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Get Real: Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Evangelism Gets More Real, Less Awkward. Instead of an awkward experience, sharing your faith can be a simple, everyday part of life. As you grow in your love for Jesus, sharing him with others will overflow into every conversation. Casual interactions will turn into significant moments that bring the gospel into all your relationships.
Paperback, 183 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by New Growth Press
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Tim Sandell
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A helpful book about sharing your faith in normal, natural ways. Lots of helpful ideas. Easy to read.
Leonard's book contrasts traditional evangelism and what he calls "real" evangelism - traditional evangelism being what so many of us learned to do, with a rote gospel presentation, sharing our testimony about how we were saved, etc. "Real" evangelism, however, focuses more on the needs of the person you're talking to - how does the gospel apply to them personally and specifically instead of how do they fit into the rote presentation we've memorized?

I love this book and can see coming back to it
Christian Barrett
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall this is a practical book for evangelism. The advice is helpful, but repetitive at times. Leonard pulls heavily from his own experiences, which isn’t a bad thing. However, some of them may not be super practical for an American context.
Tori Samar
I was really excited to read this book but walked away mostly disappointed with it. While Leonard did make some good points—such as doing evangelism corporately (i.e., the local church evangelizes together, utilizing the various gifts each member has been given), incorporating all of God's Word into our evangelism, and listening to the unbelievers God brings along our path so that we can actually understand them and their struggles and share the gospel accordingly—he said too many things that I ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What does it look like to share the gospel of grace with those around us on a daily basis? This is the question asked and soundly answered in this book.

Leonard begins in the first chapter by drawing the distinction between a “real” approach to evangelism and the conventional presentation-style approach. He continues to develop this distinction throughout the book, but this first chapter shows how the conventional approach can be awkward and artificial at best, cold and uncaring at worst.

May 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apologetics
What a wonderful encouragement this book is! He describes most Christian's, well my, feelings about evangelism to a tee. After exposing our fear, guilt and embarrassment, he points back to scripture.
Did you ever notice that Jesus didn't use a one size fits all evangelizing template? He didn't jump on anyone with a list of verses pulled out of all context. He used the message most likely to show each individual their lost condition and His love for them. Leonard does an excellent job of applyin
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good basic content on loving unbelievers as a lifestyle. But I almost couldn't finish the book because of Leonard's writing style. He comes across as arrogant and constantly straw-mans "traditional evangelism" in order to show you how to do things his way. ...more
Emma Hinkle
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Such a wonderful book that really lays out evangelism in a way that is clear and personal.
Rick Dobrowolski
Finally, a realistic book on sharing your faith in Jesus. Love and listen to people, & give the Gospel in the context of people's lives. Ask more questions than making statements. ...more
Noah Mitchell
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Honest, insightful, funny and occasionally cringe worthy, Get Real is clearly written by a man who knows what he's doing when it comes to talking about Jesus. John Leonard effectively tackles the "traditional" model of evangelism and instead calls for a more natural approach. 

While I don't mesh with his very orthodox theological approach, I can appreciate a lot of Leonard's wisdom, including reaching out as a community rather than individually, sharing especially with those who need to hear it,
Heather Carrillo
Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Maybe this caught me at the wrong time, but he came off a little bit “this is the old way that everyone else thinks is good, but this is the better way that only I know about. Aren’t you glad I’m here to look down on you?”

