Most Christians have people in their lives who they're sure will never come to faith. Whether they're too committed to their sinful ways, too angry at God, or too quick to shut down any mention of the saving grace of Jesus, these long shots don't seem worth approaching.
But some of the most unlikely converts have the strongest faith stories, and they can be a source of incredible encouragement for Christians who are trying to evangelize those around them. Randy Newman knows firsthand the discomfort that comes with sharing the gospel. He's been tongue-tied and timid too. But the truth is, we don't need to sound like the brilliant, charismatic, legendary evangelists.
In this book, Randy shares surprising conversion stories straight from those who took the long way around to Christianity. He considers current cultural trends that make evangelism more difficult today. Then with his characteristic upbeat style, he offers practical ways, and even exact wording, to proclaim the gospel and includes a plan of action.
In the end, Unlikely Converts encourages us to remember that while the Great Commission requires us to share the good news, it does not require perfection, only confidence in the message.
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Randy Newman is a teacher and writer with Connection Points, a ministry that seeks to engage people's hearts the way Jesus did. Through his workshops and teaching, he helps people see the links between God and all of life and enjoy them. Randy is also the Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism at The C. S. Lewis Institute and an adjunct faculty member at several evangelical seminaries and Patrick Henry College. He served for over thirty years with Campus Crusade for Christ. He is the author of Questioning Evangelism, Corner Conversations, Bringing the Gospel Home, Engaging with Jewish People, and Unlikely Converts. His books seek to help Christians articulate their faith in winsome ways. He earned a bachelor's degree in music education from Temple University and a M.Div. and PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity International University. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, Virginia. They have three grown sons, two delightful daughters-in-law, and two stunningly adorable granddaughters. He blogs and offers insights about evangelism and how faith intersects with everything else at www.connectionpoints.us.
This book is more for new converts. It is full of good answers to many questions.
If you do nothing else get the book to read Chapter 4 Supernaturally. It is a really good one.
I think this is book is so full of information that it needs to be savored and read slow and taken in, in little doses.
If you know a new convert this would be a great gift and this would make a really good small group study also.
You need to check out this 4 star book on faith.
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