Item description for Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary: How to Reach Friends and Family Who Avoid God and the Church by Lee Strobel...
Overview Through firsthand experiences, compelling anecdotes, helpful advice, biblical illustrations, and the latest research, this book helps Christians look at what motivates unbelievers. Offering practical, inspirational advice--mixed with humor--it works as an action plan for Christians to effectively reach out with the message of Christ to people with whom they live and work.
Who Are Unchurched Harry and Mary? He or she could be the neighbor who is perfectly happy without God. Or the coworker who scoffs at Christianity. Or the supervisor who uses Jesus name only as profanity. Or the family member who can t understand why religion is so important. Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary isn t a book of theory. It s an action plan to help you relate the message of Christ to the people you work around, live with, and call your friends. Using personal experiences, humor, compelling stories, biblical illustrations, and the latest research, Lee Strobel helps you understand non-Christians and what motivates them. The book includes: * 15 key insights into why people steer clear of God and the church * A look at Christianity and its message through the eyes of a former atheist * Practical, inspirational strategies for building relationships with non-Christians * Firsthand advice on surviving marriage to an unbelieving spouse"
Awards and Recognitions Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary: How to Reach Friends and Family Who Avoid God and the Church by Lee Strobel has received the following awards and recognitions -
Gold Medallion Book Awards - 1994 Winner - Missions/Evangelism category
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Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune and is the best-selling author of The Case for Faith, The Case for Christ, and The Case for a Creator, all of which have been made into documentaries by Lionsgate. With a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale, Lee wrote 3 Gold Medallion winners and the 2005 Book of the Year with Gary Poole. He and his wife live in Colorado. Visit Lee's website at: www.leestrobel.com.
Lee Strobel currently resides in West Dundee, in the state of Illinois. Lee Strobel was born in 1952.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Inside The Mind Of Unchurched Harry And Mary?
Another Tired Tome by Lee... Jun 13, 2006
First things first. Lee get a real job. You are trying to convince yourself, not Unchurched Harry, of the "veracity" of the Gospels. This is the third book that you cashed in on, off Josh McDowel's "More Than A Carpenter."
"A Case For Christ," and "A Case For Faith" and now "The Unchurched." All open with your maudlin conversion story. Your books are biased to say the least. Your evidence points to hearsay, and you treat it as fact. Pascal's Wager you mentioned, has been proven false.
Like most evangelical's your style is sappy, and you would relish having everyone in the fetal position, bawling in great expectation for your brand of Jesus. This is what you sell through your books.
(You speak of atheism as if it is a religion, or belief system. It is neither. It simply means "without belief." I recommend you read "Like Rolling Up Hill: The honesty of atheism" and get back to me).
I would prefer that wet blanket called agnosticism, than the show business that is Christianity. That is what your latest book is all about: How to create effective marketing hooks to proselytize to the largesse of the greatest untapped market: The Unchurched.
You recommend: cool music, use of multi-media, entertainment styled sermons, joke telling, misty eyed testimonials, and offer the false pretense of free inquiry by the "unchurched."
Your evangelism and soul saving, by definition, make you an elitist, because you claim exclusive truth. What you really are doing (and every other Evangelical) is capitalizing on selling intangible concepts, like ETERNITY. It's dishonest. Why not write about all the things Jesus could have done but didn't? His morality was flawed by not condemning slavery. He also said that no believer would "taste death," until Jesus came back through the clouds. Well those folks died without Jesus' ushering in the "kingdom of heaven."
You brag about the 10 commandments, as if they are the only ones. In fact, there is a long list from your God, where he commands deaths by stoning for certain behavior, how to beat your slaves, and how to burn animals alive. Start at Exodus 20:20 and keep reading until Exodus 23. It's all in there. You just have to IGNORE IT, if you plan on selling more books for the sake of your conversion rates.
Before you go evangelizing Strobel style, try reading the REAL Bible, instead of being spoon fed the sugar coated candy, pitched by guys like Lee Stobel.
DON'T READ STROBEL for Doctrine/Bible teaching! Apr 14, 2005
I wish they gave us a zero stars option for choosing a rating.
I had found Strobel's book The Case for a Creator enlightening on the subject of Intelligent Design and why many thinking evolutionists have recanted their belief in a preexistent universe. It covers what most biological evolutionists leave out: Chemical, physical, astronomical, and moral evolution. Not only does biological evolution have to be true for Evolution itself to be true, but all these other forms have to have happened as well, and they are just as improbable as the biological form of evolution.
