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“Newman has challenged and charmed lay audiences as a plenary speaker at apologetics conferences sponsored by the Evangelical Philosophical Society. His approach to evangelism is a wonderful blend of thoughtful faith and deep compassion for people. You will be inspired by his insights.”
William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology; founder, Reasonable Faith, www.reasonablefaith.org

Bringing the Gospel Home keeps its promise to give hope to Christians who long to see family members come to Christ. Newman builds his approach on solid theology, offers sound advice, and highlights his insights with rich stories that connect head and heart in the art of bringing people to Jesus. The methods in this book, while focused on winning family, are easily transferable to sharing the gospel with anyone. I recommend this book to all who want to increase their skills at sharing the good news with others.”
Jerry Root, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Leadership, Wheaton College; coauthor, The Sacrament of Evangelism; Associate Director, Institute for Strategic Evangelism, Wheaton College

“Newman has given us a well-written book full of wisdom on how to accomplish a very difficult task—witness to our own relatives. The pages are lucid, wise, honest, humorous, and convicting all at once. The stories of successes and failures powerfully hit home. The suggestions of leading questions and ideas for sharing the faith at the end of the chapters are outstanding. I believe God will use this wonderful book to lead many relatives to Christ.”
Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary

“This is one scary title. But if you think you’ve got a story to tell about family versus faith, listen to Randy’s own, and the others he’s collected here. And hear his hopeful and wise reflections. They will help you out of the sticky place you’re in.”
C. John Somerville, Professor Emeritus of English History, University of Florida; author, How the News Makes Us Dumb

“Pastoring in a city that can be political to the point of being polemical, and diplomatic to the point of being deceitful, I tend to notice those people who embody truth-loving tact. Randy Newman is one of those people. And his skill at sharing the gospel is exemplary. Here, Newman shows us how to witness boldly and winsomely to our non-believing family members. Many would benefit by reading this book.”
John Yates, Rector, The Falls Church, Falls Church, Virginia

Listening is as much of persuasion—perhaps more—as is explaining. Newman shows how, with the most difficult of audiences—our families—we can engage winsomely, respectfully, and with the grace and truth that alone can transform lives for eternity. Introducing loved ones to Jesus can be as difficult as it is imperative. Bringing the Gospel Home provides us with a user-friendly roadmap.”
Robert Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President, Family Research Council

About the Author

RANDY NEWMAN has been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980, currently ministering in and near Washington DC. He is the author of Questioning Evangelism and Corner Conversations

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; Csm edition (April 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781433513718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433513718
  • ASIN: 1433513714
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 and continues to minister to students and professors at George Mason University. He is the author of Questioning Evangelism, Corner Conversations, and Bringing the Gospel Home, three books that 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 and one delightful daughter-in-law. He blogs and offers insights about evangelism and how faith intersects with everything else at www.connectionpoints.us.

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By God's grace, Randy Newman has written a book on evangelism for real, everyday people. He recognizes the hurdles that trip up those of us who aren't gifted at evangelism, while also acknowledging that, as Christians, we still have the incredible, full-of-potential-joy responsibility of sharing the gospel with those around us who don't believe. What are some of those hurdles? How about the flow of bottomless guilt we struggle with when we remember witnessing opportunities to our families we've missed or botched? How about the heart-breaking fruitlessness or strife that has come from some of our attempts to share the gospel with family? How about the individualistic culture that tells us at every turn: "Your faith, your business-keep it to yourself!" In a voice that assuages the fears that accompany the thought of sharing the gospel with family, Newman naturally addresses these fears and more.

One of my favorite aspects of this book is its thematic organization. Newman initially thought of doing it by relationships-witnessing to parents, to children, to cousins, etc-but the problem here, he jokes, would be that readers could simply flip through, find the passage they needed, and then not buy the book. But he then puts joking aside, explaining that the real problem with relationship-based organization would be that issues of bringing the Gospel to our family members are not so cut and dried. God gave Newman great wisdom here, and, thankfully, the book is far from the recipe/technique/how-to book genre that it might have been had it been organized differently. Instead, Newman wrote a book that, as he puts it, "is far more about God and the gospel than it is about you and your family." Wow-that's pretty bold introductory material for a book on household evangelism!
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Though Bringing the Gospel Home touches on a variety of factors involved in sharing the gospel, ultimately the book serves to paint a clear picture of the heart posture required to do so. Newman is very honest about the difficulty most people experience in witnessing, and admits that for many (or most) Christians, evangelism is not natural or easy. This does not mean that we should cease to witness, but rather take a close and realistic look at the process in order to better understand our role. We must approach the task with a heart of love, humility, and respect, genuinely caring for those we share with. The love that Christ showed us in bringing us to himself has far-reaching implications, and we are called to show the same love to those who do not yet know him. With humor, gentleness, and at times intense seriousness, Newman addresses the subject in an informative and surprisingly devotional manner. There were several times during the course of my reading that I was drawn to prayer and meditation and had to put the book down for a bit.

Witnessing to family members is covered at length in the book, but the content is applicable to all evangelistic efforts. In evangelizing to family members, there are certain differences that must be noted (they have lived with us, know us well, are more familiar with our flaws, and will be quick to point out hypocrisy, etc.). Most of the book, however, applies to all people, family and acquaintance alike.

Rather than pointing to a four-step plan or compiling useful lead-ins to spiritual conversations, Newman clearly shows that there is no formula which will bring success to our ministry, but rather "There are many lessons, many approaches, and many different ways to clarify the one way of salvation.
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Bringing the Gospel Home is a very helpful book for any and every Christian. Newman graciously weaves together theology, reflection, and real-life stories to help Christians at any stage in life to present the gospel with love, truth, humility, patience, and everything else that should accompany it. Newman is encouraging, not guilt-tripping; but if what you want is a list of sure-proof steps to convert your family members or friends, do not look here. However, what you receive from this book will be far more helpful than any six-step plan with a word-by-word prayer written at the end. Randy Newman will warm your spirit without giving false hope that everyone will ultimately say "Yes" to Christ. This book will help equip you to share the gospel, but only the power of the Holy Spirit will ultimately regenerate anyone and deliver them into the kingdom of life.

Some of the chief gleanings I got from this book are...

Love & Forgiveness
Time & Patience
Trust & Liberation

I recommend this book to anyone and everyone who claims Christ as Lord--even if you are not at this moment in a position when you think you need to read this book, you eventually will be.
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By kd on June 21, 2011
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It was great. Very practical.

His new book, Bringing the Gospel Home, was similar in that it was practical and had conversations built in - so it didn't just seem like another "how-to" evangelism plan. I've learned in life that evangelism plans are maybe helpful to know, but for me, personal relationships, sharing life with non-believers (like you would for family members who aren't believers) is the best, and hardest, way to go.

This book is engaging with Newman's stories and illustrations. It is helpful in just admitting the fact that living in a family with non-believers is hard.
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