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Soul Whisperer: Why the Church Must Change the Way It Views Evangelism
     

Soul Whisperer: Why the Church Must Change the Way It Views Evangelism

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by Gary Comer
 

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What if we changed the face of evangelism?

In a time when so many have a negative perception of evangelism, what if a new model was entirely biblical, loaded with skills, and more effective?

Soul Whisperer shifts the emphasis from "telling" to a "drawing" paradigm. It develops biblically the pattern of Jesus, who did not give static

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What if we changed the face of evangelism?

In a time when so many have a negative perception of evangelism, what if a new model was entirely biblical, loaded with skills, and more effective?

Soul Whisperer shifts the emphasis from "telling" to a "drawing" paradigm. It develops biblically the pattern of Jesus, who did not give static presentations but rather customized his words to each hearer. By learning his ways, our words, too, can have pinpointed impact! Christians will discover how to draw out first, in order to read their friends and discern the relevant appeal of the gospel. In this way, the style is far more dynamic. It adapts! Understanding the non-believer's unique starting point will determine a distinct path.

By creating a conversation about spiritual influence and what is involved in faith formation, this book charts ways for Christians to go deeper in evangelistic relationships. Most importantly, Soul Whisperer infuses skills that will shape a more Christ-likened missional disciple.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620321836
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Gary Comer serves as the Evangelism and Outreach Director at Sandals Church in Riverside, California. He also has founded Soul Whisperer Ministries, where he speaks, writes, and consults on missional effectiveness. He is a doctoral candidate at Talbot Theological Seminary. Connect further with Gary at www.soulwhispererministry.com

