I always wonder if a book purporting to be “Christian” will have anything to do with Jesus or will be some perversion of the true Gospel, so when Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism showed up as a 99 cent bargain in my Bookbub.com cheap books email I grabbed it.
The Gospel isn’t about Jesus, Jesus is the Gospel. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mathew 4:19) Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John, 14:5-6) Carl Medearis has spent his life working to win souls to Jesus. He started out ready to dazzle the unbelievers with theology and logic and was discouraged when he had almost no success. Then in interaction with Muslims in the middle east he came to realize that although “Christian” was anathema to Muslims they were fascinated with Jesus. At that point he shifted from identifying himself as a Christian Missionary and just started talking about being a follower of Jesus.
Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism is the story of how Carl changed from a frustrated preacher who couldn’t seem to reach anyone with his message into a powerful force for Jesus in the world. Not only did I find it a compelling and enjoyable read, but it has a profound message: Jesus is what is important, not buildings or liturgies or denominations: Jesus is the Good News. This book may challenge your thinking, but it has a powerful message and is worth reading.
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