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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400073774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400073771
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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a.k.a. “Lost”

“Jim Henderson is a voice for normalized evangelism–heretofore an oxymoron. Henderson has given value back to each Christian’s ordinary attempts to simply shine the light of Christ in our everyday encounters, encouraging us to act in faithfulness and put the results in God’s hands.”
–Lynne Marian, executive editor of Outreach Magazine

“I can think of no other book that rings as true with what is really happening in the post-Christian generations. Jim Henderson writes from the vantage point of being among the very people most Christians have distanced themselves from and don’t understand. Get several copies of a.k.a. ‘Lost’ and share them with people in your church.”
–Dan Kimball, pastor, author of The Emerging Church and Emerging Worship

“If you have a heart for extending the kingdom of God, this book will both challenge and encourage you to make a difference on planet earth for eternity. And it will take your thinking and turn it on its ear.”
–Steve Sjogren, conference speaker, author of Conspiracy of Kindness

“Jim Henderson has said it well: Ordinary attempts are never ordinary when they are done in the name of Jesus Christ. This truly is a movement–a movement that will result in extraordinary results as God uses us in our everyday lives to bring home the people He misses most.”
–Dr. David Foster, senior pastor of Bellevue Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee, and author of Accept No Mediocre Life

“By reading a.k.a. ‘Lost,’ perhaps you’ll become the answer to somebody’s first fledgling prayers: ‘God, please help me find someone to talk to about my questions and doubts...’”
–Brian McLaren, pastor, author of A New Kind of Christian and The Church on the Other Side

“Jim Henderson hopes to help Christians become the kindest people on earth.
Those who read this delightful, honest, and funny book will be taking a good
first step. Those who take its wisdom to heart might just get there.”
–Christine Wicker, award-winning journalist, author of God Knows My Heart: Finding a Faith That Fits

“In his journey into real conversations with real people, Jim Henderson has come to some fascinating and useful conclusions. Check out a.k.a. ‘Lost’ to join the journey and get some great, down-to-earth, practical advice.”
–Todd Hunter, national director of Alpha-USA, former national director of Vineyard-USA

About the Author

Jim Henderson is executive director of Off The Map, an organization committed to normalizing evangelism for ordinary Christians. Off The Map's live events help Christians think and feel differently about the people Jesus misses most. Visit www.off-the-map.org to find exclusive book-related resources, including video interviews, discussion guides, and information on Ordinary Attempts–a unique approach to connecting with non-Christians.

Customer Reviews

Henderson truly understands the approach needed for those in the mid-twenty crises.
James Cooper
I have loaned it out and don't have it in front of me now so I won't attempt to remember any quotes from it, but it's well worth the time to read.
David W. Riddle
The encouragement and ideas in this book are just what I had been thinking were true about my own Christian walk.
Dawn B.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William C. Herzog on March 10, 2008
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I loved this book. I enjoy the way Jim looks at reaching people. I have been using a lot of the ideas in the book and I ma having a blast. I have been a big Steve Sjogren fan and his book " Servant Evangelism" and this is just as good if not better. Over and over he talks about learning to listen to people. Counting conversations and not conversions. Well written and fun. I would recommend this book to anyone who is frustrated by all the pressure that is out on us to share our faith and to close the deal.
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31 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Julia on August 2, 2008
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(PLEASE NOTE THAT WHEN I READ THIS BOOK IT WAS UNDER THE TITLE "aka LOST", that is why I call it that in my review. My page numbers below reflect the page numbering in aka Lost.)

What I think that a lot of the reviewers on amazon.com miss is that Henderson plays with a lot of unscriptural ideas. My review is divided into positive and negative sections, and much of it is quotes from the book. I will not take time to explain why I have listed each item under positive or negative but if you don't understand my concern, feel free to comment.

Positive Aspects
I have heard a lot of people talk about passing out tracts or street evangelism. I enjoyed reading a different and much more natural approach--befriending unbelievers. In Henderson's words: "The church has spent enormous amounts of time and energy planning programs for reaching the unchurched. We've redesigned church parking lots, reprinted our brochures, repainted our Sunday-school rooms, and even gotten flashy Web sites up and running, but the battle isn't happening in our buildings. It's in our backyards."

The following was one of my favourite quotes in the entire book. One of my other favourites I already quoted here."When I sense that one of my missing (unsaved) friends now trusts me or when that person initiates a conversation with me about life or Jesus, I feel as if I just won the lottery." (p104-105) I feel the same way!

