Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus

Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus

by Mark O Wilson

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ISBN-13: 9780898279108
Publisher: Wesleyan Publishing House
Publication date: 07/01/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author


Mark O. Wilson is senior pastor of Hayward Wesleyan Church in Wisconsin's Northwoods.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 11

Part 1 Big Fish and Lost Treasures 13

1 Snagged on the Lost River 14

2 The Purple Fish Secret 19

3 Evangelism Misadventures 23

4 Grace Leads Me Home 27

5 Ich-theology 33

6 Treasuring the Treasure 38

7 Euangelion: Better Than Great News 41

8 Lost Treasures 46

9 A Story Called Redemption 51

10 Mending for Sending 56

11 Treasure Bearers, Treasure Seekers 61

Part 2 Fishing Tip and Treasure Maps 65

12 The Best Way to Share Your Faith 66

13 Two Kinds of Fishing 70

14 Pray Them In 74

15 Honor the Process 78

16 Be a Witness, Not the Judge 84

17 You Are the Second Witness 88

18 Be You and Let Them be Them 95

19 People Are Not Projects 99

20 Follow Hidden Paths, Fish Deep Weeds 102

21 Respect Boundaries 108

22 Seek Common Ground 113

23 Think Like a Fish 119

24 Use Words When Necessary 123

25 Compassion Does Something 127

26 Ichthyophobia: Face Your Fears 132

27 Draw in the Net 137

28 When Fish Aren't Biting 141

Part 3 Fishing Trips and Treasure Hunts 147

29 Tracking God's Ways 148

30 Fishing with Jesus 151

31 A Fresh Approach to Evangelism 158

32 Purple Fish Fishing Adventures 162

33 Go Fish 170

Notes 175

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Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
I read this book soon after it was published but was not into posting reviews at the time. After hearing my pastor speak of the book several times in the past eighteen months, I decided to read it again. I wholeheartedly recommend it to every Christ-follower. Mark Wilson writes in a clear, uncluttered way about the concept of sharing Jesus and uses personal experiences to explain his concepts. I think too many in my generation were subjected to a method akin to something we have seen in movies when someone goes out in the bayou in a boat and tosses a stick of dynamite into the water. Then he scoops the stunned or dead fish from the surface. Thank God, Mark Wilson describes an approach that entices the fish and also takes a lot of pressure off the fishermen. You should read the book just to learn the meaning of the title. When you understand that, you will want to gain a full understanding of seeing those outside of Christ as true treasure. They are just as worthy of experiencing the love of God as those of us who have already accepted Him. Instead of continuing to struggle over sharing Jesus, just read the book and get started. In fact, join with some Christian friends and go fishing together, searching for the treasures that are all around us. You may find yourself feeding more than you catch, but is that not the way when you fish for fish? The point is you will not catch them unless you go where they are. Just be sure you don’t take any dynamite with you.