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400 pages
Apr 2006
Baker Books

The Complete Evangelism Guidebook

by Scott Dawson, editor

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Review:

The Complete Evangelism Guidebook is a great resource for Christians who would like to be more involved in personal evangelism. The book is divided into two parts. Part one, the first hundred pages, serves to build confidence in the reader by explaining some of the fundamentals of evangelism. The second part, over 250 pages and fifty-three chapters, gives practical advice on how to reach out to different kinds of people with the gospel. In all, over sixty people have contributed their ideas and experiences in evangelism which makes The Complete Evangelism Guidebook a helpful book to read and have on your bookshelf.

Most chapters are four to six pages in length and are fairly easy to read, making this book helpful to both new and mature Christians. The first seventeen chapters, which make up part one, lay down the fundamentals of evangelism. Some of the chapter titles include: “What Faith Is,” “What Faith Isn’t,” “Extraordinary Lifestyle,” “Everyday Illustrations,” and “When You Don’t Have the Answers.” Each chapter is written by a different author. On the positive side, this exposes the reader to many different ideas about evangelism. On the negative side, with over sixty people contributing to this work, no one is going to agree with everything that is written and there is quite a bit of repetition.

The second part is divided into seven sections; each section has independently-written chapters devoted to reaching out to a specific kind of person or people group: by relationship, age, vocation, religion, race, life situation, and gender or sexual orientation.  Under the section on religion, advice is given on how to share the gospel with agnostics, atheists, Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, those involved in the occult, and others. Under the section on life situation, chapters recommend ways of ministering the gospel to abuse victims, addicts, convicts, the homeless, the disabled, the affluent, the poor, the unemployed and outcasts. These short topical chapters are very helpful because they stimulate thought and give advice on how to start sharing the gospel with many different kinds of people.

There are a small number of questionable statements found in this book. One of these is, “A community that has been prayed for has a much higher response to a gospel presentation than a community that has not been the subject of prayer. When effective Christian prayer is absent, the heavens are closed and demonic/worldly influences are dominant. But when Christians start praying, the demonic influences can become so weak that a vacuum actually develops and the kingdom of God can be manifested with greater effectiveness” (p. 55). This statement seems to line up with recent ideas about spiritual warfare that do not have a biblical basis.

The vast majority of the information found in this book, however, is both helpful and biblically minded. “Christians should care for people more, longer, and better than anyone else on the planet” (p. 15). “Feelings are not bad, but they are flimsy. Our emotions ebb and flow with the circumstances of our lives. Godly feelings flow from faith, but they can never be the foundation of it” (p. 27). “While living a surrendered Christian life is a must and is commendable, it is not the end of our responsibility to a lost world” (p. 131).

Every Christian knows people that need to hear the truth about salvation that can only be found in Jesus Christ. The Complete Evangelism Guidebook informs, encourages, challenges and helps believers to personally do their part in carrying out the Great Commission. – James Billings, Christian Book Previews.com

Book Jacket:

Sharing your faith doesn't have to be difficult!

The biblical model for personal evangelism was relatively simple for Jesus's followers. They followed their Lord and shared their faith with whomever they met. So what makes us reluctant to do the same? Do we lack confidence or fear rejection? Perhaps we don't feel qualified. But it doesn't have to be that way, says Scott Dawson. "Anyone who has begun a relationship with Christ can be involved in evangelism."

The Complete Evangelism Guidebook combines practical advice and inspiration from nearly sixty evangelism experts to help you share the Good News of Jesus Christ easily and effectively. Contributors include

  • Luis Palau
  • Rick Warren
  • Steve Sjogren
  • George Barna
  • Ted Haggard
  • Josh McDowell
  • Les and Leslie Parrott
  • Joni Eareckson Tada
  • and others

Combining their knowledge into seventy easy-to-apply articles, these experts will make sharing your faith easier than ever!