This book is a user-friendly, practical approach to evangelism. It does not have a "canned" approach or a high-pressure sales pitch method. The authors acknowledge the barriers to effective evangelism--the common fears, apprehensions and excuses--and encourage the reader to grow in their faith, and in confidence, using the style that fits them, and their own unique testimony. There are plenty of tools offered to help a person prepare and build the confidence for effectively sharing their faith. This is a good guide for beginners as well as a good resource for those who are experienced. It is full of biblical examples and is clear and easy to read.
The book is such a blessing. I am teaching the complete course to our church on Wednesday nights. It is important to share our faith with others!!! Jesus died for our sins. Everyone is precious in God's sight. It is our job to carry the Gospel to the world.Matthew 28:18-20 is the great commission to us. The authors are trully gifted in the proper way to share Evangelism. Be a contagious Christian. Make others want what you have in Jesus Christ by having a love for people that the world may not understand. The book helps you to see the style you have and how you can share your faith by being yourself.It is a program every church should provide their congregation. Go be a CONTAGIOUS Christian.
Overall I liked this book. It has many good points. I especially like Hybells' formula HP+CP+CC=MI. It makes sense. I also like his foundation that everyone is someone that God loves and died for. This rang true with me due to God revealing to me in another way. What I do not like, however, is the motivation given for witnessing and evangelizing. The emphasis for motivating Christians to become contagious Christians revolves mostly around self-gratification, such as adventure, joy, making one closer to God, and improving one's knowledge of the bible. While these are all good and things to be desired, they should not be the central reason for witnessing and evangelizing. I also did not care for the authors' losely interpreted rehashing of scriptures.The central reason should be that sinners are sinners, and if they do not repent they will go to hell. The authors do make this clear; however, it's toward the end and not discussed in nearly enough detail. Things I think Christians can take away from this book are that God loves and died for everyone. We should think of everyone with this in mind. The formula the authors gave is true of evangelizing and people taking us seriously. We must be actively seeking God, bringing ourselves into close proximity to those who need to hear the gospel, and clearly communicating it to them. Perhaps the most important piece of knowledge to be gleaned from the book is that conversion can take years. Some people do not readily accept the gospel; however, through continued, Spirit-led evangelism we can have a drastic impact on people for years to come.
This is a wonderful tool for discipling yourself and others to share the gospel in an authentic way. It helps you realize what your style of evangelism is and how to be comfortable with your own style.