- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Intervarsity Press; 1 edition (May 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0830833501
- ISBN-13: 978-0830833504
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 204 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Marks Of The Messenger: Knowing,Living & Speaking The Gospel Paperback – May 1 2010
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"Most of what we read about evangelism puts heavy emphasis on evangelistic methods--'how to' evangelism. When's the last time you read a book that focused attention on the evangelists themselves--their hearts, their minds, their lives and, most of all, their message? This is such a book, and it's explosive. Marks of the Messenger challenges and encourages us, and makes us laugh and weep along the way. Mack Stiles is the most gifted evangelist I know. And this book is saturated with biblical truth and personal wisdom."--Thabiti Anyabwile, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman
"Perhaps no part of the Christian life and ministry is easier to neglect, postpone or just plain ignore than evangelism. And this is why I love reading books on evangelism by true practitioners, who love the lost and consistently live out this burden. Mack Stiles is one of those guys! Mack loves people who need the gospel. If you, like me, want to grow in evangelism, I highly recommend Mack's book."--C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries
"A fresh and refreshing encouragement from a gifted evangelist. Mack Stiles has lived out what he teaches, both in North America and in the Middle East. His material has been field-tested in two completely different parts of the world! So the principles you find in this book will be transcultural and applicable to believers seeking to bear witness to Christ wherever they are located in the world."--Lindsay Brown, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
"I do not think I have ever read a book on evangelism that makes me more eager to pass it on than this one--better, that makes me more eager to evangelize than this one. Like its author, the book is irrepressible. Better yet, it is faithful to Scripture while overflowing with that least common gift, common sense. Read it, practice it, then buy some more and pass them out."--D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"Overall, Marks of the Messenger is an important reminder that before we share our faith we must make sure our lives exemplify a faith worth sharing."--Josh Mann, EMQ, January 2011
"All Christians could benefit from reading this book. It is easy to understand but still retains a solid amount of information.... A useful training book for Christians of all ages and backgrounds."--Church Libraries, Summer 2010
About the Author
J. Mack Stiles is CEO of Gulf Digital Solutions and general secretary for the Fellowship of Christian UAE Students (FOCUS) in the United Arab Emirates. He worked for many years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in the United States. He is the author of Speaking of Jesus and coauthor with his wife of Mack and Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions.
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What I found was a book focused on developing believers with a mindset for evangelism, or growing Christians with heart for the gospel. I'd half-expected a "how to evangelize" book, which tend to leave me feeling guilty and paralyzed; but instead, this little book is all about knowing, loving and valuing the true gospel so that the gospel soaks into and out from our lives.
In the process, Stiles corrects some of the common misconceptions about the gospel. He tackles issues like pragmatism in evangelism, legalism, easy-believism, assuming the gospel, making social issues more important than the gospel, and more.
One of the strengths of Marks of the Messenger is it's format. It's short; it's chapters are short; and it's very easy to read. The style is conversational and each chapter starts with a story. After church on Sunday I was talking to someone who was also reading this book (on a Kindle--and this is a perfect book for your Kindle), and he said it was almost "light reading," and that's exactly right. But he also called it "deep," and that's right, too. You could hand this book out indiscriminately to believers (not a bad idea) and know it would be appropriate for all of them.
In Marks of the Messenger, J. Mack Stiles helps us identify the gospel and put it in its rightful place in our lives and in our world. This book will help the believer be emboldened by the gospel in order to share the gospel, and that's an excellent thing. For that reason especially, it gets my seal of approval.
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J Mack Stiles is as dynamic in his writing as he is in person. The book will make hi re-think your evangelism !