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“Mark Cahill had a stunning impact on our student body. His passion for evangelism and his ability to communicate effective principles is unparalleled. We were inspired and changed, students and staff alike. Mark is amazingly real. This message must be heard!”
—Eric Morris
Principal, Timothy Christian School
Piscataway, New Jersey

“This is one of the most remarkable books ever!!”
—Pam Mathews

“I read your first book last summer and shared it with some of my close friends. It radically changed us forever. Great work Mark, thanks for your time, effort, and boldness and sharing with the lost, and equipping the saints.”
—Michael M., 17
Early Branch, SC

“I wish I could hand this book out as a tract by the hundreds. The information in the first three chapters is an excellent tool for the Christian to use while witnessing. Thank you.”
—S Lester, 29
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“Mark Cahill has become the favorite speaker at our Summit camps and conferences, but it’s not because his teaching is fascinating (it is). Nor is it because his approach to evangelism eliminates fear and inspires confidence (it does). Mark is top-notch because he’s the real deal. He walks the talk. He has challenged me personally to share my faith in all I do, all the time. I’ve accepted the challenge and hope you will too.”
—Jeff Myers, Ph.D.
Asst. Prof. of Communication Arts, Bryan College

“Mark Cahill is one of the most zealous and passionate Christians I know. He reminds me of what the early Christians must have been like as they spread this good news of the Gospel. Mark doesn’t fit in the conventional, comfortable church because he is not conventional, and he is not comfortable. Praise the Lord. Perhaps the best part is that his zeal is contagious and I have witnessed its effect in many settings. Everyone is challenged; many are never the same again.”
—Sherri McCready
Director, Choice Lifestyle Ministries

“In my many years as a faculty member at Summit Ministries, Mark Cahill more than any other speaker was able to motivate and capture the students’ hearts for a life of evangelism. His contagious excitement about reaching the lost for Christ will undoubtedly ‘infect’ you as you read this book, and you will experience a new vigor for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
—Dr. Jobe Martin
President, Biblical Discipleship Ministries
Rockwall, Texas

“Mark Cahill is a gift to the whole body of Christ! Mark is a modern-day soul-winner who walks his talk and teaches others to do the same. I am never as challenged to win souls as I am when I am around him, listening to him or reading his material. This material and bold approach are anointed and will help get Christendom back to its primary purpose ‘to seek and to save that which was lost.’ Read and apply every word.”
—Mark N. Shaner
Youth Pastor, Central Community Church
Wichita, Kansas

“In Ephesians 5:16, we’re told to ‘make the most of every opportunity.’ I’ve been on staff with FCA for 15 years and had no idea how many witnessing opportunities I was passing by until I met Mark Cahill. Lots of folks have great intentions, but Cahill is truly an example of an individual who makes the most of every opportunity. He is the ‘poster boy’ for one-on-one evangelism! His countless stories and real-life illustrations will shame you and challenge you to begin seizing the everyday opportunities to comfortably speak out for our Lord Jesus Christ.”
—Steve Wigginton
Kentuckiana Area Director,
Fellowship of Christian Athletes

“Mark Cahill’s burden for lost souls, his fervor and passion for all ages to know Christ personally, is unsurpassed. His presentation of evangelism is powerful, motivating, and most importantly, Christ-like.”
—Dan McMillan
Principal, Loganville Christian Academy
Loganville, Georgia

“If I wanted a bunch of teenagers or adults to get excited about sharing their faith in Jesus, I would seek out Mark Cahill to do the job. I have never encountered a man more totally sold out to his Lord than Mark. He, unlike many speakers and authors, walks the talk. He has spent hours with my high-school group walking the streets and sharing his faith. They have caught his fire and passion for the lost simply by being around him and listening to his teaching. “No waitress, store owner, or airline passenger sneaks under the radar of Mark Cahill. The man is a bold witness 24/7. He is on a personal, passionate mission to make sure everyone hears the Gospel. He can motivate the most recent believer, shy personality, or biblical illiterate to share his faith and do it with joy and power. We need more Mark Cahills to stir us to action, to encourage us to proclaim Jesus anywhere, anytime, and to anyone.”
—Richard King
Youth Pastor, Mountain Park First Baptist Church
Stone Mountain, Georgia

“Mark has a burning compassion for souls like I have seldom witnessed! He has a unique way of challenging people as well as equipping them to share their faith.”
—Joe Wright
Pastor, Central Christian Church
Wichita, Kansas

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Biblical Descipleship Ministries; English Language edition (November 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780964366589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964366589
  • ASIN: 0964366584
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Cahill has a business degree from Auburn University, where he was an honorable mention Academic All-American in basketball. He has worked in the business world at IBM and in various management positions, and he taught high school for four years. Mark now speaks to more than 25,000 people a year at conferences, camps, retreats, etc. He has also appeared on numerous radio and television shows. Mark's favorite thing to do is to go out and meet people and find out what they believe and why they believe it. You can find Mark at malls, concerts, art and music festivals, airports, beaches, sporting events, bar sections of towns, college campuses, etc., doing just that.