HOWEVER do not read Strobel for his teachings on doctrine - such as this book _Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary_ because he is not a theologian even if he is an assistant pastor. He consistently screws up the doctrine of sin, man, and redemption, thereby presenting 'another gospel' which is no gospel at all, exactly like his church founder Rick Warren. No wonder the church at Saddleback is so popular. It doesn't preach the real thing. (but they 'don't compromise the message', heck, they even say they don't, so... there you go!)
From the Other Side Feb 9, 2004
This was a very good book on evangelization from a unique viewpoint. It is with the view more on the unchurched than the form of evangelization. The author shares his experience in accepting Jesus and from that viewpoint he writes as what one who is not saved and what he feels, sees, thinks, says and expects from Christians and the Church.
The value is that if we can understand the unchurched a bit better maybe we will be more at ease with the Word presentation.
This is a practical book with many lists and their explanation. This is NOT a Thelogical work. Your Theology is left to you. He is simply giving some new and some old ways of doing evangelization but seeing the attempt through the unsaved eyes.
Chapter 10 has a list of 7 things a church should do; Chapter 9 has a list to help the spouse that is saved and married to an unsaved person; Chapter 7 shows there 3 areas or steps that a person takes on his journey to salvation. These lists alone helps you relax in knowing that even if they do not accept the Lord when you speak to them, you may see the progress they have made by moving closer to acceptance. Chapter 5 has 15 observations on the unsaved. This book is not a detailed step by step way to lead someone to the Lord. It is more a book to help us understand our target so we can be better prepared and less apprehensive in our task.
Good Illustration of Incarnational Ministry Jul 22, 2003
The title of this book lets you know that it is a study of the mindsets of those who don't claim to follow Christ. It does an excellent job of fulfilling that objective. The author is a former skeptic who, through the influence of his wife came to faith in Christ. So, the book is a mixture of teaching and testimony. He teaches us what the unbeliever is thinking and illustrates it with his own life story. He doesn't limit himself to his own story but illustrates his points with stories from many others he has known.
Christians often speak of the ministry of Jesus as "incarnational" - where He became one of us. He became like us to save us. Strobel's book gives some good advice for how Christians can do the same. We often seek to evangelize without understanding our audience.
I would caution that this book does make sweeping generalizations. Rather than pigeon-holing every unchurched person you meet and thinking you understand them because you have read this book, you can simply take the time to listen and get to know the person as an individual, and see where God leads you. This would be "Meeting Harry Where He Lives," and is a great application of the book.
One chapter stands out as particularly helpful - the chapter on living with an unchurched spouse. Strobel understands this well because his wife came to Christ many years before he did. His insights are valuable as he shares the sense of loss and disorientation that an unchurched spouse goes through when their mate becomes a Christian. Christians may think that the unchurched spouse is merely hostile or hard-hearted, but in fact, the unchurched spouse may be feeling a great sense of loss as his or her mate's affections for him are transferred to Christ and the church.
This book is sociological, not theological. That is it's major weakness. It gives an excellent sociological analysis of the unchurched person and then it seeks to derive a ministry strategy from that sociological analysis. The problem here is that Strobel is advocating a church that is organized around the needs of the unchurched, rather than the directives of the Bible. While the pastor or religious leader needs to be sensitive to the sociological needs of the unchurched, he still must be directed by the Bible, and in this case the book falls short.
I want to be quick to point out that at no point does Strobel advocate compromising the gospel. He is merely suggesting that we change our methods or delivery systems. However, the Bible not only tells us what the message is, it gives us directions for our methods also.
Overall, a very helpful book. Just make sure you filter the sociological through the theological and let the theological take pre-eminence.
Good marketers know their audience. How about you? Jan 14, 2003
This is one of the best at getting into the mind of the radically unchurched.
On the downside, this book (like most on the subject) takes a narrative approach to each chapter. Some chapters have useful take-away summaries. What I would have liked but did not find in the chapters were: 1. Discussion or review questions at the end of each chapter 2. Application exercise(s) at the end of each chapter
So, in my view, this book fell short on providing clear, easy to adopt "how to" ways to build effective relationship evangelism habits.
A promising new book that I may use is Evangelism Outside The Box (Rick Richardson, 2000).
Older books that have worked well for me in teaching others are: (roughly in order of preference): Power Evangelism (John Wimber, 1992), Witnessing Without Fear (Bill Bright, 1987), Out of the Salt Shaker (Rebecca Pippert).