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Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends Paperback – May 6, 2011
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"Worldview Conversations: How to Share Your Faith and Keep Your Friends" is Stan's first book. It was inspired by his friendships with people from a variety of faith perspectives; Stephen Covey's advice to "Seek first to understand, then to be understood"; and his ongoing work of educating Christians about worldview and theology through his website, napkinvideo.com.
Stan is also a popular conference speaker, Christian educator, and storyteller.
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However, what many of the worldview/apologetics books overlook is that it takes a listening ear to hear what our opposition is saying. Furthermore, in our zeal to win over souls by nearly combative evangelism, we often forget that we are sharing the gospel with people--fellow human beings. (Yeah, I know; many who oppose Christians are anything but civil and some treat us as if we're less than human.)
Stanley J. Ward's book reminds us that when we share the gospel, we are dealing with fellow human beings. Yes, he encourages readers to know their faith and faith story, but he also gives some helpful reminders about human communication and the skill of listening. Evangelism is about winning souls, but the job of conversion belongs to the Holy Spirit. Ward explains that we ought to focus on the conversation (which he describes as a process that occurs over the course of several discussions), and leave the conversions to the Holy Spirit.
This does not mean that Ward soft hands the conflict that often occurs between believer and unbeliever.Read more ›
Soon-to-be-Doctor Ward gives us practical advice about holding conversations with non-Christians. His methods focus on understanding and compassion, not on "scoring points" or "winning" arguments. He deftly explains the important difference between the "conversion" approach and the "conversation" approach.
This volume is peppered with vignettes which illustrate his personal experiences developing and employing his method. These stories show real-world examples of success and failure of various approaches, and show us all how we can better view our friends and acquaintances.
I would suggest this should be on every Christian leader's bookshelf, especially those who deal with people between the ages of 12 and 25. I would further suggest that "Conversations" classes should be developed by local church congregations to help us all implement the wisdom which came from Stanley Ward's experiences. Lastly, I would suggest those who study this book also load the Napkin Theology videos, also from Dr. Ward, onto their mobile devices for quick and easy illustration when in discussion with non-Christians.
Here are some of the highlights:
♦ "Focus on the conversation and let God take care of the conversion.
♦ "All of us have presuppositions..."
♦ "Share the truth gently."
Perhaps best of all, the author's emphasis on LOVE, as in I Corinthians 13: "Love promotes conversation, because it is patient, kind, honors others without drawing attention to self..."
√ All in all, an excellent book for the Christians wanting to share their faith. Reading a well-written book is always a pleasure; I find it annoying when I have to advise a writer how to write proper English. I also appreciate the fact that the links in the Table of Contents actually work properly. This might seem like an obvious thing that would always be done right, but not so!
♫ A Review by Chris Lawson
For another great book on outreach, this is probably my all-time favorite Christian book. I found out about this, because they were using it at Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif: Just Walk Across the Room: Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith.
Note: I do not know the author of this book, and no one requested I write this review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don’t start preparing your response while he is still speaking. Let him finish his point. I admit, this one is particularly hard for mPublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am conversationally challenged, and this book had a lot of helpful advice for discussing the Christian worldview with others.Published 13 months ago by Benjamin S.