I Once Was Lost: What Postmodern Skeptics Taught Us About Their Path to Jesus
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Number of Pages: 132
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2008
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Jesus With Dirty Feet Christianity for the Curious & SkepticalDon EvertsInter-Varsity Press / 1999 / Trade Paperback$6.29 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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"This is a primer on how postmodernity affects evangelism. Doug and Don's observations are born out of experience, not theory. Their insights are accessible and applicable not only on the college campus but where you live and work."
"Many in college ministry will find this book fresh and challenging. Others will see in it principles and observations in which they already function comfortably. Either way, I Once Was Lost provides an apt reminder that what it means to creatively and respectfully love those whom God loves must change over time."
"I am so excited about this book! For someone like me who finds himself living in a Christian bubble, after just a few minutes of reading it I felt inspired and more equipped to articulate my faith. As a worship leader, I am so grateful for a book that has so beautifully explained the role that worship plays in helping a seeker find the God who made them! As explained in the book, seekers are not looking for passionless, careful worship, but they are looking for a genuine, God-anointed worship with a graciously delivered explanation! I believe this book will not only release fears that are in us as individuals to share our faith, but it will also release churches to passionately raise the worship temperature in their corporate meetings and watch scores of people come to Christ all at the same time. If you ask me, that sounds like the kind of God-honoring church we all want to go to!"
"Doug and Don and their brothers and sisters with InterVarsity have discerned a new movement of God's Spirit among our post-Christian, postmodern culture. Their insights from the frontlines of campus ministry provide a whole new paradigm for viewing the process by which one becomes a member of the kingdom of God."
"Do you feel immobilized or lost in this postmodern world as you ponder how to proceed in helping your friends become followers of Jesus? In I Once Was Lost, Don Everts and Doug Schaupp do a masterful job helping us discover how to be a guide alongside of our friends. Through the complex lives and winsome stories of their friends, Don and Doug help us to better understand the journey to faith and the thresholds that need to be crossed to become followers of Jesus. Through reading this book you will be encouraged to discover the fulfilling role you can have in guiding your friends to Jesus."
"For years we've dissected postmodern culture. It's time to better understand postmodern people. Without neglecting the mystical and organic realities of evangelism, Don and Doug offer a street-savvy, relationally guided process for engaging seekers in the context of their spiritual journey, not our prepackaged program. Compelling, winsome and intensely practical!"
"Doug and Don bring us right back to what it was like to be 'lost.' Holding the delicate balance between mystery and analysis, this contribution to the discussion of conversion is invaluable and will undoubtedly lead to more effective and organic ministry for all who put it into practice. Integrating cultural analysis with real life story and practical guidelines on how to be a friend teach us much about doing ministry in a postmodern age. They provide the much-needed model on how to talk naturally about Jesus and the kingdom of God. This book is a must-read for those seeking to make an eternal difference in the lives of non-Christians today."
"[C]ommendable for its frank and realistic look at what entices or deters people on their way into the kingdom of God."
"This book starts and ends on the ground, just where most of us need help in sharing our faith. It coaches us in practical ways to both discern and respond to where people really are. Its prolific examples amplify and apply very important values that are embedded in the gospel, alongside those that are features of our postmodern cultural life. This is a very motivating and useful book, and I commend it enthusiastically."
"There is great help in this new book by Don and Doug. It reveals clues on how God 'mysteriously and marvelously' moves people toward himself. I'm incorporating the content into my teaching, starting today."
"When it comes to evangelism, a one-size-fits-all approach has not worked for a long timeif ever. Schaupp and Everts have helped us all by actually finding out how students these days are making their way to faith. The view of evangelism that emerges is relational, natural and full of integrity. My students, even those who can hardly say the E-word without stuttering, will find their anxieties diminishing and their boldness increasing. This book is now a key component of my reading lists."
"Doug and Don have looked into the mystery of postmodern conversion and given us some handles and helps so that we can serve people well in their spiritual journey toward Christ. I am very excited about their keen insight and practical approach, and am recommending the book to many."
" I Once Was Lost is an enormous gift to the church. Schaupp and Everts offer us a mysterious and organic framework with which we can begin to understand the way postmoderns come to faith in Christ. Based on fifteen years of working with thousands of college students, they show us a first clear (yet neither facile nor simplistic) vision of the path to postmodern conversion. Individually, conversion is grounded in the mysteries of God working in lives. Collectively, a discernible pattern exists. This is an extraordinary book. Let it change your mind and change your heart. May it move you into prayer for and service of the young adults who share your life."
"Of the many books on the practice of evangelism this is one that does not leave the reader feeling frustrated and guilty! It does not promote an engineered confrontation but invites us to build respectful relationships and engage in stimulating conversation. It recognizes that in our post-Christendom context, sharing the good news requires patience and sensitivity. The authors carry credibility in that they draw copiously from their day-to-day experience."
"What's in the secret sauce? It took two decades of lab work to find out, but two campus ministers working two different kitchens have picked up the five pivotal 'thresholds' that usher postmoderns into faith. This will be high on my list of the most important books on evangelism published so far in the twenty-first century."
Patricia Chadwick5 Stars Out Of 5July 6, 2008Patricia Chadwick
For so many of us, sharing our faith is a frustrating exercise. We have the best of intentions, but end up being jerks for Jesus. We avoid non-Christians like the plague for a while. Then some one or some thing convinces us that we really ought to evangelize. So we gear up with self-righteous, fire and brimstone fear of hell for the next round. And we wonder why Christians have a reputation for being judgmental, close-minded and angry. Why would anyone else want to be a Christian when we make it look so uncomfortable? If this sounds familiar to you, you are going to love "I Once Was Lost". Get ready to be amazed at how easy sharing Jesus can be. It's a freeing, wonderful book full of insights and practical applications. Not a how-to book on evangelism. More like a how-come what we have been doing hasn't been working. And biblical, helpful ways to see the whole process of coming to Jesus differently than you ever have before. Emphasizing relationship over religion and loving over lecturing; this book will give you the confidence to share what you love about Jesus and let Him handle the rest. A very special book that every Christian ought to read.
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