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Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk

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A 2008 study released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life notes that the number of people creating their own interpretations of faith and culture is growing. Seems like there are as many different styles of faith as ways to order your latte. How does a Christian have normal conversations about Jesus without accidentally sounding offensive, bigoted or intolerant? Y ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 2010)
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Brad Kittle
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Another book that I can't whole-heartily endorse but did enjoy. They talk a lot about sharing Christ and listening and building understanding. Much of this was very good and filled with great insight. I love their sensitivity to people and the fact that they are not afraid to mix it up with unbelievers and those of other faiths as well as those within the Christian family who may have different views, but, again, I'm not sure I agree with their take on the issue of homosexuality and the reality ...more
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book explains and advocates a thoughtful, respectful approach to talking with people about faith in Jesus. As someone who grew up in the church, this book gave me a refreshing perspective on a familiar topic. I think Dale and Jonalyn Fincher bring some much-needed cultural understanding to spiritual dialogues, while staying rooted in the truth. I'll probably read this again.
Lynne Levandowski
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
COFFEE SHOP CONVERSATIONS: Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk by Dale Fincher and Jonalyn Fincher
Publisher: Zondervan
Date published: April 27, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-310-31887-3
Religion/Christian Ministry/Evangelism
Reviewed by Lynne
Obtained via publisher
Rating: 5

Often times, believers have difficulty sharing their faith in Jesus Christ because they aren’t quite sure how to bring up the topic, usually for fear of offending someone. When conversations
Susy Flory
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to sharing your faith, do you operate chipmunk-style or coffeehouse-style? If you go the way of the chipmunk, you’re on a mission to scurry out and spread the Gospel, then hurry back to your hole. It can be scary, tense, performance-driven, and guilt laden. (If I sound like I know this style intimately, I do. And it paralyzed me from talking freely about my faith for a very long time.) The problem? Most of the time you feel like a failure because sharing your faith with someone doe ...more
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tim Felt
Recommended to Amy by: Jonalyn Fincher
A fresh perspective on sharing Jesus with others in an honoring and effective manner. The sections related to studying the Bible with the background of genre and historical context as well as the discussion of misquoting Jesus were handled expertly. Encouraging Christians to ask caring questions and not be threatened to listen to the reasons why others choose a variety religions or spiritual designs is so important! I loved the humility of the authors as they explored spiritual conversations wit ...more
Coffee Shop Conversations” by Dale & Jonalyn Fincher is a 219 page book about how to have meaningful and respectful discussions about your faith with those who don’t share and have differing views.

Written in a casual tone, peppered with personal ancedotes, “Coffee Shop Conversations” looks at a way to have discussions in both difficult to everyday casual situations, particularly in an everchanging world.

There is some food of thought to be shared in the reading though there were spots that le
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it

I learned much from this book about respecting others because they are fellow image- bearers. We are all in this state of "humanness" together, and God proved to us that he values the human condition by actually JOINING us in our humanness and living it out in perfection. NONE of the rest of us fully live out our humanness, because the rest of us are fallen humans. We have to learn to approach each other as fellow humans. There is no one we can't lean something from, regardless of whether they
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In today's world of what the authors term "design your own religion," this book would be very helpful to a mature Christian who desires to have a meaningful spiritual conversation with someone who may not agree with their spiritual viewpoint. Learning to ask questions and get to know the person well, and what they actually believe, before talking a great deal about your own stance on God, doctrine, etc. is excellent advice that I feel would work well. Too often we are bent on presenting why some ...more
Jul 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pleasantly surprised by this book (picked up as a free e-book). Coffee-Shop Conversations is a good book about loving your neighbor and talking to them about things that matter. It is a conversational book of apologetics and evangelism that encourages good questions and offers thoughtful responses, holding up Jesus and his work and not getting snagged in the thickets of so many minor points that obsess American evangelical culture. Engaging and it quotes from authors I respect. It does sometimes ...more
Alasdair Peterson
Some helpful tips but there is little of substance beyond how best to keep a conversation going without insulting them. I was disappointed by the lack of guidance on how best to bring the gospel into "coffee shop conversations". A contributory factor to this might be the way the gospel is formulate in the book as simply a question of something wrong with us which God wants to fix rather than an understanding of man as having personally offended God by his sin.

The best parts of this book can be f
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I don't agree with all their positions, (and I'm certain the authors would be cool with that) but I particularly enjoyed the section that compared religions. it really put things in perspective and gave me an understanding of how different people think.

I will definitely read this again in about 6 months for freshness and to reinstall info in my head that I wish I had retained.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading Coffee Shop Conversations improved my ability to move from casual conversations to spiritual conversations to Jesus conversations with people who are missing out on Jesus. Dale and Jonalyn don't talk about apologetics, they apply it. They help people see the inconsistencies in their own thinking and beliefs, deconstructing defenses so they can hear the Gospel.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle
Non fiction is a struggle for me to read sometimes, so that's the only reason that this was just ok for me. Written by a couple, the book deals with how to have meaningful conversations about Jesus with others that don't believe as you do. Not sure I agreed with everything but some good points to remember that I highlighted.
Gwen Jorgensen
May 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Loved this book. It brings into focus the importance of theology looking through the glasses of our everyday lives. I also enjoyed the authors, Dale and Jonalyn Finch sharing their perspective and experience and passion for God, and relationships.
Jan 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Some good tips on what to say with non Christians. Only things that bothered me and don't agree is is when he got into theology of the soul, eternal hell and alcohol. If you don't share the same belief you will not benefit as much from those chapters.
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Decent. Shows how Christians can unknowingly look like idiots (or worse) and how to avoid. I like that it explains some popular spiritual books (New Earth, The Secret, etc), and how Christians can talk about them. It's a little upbeat for my taste, but I've recommended it to friends.
Apr 24, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
[free nook book]
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are some really good resources in there, and some excellent points. Love the genre list and explanations.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-studies
The couple who wrote this book speak often at the church I attend. I plan to read it again soon.
Debra Abshier
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
pleasant, enjoyable and insightful
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
A good book to read if you are a Christian and get all tongue tied when someone asks you what you believe! Very loving approach.
Michael Baum
great read

I'd recommend this to anyone. Great topic and great people. Really looking forward to checking out more of their material.
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