Item description for Conspiracy of Kindness: A Unique Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus by Steve Sjogren...
Overview The real-life stories contained in "Conspiracy of Kindness" illuminate how every follower of Christ can become an effective evangelist through unassuming acts of kindness--simple behaviors that communicate the love of God more persuasively than words.
God is seeking to enter the heart of every person on this planet. Yet, for those who are not gifted evangelists, the task of communicating the Gospel can seem daunting. What if there was another way? There is, and its called the conspiracy of kindness. Operating on a simple premise, this exciting form of servant evangelism enables every follower of Christ, from brand-new to mature believer, to become an effective evangelist through unassuming acts of kindness. In this book, Steve Sjogren offers a proven vision, simple strategy and real-life stories that show the amazing impact servant evangelism has had throughout the world. Heres how to communicate the love of God more persuasively through actions than with words. Learn how churches, groups and individuals have used washing windows, cleaning toilets, handing out sodas and more to impact their communities with the life-changing love of Christ. Although a simple premise, the conspiracy of kindness principle affects both those serving and those being served. Are you ready to roll up your sleeves?
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Studio: Regal Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2008
Publisher GOSPEL LIGHT PUBLISHERS #9
ISBN 0830745726 ISBN13 9780830745722
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More About Steve Sjogren
STEVE SJOGREN and his wife, Janie, have planted churches in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Oslo, Norway. Steve writes, speaks, mentors church planters, and in February 2008 launched a church plant in Tampa, Florida. He is the author of Conspiracy of Kindness, Changing the World through Kindness, and The Day I Died, and has written articles that have appeared in Charisma, New Man, Discipleship Journal, and more. Steve and Janie have three grown children. Rob Lewin is president and founder of Innovative Leadership Solutions, a training and coaching firm for church leaders. He has his family live in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Steve Sjogren currently resides in the state of Ohio. Steve Sjogren was born in 1955.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Conspiracy Of Kindness (Revised)?
Book okay Mar 18, 2010
Book was okay, fairly basic felt elementary reading it, at times it became boring and I lost interest, I would not recommend buying this, borrow or go to library, not the kind of book you will reread, or keep on your shelf.
Inspiring! Oct 13, 2009
This book is inspiring! Sjorgren gives numerous example of entirely possible outreach activities that provide a avenue for sharing God's love-with no strings attached. A must read for every Christian! He shows you how to do it.
Great Outreach Ideas Oct 5, 2009
This book is great if you want to SHOW Christ's love to others and not preach AT them. Full of ideas and practical examples of what works and what doesn't. It brings that first love excitement back into your heart and mind.
The Best Way to Do Evangelism Sep 11, 2009
This is one of those key books on evangelism in this post-modern age. Sjogren (pronounced Sho-grin) has been involved in church planting in three areas of the U.S. and overseas in Oslo, Norway. He is presently launching a new church plant. He shows how a church can make a unique impact by the simplicity of being kind and doing things for people.
Sjogren's concern is that the church be servant in spirit and live like the good Samaritan, he clarifies, "In other words, the way we (the Church) treat them (the un churched) serves as a litmus test of our spiritual health." (p. 86). The key is "servant evangelism" which means "demonstrating the kindness of God by offering to do some act of humble service with no strings attached." P. 18.
Chapter five is called "Five Discoveries That Empower Evangelism" and they are simple and yet needy.
Sjogren is not an armchair evangelist but someone who has effectively done and taught evangelism. He shares his past failures and his present experiences.
In Appendix 1, he lists a number of ways that Christians and churches can do servant evangelism and make a difference for the kingdom of God.
This book has changed the way I see my own neighborhood and what I am to do to make a difference here.
More supurb Sjogren strategies May 28, 2008
My wife loves a good practical joke. She will drive up to a drive-through window at a fast-food place and pay for the order of the person in the car behind her and then tell the cashier that when they give the food to the person, to tell them that Jesus loves them. Then she pulls away, giggling. She got that idea from Steve Sjogren, the father of servant evangelism. And Steve has a host of creative ways to kill the world with kindness that all started with his 1993 bestselling book, "Conspiracy of Kindness." Now, Sjogren is back with an updated and revised version, warranted with the arrival of the Internet and the Information Age, all of which has tweaked our ability to serve others and show kindness.
What Sjogren has taught me is that the dog is supposed to wag the tail, not the tail the dog. Churches are to serve, not be served by, their community. Have you ever noticed those "No Solicitors" signs at store entrances? They are there for a reason. Shop owners often display them in self-defense--sometimes from local churches and religious organizations that approach them all too frequently to solicit funds for this project, or that missions endeavor, or their youth group, or a new addition to their church. Every retailer has had the disheartening experience of having to say regularly say no to yet another religious group. And, regrettably, somewhere along the way, some business owners have simply lost respect for churches so that, now, when a church really wants to do something for their community, for free, for nothing but the joy of serving, people lift an eyebrow and mumble, "Yeah, right."
Enter, "Conspiracy of Kindness." Sjogren's is a fresh approach to doing Christianity, which mirrors the sentiments of Mother Teresa: "Small things done with great love can change the world." He believes that exhibiting genuine kindness may be the greatest tool a Christian has in influencing their world. When we endeavor to affect the world through simple acts of kindness rather than those hard-to-learn, step-by-step, often counterproductive, make-the-pitch-and-close-the-sale confrontational approaches to "soulwinning" that have made "evangelism" a four-letter word for many people, we discover that anyone can do the E-word. Everyone can do an intentional act of kindness at any time for anyone any where: mow an overstressed neighbor's lawn, visit a hospitalized coworker, bake cookies, wash a car, be a friend, live life outside yourself. These are "low risk, high grace" approaches to sharing the faith. And they are proving to be more effective.
In "Conspiracy," Sjogren offers a host of kindness strategies sprinkled with timely stories--and he has a natural gift for storytelling--of people whose lives were changed by Christians who simply showed them "God's love in a practical way." The first edition of "Conspiracy" has sold over 200,000 copies and launched a style of Christianity that is changing strategies of churches around the world. As Bert Waggoner has observed, "Conspiracy means `to breathe with,' and Steve Sjogren has indeed started a conspiracy by assisting the Church to partner with the Spirit to breathe out the love of God into a world that desperately needs to know God's love."