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Finding Common Ground: How to Communicate with those Outside the Christian Community...While We Still Can. Paperback – August 9, 1999
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In more than twenty-five years of ministry and communicating, I have never heard a more concise, graphic, and articulate communicator. Tim is a man of integrity and a man committed to making an impact for Christ in his world.
-Stu Weber, Pastor, Author
Tim Downs is a very effective communicator with a witty sense of humor. He challenges me to holiness. His passion for Christ and devotion to family are evident and contagious.
-Dennis Rainey, Executive Director, Family Life
Tim Downs is to communication with Michael Jordan is to professional basketball: a high scoring team leader! He is encouraging, bright and challenging.
-Gary Rosberg, President, Family Legacy
Tim Downs knows how to write, he practices what he preaches, and he has addressed a crying need in a skillful, unique way. If you want to gain insight or communicating the gospel effectively to contemporary culture, this is the first book you should read.
-J.P. Moreland, Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology
In the pages of Finding Common Ground Tim uses his gift in pouring out his passion for clearly communicating the life changing message of the gospel and preparing the hearts of those to receive it who are still ‘outside the camp'...be prepared to be stimulated and challenged.
-Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., Author, Speaker, Associate US Director, Campus Crusade for Christ
From the Back Cover
- Bring up spiritual subjects with busy and distracted people
- Use secular movies and book to talk about biblical ideas
- Overcome prejudice and stereotypes in our listeners
- Keep open doors of communication with even hostile opponents
- Move everyone we meet a step closer to the gospel
Top Customer Reviews
I purchased this book at a conference after a friend of mine (who hadn't even read it!) suggested it to me. It is perhaps the best book on evangelism that I have read (with Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels a close second). Any Christian could share with you the importance of evangelism, and most could probably offer a suggestion of "how to". But this book breaks out of the box that so often limits our evangelism efforts.
As someone trained and practiced in the use of the Four Spiritual Laws (a gospel presentation frequently used by Campus Crusade for Christ, the organization of which Tim Downs is a part), I am relatively comfortable in "random" evangelism. But I have often struggled with reconciling such evangelistic attempts with being a "real" person. This book has helped me (and continues to, along with prayer and Scripture) to bridge that gap. Mr. Downs goes far beyond just a gospel presentation, but instead points readers in the direction of allowing their Christianity to spill over into every area of their life, thereby breaking the limits we so often place on our own evangelism efforts.
But beyond that, he also focuses on how to communicate with those who don't share the same worldview that we have become indoctrinated in. Many times, I've found that outreaches offered around me have been appealing to those who have grown up in the Bible belt and share this worldview, though don't actually consider themselves believers. But these often don't appeal to people who specifically disagree with elements of my worldview. How, then, do we reach out to these people?
This book is full of relevant, scriptural insight. It is worth every dollar you spend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best books I've ever read about living your faith and loving others for the sake of Christ!Published 12 months ago by Sue Gawron
Tim Downs does a great job laying out how Christian's are supposed to interact with the Pre-Christian. Check out Chapter 10.Published on July 24, 2014 by Ian O'Meara
A much needed, easy to read presentation of the other side of the "evangelism" coin. A must read for every one who wants to reach their sphere of influence for the Kingdom.Published on December 31, 2013 by doug
I believe it is imperative that each Christian develops the passion and the skills to sow and harvest. This book does a great job presenting the why and how to reach the lost.Published on November 20, 2013 by Dave Sachleben
Very practical no nonsense book about spiritual issues, truth about Jesus Christ, and how to relate to others in an authentic way that connects relationally.Published on August 18, 2013 by Mark
This book points out the problems with the methods some use to evangelize today. Gives us the hard reality that in some places, like the US, we have been used to harvesting souls... Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Chris Fritz
I purchased the Kindle version. It is easy to read. The author is logical and documents his approach as well as encourages personal action.Published on February 6, 2013 by Victor Bartruff
We are using as a Bible study and all in group agree it is excellent and well timed for our time. Gives good insight into how to sow when harvesting is thin. Good encouragement. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by R & S Cox