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5 Stars Out Of 5
A Christian Book on Witnessing that will Encourage & Equip You, NOT make you Feel Guilty & Discouraged
August 1, 2014
I was given this book for free because I had sent an email asking for more information on the Evangelism/Witnessing weekend that Bright Lights was going to do not to far from here, but no one got back to me for a few weeks until the seminar was over. I had wanted to bring my teen who expressed interest in witnessing to the weekend, but I wasn't really that into it myself. My husband is a very passionate evangelist and I shrink in his presence. I learned not to be outspoken in my faith quickly when I became a believer because it wasn't welcomed discussion in my home. I've satisfied myself that my life would be a testimony for Christ and that I could wait until I was comfortable enough with a person/situation to share the gospel. Build a relationship first, you know? I've read plenty of articles and things that guilt trip Christians, telling them how Jesus commanded us to go make disciples, which He did, and explaining how heartless we'd have to be to not warn people about the misery of hell.
Trouble is, I was already discouraged and felt inadequate in terms of sharing the gospel, and I have never come across a resource that was as encouraging and equipping as Grace Mally's book, "Will Our Generation Speak?" until she sent me a copy for free. I agreed to read and review it because I felt that was the courteous thing to do. I never thought God would use it to gently lift me up, instruct me, and call me to His service. Grace didn't judge her readers, and she shared plenty of realistic statements about expectations not being met, feeling discouraged, and how difficult it can be to go out witnessing. She was very real and she offered hope, not through the many methods she described to start and maintain witnessing conversations (although those were awesome, I must say! The variety is so helpful, I feel like I have a toolbox to dig in now!), but through the power of Jesus Christ working in us. She inspired me rather than trying to convict me.
This book isn't just for "beginners," nor is it only suitable for youngsters. I am personally older than the author. The information/tips, encouragement and insight contained in this book would be beneficial to any and all Christians. I agree with another reviewer who stated the title would be more fitting if it were, "Will Christians Speak?" I know God spoke to my heart while I read this book, so thank you, Grace, for generously offering me this book- now that I've read it, I truly appreciate it.
I just finished reading this book, and I am going to read it again with a highlighter and a notebook handy. I plan to go through it again and take notes & I want to challenge myself to attempt 100 witnessing conversations next year. Why next year? Because I'm a planner and also a procrastinator. Go figure. I don't think God will let me go on this one, and, for added measure, I am going to blog about my interactions to help hold myself accountable. There, now it's out there. Even if no one reads this, I am a person of my word, so I will have 100 posts in 2015 regarding my attempts at witnessing using some of the techniques and conversation starters described in this book. God willing, of course, because I am not the One Who numbers my days.
Despite the clear [younger] target audience of Grace Mally's excellent book about the subject of sharing the gospel, Will Our Generation Speak?, she might as well have named it Will Christians Speak?. It doesn't matter if you're a millennial or not. It doesn't matter if you're saved and you've never shared the gospel, or you're saved and have shared the gospel a thousand times. It doesn't even matter where you are in your personal walk with Jesus Christ. You need to read Will Our Generation Speak? to be abundantly challenged to proclaim our great God and King far more, and a lot more effectively.
Likely a result of my admittedly underwhelming gospel witness, each chapter had me mentally scratching my head in utter disbelief and sheer amazement as I came across one account after another of Grace revisiting a time when she shared the gospel by herself or with other believers. And knowing Grace wasn't about to describe every last conversation she's engaged in blew me away even further. I'm necessarily embarrassed by it all, knowing how little I've talked to people about the Lord Jesus Christ, and how many opportunities I've wasted. Her example of obedience to the Great Commission rebukes me to the uttermost, and I rejoice how God has used someone like Grace to reach lost souls. Chapter 2 alone has already encouraged me to be praying more that God would make me a fisher of men! I'm most curious how He will answer these prayers and use a pathetic sinner saved by grace such as I!
In general, Will Our Generation Speak? is filled with details of what the every day sharing of the gospel can look like, and it's not complicated. It all starts with asking the Lord for opportunities, for help, and that He would guide you toward someone or a group of people. Yet every Christian comes up with excuses to avoid witnessing, and Grace nails a bunch of them. She also explains from God's Word why our excuses are wrong_and how to overcome them. They really boil down to selfishness and unbelief. We are selfish not to share the desperately-needed news of the gospel. And we demonstrate that we don't really believe what God says by being fearful and timid. It's really nothing other than caring about ourselves (i.e. how we look, our "reputation", etc.) more than we do about lost souls. In the grand scheme of the mission, even if people you witness to aren't friendly (and Grace shares experiences along those very lines), that doesn't mean you stop!
As far as the practical elements of witness, I would ultimately and unnecessarily write a short book mentioning all of what Grace describes throughout WOGS?. But one concept you can't possibly miss while reading is her use of gospel tracts. Grace is wise to say that tracts are great tools and conversation starters. I agree, as do many others, and need to use them more often and more passionately.
The fact is that if Christians are to witness well, we must be confident in the truths of God's Word. We must be confident in God's promises to be with us when we witness, and in His promises to work through us despite our weaknesses and personal quirks. Perhaps above all, we need to combat the deceitfulness of our own hearts and minds with God's Word! Grace couldn't have said it any better; when we avoid a witnessing opportunity, that means we've likely believed a lie either of our own, or of Satan's.
In the end, every believer should want to tell others of Christ because they love Christ and want to share His transforming love. In the end, how our audiences react just doesn't matter, as long as we've done our best to be gracious. In the end, God wants faithful messengers of His truth, not sheepish hoarders of the most precious gift ever offered. Fellow millennial disciples of Jesus Christ, the statistics of sharing the gospel are not on our side. I don't say that to provoke you into guilt or shame-driven witnessing. I just want to join Grace and the many she's accompanied in going to the nations, and I want you to do the same! Read Will Our Generation Speak?, and let our [millennial] generation be known for having spoken.
I purchased a few copies of this book as an add on for some graduation gifts. My teenage daughters really like this book. The young author lives out the example of witnessing and shares real life experiences as well as suggestions and a charge to the younger generation.
As an adult and mom, it encouraged me to share my faith and also was a catalyst to helping me talk to God about why I don't share the gospel more.
I would encourage adults to purchase several copies and give to your youth pastor, teachers of teens, or any teenager who claims to be a Christ follower. Don't forget to read it yourself and let God show you why you as an adult don't share the truth with others.
I purchased this book for my 20-year-old daughter who is already a great witness to unbelievers. We have also read the author's other book, written with her brother and sister, "Making Brothers and Sisters Best Friends." That book was excellent in helping our family deal with the normal sibling squabbles in a biblical way. When I received "Will Our Generation Speak," I read most of it before wrapping it up for Christmas. It was riveting and full of Scripture and true-life stories and ideas that make me want to read it to our whole family. Readers of any age will learn practical ways to reach this culture that is looking for answers. I highly recommend this book!