This book reminded me of the importance of consistently showing love and concern for unbelievers. Doesn't the Bible say that as Christians, we will be known by our love? That should be our quality that stands out. Some Christians see no value in spending time with unbelievers if we aren't explicitly sharing the gospel in words every time. I cannot agree.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Warren on August 20, 2007
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I'll admit I'm at a loss sometimes when it comes to sharing my faith. With this book evangelism becomes just as simple as talking to a friend. Jim Henderson gives great advice, and he follows it up with a thirteen week study. The writing is clear and easy to understand. He stresses that we do better, if we just try to be ourselves, to talk to others, instead of talking down to them. A good handbook that will help the reader do a better job of teling others about spiritual things without turning them off. If you shy away from sharing your beliefs, then give Evangelism Without Additives a try.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Daylon L. Welliver on February 5, 2008
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This book is great on practical suggestions for ordinary people to do evangelism and has a great spirit about reaching the lost. It is light on scripture and I think does not give enough weight to the possibility that the Holy Spirit may give people the right words and boldness to speak out more than they might ordinarily do. But I don't think that it is a big problem given the limited focus of the book, and it more than adequately meets its goal of aiding those of us who are "ordinary" in our efforts to talk to the lost among us.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Helton on June 27, 2007
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This was an enlightening and reassuring book for those of us Christians who are not sure how to share our faith with others and help bring those who are far from God into a relationship with Him.
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By Frank D. Janzow on March 17, 2014
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I think this book is pretty good. What makes it good is the basic idea, one that is designed to rid from Christian minds any and every put down of those who are not in church, do not believe, or are critical of church. The are not to be thought of as "lost" in a pejorative sense. They are "those God is missing most." The nice part of this phrase is how it turns you toward the unchurched with a heart of affection - like toward a relative you love but haven't seen for a long time. The reason it's only "pretty good" as a book is because it doesn't wrestle deeply enough with the risk of possibly truly "being lost" and the great sorrow that would accompany a reality of a loved one who is forever missing. I think the intensity of that prospect is a needed and crucial aspect in our Christian affection for those are are "missing"
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14 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Fritz on September 15, 2008
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I agree with Julie's review and appreciate that she took the time to list several quotes from the book. I am glad that Henderson is highlighting the idea of conversational evangelism through this book (which is why I give one star), but I feel that he is trying to redefine evangelism (and other words/ideas) to make it more palatable for those who shy away from it, which is not necessarily a good thing.

The idea that "praying behind someone's back"; telling someone in the grocery store that you will pray for them if you overhear a concern they have; "just being yourself"; or being unusually attentive/interested in a nonbeliever "counts" as evangelizing is misleading, to say the least. What about the fact that evangelizing, by definition (def.: "to preach the gospel to"), requires communicating the GOSPEL to the lost? Does doing these "doable" things in everyday life communicate that Jesus Christ condescended to the form of man to willingly die as the one acceptable atoning sacrifice to save us from the wages of sin (death) and eternal separation from God, that He was resurrected, thus defeating even death, and that He still lives and even now intercedes for us in heaven? I think it would be awfully difficult to interpret the gospel through only these "doable" acts. These "doable" acts can be STEPS leading to evangelism--they alone are not evangelism. We should use acts of kindness/service and conversations with nonbelievers to discover how to best communicate the gospel to them, asking that the Holy Spirit help/intercede for us when we're not sure what to do next.

I would recommend not buying this book, but rather checking out the works of Ravi Zacharias and those who contribute to his ministry if you want some good examples of how to evangelize without leaving out the most important information (the gospel--a.k.a., "additives") in today's world.
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More About the Author

Jim Henderson is acclaimed by USA Today for having "blazed a new path as an innovator, author, church evaluator, self-professed subversive, and leader in the creation of new ways to be publicly and persuasively Christian in the twenty-first century."

Jim is a speaker, author, and producer. His most subversive act to date was buying an atheist's soul on eBay and then sending him to attend and review several churches. On the heels of that project, Jim hired another atheist (Matt Casper) to join him at various church services and share his feedback. Together, they recount their unique findings in a book titled Jim and Casper Go to Church (Tyndale, 2007).

After twenty-five years as a pastor, Jim formed Off the Map, an organization that produced live events designed to help people recover the lost art of being "unusually interested" in others, especially Outsiders.

Today, Jim's company, Jim Henderson Presents, produces live events and television projects that look at the important role of religious spirituality in our lives. Jim is known for asking the questions others skip.

Jim holds a Doctorate in transformational leadership and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fox News and This American Life with Ira Glass.

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