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  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; 4 edition (July 23, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0842307648
  • ISBN-13: 978-0842307642
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We are ALL called to share our faith, and this book explains how in a non-confrontational way.
Glenn D. Wood
This is a good step by step process for an entire church to develop trained members for evangelism.
I do like the two main questions the book tells you to ask the people you are evangelizing too.
W. Matthews

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
I am not surprised by the lack of Amazon reviews of this book compared to other books in the Christian arena. Christians love to stockpile knowledge for themselves to better their own lives. When it comes to actively sharing that knowledge with others, however, that's often too uncomfortable. In short, Christians shy away from the topic of evangelism, hence the lack of reviews.
Yes, this is not only a great evangelism work, it's also a wonderful apologetics primer. Evangelism and apologetics are closely related. The minute you step into the arena of evangelism, you will be called upon to defend the Bible and this book is a terrific resource on both counts.
As a past Evangelism Explosion senior trainer I can attest to the effectiveness of the principles in this book. Dr. Kennedy guides the reader through a conversational process that will have you leading others to true assurance of salvation.
I now belong to a cell group church and I find it interesting that cell church writers seem offended by Dr. Kennedy's approach. I use it in conversation in the hope that I can lead people to discipleship through my cell group.
Others criticize the EE program for being too "canned" or lengthy. Dr. Kennedy addresses both of these issues in the book. Nowhere does Dr. Kennedy say that the outline has to be used in it's entirety and the same way for every person approached. The basis of EE is two simple diagnostic questions that begin a beautiful outline. How much you add or delete from the outline in the course of a conversation is limited only by the amount of time you wish to invest in the person you're dealing with.
A third criticism has to do with repentance. The EE program deals with this topic quite clearly.
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"Evangelism Explosion" the book is intended to be the textbook for the Evangelism Explosion (EE) ministry's courses on how to witness and how to train others to witness. If someone simply reads the book without participating in the ministry, then it is obvious how that person could come to certain misconceptions about the approach described and the contents of the presentation.

I have participated in Evangelism Explosion, through my church, for several years: first as a student/trainee, then as a trainer, and - more recently - also as a teacher of the Level II course. I have seen many people come to know our Lord Jesus through the EE presentation, I have seen many Christians become excited about witnessing to others, and I have seen some of my trainees become trainers (and equipping more witnesses, as well as seeing souls get saved, is the true evangelism explosion).

While the presentation may seem wordy and canned at first, once a person has mastered the outline, he/she can adapt it to every witnessing opportunity. There are five major sections in the gospel presentation - Grace, Man, God, Jesus, and Faith - and both scriptures and illustrations are used to make the points in each section. Grace is emphasized first so that the person being witnessed to understands that God did all the work necessary for salvation; it's the first step in ridding people of the notion that their works have anything to do with their eternal destiny (and most unsaved people I've encountered believe just that: that they are good enough to get to heaven). If a person needs to understand what sin is and that he is a sinner, then emphasize the "Man" section. Does the person think that God, being good, would never send anyone to hell?
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John Brooks on March 2, 2004
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EE will teach you to effectively, coherently explain the Gospel to someone else. However I believe that the presentation they promote, though good, is a bit grace heavy -- by that I mean that it starts telling the evangelee about God's grace before they understand why they need it. I recommend reading "Hell's Best Kept Secret" by Ray Comfort and incorporating his ideas into the EE presentation. You lose the benefit of having a canned Gospel presentation to learn, but you gain the benefit of a presentation that will help people to understand their need for Christ.
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17 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on February 28, 2005
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D. James Kennedy was the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian church and founder of the Evangelism Explosion Program for lay evangelism. This book is designed to act as an introduction to and textbook for the program. It is especially designed for pastors and other church leaders who would like to implement the E.E. program of evangelism.

This book came highly recommended to me and so I approached it with high expectations. However, I found the book to be rather disappointing, mainly because the program is big, bulky, programatic, and "I'll talk, you shut up and listen" oriented.

We'll begin by asking a question. If you were to go up to someone and begin talking to him about Christ, what would you say? Where would you begin. The second chapter of this book gives a lengthy outline of what to say. Kennedy advises the reader to memorize the outline and practice it several times over. This outline is very artificial and programatic as it incorporates small talk (ask about a piece of furniture of his job) and canned phrases to be used. In subsequent chapters, which show the outline "in action," I am struck by the fact that the Evangelist just keeps talking and talking and talking, never letting the Prospect get a word in edge-wise. This same "outline in action" is repeated SEVERAL times throughout the book (my eyes glazed over as the book constantly repeats itself), and every time, it's the same: Evangelist talks for pages, followed by a simple, three word sentence by the Prospect. I would not WANT to evangelize like this, nor would I want to be evanglized to in this manner.
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