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Evangelism Handbook: Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional Paperback – October 1, 2009
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About the Author
Alvin Reid is associate dean for Proclamation Studies, professor of Evangelism, and founding Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
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It is unfortunate that I completed this book so early in 2010...since I do not think it is possible for any book to top it all year. I have the highest praises for Dr. Reid and this incredible resource.
As a pastor, I know that when I mention "evangelism" I get mixed responses from those I speak to. Some are incredulous that I would think my religious beliefs are the only ones that provide peace with God. Others become ashamed because they know that evangelism is a command of Scripture and they are in some manner disobedient to the command. Still others are dismissive, thinking that they already know all that there is to know on the subject (been there, got the t-shirt). However, this book is written to a fourth category...to the person who desires to understand both the why and the how of evangelism.
There is nothing about this book that fits into the "five easy steps to making disciples" category of Christian books. It is thoughtful, theological, worshipful, practical, and missional. Dr. Reid is diligent and faithful to not speak over the reader's head. He uses theological terminology at times, but always takes the time to explain it...making this book accessible for both scholars and novices.
While I would love to pick a favorite part of the book, I really cannot, since doing so would cause me to write a review close in length to the work itself. One of the engaging features of the book is its use of allusions and quotes from evangelists of different eras. Reid is at home discussing Erwin McManus, Alan Hirsch, or Roy Fish.Read more ›
I loved Part 1 that was nine chapters on why evangelism is so essentially Biblical. It was so well done and accurate. It had the flavor and fervor of the old writers of evangelism, yet it was fully up-to-date.
Part 2 was five chapters on a subject that is missing in many modern works on evangelism–spiritual resourses. Some works present evangelism in such a mechanical way that methods, they suggest, guarantee results. Reid explains the role of the Spirit and the need of real spirituality on our parts. He also explained the nedd of and use of a personal testimony.
The rest of the book is good counsel on how to carry out evangelism and how to be missional. There may have been a sentence or a quote here and there that I disagreed with, but this book is nothing short of a home run!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
"In Matthew 5, Jesus calls believers the salt of the earth and light of the world. Indeed, we must reach out to tell others His story of sacrifice and grace so glory is given to God throughout our communities and the entire planet.
Evangelism Handbook is a thorough guide to the daily ministry of sharing Christ. Writer and professor Alvin Reid is particularly concerned about how the Western Church is practicing evangelism--its failure to reach the hardcore unchurched and its trend of losing young people faster than it can win them.
With all of that in mind, Reid organizes his research and experience in effective modern evangelism into four clear and actionable categories: Biblical (with chapters on Jesus, Paul, and evangelism in Acts), Spiritual (the work of the Spirit, the power of prayer and other disciplines), Intentional (leadership, creativity, worship), and Missional (church planting, reaching the unchurched)." (From the B&H Publishing Group Website) One of BaptistMessenger.Com's Editor's Picks for 2009!
About the Author: Alvin Reid is associate dean of Proclamation Studies, professor of Evangelism, and Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
My Thoughts About the Book: The book EVANGELISM Handbook, is indeed "Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional," Informational, Encouraging, and Edifying. The author neatly breaks the book down into four main parts, those being; Part 1 Biblical, Part 2 Spiritual Resources, Part 3 Intentional, and finally Part 4 Missional. He then effectively provides the reader Biblically Centered, helpful and practical insights that somehow relates to all four areas.Read more ›
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I do not think I would have ever read this book if it were not required. But that is exactly what it should be... Required. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jamie
This book is exactly what I was looking for! Right to the subject and very informative.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great book and it is very helpful for evangelizing purposes.Published 16 months ago by Stoltman
This is a very good book about evangelism. I bought this book for a class being taught at our church. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Wayne Polite Sr