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Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult: How to Interest People Who Aren't Interested Paperback – Sep 1 2006
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"Anyone wishing to think more critically and philosophically about the contours of a Christian worldview will find this a valuable resource."--Christianity Today, March 2006
About the Author
Josh McDowell has been reaching the spiritually skeptical for more than five decades. Since beginning ministry in 1961, Josh has spoken to more than 25 million people in 128 countries. He is the author or coauthor of 148 books, with over 51 million copies distributed worldwide, including Straight Talk with Your Kids About Sex, Experience Your Bible, Evidence for the Historical Jesus, More Than a Carpenter (over 15 million copies printed in 85 languages), and The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, recognized by World magazine as one of the twentieth century's top 40 books. Josh continues to travel throughout the United States and countries around the world, helping young people and adults strengthen their faith and understanding of Scripture. Josh will tell you that his family is his ministry. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married for over 40 years and have four children and numerous grandchildren.
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I would not say that Pollards book is a cut and dry apologetics book. However, he does provide answers to some commonly asked questions. This book is more about reaching out to the ones you love and trying to engage those who do not want to talk about Christ.
Nick introduces his readers to what he calls "positive deconstruction." I like this approach, we must proclaim the gospel, but at the same time, you can positively show your friends the errors of their worldview. This is done by asking the proper questions to allow the wheel of the mind to begin turning. This book will introduce you to the concept, but after reading it, you will want to examine other worldviews. I would recommend picking up a copy of, "The Compact Guide To World Religions." Like Pollards, it's presented from an evangelical perspective and will provide you with good questions to ask your friends.
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.
If I had to recommend one book on evangelism, this would be it.
It is real. It is practical. It is a great balance between Word and Spirit, prayer and action. I love it.
If you long to share your faith but have trouble doing it, check this book out. You won't regret it.