The ancient merchants of Tyre sailed the high seas and plumbed their depths in search of a rare shellfish, valued for its rich, purple dye. The Greek word kalchaino, "to ponder," literally means "in search of the purple fish."
Like the search for the purple fish, Jesus goes to remarkable lengths in seeking after his most valued treasurelost, broken, hurting, oppressed people. And he invites us on a grand adventure to help him connect with these "purple fish" too.
In this inspiring, practical book, Mark O. Wilson offers a fresh, new approach for sharing Christ with others, especially for those who feel inadequate and intimidated by witnessing. Purple Fish shows how it can be a delightful adventure of faith, filling your own soul in the process.
Through amazing and often humorous storiesas well as many practical suggestionsWilson encourages the reader to rethink what it means to bring lost people to Jesus. It will leave readers saying, "I haven't thought of it that way before. I can do that!"
|Publisher:||Wesleyan Publishing House|
|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
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.