Out of the Saltshaker & into the World: Evangelism as a Way of Life / Edition 20

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In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals!

A year 2000 Finalist in the ECPA book competition!

"Christians and non-Christians have something in common," writes Rebecca Pippert. "We're all uptight about evangelism."

So begins the bestselling book on evangelism as a lifestyle. Through stories, biblical insight and plain common sense, Pippert helps us feel relaxed and enthusiastic about sharing our faith. She offers an inspiring view of what effective, engaging evangelism might look like--for individuals as well as for churches through memorable stories, like this one:

When I first came to Portland, Oregon, I met a student on one of the campuses where I worked. He was brilliant and looked like he was always pondering the esoteric. His hair was always mussy, and in the entire time I knew him, I never once saw him wear a pair of shoes. Rain, sleet or snow, Bill was always barefoot. While he was attending college, he had become a Christian.At this time a well-dressed, middle-class church across the street from the campus wanted to develop more of a ministry to the students. They were not sure how to go about it, but they tried to make them feel welcome. One day Bill decided to worship there. He walked into this church, wearing his blue jeans, T-shirt and of course no shoes. People looked a bit uncomfortable, but no one said anything. So Bill began walking down the aisle looking for a seat. The church was quite crowded that Sunday, so as he got down to the front pew and realized that there were no seats, he just squatted on the carpet--perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, but perhaps unnerving for a church congregation. The tension in the air became so thick one could slice it.Suddenly an elderly man began walking down the aisle toward the boy. Was he going to scold Bill? My friends who saw him approaching said they thought, You can't blame him. He'd never guess Bill is a Christian. And his world is too distant from Bill's to understand. You can't blame him for what he's going to do.

As the man kept walking slowly down the aisle, the church became utterly silent, all eyes were focused on him, you could not hear anyone breathe. When the man reached Bill, with some difficulty he lowered himself and sat down next to him on the carpet. He and Bill worshiped together on the floor that Sunday. I was told there was not a dry eye in the congregation.The irony is that probably the only one who failed to see how great the giving had been that Sunday was Bill. But grace is always that way. It gives without the receiver realizing how great the gift really is.As this man walked alongside of his brother and loved him with all that he had received from Christ's love, so must we. This man was the good Samaritan. He made Bill feel welcome, feel as if he had a home. So he also knew the secret of the parable of the prodigal son: there finally is a homecoming, because we really have a home to come to.

This thoroughly revised and expanded edition of Out of the Saltshaker is now even more valuable, with new chapters on the natural stages of evangelism (cultivating, planting and reaping), new stories of God's work in people's lives and added material on meeting the challenges of the new competitors to Christian faith. Out of the Saltshaker is more than ever a rare book--one that is both fun and deep, light and life changing.

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Editorial Reviews

Christianity Today
"Out of the Saltshaker helped generations of fearful students (and other would-be evangelists) to loosen up."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830822201
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED & EXPANDED
  • Edition number: 20
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 329,969
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Pippert is an internationally known speaker who regularly lectures on spiritual renewal, evangelism and character formation for church conferences, at schools and colleges and in pastoral training seminars. She has also written several popular books on evangelism and Christian living. Her bestselling book Out of the Saltshaker has sold more than a half-million copies worldwide.
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"I once asked a woman if she felt comfortable about evangelism. 'Oh yes!' she responded. 'I do it twice a week.' (Somehow it sounded more like taking multiple vitamins.) Evangelism isn't just something you 'do' - out there - and then get back to normal living. Evangelism involves taking people seriously, getting across to their island of concerns and needs, and then sharing Christ as Lord in the context of our natural living situations.

The problem stems from our great difficulty in believing that God is glorified in our utter humanity rather than in our spiritually programmed responses. Most of us fear that who we are inside just isn't enough. So we cover up our honest questions and doubts, thinking we won't sound spiritual. But in doing this we forfeit our most important asset in evangelism - our real person. Not to accept our humanness means we lose our point of authentic contact with the world. We, of all people, should be offering the world a picture of what it means to be truly human. Yet it is often Christians who fear their humanity more than anyone else. When we get a good look at Jesus, we will see that it is not our humanity we need to fear."

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Table of Contents

1. Sleepless in Spain
2. Jesus--the Most Human of Us All
3. Jesus--the Lord of All
4. A Question of Love: Being Radically Identified with the World
5. A Question of Holiness: Being Radically Different from the World
6. A Question of Obedience: Another Way of Knowing God
7. Christ with Us
8. Practicing the Presence of Christ
9. Developing Conversational Skills
10. Three Ways to Witness
11. Cutlivating the Soil
12. Planting the Seed
13. Reaping the Harvest in God's Truth & Love
14. Reaping the Harvest in God's Power
15. Revealing the Truth Through Reason
16. Revealing the Truth Through Stories
17. Revealing Truth Through the Power of the Spirit
18. The Witness of Community
19. Without a Vision the People Will Perish
Appendix 1: Gospel Outlines
Appendix 2: Books for Evangelism
Appendix 3: Study Guide for Individuals or Groups
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2005

    'Uptight about Evangelism?'

    I've used Becky Pippert's book both as a student and co-leader in classes on Evangelism with my Methodist college ministry. It is not about a certain strategy or formula for evangelism; rather there are multiple models and illustrations. The main focus is on imitating Jesus in his Radical Love, Radical Holiness, and Radical Obedience. That is why the book is so inspiring, combined with the author's amazing *stories*. She has such a wealth of experience and makes you reall want to get out there and do it; share your faith and see what happens! It addresses common fears and hangups about evangelism, especially fear of offending nonbelievers and how to avoid that. The author is also an excellent speaker and leader of workshops. Go for it!

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