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Evangelism for the Rest of Us: Sharing Christ within Your Personality Style Paperback – May 1, 2006
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The thought of evangelizing makes your knees shake. You feel guilty about not sharing your faith more often. You think, If only I were more outgoing! Yet the problem isn't with your personality.
Evangelism for the Rest of Us shows you how to witness in ways that are compatible with who God created you to be. Instead of going so far out of your comfort zone, you can use your unique strengths to influence others in powerful ways. This book's fresh, biblical insight will revive your passion for sharing Christ as you learn to work within your personality style instead of against it.
"Evangelism for the Rest of Us by Mike Bechtle shows how each of us, whatever our personality style, can share our faith in a joy-giving, joy-receiving way. A splendid book."--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One-Minute Manager® and The Secret
"Bechtle's exploration of evangelism helps people discover the unique position God designed them to play and gives them hope and encouragement to get back in the game."--Dave Dravecky, best-selling author, founder of Outreach of Hope
"This book will take a heavy burden of guilt off your shoulders and replace it with the joyful confidence of, 'OK! I can--and want to--share Jesus!'"--Kathy Collard Miller, speaker, author of Partly Cloudy with Scattered Worries
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Although witnessing is simply sharing the gospel message, there are definitely many methods for doing so. It is not just whether one is Christ-like or not. It can be Christ-like to stand on the corner and preach (Christ did preach on the hillside), to talk to strangers on the side of the road (Christ did that, especially with the sick), or to talk to a friend over a cup of coffee (ok, Christ didn't drink coffee, but he did talk to friends many times about the gospel).
Although sometimes more extroverted methods have helped me to step out in faith because of the extreme discomfort they bring me, they have not necessarily been helpful in spreading the gospel to all people--particularly to other introverts. I used to think that it was just me who was affected by these methodologies, but this book helped me see that some people (although already blinded, as another reviewer mentioned), will be a lot more likely to hear the gospel through more introverted methods than through a stranger coming to their door. There are others who are more likely to hear the gospel through the street evangelist.
The point is that God has created all of us with individual personalities. He uses each of us to reach others with individual personalities.Read more ›
I suspect that most of the negative reviews regarding this book will come from the extroverted types, who do not understand what introverted persons feel when confronted with the traditional definitions of evangelism: e.g., that's not how I think, I'm not gifted in this area, if only I could write it out and think through it first, etc. I also suspect it will ruffle the feathers of those who have bought into the idea that there is a correct formula for evangelism and everything outside of it is suspect.
Break free from the "formula" of evangelism that we've been told we have to follow... And let the Spirit work through you as He chooses! This is an amazing book that will set you free from the legalistic evangelism that even some of our finest churches have grown victim.
His basic summary is this... You can go door to door, you can preach on the street corner, you can walk up to someone and start a conversation outright, or you can develop a relationship prior to presenting the gospel... None of these are bad things, but the Spirit will work through each person in His own way and in His own time. The function (sharing the gospel) must always remain the same, but the form (or the method that one uses) is amoral.
No more thinking... Just buy it already!
I have to rethink how I share my faith with others. No more guilt because the "usual" methods weren't working for me!
It's important to be yourself, and relate to people in the way God designed you, and only you and God can know what that looks like.
It is for instance very hard to defend a biblical principal. Usually I know what I 'should have said' much later in the day, and felt I lost an opportunity.
This book explains how different personalities interact differently with other people, that introverts don't think 'on their feet' very well, that it is normal for the introvert to need a little time to form the next sentence, and that it is perfectly OK to prefer writing or emailing over speaking or making phone calls.
And most importantly that there are other ways, avenues or 'forms' to share the love and message of Christ with people, other than the conventional ways we were always taught.
Thanks to Mike for publishing this book
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was helpful and is geared for those who are more introverted. I would say this is a good (not great) helpful book on the subject of evangelism. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joshua C Robertson
Helping introverts realize they too can evangelize. They just do it in a different way. You don't need to become extroverts.Published 6 months ago by Roy K. Davis
Definitely buying these again! Not this sweet but the brand. I've tried chiaogoo and they've not only broken before I finished my wool hat but they're not as sharp. Read morePublished 8 months ago by AmyPond
On time ,great condition, great read, will pass it on when I am finishedPublished 8 months ago by bobnj
Relatively short and to the point, a great for all Christians, whether Evangelical or not.Published 11 months ago by Sir Edward Duncan
Very helpful book for introverts to know how to do evangelism within their personality style.Published 19 months ago by M. Keith Williams
Delivery was very prompt and product was just as advertised!
The book reminds me that I am not responsible for people's decision about Jesus. I am only called to be faithful planting seeds. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Tim McGrath
Finished reading this book on Evangelism and I say the author has a gifted writing style that can hold ones attention easily and not bore people with technical details and boring... Read morePublished on February 1, 2014 by John Wolf