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You Can Share the Faith: Reaching Out One Person at a Time Paperback – February 19, 2016
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Many Catholics are baffled about how to share the faith, but the good news isit's not complicated. Jesus didn't have a twitter account, followers on Facebook, or a livestream app, though he would have made good use of those. He started with one person, then another, then a handfuland his mission grew.
Karen Edmisten's own journey from atheism to Catholicism followed a similar low-key, one-on-one model and frames her lively advice. As she moves from an initial impression"Catholics are weird"to her conversion, friends along the way listen, support, answer her questions and give her the space she needs.
In You Can Share the Faith: Reaching Out One Person at a Time Edmisten draws out practical pointers from her own story and the stories of others to help you share your faith confidently and with compassion.
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and friends. Karen is a former atheist who converted to Catholicism several decades ago. Here she shares many common
aspects of the conversion journey through her own experiences and those of a number of her friends. These stories are
organized around a very practical set of "do's" and "don'ts" that will help readers be better prepared to witness to
and support those who are being drawn to the faith. Karen's tone is gentle and friendly (and prayerful!), but not at all timid about
tackling many important issues, concepts, teachings, relationships and potential misunderstandings. The end result is
a very great set of connections to help believers be more loving, patient, understanding and supportive of others.
And Karen is incredibly vulnerable as she shares stories of her journey. I felt like I was there getting to know her and her friends. She shares about people who talked to her and those she has talked to, giving examples (some very personal) of her journey from Atheist to Theist to Christian to Catholic Christian.
I was moved and inspired by every word and recommend this book to any person who takes the name of Christ.
This book resonated with me from page one. I don't know how Karen Edmisten managed to write a book that sounds as if I gave her notes on what I'd write myself, but she did. Her life story is different from mine, but her Catholic way of life is precisely what I answer when people ask me "how to" be a Happy Catholic. It's easy to read, accessible, and thoroughly Catholic.
The chapter titles themselves are good bits of advice that I often bring up when deep in conversations with people who feel overwhelmed about how to live the Catholic life, reach out to friends, change the world ... in short, how to tell the Good News. We've got to think about it in small pieces, not as one gigantic project, and those chapters point the way. Here are a few: Do Hang Out With All Kinds of People, Do Be Honest About Your Own Struggles, Do Engage the Culture, Don't Forget That Words Matter, Don't Limit the Definition of a Personal Relationship, Don't Pretend the Pilgrim Church is Perfect.
I could go on, but you get the point. These are straight forward, practical tips for how to share your spiritual life with those around you. It's also loaded with lots of quotes that help make the point. I'm making it sound like a "how to" book but it is much more since Edmisten tells us about her life and conversion. These serve as examples of both "how to" and "how not to" (I love an honest author) as well as providing thought provoking points for our own lives.
I especially love the overarching points about fully engaging the culture and making friends everywhere. We can't hunker down and keep this goodness to ourselves. We've gotta live our normal lives out there in the world, showing through our actions that our lives now are lived deliberately.
This book will help you do that. And help you to embrace your own faith more deeply. Get it. Read it.