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Sometimes the best answer is a question. It's the way Jesus often talked with people as He led them into discussions about the issues that mattered most.
In this second edition of the perennial best-seller Questioning Evangelism, Campus Crusade for Christ veteran Randy Newman forwards thought provoking and practical insights to help Christians engage others in meaningful spiritual conversations. Emerging out of years of his own questioning style of evangelism, Newman suggests that asking questions doesn't tell unbelievers what to think but instead challenges how we think about people, their questions, and our message.
This second edition includes a chapter in which the author reflects on the success of the book and what that has taught him, as well as a new foreword by Lee Strobel.
Number of Pages: 280
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Engaging Peoples Hearts the Way Jesus Did by Asking QuestionsJuly 7, 2017richard r blakeBridgman, MIAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In the book Questioning Evangelism Engaging Peoples Hearts the Way Jesus Did Randy Newman asks his readers to look at evangelism in a new way; following the example of Jesus by asking questions.
Using examples from personal experiences Newman introduces an approach for designing questions that are more engaging and less confrontational. He combines a balance of biblical theology, infused with compassion, in a distinctive merger of apologetic information and relational evangelism.
Newman teaches evangelism and apologetics at the C. S. Lewis Institute in the Washington D.C. area. He is a for a former staff member of Campus Crusade, and originator of Connection Points, which specializes in helping people of different backgrounds dialog in questions of faith.
Questioning Evangelism Engaging Peoples Hearts the Way Jesus Did can be used for individual study and challenge or in an interactive group setting. A study guide is included to generate stimulating discussion and personal application.
I was personally challenged as I pondered the concept that: evangelism happens in relationships, developed through challenging questions while allowing me to: Declare the gospel, defend the message, and dialog the truth to a new generation. Questioning Evangelism has given me a new awareness of how I can more effectively share my faith in todays culture and within my community.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Mark Evans5 Stars Out Of 5ListenJuly 4, 2017Mark EvansQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Quotes
"Portraying Christian experience as as a progressive journey toward holiness rather than a present attaining of holiness can actually be liberating to questioners... We have been saved (past tense) from the penalty of sin. We are saved (present tense) from the power of sin. And someday we will be saved (future tense) from the presence of sin." (p. 199)
"I sometimes wonder if some of our evangelistic conversations sound like this (*italics mine)... One side posits a question, not really expecting an answer or listening for a response. The other side sits frustrated, not really getting to answer or expecting to be heard." (p. 238)
In the preface Randy writes, "The goal of Questioning Evangelism is to help people know how to think about an issue more than what to think. this book will help followers of Jesus to develop their minds ("the minds of Christ") more than methodologies, giving readers a sense of what to say." I believe that this book will help to create an attitude of thoughtfulness regarding evangelism. I already think about evangelism and my approach, but I am glad to see another thoughtful resource. Randy's book is an important and relevant book. The contents of the book include three parts: Why Ask Questions? What Questions Are People Asking? Why Aren't Questions and Answers Enough?
When I received the book I expected it to be an exposition of Jesus' dialogue, specifically questions. I expected Jesus to be the theme of the book. If you have ever read the gospels you noticed that Jesus responded to questions with a question. I didn't have to read for long to recognize my wrong presumption. Rather, Jesus' questioning has set the example portrayed in this book.
Throughout the book Randy shares some fictional dialogues (negative examples vs. positive examples). They are interesting, but Im not certain that they are any more than fiction. He has years of experience conversing with a diversity of people and specifically in the context of evangelism. Perhaps the dialogues could become a reality, but I'm skeptical. However, I don't believe that this minimizes the quality or value of the book. Maybe the dialogues he shared enhances the book and will create ideas in people's minds. My biggest concern, people may try to use his examples verbatim. Randy also recognizes this possibility and warns readers to avoid using the exact same arguments. Evangelism requires creativity and listening.
Randy discussed some important topics, which include: intolerance, evil and suffering, the reliability of the Bible, angry evangelists or angry evangelism, homosexuality, homophobia, and listening. Questioning Evangelism is unlike any other book I have read on evangelism. Randy doesn't tell readers how to evangelize, but how to think like an evangelist. When we evangelize and when we ask questions, it gives people opportunity to tell us how they are feeling and what they think. To often we want to tell others what we believe and what we think. Wouldn't it be refreshing for others to have the opportunity to speak? And we can reform our attitudes so that we listen to others with genuine compassion as they share their concerns, fears, and anxieties.
In exchange for an honest review, Kregel Blog Tours provided me a copy Questioning Evangelism. I have written an honest review.
StarlaSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5My favorite approach to evangelism yet!June 2, 2017StarlaSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5To be honest, I wasnt excited about reading this book when it arrived at my door. For years, Ive been inundated with pleas to evangelize with challenges to incessantly invite people to church or use a simple, guaranteed type of formula. These forms of evangelism have been largely ineffective for me, and Ive grown tired of them. Ive chosen instead to invest my life in deeper discipleship, all the while feeling a bit guilty for not focusing on the beginning steps of starting a person on the journey. Then I picked up Questioning Evangelism: Engaging Peoples Hearts the Way Jesus Did (Second Edition) by Randy Newman. Not only was the physical feel of the book (its the kind of book that just feels good in your hands and makes you want to read it, which Im sure fellow bibliophiles can fully admire and appreciate with me), but I was enraptured from the very first pages of the preface.
