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- Publisher: PrayersForStrength.Net (November 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2012
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00AEI1G0G
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The ONLY Indisputable Thing About Christianity - And How You Can Use It To Effectively Share Your Faith Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
The fact is, it has always felt more 'natural' to keep personal beliefs, and specifically
the ones about faith, very private. It truly was no one else's business, I thought.
But reading this book has shifted my thinking about how personal faith needs to be or
Could it be that 'keeping it a secret' so to speak was just a fear of revealing 'too much'
of myself? And was it just really lazy thinking to not ever be challenged on that faith by
others, simply because it was never discussed?
A good book is thought-provoking, a truly great book causes you to confront yourself and,
if you are ready to, it gives you the 'space' to change and also points to the path.
That's exctly what this book does so well. I can see it being must-reading for faith groups,
and a way to open up discussion on something that needs to be talked about - how do we talk
about faith in a genuine, honest and compassionate way to an often unresponsive audience?
How do we effectively live our faith, out loud? And how can we do this in a way that helps
us, as well as the listeners, grow in faith and understanding?
If these are issues you have grappled with - or feel ready to now - this book is the
companion you need on that journey.
In the book of Acts, we have several testimonies from Stephen, Peter, and Paul and none of them give personal testimonies. Without exception, they told the historical story of Jesus Christ which the hearers knew intimately as the events referred to were still affirmed by eye witnesses.
However, with the separation of two millennia, Christiansen's book demonstrates a practical, simple, useable method by which Christ-followers can communicate their faith to their circle of influence.
My only caveat is that there is more to the Christian story than simple experience. It is up to the individual Christian to read the hard books Christian apologetics because in my line of work I can encounter people who can seriously give emotional testimony to all matter of worldviews. Agreed, we as Christians are armed with prayer and the Holy Spirit, but in an age where Christians in the pulpit are becoming more and more illiterate about their own faith, we still need to be able "to make a defense."
The disciplines of archeology and history are the friends of Biblical Christianity. It is up to us who want to be used of God to give a full defense by doing hard study and learning the historical underpinnings of our faith.
While I expected to have my arm twisted to believe someone else's faith, I came away with a new respect for the devotion and integrity possessed by people caring about their faith and their friends to want to share how they live. While this book is written for believers who need encouragement to speak about their beliefs, I came away with a new respect for the fears and insecurities they face, namely judgment by others who don't agree with them. Who likes to be judged. I may not agree with people who speak about their faith, but after seeing it from the other side of the coin, I think my mind will be more about respecting how others live their lives.
However, though the topic is talking about Christianity, I found this an invaluable book on communicating in general, with encouragement to speak in stories, to be understanding of your audience, to speak "to" people, rather than "at" them. Important reminders for all of us. For a short read, definitely worth my time.
I'm giving it four stars because, since I'm not in the shoes of the intended reader, I'm not sure if all the bases were covered. Probably, but just in case, that is my oly concern.
In fact it occurred so much and I began to feel so ridiculed that I eventually decided to keep my beliefs about my faith private.
The author of this book apparently knows exactly how I felt because he expressed my sentiments and feelings exactly. Not only that, but he has also
made me feel comfortable in sharing my faith to the world once again! This book has already changed my life after only one reading - I literally felt a shift in my whole being is I progressed through the book page by page. What a blessing I have received!
James Christiansen shares a key that, while I knew it to be true, helped me express my faith with a new zeal and excitement. I'm not going to share the secret here, but suffice it to say I've shared more in the past week than I had in the previous year...simply because I've got something that I don't have to be fearful about anymore. That's why I'm giving this book 5 stars. Thanks, Mr. Christiansen.
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