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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Surprise whoever you are, youre a missionary!
If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, God calls you his missionary. You may never go halfway around the world. You may not raise financial support. But because of Gods gospel work in you, you are on mission: to people in your work, school, neighborhood, and those in need. As everyday missionaries, God has sent us to live out his Great Commission in the ordinary, normal, all-too-busy, and even most mundane moments of our lives.
But what exactly does an everyday missionary do? Where and when does this everyday mission happen? Most importantly, how can you possibly share the gospel, without killing your relationships?! Those are the types of questions A Field Guide for Everyday Mission answers for individuals, churches, small groups, Sunday schools, and missional communities. Many resources exist on missional theory, missional leadership, and even missional stories. But based on their years of helping people tangibly demonstrate the gospel, pastors and practitioners Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts Jr. have created an immediately implementable resource to help ordinary followers of Jesus put the idea of mission into everyday practice.
Each days reading includes a biblical principle that can immediately be put into practice. Each reading ends with a few ways to help you live out the principle in your daily life. By the end of day 30, youll have 101 different ways to demonstrate the gospel in your daily life. And along the way, other practitioners such as Jeff Vanderstelt, Rick McKinley, and Lance Ford share stories about living on Gods everyday mission in their unique context. A Field Guide for Everyday Mission is a tool designed for you, whether youre newly considering the missional idea, whether youve never heard the word before, or whether youve spent years trying to figure out how to put that idea into practice.
DR. BOB ROBERTS, JR. is founding pastor of NorthWood Church, Fort Worth, TX. NorthWood has started over 200 churches in the US and a center for training new pastors. He is a leading practitioner and writer on Glocal transformation of individuals, religious communities, NGOs, cities, and global engagement, having worked extensively with the UN and various State Departments globally. He is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and author of books including Transformation, Glocalization, Real-Time Connections and Bold as Love. Bob is married to Nikki and they have two children and one grandson.
Ashley Lluay5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: A Field Guide for Everyday Mission by Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts, Jr.June 30, 2017Ashley LluayQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Book Title: A Field Guide for Everyday Mission: 30 Days and 101 Ways to Demonstrate the Gospel
Author: Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts, Jr.
Genre: Nonfiction, Missions, Christianity, Gospel, Witnessing
A Field Guide for Everyday Mission is a motivating and convicting reminder of the importance of not only sharing but demonstrating the Gospel. Are you a believer in Christ? Then you are a missionary, no matter what your job description may say. This book encourages us to step outside our comfort zone and gives practical ways to share the Gospel with those God has placed in our mission field right where we live, work, and play.
This field guide answers six questions:
1. Who is my everyday mission field?
2. What does an everyday missionary do?
3. When does everyday mission happen?
4. Where does everyday mission happen?
5. Why should I even care about everyday mission?
6. How do I share the Gospel without killing the relationship?
One thing I really appreciated about this book is that it was not just theoretical missions ideology, as so many missions books are. As its title implies, this is a field guide designed to give 101 practical ways you can be an everyday missionary. For example, Way #91 says, "Introduce yourself: Linger outside instead of immediately shutting your garage door; cross the street. Be intentional with conversation at work or school; don't be silent."
As believers, we often get so comfortable in our Christian bubble that we forget that people around us are living hopeless lives that will end in eternal separation from God. Ben and Bob encourage us to tale measures to involve ourselves in the lives of unbelievers so that we can have an impact on their lives as they see the way we live.
I would recommend this book to every Christian! Whether you are the director of a mission board, a janitor, or a mailman, this book is for you. It will encourage you and equip you to seek out those who are around you and be intentional about demonstrating the Gospel to them. I highly recommend this book to anyone wondering how they can share the Gospel better!
I received this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for this review.
HeidiMarie4 Stars Out Of 5A Field Guide for Everyday MissionNovember 2, 2016HeidiMarieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is all about showing how mission is a part of our lives every day. It isn't just something that people do in other countries. If you are a Christian, you are a missionary.
The book is split into 30 sections, to be read over 30 days. Each week has a theme: who, what, when, where, why, and how. These questions are answered and explained throughout the week. The authors give super simple ways to share Jesus with others in our everyday routine. For the most part, the authors focus on how to share the Gospel through love and kindness toward others everyday, while being honest up front about our love for Jesus. They also stress that we personally cannot bring people to Jesus, that rather God uses us to bring them closer, so He can do the work in their hearts. They also stress that they aren't trying to turn us all into preachers, they are simply helping to equip us for the many situations in our lives which can, sometimes surprisingly, be used for missions, using the gifts and skills that we already possess.
The tone and voice of the book was super friendly and relatable, which always makes a book that much more of a pleasure to read. I found myself chuckling out loud quite a few times. In addition, the book was extremely impactful. Most of the situations that they mentioned can be used for missions are things that I never considered before, but now I see what a wonderful opportunity it is.
The physical, paperback book that I received is really well put together and of great quality. It is small and can be read quickly (like I did in order to write this review), but it is recommended to be read over the course of six weeks. Honestly, even if I hadn't been reading it for review, I probably would have read it quickly anyways, since I was enjoying reading and learning so much, I was having a difficult time putting the book down.
I gave this book 4/5 stars, and it is something that I definitely recommend to everyone. I'm actually thinking that this is the perfect gift for a friend of mine attending a Bible college and planning a missions trip in the spring.
*I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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