That being said, there were some incredibly good ideas and it actually made me a lot less nervous about evangelism. And dare I say inspired? I would recommend it, but the tone is very annoying.
CJ Bowen
Solid. A bit breezy for my tastes, and could have been sharpened. His efforts to upend traditional evangelistic wisdom were a bit strained at times, but the book has a heart of gold, and there is much wisdom here. If a more conversational tone rather than systematic is your preference, this book will be very useful.
Gavin Breeden
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A really wonderful book about evangelism. Not so much a how-to as it is an invitation to thinking about evangelism in a different way. The second half of the book in which Leonard goes over a lot of the practical (and somewhat counter-intuitive) lessons he's learned in his years as a missionary, pastor, evangelist, and seminary professor were incredibly helpful. This is a book that makes you WANT to evangelize and it paints evangelism in such a light that you feel like, yeah, I could do that, to ...more
Eric Abisror
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a very helpful book. Really approaches evangelism in a non traditional way! There were a few points that I disagreed with, but overall it opened my eyes to the everyday opportunities I have to share my faith. From a gas station to resteraunts.
Joe Haack
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Best book on evangelism I have read. Encouraging, helpful, biblical. Can't recommend it highly enough. ...more
Danny Joseph
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good book. The best insights for me were the idea of sharing your faith in community, discipling unbelievers, and going out of your way to get more face time with people. I love how he sees salvation as a process instead of something that you have to do at once. Not only that, but his critique of relational evangelism is one of the more helpful things that I have read. To say you need a long-term relationship before evangelism means that it will likely never get done, you don't have enoug ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keeping it simple

We have all heard a multitude of ways to share the gospel but the author here takes you back to the beginning. It is not about what you memorize it how much you know, it is about keeping it real. The relationship. It begins between you and Jesus and it should be the same through you to others. Extremely enjoyed the simple approach and the reminder of where it is all at....the relationship.
Samuel Park
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Evangelism that is accessible and faithful

Evangelism to many evokes drudgery or something we all have to do once in a while so that we won’t feel a mountain of guilt later.

This book is instructive in that like a sail that needs wind to move , this book does just that. It gives fresh wind that makes evangelism (something that everyone does) and makes it enjoyable , travel, attainable and NORMAL.

Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thought-provoking and motivationally challenging

5 star rating due to challenging my motivations for why I do (or don't do) what I do. Truly a life changing book if I live out the wisdom presented. I did not know there were study questions at the end, so I will be reading it again on a deeper level.
Andrew Canavan
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great book to shift the conversation on evangelism away from pre-packaged, one size fits all presentations to the natural overflow of good news from those who love Jesus, love their neighbors, and, most of all, know that they are loved in Christ by a gracious Heavenly Father.
Jennifer Trovato
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Practical fresh way of looking at evangelism and discipleship. Particularly liked:
- how to think about your testimony( especially as a lifelong believer)
- evangelize Christians and disciple non believers
-sowing widely
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoughtful, helpful and practical book on a realistic, loving, genuine approach to sharing Christ with others. Will refer back to often!
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book totally changed my view of evangelism and enlivened me to pursue it in all areas of life.
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
James Brixey
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are a christian wondering how sharing your faith works, this is one of the best books out there.
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: evangelism
Very good.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very clear explanation of evangelism that isn't AWKWARD in comparison to traditional, aggressive evangelism. Some points I especially liked:

-Evangelize Christians, Disciple non-Christians: Traditional evangelism puts emphasis on "the decision" --the moment the person accepts Christ. Rather, Leonard encourages us to see ourselves as part of the person's story, discipling in little bits over time and let the Lord use us (in addition to many others over the course of the person's life) and to wel
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this short book so much I re-read it every year or two. It reassures me that evangelism is not something I'm supposed to be doing to people even if they hate it, it raises my awareness of the ways I love Jesus and love the people I encounter and naturally bring them together, and it challenges me with a few new ways to do it. Here are some of my long-term favorites. (1) In modern western Christianity we sing Jesus words "I will make you fishers of men" with the motions of an individual ca ...more
Carter Hemphill
I had low expectations when I started reading this book, thinking that it would be a rehash of many of the familiar traditional evangelistic tropes. However, as the title states, the author provides a refreshing look at how to share one's faith. The chapters headings highlight his main points: be normal (avoiding the sales pitch approach without any engagement with the listener), be more than a friend (going beyond the shallowness of friendship evangelism), let Christ lead people to you, sow wid ...more
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, evangelism
I had the privilege of being pastored by John for 5 years, and it was a blessing to read this book right before my family welcomes non-Christian international students to a university campus. I was familiar with most of the things in this book from knowing the Leonard family, but that didn't diminish the impact this book has in my thinking about how to share the gospel with others. I can attest that John and Christy's passion for Jesus and for evangelism expressed in this book is real and everyd ...more
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