08/03/2006

Out of the Saltshaker

This is an encouraging book, written some years ago and intended for students, but relevant to Christians of all ages. Rebecca Manley Pippert uses anecdotes and Scripture to show what evangelism really is - or should be! Rather than trying to use set formulae or lists of points, she talks about being friendly with those around us, caring for them, meeting their needs and taking them as they are. Christian outreach, she explains, is something that will come naturally if we care enough about God, just as we might talk about our other interests. Unfortunately many people are put off by the pushy nature of some Christians who want to share God with those around them, but have no idea how to go about it. The author of this book points out that it's not our responsibility to convert people - that's the work of the Holy Spirit. Instead it's to be ourselves, and to care. Sure we can bring God into conversations, as appropriate, but friendship is important in itself.

Well-written, interesting, and very thought-provoking.

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