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Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well Paperback – April 7, 2011
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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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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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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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Definitely written by someone who understands and gone through the process and having different responses - I think at the end one just needs to be encouraged and that is what I... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maochung Lee
Purchased this book for guidance on sharing the gospel with loved one - those family members who are hard to talk to. Haven't started reading yet but hope to very soon.Published 18 months ago by Mom of two
Very helpful book. This book contains many helpful insights and useful suggestions. Bringing the Gospel Home is clear and well writtenPublished 22 months ago by martha nail
Great read and not only for the home but I found it helpful to me as a non Cleric that feels the responsibility to Minister to the world at large. Read morePublished 23 months ago by john sisler
Witnessing to family is a long term obedience. I'm thankful that Mr. Newman didn't try to simplify this into a one-size fits all mold. Read morePublished on December 23, 2013 by Dale Myers
... He also writes with humor (something I really appreciate) and after reading just one-third of the book, I can't wait to recommend to my Christian 'buds.'Published on December 18, 2013 by D. E. Mueller
Witnessing to family and close friends is definitely a challenge! How do you witness to a stubborn and/or abusive relative who refuses to talk about religion? Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Josué Manriquez
Randy Newman presents his material with realism, humor, and depth. I devoured it the first time, so I'm rereading it.Published on August 13, 2013 by Norma Nill
very informative book with old experiences and bible examples it all ties in . from his own experiences are also helpfulPublished on July 6, 2013 by bobnj