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The Reluctant Witness: Discovering the Delight of Spiritual Conversations

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New research finds that Christians are less involved in spiritual conversations today than we were twenty-five years ago. As society has changed, it seems we have become more uncomfortable talking with people about our faith. We are reluctant conversationalists. The reality is that many of our churches and communities are shrinking instead of growing. What can we do about ...more
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Published July 30th 2019 by IVP Books
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Bob
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Summary: One reluctant witness shares personal narrative, helpful principles, and survey data that indicate that spiritual conversations may be delightful rather than dreadful.

Most Christians are reluctant to bear witness to their faith. The idea of this raises images of street preachers, intolerance, arguments, and offended friends. Most of us don't want to be those kind of persons. We love people too much, and frankly want to be loved by them as well. Don Everts was like so many of us, except
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George P.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“There is something delightful about spiritual conversations,” writes Don Everts in The Reluctant Witness. Scripture seems to agree. “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:15) is the way Paul puts it, quoting Isaiah 52:7. Can anyone not smile in response to a friend saying, “I have good news”? I doubt it.

And yet, spiritual conversations strike many Christians as “pesky, painful, awkward things,” as Everts puts it. He defines a spiritual conversation as “any
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Bill
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book for Christians about having spiritual conversations with those who are not Christians. The book is short: 157 pages and maybe 1/3 of those are charts. The positive is this allowed me to digest the book in one sitting. I think this is an excellent tool to introduce new Christians or reluctant Christians to the idea of talking to other people about Jesus, I found the author's suggestions for other resources to be helpful too. To me, the constant charts were a little ...more
Luke
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A low-pressure encouragement for spiritual conversations. Where we are and how we can have more. Author works for Lutheran Hour Ministries and presented some resources LHM has. I haven't seen then, but everything LHM does is first-rate.
"People need good news. They need peace. They become desperate for happiness, for salvation, for hope. And they are sitting right next to us."

"The good news is that anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. But how will they call on someone they
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Andrew Smith
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book on evangelism. Better than most I've read. I challenged myself to read 2 books on evangelism this year. This was one of them. It's helped me be encouraged personally to have more spiritual conversations and it's helped me see the people in the pew a little differently. Linked to the Barna/Lutheran Hour Ministries research that resulted in the published report "Spiritual Conversations in the Digital Age," it was a presentation of that material from the perpective of a life-long ...more
Eric
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I may have to buy this one in hard cover to fully appreciate the work. However, as I already a good portion of the background work by way of LHM, the impact of this one was more like, "Yes, that's exactly what Tony Cook and company at LHM have been needing to polish up based on the research they commissioned." This one strikes me as a potential game changer.
John
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good resource for telling others about God. Would be a great book for leading a class along with the book "out of the saltshaker and into the world" by Pippert. Written on a level that anyone can learn from.
Jared Townley
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A mix between personal stories and insights from research done by Barna, this is a short read and introduction to some reasons why people are scared to have spiritual conversations, how research debunks those myths, and what people can do to have more conversations
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Don Everts began writing while spending nearly two decades on college campuses in Washington and Colorado. He wrote his first book, Jesus with Dirty Feet, as a 25 year-old who had just gotten married and moved to Boulder, CO.

Since then Don has published 12 books with InterVarsity Press and is currently mulling over writing an uplifting zombie novel.

Having finally gotten off the college campus,
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