New Hope Publishers
Jeff Iorg’s book, Live Like a Missionary, is designed to break the stereotypical image of the word “missionary” by showing Christians how they can live like a missionary in their own communities. The chief problem addressed in this book is the lack of what Iorg calls “missional living.” The author believes there is a need for missional living (living like a missionary) here on American soil. His thesis is that every born-again Christian has a calling to be a witness for Christ, and in this book he seeks to teach them how to act out that calling.
Iorg’s main point consists of two parts: “every believer has missional responsibility,” and that responsibility is reaching people where they are. This point is supported by 2 Corinthians 5:20, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
Iorg’s writing style is very conversational. He includes plenty of real-life stories as examples, and habitually makes lists of his points or pieces of advice. The author is president of a seminary and, as such, definitely does not lack knowledge in biblical matters. Better yet, he really believes his message. His passion can be felt in how he writes, both in the persistence and clarity.
In his own words, Iorg’s book is about “sharing it (the Gospel) more effectively.” He begins by showing his readers why they need to live like a missionary. He states there is a yearning in every Christian’s heart to spread the Gospel. In fact, he refers to it as “the deepest spiritual longing.” He emphasizes that when Christians live like a missionary, they will not be satisfied until they have communicated the gospel effectively and frequently to people they are trying to reach. It is this longing that he uses to back up his point that missional living is the believer’s responsibility. After establishing his main point, having brought the reader onboard with him, the author goes about explaining how to live like a missionary.
Live Like a Missionary is a well-written book; the examples are well placed. It succeeds in its purpose to break the stereotype of the word missionary and to encourage Christians into missional living. Iorg’s passion for his message adds strength, and so does his personal style of writing. There is one rather disappointing weakness to this book. Instead of using Bible verses to defend his points, Iorg commonly switches out to story examples. These are all well and good, but they are not nearly as sturdy a foundation as the inspired Word of God. I think any Christian who is interested in missionary life, but does not feel a calling to go overseas, would find this book very interesting. This book, by its title alone, would also grab the interest of missionaries and missionary kids (like me). I recommend Live Like a Missionary for its conversational style and its enlightening, educational content. – Joshua Spotts, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Are you frustrated by your ineffectiveness in sharing the gospel and winning people to Jesus Christ? You have tried new approaches to witnessing—which work for a short time but then become stale. You need a lifestyle adjustment—not a clever new method—that will connect you with spiritual power for witnessing and meaningful relationships through which your witness can flow.
Live Like a Missionary challenges readers to adjust their lifestyles to implement missionary principles in everyday settings, thus increasing their effectiveness at reaching people for Jesus Christ. You live on a missions field. It’s time you started living like a missionary!