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If you've ever felt uncomfortable talking about your faith with people who believe differently--you're not alone. But it is possible to engage in open and honest spiritual conversations...without awkwardness! Jesus did this effectively, and when you learn from him, so can you.
When you look at the life and ministry of Jesus, you'll see nine different ways in which he engaged with people. These practices, or "arts," are skills you can learn that will naturally deepen your connections with others. When spiritual conversations become an everyday reality, you'll have a front-row seat as God changes people's lives.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
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Often, it doesnt seem so. It can feel scary, awkward, and uncomfortable as we try to navigate loaded questions and different perspectives. Even the most faithful of believers sometimes get stumped. But can you imagine if we, as Christians, simply spent time with people who are far from God and provided a safe place to talk about spiritual matters? If we listened to them and discovered what was really important to them? After all . . . its what Jesus did. And its what you can do too.
Drawing straight from the life and ministry of Jesus, The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations offers simple practices to help you build relationships with people who believe differently. Anyone who has read and appreciated Becoming a Contagious Christian or Just Walk across the Room wont want to miss this book on creating a safe space to have natural, loving, and spiritual conversations with others.
theChristianReviewerAge: 45-54Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5an excellent approach that makes evangelism easyJune 21, 2016theChristianReviewerAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5See my full review here:
How often do we feel uncomfortable when we are around other people who may not believe the same way we do. Sometimes, we either come across too harsh and turn others off to the point they tune us out. Other times, we are too shy and don't seize the opportunities that God puts directly in our paths. "The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: walking alongside people who believe differently" by Mary Schaller and John Crilly directly addresses those very issues. This book covers how to create an environment and a relationship with others that causes them to naturally feel more comfortable and provides the opportunity to discover God through His Word together in a non-threatening environment. The nine "arts" are based on nine observed behaviors or approaches that Jesus had when interacting with people we read about in Scripture. The book is broken into four major parts each one taking you further into the process allowing you to share and discuss your faith without ending up in a heated Battle Royale. This book is written extremely well and very engaging. Each chapter ends with Discovery questions/topics to cause you to think and also Practice points that will challenge you to move forward with the process. This book is written kind of as an explanation of how "Q Place" works, which is a very unique way of seeing lives changed by discovering God's Word together in a non-threatening or intimidating environment. This is a very practical and very highly recommended book for anyone who has a heart for others or wants to reach others for Christ, but never were quite sure how to do it effectively.
Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Book review: The 9 Arts Of Spiritual ConversationsMay 5, 2016Dr JSKAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 9 Arts Of Spiritual Conversations: Walking Alongside People Who Believe Differently, written by: Mary Schaller & John Crilly, published by: Tyndale Momentum, guides us into a possessing a greater technique for our outreach/witness efforts.
The 9 Arts Of Spiritual Conversations are found within three distinctly different categories:
Getting Ready For Spiritual Conversations:
Noticing, Praying, and Listening
Getting Started With Spiritual Conversations:
Asking Questions, Loving, and Welcoming
Keeping It Going:
Facilitating, Serving Together, and Sharing
Through these three categories, through these 9 Arts Of Spiritual Conversations, and through the life and ministry of Jesus discussed in this publication, you can learn to communicate more naturally, in such a way that draws your audience into a greater understating of what your personal faith means to your existence and how Jesus can make a difference within people's lives.
If you ever wanted to be able to share your faith in a comfortable, natural manner, then this book is something that you need to purchase and pass along when you have finished reading it yourself. For that reason and so many others, this is a recommended purchase.
Dr. Jeff Krupinski
gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 59 arts of Spiritual ConversationsApril 22, 2016gcw1York, PAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4THE 9 ARTS OF SPIRITUAL CONVERSATIONS
Walking Alongside People Who Believe Differently
By Mary Schaller & John Crilly
Want to have a spiritual conversation with someone you meet while shopping, waiting at the airport or wherever you are? Opening a spiritual conversation is not always the easiest thing to do and sometimes we will mess it up from the beginning. Feel more confident and less uncomfortable about sharing your faith with help in this informative book. The authors share some conversations that have gone wrong and nine ways to improve future conversations.