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Soul Whisperer: Why the Church Must Change the Way It Views Evangelism 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished Soul Whisperer and I absolutely loved it. I can easily say that this book changed my perceptions on many faith-based concept. Particularly the topic of evangelism. I used this book to guide me through my recent journey on a medical mission trip to Vietnam. Before knowing of this book, I prayed to God to place a tool and in my hands to guide me through the mission experience. I was new to this all and was weary of how I should present myself and my words upon others. By the grace of God, I was asked to join a Faith Sharing class at church and to my surprise the curriculum was right out of the book, Soul Whisperer. I took the book in sections. Dissecting Gary Comer's words and wisdoms piece by piece. I can say that this book truly helped me in my quest to be an avid and successful servant in God's will for me as a missionary. No matter your spiritual journey, you will truly find some much needed answers in your journey of faith and speaking out about your faith. It is not an easy experience, but using this book as your tool, you will easily maneuver to the approach and direction of faith sharing that is right for you, and in which gives glory to God. Thankful for this book in my life. A must read! -Chelsea I.
ScottBrennan More than 1 year ago
This book has awakened in me the joy of my salvation, and the desire to share it with others--just as I did when I first came to faith. Every paragraph, page, and chapter convinced me to read further--with increasing anticipation. It was like watching a movie. I felt as though I was an invisible character in Gary’s film, cloaked in real-time, but allowed to see how he demonstrated the lines of spiritual dialogue in every coffee shop, at every turn--with each person on his journey. Someone whispered into my soul while I read this book, “You can start today.” Thanks to this book, I finally understand “how”. Scott Brennan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’m so thankful to Gary Comer for making a connection between who we are and how we share Christ.  There is a huge gap between how others will allow me to influence them (and how I want to influence them) and how I’ve been taught to share Christ.  The two experiences don’t generally fit together very well.  And so even though I’m a passionate Christ follower, that passion sometimes doesn’t translate into personally inviting others to experience Christ for themselves.   In Soul Whisperer, Gary helps me to see a God-vision of myself as a helper for others in their faith journey.  He provides a rich context not only of the evangelism “why”, but also of an effective “how” in our post-modern culture.  He guides us towards becoming a soul whisperer, one who is “simultaneously sensitive to the honed frequency of a unique human being and an intimately personal, soul-seeking God.”   This is a truly insightful work that gives a strong, biblically-based alternative to what can be the church's default presentation-based evangelistic tactics.  I whole-heartedly recommend Soul Whisperer as a powerful tool for helping others to discover Christ as well as to spur on your own spiritual formation. Angela Ferraro
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gary Comer has tremendous insight into our modern culture and the spiritual and relational gaps that exist between Christ-followers and those outside of the Church. His in-depth look at relational missions is amazing, and his ideas can be put into practice by the whole spectrum of believers...from the very newest of Christians to those who have been in long-term ministry. Soul Whisperer has given me a whole new perspective on the relationships I am surrounded with and how they can be taken to a much deeper level with nurturing and personal investment. Soul Whisperer is an organic, natural approach to reaching those in our sphere of influence with the life-changing message of the Gospel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It is a guide to challenging the traditional "cold-call" presentation approach of sharing the Gospel. Gary carefully explains how Evangelism should be a dynamic process, built upon fostering deep relationships, where influence can follow. Likewise, Gary equips  his reader with skills of how to share the Gospel, that will result in disciple-making. In addition, I loved this book, because it emphasizes that  when we share the Gospel, we are to meet people where they are at in life. In this way, the Church can move away from just "presenting," to making a difference for the Kingdom. Furthermore, this book will rock your world, as it did mine.You will want to start putting Gary's words into action, right away! ~Monique Lewis
ChristopherClaytonForry More than 1 year ago
In Gary Comers book “Soul Whisperer”, I can hear the Holy Spirit shouting go, go, go! It is evident that Gary is truly after God’s heart which is after the heart of the non-believer. Not only is there ample proof from first hand stories of many coming to know the love of God and receive Christ, but also Gary’s dedication and concern for the very deep issues and hurts that are ultimately holding people back from God’s truth and love. I love in Chapter 16 how Gary compares how Jesus would cater/minister to people depending on if their problems were a “head” or a “heart” issue to how it is still important that we continue to share in the same way in modern evangelism. This book personally shows me that sharing the gospel with people is so much more than simply saying, “Because the Bible says so”. It reminds me that it is important to build a relationship with people and to meet them right where they are. I recommend this book for anyone who is afraid in any way about sharing the gospel with people in their everyday lives. Gary shows us that sharing Christ doesn’t have to be this thing we dread doing or feel forced to do, but it can be something that is very exciting and full of God-moving, Holy Spirit indwelling flame, passion and fire! I am reminded that sharing Christ is a very selfless and humbling act when Gary says, “Whatever it is that is troubling someone about a past negative experience with Christianity, I will personally own it in a snap-even if I’m just a representative of the real perpetrator- if it can help someone move forward with Christ.” I also love when Gary shares his approach of action in ministering to a woman before she received Christ, he says, “I listened carefully, and then as God granted insights, I began to speak into her life. Tangle by tangle, together we gradually untied her bound-up views.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has been a bold and effective evangelist since his conversion to Christianity in his college days. So when Gary Comer says the church needs to change the way we do evangelism, it’s not because he is timid. It’s because it’s not working. “Soul Whisperer” offers a fresh way to connect people with the life Jesus offers. If only it were four simple principles! Instead, Comer walks the reader first through introspection in order to mine personal experience, hardships and brokenness. A deeply personal book, Comer discloses his own triumphs and failures as he demonstrates the ways flawed people can direct lost people to a Jesus who is ready to enter, help and heal. (One exercise is to reflect on one’s own past for pain and failure. As I did this and came upon a particularly painful event, I had to chuckle at myself for thinking, ‘Oh, that was awful. I could really use that!’ thus watching Romans 8:28 come to life in that moment.) The first half of the book motivates the reader to “want to.” The second half of the book shows the reader “how to.” A particularly helpful section gives insight on reaching people from other faith traditions and no-faith traditions such as skeptics, agnostics and atheists. This book is paradigm-shifting for individuals, and is also recommended for small groups use and training. Best of all, it gives hope and tools to those who care about the Christian mission of finding lost souls.