Randy Newman talks about evangelism in ways that Ive been thinking about for several years now, but havent heard anybody else express in the same way. As Christians, we need to first and foremost value wisdom as we engage with others. I initially encountered this concept in written form through Miroslav Volfs A Public Faith, yet now I got to read what this concept of living the wisdom of Christ in our interactions with others could look like in evangelistic conversations. Newman communicates this excellently by sharing principles on how to engage then providing numerous examples of how the principles may look in practice. He never shares things as a formula to memorize, but rather as principles we can embody and learn to contextualize. Each spiritual conversation with an unbeliever is unique, so he invites readers to also provide a unique and personal response. I absolutely loved how Newmans content and communication style helped me to think outside of the box for my own friendships. Throughout reading this book, Ive been reflecting on past conversations and relationships where Newmans approach could have been much more useful. Im now excited to adopt many of his ideas in future conversations.
My only disappointment of this book came in the second section. Divided into three sections, Newmans book explores in Part 1 Why Ask Questions?, in Part 2 What Questions Are People Asking?, and in Part 3 Why Arent Questions and Answers Enough?. Though I highly enjoyed Part 1 where Newman lays out his principles and appreciated Part 3 where he addresses the limitations of this approach, the chapters in Part 2 appeared out of date. I imagined that the purpose of creating a second edition was to update the original content of the book to become more timely for todays social issues, but it seems like the editors were lazy and didnt account for all of the changes that have occurred in our culture since 2004 when the original book was published. This lack of update was highly apparent in the chapter on homosexuality. While the publisher may have made minor edits, the majority of sources cited are now over twenty years old. Only two suggested readings were included that have been written after 2004. Considering how much literature and research has been published in the last decade, its a real shame that neither the publisher nor author found it beneficial enough to include anything new. With such a polarizing issue in todays culture, this chapter needed to be entirely rewritten rather than only minimally edited. What worked in 2004 does not work in 2017. Age throughout the book also showed in the types of illustrations and stories used. Whether another story about September 11th or a reference to the old reality television show Elimidate, a significant number of stories failed to be relevant to the current cultural landscape. If nothing else, they could have changed Al Qaida to ISIS. (Sorry, if thats a low blow, but hopefully you see my point.)
Overall, Id recommend Part 1 of this book to all of my Christian friends, also informing them that if they read Part 2 to take everything with a grain of salt.
* A special thanks to Kregel Publications for providing a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5great and intriguing bookMay 30, 2017MarkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book intrigued me when I read the blurb about it in the review opportunity. I don't read and review enough non-fiction titles, so I decided to review it. I found the book as interesting as it sounded in the description.
If you pay attention while reading the Gospels, Jesus asked a lot of questions. When people asked Him questions, He often replied back with a question of His own. This often showed the motive and reasons behind the person's question.
The author does a great job of showing how we Christians today can apply this same method to our evangelizing and also in dealing with tough questions from others. He covers such topics as why are Christians so intolerant, why are Christians so homophobic, why does God allow so much pain and suffering, and other such questions. He also spends some time on why questions are better than answers.
The book is an interesting, engaging, and helpful read. I have never thought about using this method of evangelizing and of dealing with tough questions, but I am definitely intrigued by the idea of it after reading this book. The author did a great job of getting his ideas across in an interesting way, and I feel this is a book that will be helpful to many Christians.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5An evangelism technique for our timesMay 29, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Culture is not the same as it was a generation ago and our evangelistic methods should not be either. Firing off arguments and facts no longer works. Newman proposes doing more listening than talking, more asking than telling. He convincingly argues that this was the method used by Jesus and Paul.
I really like Newman's exploration of how we might pave the way for belief through the use of questions. He includes how we can demolish strongholds of belief, such as that all people are basically good. I like that he encourages us to not water down the gospel to make it less objectionable.
Newman provides many examples of how this process works and includes information on topics people are interested in, such as homosexuality, hypocrisy and anger. He also goes over the skills required, such as presenting the gospel clearly. He does note that we must also be able to defend the gospel, being familiar with evidence. His concentration is still on discussion, however. He gives some good tips on reading the other person's emotional state, perhaps leading to understanding where that person is coming from.
I really like Newman's honesty when it comes to the sticky issue of the problem of evil. "Apparently, God doesn't want us to know why bad things happen to good people because He doesn't tell us." (109) In the course of discussion, one can always ask the other person of they have a reasonable explanation or one that is satisfying. Questions might progress to the point of trusting God for comfort, hope, and salvation.
This is an updated edition of a book that came out in 2004. Many of his resources are decades old. I would have preferred more recent sources, especially in the chapter on homosexuality. While I felt the message in that chapter was compassionate as well as truthful, more recent sources would give his comments greater weight in our present culture.
I like this book and I recommend it to those who want a good way to engage their friends in discussion about faith. Newman shows how you can share God's message of hope and grace through asking questions. You'll find out more about your friend and perhaps pave the way for salvation.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.