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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 warfare, as ultimatum, as threat, as proof, as argument, as entertainment, as show, as monologue, as something you have to do. IN: Disciple-making as conversation, as friendship, as influence, as invitation, as companionship, as challenge, as opportunity, as conversation, as dance, as something you get to do. You’re more ready for this than you realize, and so are your friends!
Acknowledgments | 9
Introduction | 11
1.I Read Your Book This Morning | 19
2.Closed-Minded and Bigoted and Brainwashed and Everything Bad | 29
3.Three Realizations | 38
4.Err . . . I’ll Deal with It Later | 43
5.The Modern View of Christianity vs.
the Postmodern View | 52
6.Reaching Christians for Christ | 59
7.There’s No Conflict in My Mind | 63
8.It Hasn’t Been an Issue Yet, But It Will Be | 68
9.I Must Be Interpreting It Wrong, Right?
(Or, Why Am I Even Trying to Like This?) | 72
10.Well, Neither Did Jesus | 77
1 1.The Idea of Playing for and through God | 83
12.On the Verge of Tears . . . Since I Woke Up | 92
13.More Ready Than You Realize | 97
14.Event and Process | 103
Posted July 6, 2005
Still sharing your faith using the four spiritual laws? still trying to 'convert' the lost? still sharpening your knowledge of apologetics so that you can 'win' arguments? Brian McLaren, in More Ready Than You Realize, proposes that the most effective way to share your faith is become a spiritual friend who asks more questions than providing concrete answers. Get others to tell their stories, and really listen. Tell your own story of finding faith, finding grace, finding love. This book's main proposition is that people will continue to seek and find Christ if we give them space and if we remain 'safe' friends to talk to.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.