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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (August 24, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031024496X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310244967
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,857,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Push the pause button on whatever it is your group is doing now and follow this guide—study it, discuss it, digest it, and apply it to your everyday life."—Bill Hybels

A small group discussion guide for equipping Christians to effectively reach seekers by building relationships, sharing a verbal witness, and extending invitations to outreach events

This discussion guide for small groups is based on the first three steps of Willow Creek’s seven-step strategy for turning irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Christ. Each session begins with a compelling story that sets the stage for group discussion and sparks ideas for putting into practice each of the three habits. Discussion questions walk participants through the emotional, motivational, and intellectual facets of each step and provide an opportunity to wrestle with the challenges and discoveries they make individually and as a group.

The "Charting Your Journey" section helps participants go beyond discussion and move toward personal application. It provides an opportunity, before God and one another, to commit to specific actions that could make all the difference in the lives of seeking friends and family members.

About the Author

As Willow Creek Community Church's key evangelism leader for over sixteen years, Garry Poole is the innovator of seeker small groups and a strategist of creative outreach initiatives. Passionate about reaching people for Christ, Garry and his team have trained thousands of leaders to launch seeker small groups in their own settings. His award-winning book, Seeker Small Groups, provides a detailed blueprint for facilitating small group discussions that assist spiritual seekers with investigating Christianity. He also wrote The Complete Book of Questions, a collection of 1001 conversation starters and numerous group study guides including The Three Habits of Highly Contagious Christians; The Tough Questions Series, and Experiencing the Passion of Jesus (with Lee Strobel) to accompany Mel Gibson’s film, The Passion of the Christ. In 2005, it became the first discussion guide ever to receive the prestigious Charles “Kip” Jordon Christian Book of the Year award. Garry lives in suburban Chicago.


More About the Author

Garry Poole is the coauthor of the bestselling Tough Questions series and author of Seeker Small Groups, The Complete Book of Questions, and The Three Habits of Highly Contagious Christians.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jan on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is short but it is also very powerful. It not only tells you HOW to share your faith, it will show a new way of living with an outward focus. People are often afraid to share their faith because they fear alienating the people that mean the most to them. If you use the methods outlined in this book, you need not fear estrangement. The most powerful part of this book is the fact that it has accountability questions for small group members to ask one another. This helps you apply what you have just learned. I would much rather have a short book and apply the principles than a long book that gives only knowledge.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Lim on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you don't know much about witnessing to others or sharing your faith, then this might be a good starter book. Specifically designed for a small group discussion setting, the book is thin and won't take very long to read; however, this also means it does not have much substance.

Only the first three steps (out of seven) are addressed and thus the book is divided into three sessions. Each step starts with a story (written in the first person) where either a believer successfully executed that step with a nonbeliever or how a nonbeliever was effectively witnessed to. Then, it gives a Bible verse relevant to that step. Later, it asks a series of discussion questions concerning that step. Also included are the author's personal experiences with evangelism and finally concludes with a choice of possible action items of how the reader is going to take that step this week.

The book is practical. For example, the story in step one says that praying for your neighbors on a daily basis changes your view of how God sees them. The book also assumes much. For example, the third step's introductory story assumes you have to have your act "together" as a Christian in order to get your friend to come to an outreach event, seeker small group, or church service with you (which I don't necessarily agree with).

With so many other evangelism books out there, this one is by no means comprehensive, which is why I gave it three stars. However, if you are in a small group with new believers or where no one has ever invited anyone to church, then it can serve as a catalyst for discussion. Given its low cost and compact dimensions, the book might also fit well in a participant's packet at an evangelism conference.
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