This weekend I read the best book on evangelism that I can remember reading. It is called Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did by Randy Newman. No, Newman is not questioning the practice of evangelism, but rather advocating that we use questions in our efforts to communicate the gospel with others. Drawing on Jesus’ own example as well as wisdom from the book of Proverbs, Newman explains the potential of questions to enrich our gospel conversations and effectively move people towards Christ. This is Part 1 of the book.
In part 2, Newman explores a series of common questions that are raised by non-Christians in gospel conversations, including: intolerance, problem of evil, reliability of the Bible, homosexuality, marriage and hypocrisy. His handling of these issues is biblically sound, culturally informed, and presented in an engaging manner.
Part 3 completes the book by dealing with three further issues: compassion for the lost, dealing with anger, and learning when to be silent. Newman also handles these topics with a mixture of grace and truth that reflects the biblical wisdom on these matters.
Randy has served on staff with Campus Crusade for over 20 years and brings this vast experience to the subject. But in addition to these years of experience, Randy brings his Jewish sense of humor to the subject in a manner that makes the book less of a handbook and more of conversation. Indeed, as a personal friend of Randy, as I read the book I found myself thinking, “I can hear Randy saying those very words and even his tone of voice.” You will NOT be bored by this book. Particularly noteworthy are the frequent sample “dialogues” throughout the book that give tangible examples of what gospel centered conversations might look like.
But don’t just take my word for it; listen to two of the endorsements from the back of the book:
“This book is must reading for those who want to learn how to bring apologetics into evangelism in a biblical and relationally sensitive way” – J.P. Moreland, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
“This book reflects both a deep grasp of biblical theology and a penetrating compassion for people. How very much like the Master himself!” – D.A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
I would have endorsed the book, but I wasn’t asked 🙂
But in all seriousness, this is a must read for anyone interested in communicating the gospel in a compelling way.