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Mark Cahill has written what I think is an excellent challenge to Christians to tell others about Jesus Christ while they still have time. While there are several exhortations to accept the challenge, Cahill also writes of practical ways to share the gospel with others. The most often method is using the 10 Commandments to show how futile it is to try to earn our way into heaven and instead rely on Jesus Christ's death on the cross for our sins to provide the way for the free gift of salvation.

Among the important points covered in the book include:

1. People are hungrier for the gospel than we realize - Indeed, we seem to hear from the people who don't like Christians sharing the gospel while we miss the many who desparately want someone to talk to them about eternity.

2. Reasons why we don't witness to others - Many reasons have to do with fear of what others think and our own spiritual complacency.

3. Ask God for creative ways to share the gospel - I have done this myself and it works!

4. Don't worry about pleasing others - Jesus Christ was perfect and yet He was still nailed to the cross! How can we expect to escape persecution and hard times when we witness to others?

5. 4 thought provoking questions to ask when witnessing to others - What do you mean by that? How do you know that to be true? Where do you get your information? What if you are wrong?

6. Common questions and objections and how to overcome them - Some questions are honest while others are meant to distract us.

7. Be bold while we still have time - Compared to eternity in heaven, the temporary pain we may feel when rejected pales in comparison!

All in all, an excellent challenge and encouragement to keep witnessing until we either pass from this earth or until Jesus Christ comes back for His children!

Read and enjoy. Highly recommended.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Thomas G. Umstattd Jr. on November 16, 2004
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This book has changed my life. I have given away several copies to a friends and more than once they have come back different. Sometimes they don't let me get the book back until they have a family member or friend read it. It just that good. This book has been circulating around campus and it has helped start a group of us who actively share our faith on a regular basis.

One of the cool things about One Thing You Can't Do in Heaven is that it is easy and fun to read. It is not written in fancy church language and many things are backed up with interesting real life examples. In other words, this book is a fast and fun read.

When I talk with someone who is afraid to share their faith I tell them to read the first 3 chapters of this book. After that the are almost always on fire and ready to go. You wont have any reasons not to share your faith after chapter 4. Chapter 10 has answers to frequently asked questions/objections that pre-belivers may have. Do you want to learn how to prove there is a God in 30 seconds or know how to quickly prove the Bible really is the inspired word of God? Read chapter 10. Do be warned, this book will powerfully challenge you to get out of your comfort zone.

One Thing You Cant Do In Heaven is by no means comprehensive guide to evangelism. It covers in a couple of chapters things people have devoted entire lives to. If you are a seasoned evangelist there may not be much here for you, but if not, this book is a great jump-start into an exiting adventure.

If you are afraid to share your faith, don't know how to share your faith, or don't know what to say, then this book is for you. I have read a lot of books in my last 18 years and few other than the Bible have effected my life as much as One Thing You Can't Do In Heaven.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark 11:23 on June 9, 2004
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Mark Cahill did a great job of reminding the Christians that witnessing is not a option--it's our duty. He shows how to explain your faith in Jesus Christ with love and according to the Bible. I battled with the how-to's and making excuses, but his book made me realize that I can't lose by sharing my faith. It showed that God rewards all effort to win the lost--whether they accept Him right then and there, or not. He also gives some great suggestions for how to answer those tough questions like "HOW CAN THERE BE A GOD WHEN THERE IS SO MUCH EVIL AND SUFFERING IN THE WORLD?". I was really inspired and you will be too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seed Sower & Harvester on August 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
A youth pastor gave me this witnessing manual 5 years ago, along with a box of tracts from

I had absolutely zero experience in street witnessing and it seemed like a terrifying, yet exciting thing to do. I read the book, and decided to try it out.
I went to the flea market with a friend. We brought the tracts along, and just tried out the teachings outlined in this book.

I was amazed at how interested by the conversations people were. I experienced no rejection that day (it helps if you have an engaging smile and cheerful voice), and found my life calling.

Now 5 years later, and over a 1000 people later (yes, you can share the Gospel with over 1000 people without being Billy Graham: just explain the gospel in detail to about 5 people a week, and after a few years you'll have shared the Gospel with over 1000 souls). My friend Josh shares with that many people in a year (see his witnessing encounters at [...]

As trite as it sound, this book changed my life because I put it in practice. The first few times I went out street witnessing, I was nervous, and had to rely on my notes to find questions to ask people, and present the gospel using specific illustrations and analogies. But now with practice, I'm comfortable with it.

The most devoted evangelists seem to be shy, introverted people who decide to obey God in sharing the gospel in spite of their fear of rejection. My favorite evangelists, Mark Cahill and Ray Comfort, are both very shy people in person. If you ever have the chance to meet them at conferences, or evangelism boot camps and talk to them one on one, you will notice how shy they are and not all that comfortable talking to a stranger.
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