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A Review of Evangelism Handbook, by Dr. Alvin ReidFeb 01, 2010
By C. M. Aiken
Dr. Alvin Reid, Evangelism Handbook, (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group), 2009. 460 pages reviewed.
It is unfortunate that I completed this book so early in 2010...since I do not think it is possible for any book to top it all year. I have the highest praises for Dr. Reid and this incredible resource.
As a pastor, I know that when I mention "evangelism" I get mixed responses from those I speak to. Some are incredulous that I would think my religious beliefs are the only ones that provide peace with God. Others become ashamed because they know that evangelism is a command of Scripture and they are in some manner disobedient to the command. Still others are dismissive, thinking that they already know all that there is to know on the subject (been there, got the t-shirt). However, this book is written to a fourth category...to the person who desires to understand both the why and the how of evangelism.
There is nothing about this book that fits into the "five easy steps to making disciples" category of Christian books. It is thoughtful, theological, worshipful, practical, and missional. Dr. Reid is diligent and faithful to not speak over the reader's head. He uses theological terminology at times, but always takes the time to explain it...making this book accessible for both scholars and novices.
While I would love to pick a favorite part of the book, I really cannot, since doing so would cause me to write a review close in length to the work itself. One of the engaging features of the book is its use of allusions and quotes from evangelists of different eras. Reid is at home discussing Erwin McManus, Alan Hirsch, or Roy Fish. Doing so demonstrates while each of these men come from a different era and approach to the practice of evangelism, the common heartbeat of all of these men... is that all peoples may know Jesus.
The book has so impressed me, I have purchased copies for my entire staff. I would recommend the book to anyone who seeks to understand the "why" of evangelism better. While there are many practical "hows" in the book, none if it matters unless you are fully convinced of the "why" of evangelism, and the "who" of evangelism. If you have ever been intimidated by the subject of evangelism, this volume is just for you. You will read it and feel encouraged as well as being better equipped.
As I think of the texts I have read on the subject and those taught from in the seminaries I attended, there is no single volume more valuable for a student than this one.
A word of recommendation: Do not get this book to rush through it in a week. While there is something to be gained from doing so, I feel the greater value is found in reading and considering the material deeply before proceeding.
I HIGHLY recommend this book!!
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A must have for ministersMar 18, 2011
By Gary M. May
To many evangelism books are lacking, and might not work well with all that are into reaching the lost, but this one does. For in my library of over hundred books on evangelism, this is one of my favorites. And others also. He covers the Biblical reasons for it. The history of how it's been done. The impact of a spiritual life. He talks about reaching all the different people. I love it.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Very interesting bookApr 06, 2011
This is a great book. Very challenging. I would recommend this book to anyone interesting in taking a serious look at evangelism.
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Enjoyable, Informed ReadFeb 03, 2014
By Randi Cruz
Easy to read and understand, sparks ideas in the reader, uses descriptive metaphor in places but does not do so ad nauseum. Amidst all the examples, there is a clear intention to the writing that never gets lost in the craft of writing. The author clearly has a purpose for what he's saying, is informed about his topic, and clearly communicates his passion for evangelism.
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The best and most comprehensive book written on Evangelism so far.Jan 17, 2014
By George Gardea
The book was well written for it touches on every area aspect of evangelism and the need of the Church.
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