I like his starting point: prayer and evangelism. I definitely agree that prayer for evangelistic opportunity to come and to be able to share the gospel clearly is very important as we engage in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. As Pollard points it out, the Apostle Paul begs his fellow believers in Colosse to pray for him this kind of prayer. That's why he got my attention right away, especially when he asks about our feelings in praying 'that God may open door' for evangelism. We Christians are not really keen in praying this prayer because we are scared God will answer it and we don't know what to do next. But if we are really serious about evangelism, we must be earnestly praying for such opportunities and God's enabling for He alone is able to give us wisdom and courage, by His Spirit, to present Christ to others. I find his remaining discussion in Chapter 1 both challenging and comforting. He says, in effect, "Pray for opportunity and evangelize wisely, making the most of every opportunity by helping people in the best way possible." I also like what he said about evangelism, "Evangelism isn't just about saying certain things. It's about being a certain person and living in a certain way" (23).
One of the questions I've posted before moving to the main parts of the book was, "How can we be equipped to help people in the more normal day by day situations?" Then he says, "We must be able to answer their genuine questions" (27). But my question was, "How? Show me!" The rest of the book just opened up the answers like a curtain being raised in a theater so one can clearly see the movie or play.
Pollard's method is very helpful. He goes on that if we can help others start to like finding out Jesus, they might most likely listen to the gospel proclamation. And where should we start when people are beginning to like listening the gospel? Nick Pollard suggests that the starting points in doing evangelism are, first, clear understanding of the gospel; then, clear understanding of the person we are trying to help (102). Unless we are clear in these we would not be able to present the gospel well.
In the latter part of the book Pollard suggests that when we account for the hope we have in Christ, we must tell the truth and at the same time acknowledge there are mysteries we don't know, including the mystery of evil and suffering in the world. And he has a good chapter on dealing with the question of suffering. When people ask questions, we must also try to know why they ask such questions, that is, we need to look for the question behind the question (125). Clear understanding of other's question can help us a lot in giving the right answer. However, in answering other's questions, the author is right to caution us that we don't need to force others to agree with us.
Lastly, what I also like in his approach is the recognition that in evangelism we are not alone. God the Holy Spirit guides and leads us. He empowers us and He speaks through us. Like others, I came up with a resolution to recommend it for Christian who desires to reach out to both skeptics and uninterested with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lots of insights on evangelism are in this book.