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How to Talk About Jesus without Freaking Out with Study Guide [Paperback]

By Karen Covell (Author), Jim Covell (Author) & Victorya Michaels Rogers (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.55" Height: 0.62"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 29, 2001
Publisher   Multnomah Books
ISBN  1576739015  
EAN  9781576739013  


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Do you "freak out" when it comes to sharing Christ with others? God commands all believers to go and share the "Good News," but most believers don't do it because they're afraid-afraid of personal rejection.

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Do you "freak out" when it comes to sharing Christ with others? God commands all believers to go and share the "Good News," but most believers don't do it because they're afraid-afraid of personal rejection, afraid of being ridiculed, afraid of not knowing how, or afraid of not having all the answers. How to Talk About Jesus Without Freaking Out offers easy solutions to those who freeze up, freak out, or "pass" on the thrill of talking to someone about Jesus-and that's almost all of us. It is built on the authors' nine years of experience teaching folks of all backgrounds and religions in Hollywood how to share their faith. This humorously written book will help Christians push their fears aside and start fulfilling the great commission.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Karen Covell
Jim Covell is a University of Southern California graduate in music composition who has written scores for television and many feature films. Karen Covell, another USC graduate, is a film producer who speaks at colleges and churches. Karen and Jim have two "wonder boys," Christopher and Cameron; they live in Los Angeles .
Jim Covell
Jim Covell is a University of Southern California graduate in music composition who has written scores for television and many feature films. Karen Covell, another USC graduate, is a film producer who speaks at colleges and churches. Karen and Jim have two "wonder boys," Christopher and Cameron; they live in Los Angeles .
Victorya Michaels Rogers
Victorya Michaels Rogers received her master's degree in theology, then spent eleven years as a Hollywood agent representing award-winning writers, producers, directors, and technical crews. She speaks frequently on her passion for Jesus and makes her home in Oklahoma with her husband, Will.

Jim Covell currently resides in Los Angeles, in the state of California.

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Good book on preparing to witness, but ...  Apr 8, 2008
I should start by saying that there's a number of things to like about this book. First off, any book that encourages believers to get out there and share their faith, personally (as in, one-on-one) is to be commended. Too many believers - myself included, too often - let "the church" do the hard work of bringing the Gospel to their unbelieving friends. That is, they invite their friends to the latest cool event at their church - the latest BBQ, pool party, Christian music event, etc. - and assume that somehow they are doing the person a spiritual favor by being their friend. In other words, the standard paradigm for most people taking part in "relationship" or "friendship" evangelism. Because, let's face it, a lot of us think we're sharing the Gospel when we're really just being friends with somebody and hoping that they'll bring up the question for us. I've had to face the fact that it's a lot easier to be friends with somebody than it is to actually share the Gospel with them.

So, this book offers a lot of encouragement to go out on that limb and share the Gospel. This is a very good thing. All the music events, outdoor parties, and skateboard exhibitions will not bring a person to Christ unless somebody steps out in faith and shares with them.

Another thing to like about the book is that it has some practical ways to approach somebody and have conversations with them that approach spiritual topics. As the transition between the natural and the spiritual can be difficult, I think we can use as much help in that area as possible. It even commends the use of tracts, which is a much-maligned area of Christian witnessing. Now, I'm not talking Jack Chick tracts here - there are actually good ones out there. That's a good reminder in a world that seems to think that tracts are a backwards-looking way of witnessing. (And they're certainly better than no witnessing at all, which is, let's be honest, what most of us do.)

Where the book really falls down, though, is when it gets to the actual presentation of the Gospel and, more importantly, what comes before it. In a word, the Good News of Romans chapter 3 makes absolutely no sense until you really understand the Bad News of Romans 1 and 2. And I am sad to say that here there is very little help provided. The authors might respond "of course not, there's lot of help available in that area." I strenuously disagree. In fact, I'd say the opposite is true. There's plenty of help available about how to be friendly and non-threatening - in fact, that comes pretty natural to most of us - but precious little help available showing us how to really share the Biblical Gospel, something that causes people's hearts to be converted.

For example, the idea of sin is barely even mentioned. The authors briefly mention the Romans Road and the 4 Spiritual Laws, but leave it at that; as if the presentation of sin were the easiest and most natural thing in the world. Now, I am not saying that these techniques are not useful structures to use in witnessing. They can give you a useful framework to help peg in your memory. However, again I contend that the discussion of sin and showing the person's truly lost condition is the hard part of witnessing, and the most vital part: all the talks and friendship in the world are a piece of cake compared to that sticky work. And this book does virtually nothing to help you out in that area.

It also presents the unfortunate theology of "Decisional Regeneration" - that it's the person's decision that saves them; until they make that decision they're vulnerable, but once they do, they're good to go, heaven-wise. This may seem like abstract, worthless nitpicking; but I submit that a person's theology makes a huge difference. For what is belief in Jesus but (at one level) a theology? Now, true conversion is a lot more than merely theology; it is a complete regeneration of the heart by God's grace that comes through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. But it is no less than theology. What I am saying is that a certain amount of theology is necessary for even coming to faith in Christ; and the theology of Decisional Regeneration starts people out with the wrong understanding. Can a person who believes in Decisional Regeneration be saved? Of course they can; but I would argue that it's in spite of that belief, not because of it.

So, in conclusion, this book is a good book to read; I gave it three stars and I would have preferred three and a half if I had that option. But it is far from the complete story on how to share the complete Biblical Gospel with people. In fact, this book might be a good companion to the (lamentably) few books out there that really talk about the full presentation of the Gospel, the presentation of that Good News as the antidote to the Bad News that must come first in somebody's understanding. Much written by John MacArthur or John Piper would be useful; the most useful of all (though not perfect either) would be the Way of the Master series by Ray Comfort and friends.

If you take this book for what it's good for, I do recommend it; but don't take it as anything like the complete way to share the Gospel with your friends. If you do that, then it can be more dangerous than not doing it at all, since they will think they've heard the Gospel when they really have not.
 
Very practical and easy to use  May 10, 2007
If you want to learn how to share your faith in a practical and natural way, this book is for you. We have used it at our church to teach small groups and for people preparing to go on mission trips. Thanks for a valuable tool.
 
not very good..  Nov 5, 2004
if a book can't grab you in an hour the rest of its most likly as bad. that's the sad case here.
 
Every Believer Should Read This Book!  Feb 9, 2004
Practical advice on a fearful, awkward subject. I became a Believer because a friend was applying the steps in this book -- and didn't even know I was listening! "How To Talk About Jesus..." opens the reader's eyes and heart to his/her immediate community -- your close friends, your neighbors, your family, the people you work with and see every day. It challenges you to share with each of them the greatest thing that's ever happened to you -- and then it teaches you how to do it. Highly recommend.
 
The "How-to" book for the rest of us  Jul 30, 2000
The subtitle of this book is "An easy-to-use practical guide to relationship witnessing" and that's an accurate description. It's readable, shows a lot of experience behind the authors, and takes the reader point by point through how to talk about his or her faith. Highly recommended.
 

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