Talk the Walk: How to Be Right Without Being InsufferableSteve BrownNew Growth Press / 2019 / Trade Paperback$12.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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Jennifer5 Stars Out Of 5On my list for life-changing reads!January 3, 2020JenniferValue: 5Meets Expectations: 5Not every book I read is life changing, but this one is because it takes the deepest and most important parts of the Christian faith and uses that to help us share that faith.
As Christians, we are often encouraged to walk the talk, put our lives where our mouths are, but Steve Brown turns that expression on its head and challenges us to Talk the Walk, sharing his insights on how we can talk about the Christian walk in a way that demonstrates Christ and opens doors to sharing our faith. His subtitle is humorous and poignant: How to be Right Without Being Insufferable.
In a post-truth culture, learning how to share THE truth with those who need to hear it is more difficult than ever, even as it is more important than ever.
Brown's first point starts with our own heart and motivation as Christians. Too often Christians approach non-Christians as the enemy. Brown rightly teaches that we need to come from a place of love and compassion before we can share the truth of Jesus and His desire for a relationship with us.
Steve Brown writes profoundly in a way that is uplifting and inspiring while deeply convicting. His writing is a rare gift that is eloquent and conversational. His ideas are effective and helpful, whether you're a relatively new believer or have been in ministry for decades.
Every chapter challenges us to change the way we see ourselves, and others, and maybe even how we understand God/theology as we seek to grow in how we approach sharing the truth with others. Recognizing that we're not always right in every way even if we hold a primarily correct worldview helps us tear down barriers to being heard.
As the author of How to Talk so People Will Listen, Steve Brown certainly has the depth of knowledge to teach people to communicate more effectively and uses his wisdom to help Christians be better ambassadors for Christ in Talk the Walk.
He encourages us to share mindfully, without watering down the truth. Talk the Walk shows Christians how to be bold and confident enough in our faith to learn to share it in a way that doesn't offend, even though the truth often will.
Brown does address the fact that the truth offends. Brown suggests that how and when (or if) we share the truths of our faith in this climate requires deep spiritual discernment, as does knowing how much to share. He gives many tangible examples of how we can openly share the gospel without using a fire hose when a cup would do.
The truth will do the offending. We should not. Brown points out that the biggest risk to our faith is the fact that we are right because holding the truth can make us mean and arrogant. We start placing divisions and setting requirements that Christ never did.
Brown's book challenges us to let Jesus really change us before we seek to change the world. When we approach sharing the Gospel with humility and grace, armed with knowledge and wisdom, we will reach people with the love of Christ.
Steve Brown's Talk the Walk is page after page of convicting wisdom. Based in scripture, Talk the Walk uses the lessons of the Bible to teach us to be better purveyors of God's truths. Some books are worth reading and some books are worth reading over and over. Any Christian who hopes to share the Gospel effectively should read this book regularly. I know I will.
I received a copy to review from the publishers, but all opinions are my own. I could not recommend this book more highly.
ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Christian Resource!July 16, 2019ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In this new book from author Steve Brown, readers are urged to speak the truth even when people don't want to hear it. Using his own experiences and those of others, Brown urges Christians to "talk the walk of Christian faith, reflecting the love and truth of Jesus" and make sure that their true message can be heard and that others will want to hear that message. Christians who are self-righteous and arrogant may be tuned out but those speaking with love, humility, and forgiveness are more likely to be heard. On page 30, Brown shares that "Sometimes it is best to be silent and to let love, freedom, and joy do the talking."
There are so many sections and so many statements that deserve to be highlighted and this is a book that needs to be read over and over. Some of his statements gave me pause and some made me seek the ultimate authority: The Holy Bible. Talk the Walk isn't a "light" book but it is a book filled with light.
I received a complimentary copy from New Growth Press but a positive review wasn't required. These are my honest thoughts.
pattistep4 Stars Out Of 5An interesting bookJuly 15, 2019pattistepQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When I saw the subtitle of this book, I knew I wanted to read it. Effectively sharing the truth of the Gospel, without watering down the message, seems to be more challenging than it was 30 years ago. This book is at times admonishing, encouraging, and convicting. It's also at times a little confusing, because I'm going to be thinking through a couple of his conclusions along the way. As the author walks us through times when he believes we should speak up and when we should be silent, he never lets us forget that we should speak (and live) the Truth in love. Even though Christians are right, our attitude as we share the love of Christ with an unbelieving world will shout louder than our words. Steve Brown gives us great examples of standing firm and speaking the Truth in love, yet doing it for the right reason and with the right motives.
This book will definitely make you think as you read. I'm glad for the challenge this pastor gives us through this book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A challenge to every ChristianJuly 2, 2019bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Steve Brown has reached the age where he feels comfortable sharing his thoughts no matter what others think. (1450/2386) That's exactly what he does here.
Brown is convinced Christian faith is true but he is also convinced Christians do not have to be insufferable about it. Many Christians push truth and end up waving a red flag in front of a raging bull. Christians know how to be self-righteous, he says. Brown reminds us about the more important characteristics of humility, love, and forgiveness.
I found many welcome surprises in this book. Brown writes that Christians are not called to be fixers. (364/2386) We're not here to fix others, fix our culture, fix our nation. We do bring our witness to the world but the results are up to God. Brown is strong on God's sovereignty. God's in charge and we need not worry so much. We can love our neighbor well while not constantly worrying about how to share the gospel with them. God's got it.
Brown identifies the presupposition of his book: Christians are called to speak truth, often to people who do not want to hear it. (381/2386) One's heart attitude in communicating and living truth is so important. Be honest in life, Brown encourages. "When Christians hide their pain, they do not have a message to give." (1865/2386) Be real to neighbors and let them see and inquire about the life and truth within.
I really like this book. He tells great stories on himself and others to illustrate how Christians can be more irritating to others rather than being salt and light. This book is a wake up call to Christians, challenging our honesty and effectiveness in being like Christ. Many self-righteous Christians may not like this book. It might undermine their drive to be the savior of the declining culture or the declining nation. It might make them think again about what they really believe about God and what He is doing in the world.
I think this book needs to be read by every Christian. You'll be challenged. You might feel uncomfortable as Brown will encourage you to rethink how to live your witness in the world. Perhaps most interesting of all, you'll get to learn a little Latin too.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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