|Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary|
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Most of us know or work with at least one unchurched person. And most of us wonder how to reach out to them, how to get them to want to come to church. Lee Strobel was once unchurched. He even considered himself an atheist for a while. Then he came to Christ, and is now a pastor at the Willow Creek church outside of Chicago, Illinois, known for its strong outreach to the unchurched. He shares his experiences and insights with us in Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary.
Strobel sets forth 15 key insights, from his own experience and from psychological research, for why people steer clear of God and the church. He also offers a fascinating look at Christianity in the eyes of a former atheist. His life-changing interaction with Jesus is an inspirational story for all those with unchurched friends and family. He offers practical strategies for both building relationships with non-Christians, and getting them into the church. He also shares some firsthand advice for surviving marriage to an unbelieving spouse (his wife became a Christian before he did, and it caused quite a bit of tension).
Strobel says he wrote Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary to "help advance your understanding of unchurched people so that your evangelistic efforts and the efforts of your church might become more effective." And it will likely do just that. Strobel's style is conversational, and his love for the unchurched shines throughout. He knows what Jesus has done for him, and wants to share that with as many people as possible. After you read this book, you will too. He sees this book as tangible evidence that God can and does work all things for the good of those who love Him.
|Praise for Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary, by Lee Strobel|
A timely book--the ideal author--practical guidelines for sensitizing the church to the mind of the unchurched. Hats off to Lee Strobel for a job well done.
"Must" reading for anyone who wants to know what has to be done to make the church functional in terms of its mission.
Tony Campolo, Professor of Sociology, Eastern College
The very first step to take in reaching the unchurched is that you must first learn to think like them. Unfortunately, the longer you are a believer, the less you tend to think like an unbeliever. Lee Strobel is one of the most creative, brilliant communicators in the church today. He understands the mind of the unchurched because he was one! A powerful guidebook that any church can use to be more effective in sharing the Good News.
Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church
Christians need to learn to translate the Gospel--without transforming it--in order to reach the unchurched Harrys and Marys of out post-Christian culture. Lee Strobel's lively, practical book is a tremendous tool for equipping believers to better understand the heads and hearts of their secular friend, and to better articulate the timeless truths of Christ in concepts that connect in the present.
Ellen Santilli Vaughn, co-author, with Charles Colson, The Body: Being Light in Darkness
In the midst of explaining Christianity to a seeker, did you ever wish that a bubble revealing his thoughts would appear above his head like in the comic pages? If you only knew this mindset, you could be so much more effective explaining what matters so deeply to you in ways that make sense to him. Now that Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary is available, we all have access to the inside thoughts of those who are searching to find God.
Howard G. Henricks, Chairman, Center for Christian Leadership, Distinguished Professor, Dallas TheologicalSeminary
Lee Strobel is the perfect brain surgeon to get inside the mind of "unchurched Harry" because that's where his mind once was, too. Plenty of practical, down-to-earth help for Harrys and Marys--and those who want to help them.
Russell Chandler, author/speaker, former religion writer, The Los Angeles Times.
|Intensely practical, fun to read, non-threatening, relevant, informative, down-to-earth, humorous--all of these describe Lee Strobel's superb new book. You'll be glad you read it. Be sure your pastor reads it too.|
Gary Collins, Executive Director, The American Association of Christian Counselors
Lee Strobel knows whereof he speaks. Proof can be seen any where in the thousands of seekers crowding the Willow Creek Community Church.
Robert E. Coleman, Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
The old adage, "If you aim at nothing you'll probably hit it" does not apply to Lee Strobel. He's taking aim at people who, like himself, until relatively recently, are unchurched pagans. He explains what happened to him, how it happened to him, how it happened to others, and how we can see it happen.
D. Stuart Briscoe, Senior Pastor of Elmbrook Church
America's churches, even the megachurches, have for two decades been overly depended on transfer growth. Lee Strobel's amazingly insightful book now provides the insights we have needed to reach the unsaved.
C. Peter Wagner, Professor of Church Growth, Fuller Theological Seminary
Understanding who the modern American is, how he things, and how he responds is a challenge to those of us who are committed to touching him with the Good News of Jesus Christ. Through the past few years, Lee Strobel has sought to get into the mind and heart of people outside the scope of the kingdom and has come to understand who they are and what it means to reach them. This book will help all of us learn from one who has made it a point to keep the Gospel uncompromised and the methods culturally relevant.
Joseph M. Stowell, President, Moody Bible Institute
Lee Strobel has helped those inside the church look into the minds of those outside the church. Anyone who has become comfortable in the church should read this manuscript to understand why the unsaved and unchurched are uncomfortable when they come into the congregation of believers. The author has one hand firmly on the unsaved and the other hand firmly in the church--bridging the gap between the two with this book.
Elmer Towns, Liberty University
With great perception, Lee Strobel gives outstanding insights into the minds of the unchurched, the barriers to their faith, and how to better related to them. An excellent tool for evangelism.
Bill Bright, Campus Crusade for Christ.