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Overview Sometimes talking about Jesus with your friends can feel like trying to close a deal on a sales call, pushing something on people they may not really want. But what if you thought of it more like inviting them on a spiritual journey? Imagine being free to be yourself and free for the Spirit to work in you. Imagine that it doesn't depend on you alone but that you can be an important part of a witnessing community. Imagine telling people stories instead of trying to download content.
Publishers Description Finalist, Fourth Annual Outreach Resource of the Year (2006) Sometimes talking about Jesus with your friends can feel like trying to close a deal on a sales call, pushing something on people they may not really want. But what if you thought of it more like inviting them on a spiritual journey? Imagine being free to be yourself and free for the Spirit to work in you. Imagine that it doesn't depend on you alone but that you can be an important part of a witnessing community. Imagine telling people stories instead of trying to download content. Here is your invitation to reimagine what evangelism could be for you.
Citations And Professional Reviews Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey by Rick Richardson has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christianity Today - 02/01/2007 page 124
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2006
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830833420 ISBN13 9780830833429
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More About Rick Richardson
Rick Richardson believes in journeying with people who are moving toward God. No need to sell Jesus, he says. The Holy Spirit will do that. Coming alongside others, with love, is all we need to do. An ordained priest with the Anglican Mission in America, Rick runs the evangelism and leadership program at Wheaton College Graduate School and is associate national director for evangelism with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.
Reviews - What do customers think about Reimagining Evangelism: Inviting Friends on a Spiritual Journey?
Great Insight Mar 1, 2007
I found this material to be a great and refreshing look into evangelism. As a firm believer and one who loves to talk about Jesus, Life and Love, I began to wonder if anybody else thought the current "system of evangelism" was a bit to strict, legalistic and constricted. Not everyone could deal with this system, and I wanted to figure out if others were out there like me. It was a great way to understand how the author might approach evangelism--more like a tour than a sales pitch--and how to go about telling others about this approachable and tangible lifestyle. Great for all readers of Christianity, whether you believe in sharing or not. It's a part of life, to share it with others and get them excited.
Not the Best, but Okay Feb 27, 2007
This book is a simple introduction to the topic of evangelism. The writer seems especially influenced by "Experiencing God" by Henry T. Blackaby and to a lesser extent by the perspective of Bishop N.T. Wright. Although the book began by giving me the impression that the writer had no idea of how to arrive at actually making disciples, he managed to dispell these fears in the last few chapters. This isn't the best I've ever read on the topic, but its also not the worst.
Mark Ashton, Lead Pastor, Christ Community Church, Former Director of Evangelism, Willow Creek Community Church Aug 31, 2006
Rick Richardson has done an outstanding job of weaving together the tapestry of contemporary culture with the mandate to bring the good news in it's timeless truth. He does a phenominal job of updating evangelistic methods for today - avoiding the irrelevance of the '70s techniques and the pitfalls that many 'postmoderns' easily fall into. Before you are done with this book, Rick will turn you from a 'gospel salesman' into a welcoming 'tour guide'.
I give it 5 stars and have already recommended it to a dozen friends. I'll use it broadly in my ministry!
Compelling new evangelism paradigm Aug 28, 2006
Does your evangelism lack vitality? Do you get turned off by the sales approach to evangelism? Do you struggle experiencing the Good News as good news?
Rick Richardson replaces the old sales image of evangelism with the new images of travel guide, detective, collaborator, listener, story-teller and matchmaker. All these images are more compelling and motivating than selling Jesus to non-Christians!
Rick's thought-provoking presentation of the gospel message gives a fresh vision of God awesome love and desire to transform the whole world. It's a Big Story that you will want to share with your friends.
Reimagining Evangelism will change your evangelism paradigm, and renew your passion for joining the adventure of inviting friends on a spiritual journey.
Giving the "E" word a good name Aug 27, 2006
This book captivated my attention from the moment I opened it. Richardson's analogy of Christians as Travel Guides vs. Salesmen is a perfect frameword in which to examine how we have practiced evangelism in previous generations. Travel Guides help those with whom they travel recognize what is already going on around them and invite them to respond and take next steps. How exciting for the church to understand it's role is no longer to "sell" something (they were never really sure quite what they were supposed to sell anyway) but to simply accompany people in their normal, anything but ordinary lives and....be open. I personally can't wait until the DVD curriculum comes out in 2007! I know our church will be studying it.