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More Ready Than You Realize: The Power of Everyday Conversations

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  30 reviews
WARNING: This is not just another book on evangelism. It’s a simple idea of evangelism through friendship first, and the opportunities to share your faith that follow. It will bring friendships you already have to a new levels, and create opportunities for new, authentic friendships with those you will eventually meet. OUT: Evangelism as sales pitch, as conquest, as warfar ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 16th 2002 by Zondervan (first published January 1st 2002)
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Phyllis Fredericksen
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
McLaren’s books are always filled with wisdom. This is no exception. He talks about evangelism, but in such a way that we all can relate to that call. Simple friendship, love of God and love of people. Simple actions, yet often difficult to practice.
Clark Goble
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
I have a love-hate relationship working with author/pastor Brian McClaren. I believe much of what he says needs to be heard by The Church. McClaren’s books are focused on making Christians rethink the way they “do” church and religion. He is determined to make Christianity relevent in our post-modern culture. Unfortunately, he often seems to throw the baby out with the bathwater. McClaren often turns his back on centuries of what I consider good and essential theology. Still, I often find myself ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
This book looks at evangelism from a more modern, disciple-making perspective, rather than an aggressive, more traditional evangelical approach. Since I don't come from that world, this book felt less relevant to me. Also I didn't get much from the repeated references to emails with a questioner intertwined through. But, with Brian McLaren, you cannot help but get something fun from what he writes. I loved the bible study on discipleship at the end and also this part of the text. I stumped a few ...more
Tim Genry
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it. I didn’t love it. I would probably give it a 3.5, instead of 4 if that were an option. This book is for those who feel like evangelism is knocking on doors, confrontation, and distance. It teaches a more relational, discipling approach. There wasn’t a lot of depth in the book but I don’t think he was trying to get deep, as much as he was trying to get a simple point across. I do think as Christians we have to share our lives and our time with our coworkers, neighbors and friends and ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jesus was short on sermons, long on conversations; short on answers, long on questions; short on abstractions, long on stories; short on telling you what to think, long on challenging you to think for yourself.

Be a spiritual friend, not a spiritual salesman.
Be safe to talk to.
Be worth talking to.
Earn the right to be heard.

Sometimes I think there is more prayer outside the church than in the church.

The search for God requires solitude, but it also requires community.

Sometimes belonging must prece
Feb 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I assumed this book was going to be trash because it has such a pretentious title. I mean, “Evangelism as dance in the postmodern matrix???” Chill out, dude. HOWEVER, I actually really enjoyed some of the concepts. I definitely did not agree with everything McLaren proposed, but a lot of what he says makes sense. Would definitely recommend to anyone who questions what evangelism should be like in our postmodern generation! 3/5 stars
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: broadly-emergent
An encouraging and helpful book that will help you accept that you are "more ready than you realize" to engage in spiritual friendship (as McLaren calls what is traditionally known as evangelism). Very helpful to me since the majority of my non-Christian friends live in the post-modern western world. Some chapters were absolutely fantastic and others were just okay. ...more
Scott Holstad
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-finish
I usually like McLaren's books and I wanted to like this one, but in the end, I didn't finish it because I just couldn't buy the primary premise. It's a book about how the Christian church needs to revitalize its efforts at evangelism to a postmodern world by changing guilt inducing preaching to a series of conversations. Fine. I'm OK with that. However, McLaren constructs the book with the skeleton of a series of emails, allegedly legitimate, from a woman he calls "Alice" in order to protect he ...more
Beau Johnson
Sep 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
Few books on 'evangelism' have met me and actually meant something to me like this one has. It came for me at a time when I was really questioning how and when I could share what I believe without being "that guy."

This book was written in 2002 and is, as the time was, still fascinated with educating people about being postmodern. Maybe this is still happening, but that buzz word in church seems to have died off. Instead of lecturing us about how our current practices are out of date or irrelevan
Joyce Ferguson
Jul 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this for a church project on evangelism for mainline churches and fell in love with what he has to say about allowing God to work through our lives to reach other people. Many parts of the book spoke to me but this I just love:
"And so we dance. We dance in service, in gratitude, in hard work well done, in prayer, in game, in tilling the soil and crafting the poem, in hiking and sailing and flying, in hanging out, in sharing a drink of coffee or beer or wine or old water, in joy, in sorr
Aug 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
A quick and easy read. It's a great resource for those wishing to read up on evangelism but are turned off by programs and easy step. I appreciated McLaren's insistance that people aren't projects but must be seen as people who by virtue of their humanity are prone to doubt, wonder, and question and to embrace the questions of faith have.

