The Heart Reader Paperback – Jun 4 2000
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From Publishers Weekly
This anonymous novella attempts to teach a lesson about evangelism by telling the story of Sam, a middle-aged advertising executive who is also a Milquetoast Christian. One night, the Holy Spirit gives Sam the ability to hear the inmost thoughts of all around him, a power that makes him aware of how desperately they all need Jesus. With a little help from his pastor, Sam starts using his gift to begin evangelistic conversations with strangers. When he hears a man wishing that "someone bigger was in control," Sam introduces himself and tells the stranger "who [is] really in control." Though we see Sam rebuffed once, the author concocts a fantasy in which not only Sam, but also his family and friends, win souls by the dozens, simply by having short conversations with people about the idea that Jesus can meet their needs. More miraculously, all these new converts show up at Sam's church ready to grow as Christians and to "bear fruit" by going on soul-winning expeditions themselves. At one point, one of Sam's Promise Keepers "accountability partners" objects to Sam's evangelism spree by asking, "Don't you think you're selling them an easy-believism? A repeat-after-me kind of faith?" While Sam assures his friend that he is not, the novella itself offers no such assurances. It is rather a treacly fairy tale that ignores the complexity of suffering, genuine conversion and, perhaps most disappointingly, good storytelling. (June)
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About the Author
Terri Blackstock is the New York Times bestselling author of Intervention and Vicious Cycle with over six million books sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Sam begins to understand that the Holy Spirit has given him the gift to help people reach Jesus. With John, they begin to reach out in the darkness because he feels he is God's messenger assisting individuals who feel lost find their way.
THE HEART READER is a modern day Christian parable that will give much solace to fans of inspirational literature. Though the story line fails to consider human reactions by simplifying the response and recovery to pain, grief, and depression, the charcaters turn the tale into an enjoyable read that lifts the spirit of the audience. Not for everyone, sub-genre fans will soar with this novella.
Most recent customer reviews
Though obviously fiction, this book makes one exited about telling others about Jesus.Published on Feb. 26 2003
... is a talented Christian writer and this book "The Heart Reader" is almost a manual in how to draw others to Jesus. Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by Beverly J. Scott
We need more books like this! Although it is a work of fiction, this could be any of us. How often do we look at someone (in passing, or someone we know) and wonder if they know... Read morePublished on March 23 2001 by dr
I could not put this book down. I read it in one afternoon. It made me realize how many opportunities I had missed to tell people about Jesus, and I was filled with new purpose... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2000 by Barb Bacon