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“Kevin Harney has written a winner---refreshing, engaging, practical, and powerful! Kevin has given us an everyday approach to loving and reaching people for Christ, while also helping us to enjoy the process.” -- Nancy Grisham

“Every person you meet is an eternal soul. That reality alone underscores the tremendous value of a book like this. Organic Outreach for Ordinary People will equip any believer to share their faith in effective and natural ways. Kevin presents practical illustrations to communicate with all kinds of people and in all kinds of situations. Reading this book will truly encourage you to raise your evangelistic temperature and passionately pursue that which causes angels to sing---even if you don’t have the ‘gift of evangelism.’” -- Marilyn Hontz

“Personal evangelism is not your thing? You don’t have the spiritual gift? The whole idea of sharing your faith seems intimidating and unnatural? Perfect---this book was written for you! Read it, and with every page you’ll be more encouraged and equipped to talk to others---in natural ways---about the things that matter most.” -- Mark Mittelberg

God spoke pointedly to my life when reading this inspiring book. It is refreshing to see a very practical book that is solidly grounded in Scripture. While being loaded with practical helps, it refrains from presenting a canned or stereotypical model of witness that everyone should follow. Instead, we see different ways of outreach, which individuals could adopt according to their differing personalities, gifts, and circumstances. This book is unique in being amazingly comprehensive, covering many issues that other books on witness miss out on. Clearly, it is the work of a practitioner.” -- Ajith Fernando

“Too many people think that evangelism is reserved for a handful of specially gifted people. Read this book and you will say, ‘I believe God can use anyone, including me, to reach out with his love and good news.’ Practical, well-illustrated, and biblical, this is a great tool to help prepare ordinary Christians to share the extraordinary message of Jesus.” -- Lee Strobel

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Fulfill One of Your Deepest Longings Every follower of Jesus has a sincere desire to share God's love with others. We want to tell friends and family about who Jesus is, what he means to us, and all he has done for them. Deep in our hearts we have a burning passion to pass on the good news we have received. But, where do we start? We want to share our faith, but we don't want it to feel awkward, uncomfortable, or unnatural ... for them or for us! Organic Outreach for Ordinary People will help you shape a personal approach to passing on the good news of Jesus in natural ways. This is not a system or a program. It's a collection of biblical practices that you can incorporate into your life starting today. You can begin right where God has placed you. You can share the love and message of Jesus in a way that fits exactly how God has wired you. In this practical and easy-to-read book, Kevin Harney offers the tools needed to reach out with God's love in organic ways. In these pages you will discover that sharing the good news of Jesus can be as natural as talking about your favorite sports team or telling a friend about a wonderful new restaurant. On the golf course, over coffee, while taking a walk---anywhere and everywhere---become a bearer of grace. Share the amazing love of God. Tell the life-changing story of Jesus. Discover ordinary ways to communicate God's love and the message of salvation---naturally.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 1st edition (September 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310273951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310273950
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James W. Brewster on January 13, 2010
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Organic Outreach for Ordinary People is the perfect book for those new to evangelism. Kevin Harney has gone beyond writing a book with a script or canned approach to spreading the Good News. He has given us a three part approach to evangelism that enables all of us fulfill God's call for us. Each part reveals the things we need to think about before we tell others about Christ.
Part 1 deals with preparing ourselves for the mission. Harney starts with explaining that God's love and God's grace are very important when we start our training. He lets us know the Bible is our source of truth. Part 1 ends with an examination of our evangelistic temperature.
Part 2 introduces the concepts of praying for people and with people. Living a Godly life as an example to others is the third chapter of this section. The section ends with examples of different ways to reach out to people when evangelizing.
Getting in touch with the Holy Spirit is introduced in the first chapter in Part 3. Starting conversations, personal testamonies, and various ways to evangelise are introduced in the last chapters of the book. Part 3 is the work section of the book.
Harney stresses that the book is not a system or program and he is right. Everything in the book is based on scripture. He also suggests opening ourselves to the Holy Spirit and watch what God will do. This is a wonderfully well written book that will inspire every willing heart to spread the Gospel.
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Organic Outreach for Ordinary People is exactly that: organic and ordinary. It's down-to-earth life observations that ordinary people relate to about how to talk about Jesus in off-the-cuff, organic ways. While there may not be a plethora of new insight or information in this volume, that simplicity might be its value.

Kevin G. Harney's remarks can be summed up this way: Simply be real and God will use you to reach others for Jesus. This reality requires minimal new information; it does require a new attitude. That's where Harney focuses his effort.

In reaction to too many apprehensions, too many programs, and too many musings about evangelism, Harney advocates: Change your attitude to outreach and try it out. This volume is one in a line of reactionary books to the myriad evangelistic methods and programs in the 1970s-1990s. In response to the "task list to successful evangelism" approach, Harney offers an "attitude to effective outreach" approach. This book is about changing our spiritual attitudes to outreach and letting the tasks flow from there.

While affecting the reader's spiritual attitudes dominates Organic Outreach, Harney does offer specific tools. He insightfully describes how to pray for neighbors, begin spiritual conversations, describe one's own faith, and recognize an opportunity to talk about Jesus. He also details several catchy "laws" and "rules", such as the Law of Love and the One-Degree Rule. Furthermore, these suggestions remain faithful to his organic approach to outreach: they are not contrived or awkward. The reader will likely be able to picture using them in his/her own situation.
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Kevin Harney has a way with words.

The first time I heard him speak, my husband had just gotten stationed in Monterey, California. I got to hear Kevin's first sermon as pastor of his new church, and I wasn't disappointed.

When I found out that he was also an author in addition to being a pastor, I was thrilled, and getting to read a copy of Organic Outreach for Ordinary People: Sharing Good News Naturally was not disappointing.

I was attending his church right when this book was published, so Harney incorporated a lot of his ideas from the book into his sermons, which was really fantastic and interesting to listen to. A lot of pastors try to give generic sermons that anyone can relate to, but I enjoyed Kevin's sermons because they were so specific.

One thing I'll never forget was the way Kevin and his wife interacted with their waitresses. When they went to restaurants, they would ask their server, "Hey, we're going to pray before we eat. Is there anything we can pray for you about?" Things like this are a fantastic way to start sharing God's love with other people without being cheesy or weird. Most of the time people are more than happy to share a prayer request with someone, especially when someone asks and really cares about the answer.

If you're looking for more ways to reach out to the people around you without being awkward or overly preachy, check out this book for everyday ways to express love to the people around you.
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This book presents the same ideas of why and how a Christian should simply and honestly live out their faith as a witness to others as just about every other book about outreach. The author does use contemporary language (i.e., organic) and prose (very conversational). I guess there is really nothing new to write about outreach - it has been done very well by others and not so well by others, but I still wanted and needed something to engage me to keep reading.
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Super book for those wanting to share Jesus in a natural way. It's time to get out of our pews and into the world beyond the walls of our churches and this book will help! No canned memorized scripts, no sales pitch. But ways to connect with people in our spheres of influence and feel comfortable doing so.
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