Evangelism… one of those “have tos” we are expected to do, but often not an excited “get to.” Expected but not expected excitement. I picked up Alvin Reid’s Sharing Jesus without Freaking Out expected the expected from other evangelism books. The one thing that challenged me, unexpected from the variety of other evangelism books I have read was his level of expectation for people to be open to the gospel that challenged me. Many evangelism books focus on the challenges, on convincing, persuading, the fears surrounding, how-tos, etc. yet Reid holds that people are truly open to the true gospel that really connects with their life.
Aside from that, what can we expect from this book? What makes it different than the array of evangelism-how-to books?
= An incorporation of many principles and tools from other books; not focused on one approach
= Seeing the gospel as a conversation, not a program or tool
= Emphasis on the whole story of the Bible/gospel, not just a few bullet points
= Highlights the need to preach the gospel to ourselves first so we overflow with love
= Focus on the way you and your friend are made
= Highlights ways to connect the gospel to life and to the friend personally, not just a compartmentalized message
= Recognition of a spectrum of readers, some who will be pretty good at sharing the gospel, and others who are scared stiff and haven’t done so, and yet his book does address all of them
Reid writes with lots of personal experience, a wide reading and research, stories, and with a heart for both the lost and the one who shares the gospel. His book doesn’t really give anything unexpected, but is worth reading for a refreshment and an incorporation of a broad scope of authors.
Read my more creative reflective blog here http://astonescry.blogspot.com/2017/04/review-sharing-jesus-without-freaking.html
*I received this copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.