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 3 Reviews
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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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