Saturday, February 06, 2010

"Going Public with Your Faith", book recommendation.

"Going Public with Your Faith," by William Carr Peel, and Walt Larimore, Copyright 2003, published by Zondervan. Available at Amazon and Amazon's third-party sellers, for as low as $1.50 new and $.01 used (plus $3.99 shipping).

I think I got my copy at Book Warehouse, 1190 Lakes Boulevard, Lake Park, GA 31636-3015; phone (229) 559-4373‎. That's at Exit #5 on Interstate 75. Turn East when you take that exit. There are two discount/closeout bookstores in that shopping center. The bookstore closest to the Interstate is a Christian bookstore.

The authors are not LDS, but I really like their attitude and recommendations about what they call "evangelism," "outreach" and "witnessing." It's what LDS would call "missionary work." The authors describe courtesies and conversations that are well within the Golden Rule. The things the authors write really hit home with me, and are the way I would want to be treated by those who would like to share things about their religion with me.

I think Latter-day Saints could learn a lot from this book, and use the guidelines in it to share the message of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. The book seems to go a long way to help you get over the embarrassment of "talking religion."

From the back cover:

How to take evangelism out of the religious box and weave it into your life at work.

In every part of the world, people are looking for spiritual answers and resources as never before. But you don't need to travel to some exotic foreign mission field to find hungry hearts. You spend hours every day in the most strategic place of impact in the world -- your workplace.

Going Public with Your Faith offers a proven model for evangelism that respects the unique relationships you have with your coworkers, clients, or customers. It shows how you can be authentic instead of artificial when sharing what you believe, build trust with even the most skeptical person, and cultivate caring connections with those who have not yet come to a saving faith in Christ.

If you've ever wanted your life to count for the kingdom, Going Public with Your Faith will show you how your God-given gifts and talents can easily and naturally draw customers, clients, and coworkers to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

William Carr Peel, TH.M., is the pastor of leadership development at Fellowship Bible Church in Dallas, Texas, and the best-selling author of five books, including What God Does When Men Pray. He has consulted with and spoken for many organizations, including Promise Keepers, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs.

Walter L. Larimore, M.D., is vice president of medical outreach at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs and the best-selling author of Bryson City Tales and 10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People. He coauthored and teaches the course "The Saline Solution: Sharing Your Faith in Your Practice" for the Paul Tournier Institute of the Christian Medical Association.

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At 2/07/2010 12:34:00 AM, Blogger Kurt Hal said...

Just purchased my copy. Sounds interesting. Have you changed any of your tactics after reading this?

At 2/07/2010 07:32:00 AM, Blogger Bookslinger said...

The book is more about interacting with people with whom you already have a relationship through work or social circles. Most of the encounters I write about in my blog are quick one-time interactions with people whom I've never met before. It's much harder for me to broach the subject of religion with friends, and that's what the book addresses more.


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