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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Relevant Books (September 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974694282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974694283
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,027,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Coffeehouse Gospel is one of the most helpful resources we've seen. A must-read for engaging postmoderns. -- The Discerning Reader

More About the Author

Matthew Paul Turner is the best-selling author of "Churched" and "Hear No Evil." He, and his wife, Jessica, along with their kids, Elias and Adeline, live in Nashville, Tennessee.

Customer Reviews

I love Turner's personal writing style.
Sam Walker
So it is good to look at the dialogues that he has place in his book and think about why he said what he said or what we might have said.
RGB_R
Anybody involved in a culture war would find some of his methodologies to be too much of a soft-sell.
Jacob Reidt

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marty Duren on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is an excellent encouragement tool for sharing one's faith in Jesus, especially those who have been trained in "smashmouth" or "drive-by" evangelistic methods and desire to learn a more relational way to share Christ. Drawing upon his own experiences in the workplace, Turner gives several examples (not all "successful") of actual conversations he has had--how he started them and how it went.

He also demonstrates how to use cultural tools to build bridges to establish conversations, all the while remembering the sincerety and authenticity of the witness. This is a short, but worthwhile read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scandalous Sanity VINE VOICE on April 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been searching for a way to share my faith and relate to people without sounding obnoxious. I don't want to try to convert people or get them to say a "sinner's prayer." I just want to tell people about Jesus, and let them do what they will with him.

So I picked up this book, because it seemed to expound on everything I was thinking, and there's nothing like finding a book that validates your way of life. Challenging your mind is overrated.

I've read Turner's work before, and all of it is written in a simple, conversational style. It makes for a casual read, with deep thoughts and personal insights mixed in between. There's a lot of great information in this book, and Turner's journey from a proselyting evangelist to someone who genuinely cares for the people he meets is interesting. Turner doesn't drop complex theological terms or quote hundreds of Bible verses. He simply tells how he is trying to be a witness for Jesus, failures included with the successes.

An interesting part of this book is the conversations with various people that are chronicled, ranging from atheists to agnostics to pastors of large churches. It's a short book that can be digested quickly, and is helpful if you're trying to express the way you feel about Jesus.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carole Kathryn on October 18, 2004
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Coffeehouse Gospel is a great book to read and not be afraid to share it with others. It is easy reading and to the point. When I finished reading it I really felt I had found a way that I could share my faith without offending anyone. The author is not afraid to share his mistakes which helps you to relate to the content. He is witty but also serious about how to share with others your relationship with Christ.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Walker on June 1, 2005
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I read Coffeehouse Gospel over the holiday weekend. It's a quick read. I love Turner's personal writing style. It's like he's talking right to me. I like that. But the most important part of this book is its message. I finished reading this book wanting to share my story of faith. It made me want to go out do something. I was challenged by this book. I think you will be, too. Thank you Matthew for writing from your heart.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jason Wright on January 26, 2005
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I just have to say that this book was breath of fresh air for me. I believe will all my heart that you will read this book you will become better equipped to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. I loved it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Bodaly on December 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I have read this book several times and have purchased it for friends to read as well and led a book study for this book as well.

This is one of several books I would recommend for someone in Christian "sub culture" and is burned out by it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marlene on October 20, 2007
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I must say, it took me a long time to finish this book (I skip around different books). The beginning and middle of this book didn't exactly jump off the page for me. However, the last two chapters of this were cut-throat and I had to get up and grab a highlighter. I will definately quote Matthew Paul Turner for his words on a personal and loving evangelism.

This book surely belongs in the Relevant Books catagory. It focuses on being modern-day evangelists without being biased or sarcastic. I enjoyed this book very much and will recommend it to my college friends. Thank you very much Mr. Turner!
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By RGB_R on September 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was really good and also a fun read. Initially as I started reading the book, I had some doubts as to whether this was going to go anywhere, but it picked up and moved.

I think the book is good for various reasons. One has to do with the fact that Turner has a good command of language in daily life - he knows what to say and what not to say to people. So it is good to look at the dialogues that he has place in his book and think about why he said what he said or what we might have said.

Another reason why the book is good is because Turner has has met all kinds of people and has been through a variety of experiences. In particular, Turner has been in a lot of sticky situations - the type where we would shy away from sharing the words of Christ. So what Turner speaks of, come right out of his life. Anyway - at the very least, you will feel helped in knowing that you are not the only person to have gone through certain types of awkward situations.

One more reason why the book is good is because Turner places a premium on sharing your faith in a natural and honest way - not some primped up, artificial way where you try to force a confession from someone. Ok - there are several other reasons why the book is good, but I am not going to list them out exhaustively.

I will point out a couple of nits however. One is that he should have talked about prayer somewhat more. A second nit - and this is personal and anal but anyway - St. Francis of Assisi did not say "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words." That is a common but false attribution. And... yes. I cannot stand that quote, because it used at times as an excuse not to evangelize. I don't understand why Turner says he likes that quote, since he seems to the type of person who can talk talk talk in any and every situation.

Ok... I strongly urge you to read it.
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