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Inside The Mind Of Unchurched Harry And Mary [Paperback]

Lee Strobel
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July 1 1993
Lee Strobel's book shows Christians and Christian leaders how their churches can become effective in evangelism -- only by understanding the perspectives of the unchurched.

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Lee Strobel, with a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, was an award-winning journalist for 13 years at the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers. He was a spiritual skeptic until 1981. Today he serves as teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in suburban Chicago. He is the best-selling author of Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary, What Jesus Would Say, and The Case for Christ

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Who are unchurched Harry and Mary? He or she could be the neighbor who is perfectly happy without God. Or the co-worker who scoffs at Christianity. Or the supervisor who uses Jesus' name only as profanity. Or the family member who can't understand why religion is so important. Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary isn't a book of theory. It's an action plan to help Christians relate the message of Christ to the people they work around, live with, and call their friends. Using personal experiences, humor, compelling stories, biblical illustrations, and the latest research, Lee Strobel helps Christians understand unbelievers and what motivates them. The book includes: - 15 key insights into why people steer clear of God and the church - A look at Christianity and its message through the eyes of a former atheist - Practical, inspirational strategies for building relationships with unbelievers - Firsthand advice on surviving marriage to an unbelieving spouse.

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4.0 out of 5 stars From the Other Side Feb. 9 2004
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This was a very good book on evangelization from a unique viewpoint. It is with the view more on the unchurched than the form of evangelization. The author shares his experience in accepting Jesus and from that viewpoint he writes as what one who is not saved and what he feels, sees, thinks, says and expects from Christians and the Church.
The value is that if we can understand the unchurched a bit better maybe we will be more at ease with the Word presentation.
This is a practical book with many lists and their explanation. This is NOT a Thelogical work. Your Theology is left to you. He is simply giving some new and some old ways of doing evangelization but seeing the attempt through the unsaved eyes.
Chapter 10 has a list of 7 things a church should do; Chapter 9 has a list to help the spouse that is saved and married to an unsaved person; Chapter 7 shows there 3 areas or steps that a person takes on his journey to salvation. These lists alone helps you relax in knowing that even if they do not accept the Lord when you speak to them, you may see the progress they have made by moving closer to acceptance. Chapter 5 has 15 observations on the unsaved.
This book is not a detailed step by step way to lead someone to the Lord. It is more a book to help us understand our target so we can be better prepared and less apprehensive in our task.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Illustration of Incarnational Ministry July 22 2003
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The title of this book lets you know that it is a study of the mindsets of those who don't claim to follow Christ. It does an excellent job of fulfilling that objective. The author is a former skeptic who, through the influence of his wife came to faith in Christ. So, the book is a mixture of teaching and testimony. He teaches us what the unbeliever is thinking and illustrates it with his own life story. He doesn't limit himself to his own story but illustrates his points with stories from many others he has known.
Christians often speak of the ministry of Jesus as "incarnational" - where He became one of us. He became like us to save us. Strobel's book gives some good advice for how Christians can do the same. We often seek to evangelize without understanding our audience.
I would caution that this book does make sweeping generalizations. Rather than pigeon-holing every unchurched person you meet and thinking you understand them because you have read this book, you can simply take the time to listen and get to know the person as an individual, and see where God leads you. This would be "Meeting Harry Where He Lives," and is a great application of the book.
One chapter stands out as particularly helpful - the chapter on living with an unchurched spouse. Strobel understands this well because his wife came to Christ many years before he did. His insights are valuable as he shares the sense of loss and disorientation that an unchurched spouse goes through when their mate becomes a Christian. Christians may think that the unchurched spouse is merely hostile or hard-hearted, but in fact, the unchurched spouse may be feeling a great sense of loss as his or her mate's affections for him are transferred to Christ and the church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Balanced Dec 7 2000
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When looking only at the title of the book, it could be concluded that this book is only a diatribe against non Christians and what motivates them to stay away from God. But after reading the book, I found that this is not the emphasis of the book at all.
It seemed to me that the book was pretty much addressing two main questions - why are some people suspicious of Christianity and the church, and what can Christians and the church do to respectfully dialogue with these folks and make them feel safe in exploring the claims of Christianity. Because the book is dealing with these two questions, I found Strobel to be very balanced in assessing both sides. His treatment of the attitudes and motivations of the unchurched is done respectfully and is generally absent of condemnation. Having been a self declared atheist for many years, he brings a unique insight into this question and I believe he handles the subject matter with the same respect and gentleness that he would liked to have received from the church during his atheist days. Likewise, when dealing with the question of what the church can be doing better to reach out to these folks, he is very balanced in his assessment. In fact, it seemed to me that if Strobel was being critical of anyone in this whole equation, he reserved his strongest criticism for the church in terms of not doing a good job reaching these folks and being unwilling to move beyond traditional forms of worship to establish a more relevant and safe environment which is still Biblically based for the sincere seeker.
I think that this book is very insightful in its probing of the attitudes of the unchurched, and I would recommend this book purely on that basis.
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