotionals: Holy Week Reflections at Peggie's Place!
A devotional walk through God's Word - and Peggie's pen - each day during Holy Week, reflecting on the final week of Christ's life - His death and Resurrection.
Easter Bible Study - Into Thy Word Ministries
Jesus' Suffering and Resurrection. Thoughts and questions for your consideration this Easter season! Do you know what Easter is all about? Do you realize what Jesus did for you?