Monday, September 13, 2010

Coffee House Conversations and give away

Authors: Dale Fincher & Jonalyn Fincher
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-31887-3
April 2010
Genre: Inspirational/witnessing

The subtitle of this book is Making the Most of Spiritual Small Talk, and in that respect, it is adequately named. COFFEE SHOP CONVERSATIONS is not for the sidewalk preacher, the zealous missionary, or even for you if you are brave about presenting Christ to an unsaved world. Instead, COFFEE SHOP CONVERSATIONS is for the timid to present the gospel in a non-confrontational way.

On page 14, the authors say “... We also believe the biblical idea that all humans, be they Christians, Buddhists, Mormons, atheists ... reflect God in varying degrees of clarity.” I was a bit uncomfortable with that statement, feeling that it has quite a bit of the “New Age I’m okay, you’re okay, lets just love one another” attitude in it.

On the other hand, this book will provide you with ideas about how to present the gospel in ways that will make the listener think, at least a little, about what you are saying, by gently working Christ into a conversation.

On the back cover of the book, it says, that you’ll discover how to:

> Gently invite others to share
> Cultivate an appropriate attitude of tolerance.
> Avoid the buzzwords that will stop a conversation cold
> Talk about Jesus as a unique spiritual leader.

If you are looking for a way to gently bring out the gospel, then COFFEE HOUSE CONVERSATION is a book to consider. I think of the parable of Jesus told where some seeds land on the path for the birds to eat. But others take root. Since you don’t know which seeds are landing where, this book maybe the perfect one to help someone begin to think about the gospel. $14.99. 233 pages.

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