Item description for Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult: How to Interest People Who Aren't Interested by Nick Pollard...
Overview MOST PEOPLE JUST AREN'T INTERESTED IN HEARING ABOUT JESUS. (NO WONDER EVANGELISM IS SO HARD!) They are quite satisfied with their lives, quite content with their beliefs and see no need to change. So how can we get them interested and make evangelism just slightly less difficult? Nick Pollard has been doing this for years and has some ideas on how we can do it too. This book explains why people think the way they do and offers some practical suggestions on how to reach them. The author shows how we can break through the barrier of disinterest and help people want to know about Jesus and why he can and should make a difference in their lives. He also provides ways to answer their tough questions and lead them in their first steps to faith in Christ.
Publishers Description Evangelism is difficult. Face it; most people just aren''t interested in hearing about Jesus. They are quite satisfied with their lives, quite content with their beliefs, and see no need to change. So how can you get them interested in the gospel? In this readable and accessible book, evangelist Nick Pollard shows how to break through the barrier of disinterest. He shows why Jesus can and should make a difference for the people you know. And he shows how you can interest them in learning more about Jesus. Along the way, Pollard examines why people think the way they do and provides help for better understanding and challenging non-Christian worldviews. He also answers sketpics' tough questions, offers practical methods for explaining the gospel, and gives suggestions for leading others in their first steps to faith in Christ. Evangelism may never be easy. But Nick Pollard's imaginative approach, infectious enthusiasm and field-tested advice will make it slightly less difficult."
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.25" Width: 5.45" Height: 0.54" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 1998
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830819088 ISBN13 9780830819089
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More About Nick Pollard
Pollard is an evangelist and lecturer living in Great Britain.
Nick Pollard has an academic affiliation as follows - Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Social C.
Reviews - What do customers think about Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult: How to Interest People Who Aren't Interested?
Don't know if it accomplishes "Made Slightly less difficult" Apr 22, 2008
I have read Pollard's book. It's got some good stuff in it, particularly about how to speak to various worldviews.
However, one has to be an academic thinker to know how to examine worldviews and how to articulate your thoughts, and how to compare/contrast worldview answers to various ultimate questions.
I don't find that simple, or less difficult as that's not quite how I'm wired.
The book deals on a more philosophical/apologetic approach, rather than other various approaches to the gospel. It is a reflection of the author's gifting and calling and could still be a great addition to your evangelism library.
Another good resource for everyday evangelism Jul 26, 2007
I like his starting point: prayer and evangelism. I definitely agree that prayer for evangelistic opportunity to come and to be able to share the gospel clearly is very important as we engage in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. As Pollard points it out, the Apostle Paul begs his fellow believers in Colosse to pray for him this kind of prayer. That's why he got my attention right away, especially when he asks about our feelings in praying 'that God may open door' for evangelism. We Christians are not really keen in praying this prayer because we are scared God will answer it and we don't know what to do next. But if we are really serious about evangelism, we must be earnestly praying for such opportunities and God's enabling for He alone is able to give us wisdom and courage, by His Spirit, to present Christ to others. I find his remaining discussion in Chapter 1 both challenging and comforting. He says, in effect, "Pray for opportunity and evangelize wisely, making the most of every opportunity by helping people in the best way possible." I also like what he said about evangelism, "Evangelism isn't just about saying certain things. It's about being a certain person and living in a certain way" (23). One of the questions I've posted before moving to the main parts of the book was, "How can we be equipped to help people in the more normal day by day situations?" Then he says, "We must be able to answer their genuine questions" (27). But my question was, "How? Show me!" The rest of the book just opened up the answers like a curtain being raised in a theater so one can clearly see the movie or play. Pollard's method is very helpful. He goes on that if we can help others start to like finding out Jesus, they might most likely listen to the gospel proclamation. And where should we start when people are beginning to like listening the gospel? Nick Pollard suggests that the starting points in doing evangelism are, first, clear understanding of the gospel; then, clear understanding of the person we are trying to help (102). Unless we are clear in these we would not be able to present the gospel well. In the latter part of the book Pollard suggests that when we account for the hope we have in Christ, we must tell the truth and at the same time acknowledge there are mysteries we don't know, including the mystery of evil and suffering in the world. And he has a good chapter on dealing with the question of suffering. When people ask questions, we must also try to know why they ask such questions, that is, we need to look for the question behind the question (125). Clear understanding of other's question can help us a lot in giving the right answer. However, in answering other's questions, the author is right to caution us that we don't need to force others to agree with us. Lastly, what I also like in his approach is the recognition that in evangelism we are not alone. God the Holy Spirit guides and leads us. He empowers us and He speaks through us. Like others, I came up with a resolution to recommend it for Christian who desires to reach out to both skeptics and uninterested with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lots of insights on evangelism are in this book.
Reaching out in love... Jul 15, 2007
This book will help you engage your friends on an intellectual level and help you continue your conversations. Nick Pollard does not take a "shotgun" approach to evangelism, but attempts to teach his readers how to engage their friends in conversations that will lead to the gospel presentation.
I would not say that Pollards book is a cut and dry apologetics book. However, he does provide answers to some commonly asked questions. This book is more about reaching out to the ones you love and trying to engage those who do not want to talk about Christ.
Nick introduces his readers to what he calls "positive deconstruction." I like this approach, we must proclaim the gospel, but at the same time, you can positively show your friends the errors of their worldview. This is done by asking the proper questions to allow the wheel of the mind to begin turning. This book will introduce you to the concept, but after reading it, you will want to examine other worldviews. I would recommend picking up a copy of, "The Compact Guide To World Religions." Like Pollards, it's presented from an evangelical perspective and will provide you with good questions to ask your friends.
The Gospel Examined Truthfully Nov 10, 2006
This book fulfilled the authors intent, to make the readier think and empower the reader with a new tool for effective evangelisim thus making it a bit less difficult. His experience as an evangelist is not only very powerful, but very gracious. His intent is to empower non-believers to be able to become so curious about the gospel, they can't help but examine the truth truthfully.
Essential Reading for Reasoned Outreach Sep 25, 2002
This book is excellent! The writer's contribution to rational evangelism in an increasingly postmodern context is much-needed and very helpful. His "positive deconstruction" is a much better model, in my opinion, than the slick and formulaic evangelism methods often presented in other books. My only regret is that his plan of salvation does not include the necessity of baptism (immersion). Although he quotes from Acts 2:37-38, he glosses over the baptism portion, making it only a public confession of faith. The rest was quite good, and I plan to reread it again soon and take notes!