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Out of the Saltshaker & Into the World: Evangelism as a Way of Life Paperback – Deluxe Edition, August 9, 1999
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* help for facing fears about evangelism
* shows how evangelism can be a natural part of everyday life with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors
* full of real-life stories
* drawing on biblical principles
* fun and enthusiastic
* life changing
* revised and expanded edition of a bestseller
* includes a study guide for individuals or groups
* 2000 Evangelical Christian Publishing Association Book of the Year Finalist
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The book is full of stories from her experience which help illustrate her points (both success stories and failures are included). They also provide some humor which I think is the author's attempt to say that we Christians need to lighten up a little when it comes to evangelism.
Although there is nothing extremely profound, or new in this book, I do think the author does a good job of explaining how Christians should use Jesus' behaviour as our example when trying to reach others. Also, the chapters about Jesus and the Pharisees were pretty well done.
Overall, I recommend this book for any Christian wanting to learn more about evangelism, and practical ways to bring God's light into your world. If you have read and liked any of Jim Petersen's books about evangelism then I think that you will enjoy this one also.
But on second consideration, I realize that this is probably just the way the how-to genre works - whether it's teaching evangelism or cooking a souffle on "frugal gourmet", they always seem to make it look easier than it is. Maybe that's so us naive ones at home will be encouraged and at least give hard things (like sharing our faith with others) a shot. Or maybe it's because if you're going to write a book about something, that means you're really good at it, and if you're really good at it, that probably means it comes easy to you. So it is that easy for Becky and Bob Vila and the Frugal Gourmet (whatever his name is). And for the rest of us, well, we gotta try and fail and scrape through and learn what we can from them. I can't cook a souffle for the life of me, but my omelettes aren't too bad.
I've been cooking on evangelism for a while. Coincidentally, I currently lead an evangelism team for InterVarsity on a campus where Becky used to work-WAY before my time. Becky's got all the basic stuff here in this book, presented well, accessible, all that. Probably the strength of this book is that all of it is here. She emphasizes building authentic relationships with people instead of "project-building". She hits the importance of learning to ask good questions and be an active listener.Read more ›
This book I also believe is the most practical evangelism book I have read. Instead of simply another how-to evangelism book, this book seeks to provoke a response out of you to want to make evangelism part of your life, not simply something you do once a week. It seeks to impart practical wisdom in making evangelism a way of life. If you are not planning becoming a street corner preacher, yet, have the strong urge to evangelize, this book is surely for you. Even if you are a street corner preacher (as I am), this book is for you as well.
My only complaint about the book was that sometimes it was a bit redundant. I might have only noticed that because I'm outlining it for my project, and would find myself typing some of the same things over and over again. For those just reading the book as a tool to help them with evangelism, it is probably good to have that repetitive nature to burn the ideas into your brain.
I think Pippert's ideas for evangelism are easy to understand and encouraging. The book made me want to seek answers to questions I have with my own faith, in order to better equip myself to spread the gospel. Best evangelism book I've read as of yet.
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Really wasn't a fan of this book. Came across as unbiblical. Pippert refers to people as "seekers" rather than the more biblical description of "wretched, lost, God... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good book encouraging us to live lives of evangelism, speaking of the Lord as a part of regular conversations rather than only during specific appointments. Read morePublished 6 months ago by melody a m nowak
Amazing! I was first introduced to this classic 15yrs ago. When I saw the audiobook of it I picked it up and it has challenged me again! What a treasure! Pick this up!Published 7 months ago by Dale Myers
This is a good basic book about simply talking to people about faith. I liked her examples of the different ways of thinking to better understand where others are coming from... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not a fast or easy read but one with information to ponder and pray about. Highly recommended. I like her showing how to spread the Gospel through everyday occurrences.Published 9 months ago by Harold M. Swanson
This is very good book which I highly recommend to every Christian interested in helping others to become acquainted with Christ.Published 10 months ago by John E. Murray