The book is divided into four parts, getting ready, getting started, keeping it going and ongoing spiritual conversations. Each part is divided into three easy to understand methods of improving your spiritual conversations. They use examples of how Jesus [what better teacher could we have] would have conversations with people, in example, the woman at the well, the man at the healing pool and others from scripture. Discover questions and practices are offered at the end of each chapter.
I think this is a very helpful book for those who want to evangelize and do what Jesus asked us to do, to spread the word to all.
I received this book free from Tyndale Blog Network Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5Love God, love people - Simple 9 Arts to talk about your beliefs with those who believe differentlyApril 21, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I don't know about you, but I tend to get gun-shy about speaking in public or sharing about my faith openly with those who believe differently, especially with family members. When I saw this title, The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations by Mary Schaller and John Crilly, I thought, "OK, that seems straightforward enough. Let's give it a try." With the 9 arts being the art of noticing, praying, listening, asking questions, loving, welcoming, facilitating, serving together and sharing, the authors are able to be keep it segmented and to the point, yet still provide informative guidance.
"The first and most important reason to share your faith in Jesus should always be genuine love for the other person, not your own agenda or a sense of obligation...The second reason to share our faith in Christ is that we sincerely believe the gospel has met our deepest need and will meet others' deepest need." (198)
There's much to take in from The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations. In due time and with prayers, I hope my mind and ears be open with no hesitation to share meaningful spiritual conversation with those who believe differently, keeping in mind to listen and learn from others what is important to them. Let us share our stories and build our relationships.
This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.
NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House Publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5One of the best books I'll read this year.April 20, 2016Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is going to be one of the best books I read in 2016. I just know it.
A year or so ago, I encountered Hugh Halter and his concept of "whimsical holiness" through his book "Flesh: Learning to Be Human Like Jesus." Hugh provided a fresh, Gospel-driven direction for our Christian living and witnessing. It was such a simple, beautiful notion: The Gospel, presented rightly, draws and woos. It doesn't repel. So, we can speak plain truth about Jesus while keeping our current friends, and maybe we'll even make some new friends.
Now, Mary Schaller and John Crilly have come out with this incredible little volume "The Nine Arts of Spiritual Conversations." If you've ever wanted to share your faith, ever wanted to give somebody something that matters so much to you, then this is the book you've been waiting for. I wish it could be packaged as a double feature with "Flesh," because it explores all the questions that Hugh's book raised.
Mary and Crilly know that the Gospel is truly good news, and they both want to spread that good news. We all know the word for this activity. It's evangelism. We also know that evangelism is a wonderful thing that's been used in a bad way. We've all been burned by an ill-timed and insensitive application of the Gospel. Sometimes we were the ones playing with fire, sometimes someone else was juggling flames in our vicinity. Either way, it hurts.
Mary and Crilly have a vision- to replace "ready, aim, fire" evangelism with humane and honest engagement. Simple, essential, revolutionary. We'd match God's truth to the situation in front of us; we'd dispense God's love to this particular human being; and we'd recognizing that this person has an individual story that's a part of the ongoing Gospel story.
Crilly and Mary do a fabulous job showing that converting a soul is God's work, and that calling out to a soul is our work. We can be the ones who notice and listen and welcome somebody in. God will do the inner transformation, he will impart his Spirit.
"The Nine Arts of Spiritual Conversations" is a pleasure to read. First because the ideas presented are so vital, and second because it's packed full of good quotes. I really enjoy books where the authors quote widely, because it's like sitting in on a conversation between multiple thinkers.
So. Don't let the simple cover and title of this book fool you. It's an undiscovered gem. If you're ready to hit the street and the office and the dinner table with the message of Jesus, then bring this book with you.
Thank you to Tyndale Momentum for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest opinion.