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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (June 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849916518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849916519
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This anonymous novella attempts to teach a lesson about evangelism by telling the story of Sam, a middle-aged advertising executive who is also a Milquetoast Christian. One night, the Holy Spirit gives Sam the ability to hear the inmost thoughts of all around him, a power that makes him aware of how desperately they all need Jesus. With a little help from his pastor, Sam starts using his gift to begin evangelistic conversations with strangers. When he hears a man wishing that "someone bigger was in control," Sam introduces himself and tells the stranger "who [is] really in control." Though we see Sam rebuffed once, the author concocts a fantasy in which not only Sam, but also his family and friends, win souls by the dozens, simply by having short conversations with people about the idea that Jesus can meet their needs. More miraculously, all these new converts show up at Sam's church ready to grow as Christians and to "bear fruit" by going on soul-winning expeditions themselves. At one point, one of Sam's Promise Keepers "accountability partners" objects to Sam's evangelism spree by asking, "Don't you think you're selling them an easy-believism? A repeat-after-me kind of faith?" While Sam assures his friend that he is not, the novella itself offers no such assurances. It is rather a treacly fairy tale that ignores the complexity of suffering, genuine conversion and, perhaps most disappointingly, good storytelling. (June)

Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Terri Blackstock is the New York Times bestselling author of Intervention and Vicious Cycle with over six million books sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

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More About the Author

Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual "new kid," her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

In 1994 Terri was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. As she was praying about her transition, she went on a cruise and noticed that almost everyone on the boat (including her) had a John Grisham novel. It occurred to her that some of Grisham's readers were Christians, and that if she wrote a fast-paced thriller with an added faith element, she might just find her niche. As God would have it, Christian publishers were showing interest in the suspense genre, so she quickly sold a four-book series to Zondervan. Since that time, she's written over thirty Christian titles, most of them suspense novels.

Besides entertaining her readers, Terri tackles issues that she hopes will change lives. Her recent book, Predator, was inspired by her experiences on Facebook and Twitter, and her concern that people posted too much personal information about themselves. The book deals with an online predator who uses social networks as his playground. She hopes the book will change readers' online habits. Her New York Times best-seller, Intervention, was inspired by her own personal struggles with a daughter on drugs. In the book, a mother hires an interventionist for her drug-addicted daughter. But on the way to treatment, the interventionist is murdered, and the daughter disappears. Barbara, the mother, sets out to search for her daughter. Terri modeled Barbara after herself, and poured many of her own emotions and experiences into that character. As a result, many families experiencing drug addiction have written to thank her for telling their story and giving them hope.

Other recent books include her stand-alone novel Shadow in Serenity, and Vicious Cycle (Book 2 in her Intervention Series). She's also known for popular series such as the Restoration Series, the Cape Refuge Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as "The 700 Club" and "Home Life," and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

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Very inspiring book, an easy read.
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It really touched my spirit and made me just want to take out the word of God to all that don't know him, and encourage those that do know.
Kelly Shaw
After reading this book, I continue to ponder the story.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Barb Bacon on August 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I could not put this book down. I read it in one afternoon. It made me realize how many opportunities I had missed to tell people about Jesus, and I was filled with new purpose and compassion for the hurting people in this world. No one could read this book without feeling convicted and challenged.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris Doughty on July 25, 2000
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This book could change our world if really taken to heart and applied. It is probably the greatest book on evangelism and the heart of our Lord I have ever read!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By brdrizos on March 23, 2001
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We need more books like this! Although it is a work of fiction, this could be any of us. How often do we look at someone (in passing, or someone we know) and wonder if they know Jesus? Do we dare take the next step and talk to them about Jesus? Yes, we all should. There is a wonderful boldness to this story that I know I could use. After reading this book, I continue to ponder the story. God is moving and our hearts need to be ready. I thank the author for this wonderful book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By OFB on November 1, 2002
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I loved this book, and carry it with me every where I go. Due to heavy work schedule, I read a line or two between events and am facinated with the concept of this story line. Its for anyone who has postponed or have a deep sincere soul desire to break out of their complacency to bear fruit in their life as a soul winner. It is truly a remarkable book and I would love to meet Terri Blackstock or at least have her share how she came to write the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Del Slade on January 26, 2002
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This book was exactly what I needed! It is a simple story with a simple message. The main character, Sam Bennent is given the gift of "hearing what God hears", the innermost thoughts of a person's soul, thus he is able to approach strangers, and speak to them of their spiritual needs. Some get angry and turn away, but others recognize their own need and are open to Christ. In this way Sam, and the others that begin to witness with him, learn how to do the work of a true Christian. The message of the story though, is that Sam, nor anyone else, does not have to know a persons specific need in order to witness, all that is needed is the knowledge that Christ is the answer. This is a story that all Christians should read, and then act upon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2003
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Though obviously fiction, this book makes one exited about telling others about Jesus.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Shaw on January 8, 2003
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The Heart Reader is a very interesting book. I mean it kept me turning the pages, and I loved every minute of it. It really got my spirit on fire it really helped in aiding me in witnessing. It really touched my spirit and made me just want to take out the word of God to all that don't know him, and encourage those that do know. It is kind of a guide in witnessing. I would suggest this book to anyone and everyone that know and don't know God it is. Terri is a great writer she makes you feel every word and I thank God for her being a willing vessel of God.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 10, 2000
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The dream seemed scary to Simpson Advertising Vice President Sam Bennett, but what followed during breakfast at the diner and in the office was much more frightening. Initially, Sam kept hearing people speak their wishes and desires, but everyone denied saying anything to him or even out loud. Sam soon concludes he is actually hearing the inner thoughts of people. After talking and "listening" to his Minister John, Sam knows he focuses in on needs and desires only.
Sam begins to understand that the Holy Spirit has given him the gift to help people reach Jesus. With John, they begin to reach out in the darkness because he feels he is God's messenger assisting individuals who feel lost find their way.
THE HEART READER is a modern day Christian parable that will give much solace to fans of inspirational literature. Though the story line fails to consider human reactions by simplifying the response and recovery to pain, grief, and depression, the charcaters turn the tale into an enjoyable read that lifts the spirit of the audience. Not for everyone, sub-genre fans will soar with this novella.
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