However I do believe McLaren underestimates the power of orthodoxy or at least downplays it too much. Because McLaren spent so much time affirming "believing ov
Jack Kooyman
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book was my introduction to Brian McLaren's writing and perspectives. I recall thinking that here was someone who was able to articulate ideas and thoughts that resonated with where I was at in my Christian journey. More specifically, he helped me develop a new--and I believe more accurate and authentic--understanding of evangelism.

While i appreciated the rather informal format of a dialogue with a "seeker" via emails, there were times when I thought it might have worked better to depart f
Doug Mason
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Some very good portions (see chapters 3,10,17,18- with some concern about the beginning, and 19). A valuable way to look at and relate to individuals and a great reminder to be out in community and treating every encounter as an opportunity to share Christ's love in friendships with others. That said, tends to downplay the reality/existence of truth, which is contrary to what Christ did. I will only recommend those portions that I listed above to those who I already know to be well grounded in t ...more
Sandra McLeod
Sep 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
I don’t agree with all McLaren’s tenets, but I do like his relational approach to evangelism and his perception of faith as a journey--a process-and seldom a “punctiliar” conversion. This is a good book to get people thinking and talking about the various aspects and dimensions of evangelism. I like his nonjudgmental approach to evangelism and, in his words, we are all “stories in progress surrounded by stories in progress.”
Feb 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
There are good elements to this book, but they are outweighed by a postmodern view of the atonement. McLaren repeatedly asserts that pushing people to a certain "theory" of the atonement is old school (pre-modnern and bad). That certainly sits well with the postmodern view of Truth, but it means that you really have nothing to say to the lost man and nothing to believe as a Christian.

Not a good read.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Our small group read this one with powerful results. I wasn't expecting much from this smaller and older work from McLaren. What it did was help to move folks with a more typical resonance with a modern evangelical paradigm into a more helpful and healthy post modern approach (which happens to be in my opinion a much more fully biblically orbed approach) which helps folks not to see their neighbors as convert projects, but people to live life as "spiritual dance partners." ...more
May 18, 2007 rated it liked it
This was a timely read for me. I read it when I was feeling disillusioned by the traditional models of church and theology. As I constructed a post-evangelical faith, Mclaren became an important voice in my life. Mclaren's conversational/relational approach to evangelism isn't revolutionary, but it is refreshing. Mclaren posits that our stories, both individually and collectively, are the foundation of evangelism. ...more
Bill G
Oct 12, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those looking to step outside the evangelism box
Oh man when I first read this book I was blown away. I had never heard of evangelising the way he had presented it.
Truth be told this book is the way I base my evangelism efforts now. Very soft cell, very patient.
Little did I know that Brian would later betray me and his fellow readers by stepping too outside the box on his stance of hell. But this book still stands as a great one of how to evangelise in this modern era
May 22, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual
Catering to my logical engineering mind, Brian McLaren walks us through an ongoing encounter with a young woman who is making spiritual progress. The practical example(s) of "how it was done" is a nice break from more "theoretical" discussions. ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A great book to hand to a side-walk evangelist. Otherwise, I'd like to think it's pretty useless. The summary is that to evangelize, Christians have to be friends with non-Christians. I guess sometimes the obvious needs to be stated. If this is necessary, McLaren does a decent job. ...more
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I read this as background reading for a module on conversion/evangelism/discipleship and wished I'd read it years ago. It has so many insights into the value of 'spiritual friendships" over programmes and courses. And the conversational style made it easy to engage with. ...more
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Ryan Fisher
This is a pretty significant book that explores postmodern spirituality. I wish I had read it years ago, and that other Christians would read it sometime in the next decade.
Billy Jack  Blankenship
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Evangelism remixed!
Jun 29, 2013 rated it liked it
The book follows a conversation of a postmodern college student. It has a lot of helpful ideas on engaging in friendship evangelism to the new generation.
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
This is a good book which has a lot to say to the church today
Kate Davis
A good book to hand to those guys yelling on street corners, or anyone else who has ever tried to get you to say "The Prayer". ...more
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book that echoes many of my experiences, both as an unchurched millennial and now as a pastor. I highly recommend it!
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Brian D. McLaren is an internationally known speaker and the author of over ten highly acclaimed books on contemporary Christianity, including A New Kind of Christian, A Generous Orthodoxy, and The Secret Message of Jesus.

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