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January 14, 2010
Organic Outreach for Ordinary People is the perfect book for those new to evangelism. Kevin Harney has gone beyond writing a book with a script or canned approach to spreading the Good News. He has given us a three part approach to evangelism that enables all of us fulfill God's call for us. Each part reveals the things we need to think about before we tell others about Christ. Part 1 deals with preparing ourselves for the mission. Harney starts with explaining that God's love and God's grace are very important when we start our training. He lets us know the Bible is our source of truth. Part 1 ends with an examination of our evangelistic temperature. Part 2 introduces the concepts of praying for people and with people. Living a Godly life as an example to others is the third chapter of this section. The section ends with examples of different ways to reach out to people when evangelizing. Getting in touch with the Holy Spirit is introduced in the first chapter in Part 3. Starting conversations, personal testamonies, and various ways to evangelise are introduced in the last chapters of the book. Part 3 is the work section of the book. Harney stresses that the book is not a system or program and he is right. Everything in the book is based on scripture. He also suggests opening ourselves to the Holy Spirit and watch what God will do. This is a wonderfully well written book that will inspire every willing heart to spread the Gospel.
Organic Outreach for Ordinary People is exactly that: organic and ordinary. Its down-to-earth life observations that ordinary people relate to about how to talk about Jesus in off-the-cuff, organic ways. While there may not be a plethora of new insight or information in this volume, that simplicity might be its value.Kevin G. Harneys remarks can be summed up this way: Simply be real and God will use you to reach others for Jesus. This reality requires minimal new information; it does require a new attitude. Thats where Harney focuses his effort.In reaction to too many apprehensions, too many programs, and too many musings about evangelism, Harney advocates: Change your attitude to outreach and try it out. This volume is one in a line of reactionary books to the myriad evangelistic methods and programs in the 1970s-1990s. In response to the task list to successful evangelism approach, Harney offers an attitude to effective outreach approach. This book is about changing our spiritual attitudes to outreach and letting the tasks flow from there.While affecting the readers spiritual attitudes dominates Organic Outreach, Harney does offer specific tools. He insightfully describes how to pray for neighbors, begin spiritual conversations, describe ones own faith, and recognize an opportunity to talk about Jesus. He also details several catchy laws and rules, such as the Law of Love and the One-Degree Rule. Furthermore, these suggestions remain faithful to his organic approach to outreach: they are not contrived or awkward. The reader will likely be able to picture using them in his/her own situation.