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Nudge: Awakening Each Other to the God Who's Already There Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 1, 2010
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-John G. Stackhouse Jr., Sangwoo Youtong Chee professor of theology and culture at Regent College, and author of Humble Apologetics: Defending the Faith Today
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Sometimes they happen when you're in the drive-thru line at McDonalds, the thought that says, "Pay for the car behind you. Tell the worker to say, 'Jesus paid for your meal'" type of thought. Or sometimes you're nudged to tell the cashier at the bank, grocery store, gas station, or just your neighbor, "Hey! Did you know Jesus loves you?!"
Those nudges that you can't escape and can't ignore. But seem so very hard to do, so hard it is almost impossible? Those nudges that when you've moved on and haven't done what you know you should have, you feel a tremendous sense of loss?
We traveled last weekend to visit family and since finances are tight, we took our supper of ham and cheese sandwiches and chips with us. As I was getting on the interstate (I'm more of a highway driver, I like to see the sights no one sees anymore because everyone is in too big of a hurry on the interstate), there was a couple with a sign. I have no idea what the sign said, but they looked like they could use a good meal. I felt the nudge to stop and empty our supper cooler at their feet, apologize that it wasn't much but it was all I had. And instead I kept my supper and zipped onto the interstate. All the while feeling, I had somehow failed miserably the test I had just been given. I could have been the flesh-and-blood Jesus for that couple and I chose to keep my meager meal.
Leonard Sweet wrote in his latest book, Nudge, about this very thing. Nudge is about being awake and aware of all the times we are nudged by God to evangelize, even in some small way, those around us.Read more ›
Throughout my years as a follower of Jesus, I have heard of relationship evangelism. Although a lot of people thought it was a cop out, I started many more conversations started about having a faith in Jesus.
Nudge by Leonard Sweet is the next phase of "evangelism" or the spreading of the good news.
The book brings up two areas, shining and sensing. My heart resonated more with the sensing. Leonard talks about every sense and how we can experience the living God and therefore help others to experience who God is. He writes in a way, that I like to slowly and methodically read through his writing, as it is full of good short stories and quotes. He backs up a lot of what he says with other's thinking.
This book also made me think a lot about semiotics or the signs of messages coming. It is incredible to think of all the imagery that Jesus used as he lived and also told stories. I could tell you so much more about this book, but I would hate to ruin it for you. Much of it was new to me, and the depth of the content was really interesting.
Congratulations again to Leonard Sweet for yet another book that has helped me make more sense of my faith in Jesus.
For me Sweet is a de/constructionist; one who shakes, rattles and roles-over the average person's understanding of evangelism at the same time constructing something that is beautiful, helpful, hopeful and sensational (encompassing all of the senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight). In "Nudge," Leonard Sweet becomes an iconoclast; chipping away at the false pictures, images and old, archaic, outdated and sometimes just purely unbiblical conceptual contemporary understandings of evangelism.
For example, it is typical in many churches to speak of our task as Christians, "to bring Christ to the Nations." It is a common understanding that until we bring God to people groups and locations then it is naively assumed or declared that God is not there (so much for His omnipresence). Sweet aptly and boldly writes, "If you think about it, isn't it the height of theological arrogance the notion that you and I take Jesus to anyone? You mean Jesus never arrived on the scene until you got there? You mean Jesus wasn't present until I showed up?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
started reading....haven't gotten so involved that I have gone back to read more.........I probably well though. Nothing wrong with this book..Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Ford
Great book. Highly recommend to any church leader or Christian that is seeking to break out of comfort zone.Published 6 months ago by SnowMan
This book has revolutionised my understanding of what evangelism can be. According to Leonard Sweet, the old adage of "bringing God to the people" has been replaced by the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Susan
Sweet's basic premise is based upon the Wesleyan Doctrine of Prevenient Grace. This simply means God has been and is currently active in the lives of all people and it is our... Read morePublished 9 months ago by geekpreacher
Good text book for evangelists - and all Christians are evangelists.Published 9 months ago by Roger Gates
This is an excellent book. It is full of meaningful content yet is very readable.Published 9 months ago by Emily Blytheman