Bob Roberts, Jr. has experienced the methods he's promoting in this book--effective ways to spread the great news about Jesus to those of other religions. He explains how to gain the respect of Muslims, Hindus and folks in any other group you encounter.
Roberts is totally honest with these people that he is a committed follower of Jesus, and he explains that when asked. He's learned that by being a true friend and being open about his own beliefs, others are likely to ask what he believes and listen to the Word of God.
This author has learned to be filled with the joy of the Lord and the love of God that attracts others who may want to know more. This book can encourage all Christians to find a fuller life in Christ for themselves by reaching out in the power of the Holy Spirit, as Bob Roberts teaches.
Bold as Love is an easy to read, well-written, encouraging and challenging book.
Bob Roberts, Jr. in his new book , "Bold as Love book coverBold as Love" published by Thomas Nelson shows us What Can Happen When We See People the Way God Does.
From the back cover: As Christians, we're called to love our neighborsâ€”all our neighbors. But is that even possible? And can we truly love them well?
People often think of their neighbors as those already belonging to their "tribe" or community. It's safe, it's easy, and it doesn't often cause conflictâ€”politically or religiously. But in today's world, everyone and everything is interconnected globally in an ever-changing cultural landscape, while religious strife runs rampant. Is it feasible for Christians to live their faith boldly and lovingly while entering into a true relationship with "neighbors" of other faiths, both locally and globally?
In Bold as Love, Pastor Bob Roberts shows you what it looks like to live out your faith daily in the global public square among people of other faithsâ€”Jews, Muslims, atheists, Hindus, Buddhists. While he admits that it can be challenging to engage people of other faiths whose beliefs are as strong as yours, he demonstrates how to enter into this critical dialogue in a radical yet loving way. "We have to learn to speak with one conversation and give the same message everywhere to everyone," he says. "We are commanded to love God and love others. And sometimes that requires risky boldness."
Roberts invites you to respond to this call to live a life of fearless and loving engagement with the world. So take the risk! Your faith wasn't made to live in isolation. It's something you do face-to-face, heart-to-heart, hand-to-hand. Whether you are in a suburb of Houston or a village in India, put away the fear and suspicion and, instead, answer the call to radically love others the way God loves. And get ready to see your life and the lives of those you touchâ€”your family, your community, even your enemiesâ€”transformed!
I don't know about where you live but where I live the nationalities seem to be expanding. Within just a few blocks of my home there are Vietnamese, Koreans, Chinese, People from India, Pakistan, Central & Northern Europe as well as the Middle East. Quite a diversity wouldn't you say? Leads to a number of new restaurants to try out with lots of new recipes. This diversity also leads to lots of different religious beliefs in the area. Is this something to be frightened about? Should we shun them? Absolutely not! We need to embrace them. How can we learn about anyone unless we make friends? They may not believe what we believe however they are human just like us and we all need friends. Shutting people out of our lives only leads to hurt feelings and walls that take a long time to break down. Bob Roberts, Jr. shows us how to build multifaith communities where we can all get along and live and work together in prosperity and harmony. "Bold as Love" is an eye-opening experience that if taken and used will greatly open and enrich your life and those in your community. I think you will want to give this book to family and friends so that they can have a new perspective also. They will always remember your gift and thank you for it. I recommend this book highly!
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Pastor Bob Roberts shows the reader what it looks like to live out our faith daily. He challenges us to see people the way God sees people. He also addresses that our faith was not meant to live in isolation we are to go out and share the gift of Salvation. I enjoyed some portions of the book but I did not agree with other parts. I did understand that Pastor Bob Roberts Jr. wants us to see people as God sees others and that is a challenge, but he also challenges the Christian to respect the people of other faiths. Not to build a wall and think your faith is all there is. At first I thought that Jesus said He is the way the truth and the light, no one comes to the Father but through Christ His Son. I do believe that but also we need to remember Jesus left us the example of the woman at the well. He did not tell her she was wrong. He drew from what she knew, and I am sure that we all experienced the same. So in the end God wants us to relate to those on what they know and present Salvation not shove it down the person's throat. I did enjoy the book after I kept and opened mind and receive the message. I pray you learn from this book. God Bless.
I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson I was not influenced to write a positive or negative review. It was solely my thoughts after reading Bold as Love.
We are alive at a time when God has allowed us to live near all kinds of people who need to know the love of Jesus. We no longer need to travel thousands of miles to minister to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, or those of other religions. They probably live on our street, Roberts reminds us.
He believes these immigrants hold the keys to our future. These neighbors enable us to connect to the rest of the world. Loving and building relationships with these people allow us possibilities not before seen.
But are Christians prepared? It is not easy to learn a new way of relating to people of other faiths. Loving others doesn't mean we will agree with them. It may mean clearing up misconceptions about each other.
Roberts writes, "This book is about what our congregation has experienced while becoming missionaries in a multifaith world, and how it has deepened our love for Jesus and enhanced our witness for him." (27)
He addresses fears to overcome and describes congregations meeting together. He shares many of his own experiences and explains how to connect with Muslims.
He explores existing in multifaith communities. He says the concept is perfect for religious conservatives, is for the common good, is honest, creates lasting relationships, and deepens our faith.
Roberts ends the book with suggestions for challenging your own tribe. He adds three things pastors must do if they want to be a force for peace in their communities and the world.
He concludes: "Where is Jesus? He is where we take him. Where are we taking him? He didn't enter us to stay cooped up, but to be bold as love." (182)
This is certainly a challenging book. Roberts has developed a good relationship with an imam, a rabbi, and their congregations in the DFW area. He has been welcomed in Middle East countries.
I am troubled, however, when I compare his experiences to those of Christians in Muslim dominated cultures.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from a publicist for the purpose of this review.
Review of the book Bold as Love by Bob Roberts, Jr
November 24, 2012
I didn't really enjoy this book because while this person claimed to be a preacher, he misapplied many parts of the bible and when he claims to be preaching to people, he isn't even telling them the truth.
I do like the quote on page 16 which reads " We cannot practice this bold love of people unless we first focus on GOD. I reach out to someone I don't know, not because I love that person-I probably don't, because I don't even know him or her- but because my bold love is directed at Jesus and following his commands to love others." I also like the quote on page 87 which reads " Non-christians are used to empty promises groups. Who's for real? How can they tell how serious we are? Only sweat equity will tell them how serious we are. "
I also like the quote on page 114 which says " When I'm asked hard questions about my faith that can be controversial or seem politically incorrect, I do my best to stay calm, smile, and answer the questions honestly." I like this because the bible answers questions such as is it ok to the gay, is abortion right or wrong,etc. And people make not like the answer but the bible clearly answers all and any questions we may have.
My one major complaint is how the author says that Jesus and GOD are one person and talks about the trinity but that is simply not true. There are many examples in the bible that show otherwise. GOD had the virgin mary give birth to the son Jesus and perform miracles on the earth. Another example is how Jesus got baptized at one point and Jehovah GOD sang down from Heaven how proud he was of his son.