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Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult [Paperback]

Nick Pollard
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Mar 1997
Our evangelistic attempts can seem quite odd to a watching
world.

Most people today are not the slightest bit interested in hearing about
Jesus. They tell us they are quite happy as they are, thank you very much.

This book explains why such people think like this - and provides practical
guidance on how we can reach them. It demonstrates ways in which we can
help people to want to find out about Jesus, how we can then share the
relevance of the gospel with them, how we can answer their difficult
questions and, ultimately, how we can lead them in their first steps of
faith in Christ.

Evangelism is difficult. It always will be. But Nick's thoughtful and
imaginative approach, irrepressible humour and infectious enthusiasm will
certainly help to make it slightly less difficult.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Inter-Varsity Press (Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851111815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851111810
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,656,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the most helpful book on evangelism that I have come
across in a long time. -- Ian Cowley; Gospel & Our Culture; July 2006 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

As an evangelist I work mainly in universities and colleges,
so I spend most of my time trying to help students and young people. This
book is therefore written from that perspective. But I hope the content
will be just as relevant to you, whoever you are trying to help. You may
find you have to apply the ideas at a different level, use different words
and go at a different speed. But you should find that the principle is just
the same. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Dec 2006
By Gary
Format:Paperback
I had heard good things about this book, but I have to admit to being disappointed by it. The author just doesn't give enough practical help for implementing his idea of "positive deconstruction" and instead wastes far too many pages waffling on about his life and his family. He is basically advocating that we should try to sow seeds of doubt in the minds of our non-Christian friends by pointing out the inconsistencies in their worldviews, but the trouble with this idea is that it requires us to have significant knowledge of their worldviews in the first place since this book offers little information in this regard (we are given brief examples relating to relativism and naturalism but that is all). The author even neglects to come up with a further reading list on the subject! On page 52 he states that resources are being set up to help us and that more information can be found in the Appendix, but having scoured it several times I can tell you that it simply isn't there.

Update: Instead of this book, might I suggest that you seriously consider "Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions" by Gregory Koukl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating and very readable 3 May 2013
By Chris S
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This is a fascinating and very readable book outlining the challenges in talking to people about different aspects and stages of faith. Although evangelical, it follows a well-considered approach, arguably best encapsulated by the claim on p39 that there are two significant problems in trying to reach today’s generation, namely that people are reluctant to think clearly about their world-view, and that they are particularly reluctant to take seriously anyone who makes absolute claims or demands, including Jesus. Although clearly based on the writer’s experiences with university students, it could equally well apply to all ages. In particular, his discussion with a naturalist (pp81-7), very (overly?) simplistic summary of the Bible (pp107-111) and assessment of proof in Christianity (pp169-176) are exceptional.
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This is a book for those who know that their own attempts at personal evangelism are either non-existent or pathetic. Nick Pollard, a full-time evangelist mainly among students, is reassuringly honest about the difficulties, but remains infectiously enthusiastic about soul winning.
The book opens with a short exposition of Colossians 4.2-6, and thereby establishes the foundational matter of prayer. Prayer for opportunities, prayer that opportunities will be taken up, prayer that when they are, there will be clarity. Alongside, there must be the lifestyle to match - the lifestyle that begs questions.
Nick Pollard helpfully categorises unbelievers into four groups: there are those who are ripe for the picking (if only, I hear you say), those who have genuine questions, those who are merely ignorant and those who just don't want to know, thank you very much. Since most of the non-Christians you and I meet are in the last category, the longest and most challenging section of the book is on what to do with these. We have to learn, Nick says, to listen to our friends and discover their world views, even if they don't know they've got one. When we've done that, our dialogue with them becomes a bit like a game of Jenga. We undermine their position, piece by piece, until it tumbles down. This is called positive deconstruction and if you want to know more about it, read the book.
I sense your objection already, and it was mine: this sounds fine for your philosophy graduate in conversation with the fellow member of Mensa, but perhaps less appropriate for your average soap watcher in the queue for her lottery ticket. But Nick defends his strategy in that context as well.
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