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Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism

Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism [Kindle Edition]

Carl Medearis
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Some of us fear moments when we need to defend our theology. Some of us seek them out. But we are seldom ready the way Jesus seemed to be ready. So how do we draw others to God in the midst of these ordinary conversations the way Jesus did?
In Speaking of Jesus, Carl Medearis draws on his experience of international reconciliation between Muslims and Christians to remind us of the heart of the matter: Jesus. Here he gives us tools, stories, and the foundation we need to move beyond “us” and “them” and simply talk about the One who changes it all.
As Carl writes, “While others are explaining and defending various isms and ologies we’re simply pointing people to our friend. The one who uncovers and disarms. Who leads people right to himself. The beginning and the end of the story. A good story indeed.”


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 254 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (1 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052DYEUW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,736 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Call yourself a Christian?... 22 Jun 2011
...then you should read this book.

It's been a genuine pleasure to read the fruit of Carl's (often humorous) experiences journeying to the heart of 'evangelism', and discovering in more ways than one, that it's simply about Jesus. But we all know how hard it is to keep things simple, so as obvious as the 'Jesus' conclusion appears, a bit of coaching goes a long way. And where better to get that coaching than from someone who has spent years speaking about Jesus with Muslims in 'hostile' Muslim territory. Some of the stories are so heart-warming & inspiring you'll do well to keep the tears at bay.

My only criticism is that Carl seems to forget he has an international audience, not just an American one. Casual references to America (culture, politics, geography, etc.) by authors assuming their readers know what they mean, is a pet hate of mine, so Carl loses a star. If you're reading this Carl, perhaps take note for the reprint :) Otherwise, I thoroughly recommend this book.

P.S. I have since changed my facebook 'Religion' status to 'student of Jesus'. If you read this book, I can see you doing the same.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 23 Jun 2011
I'm not very eloquent with my words but I want to write a review about this book anyway!

"Speaking of Jesus - the art of non-evangelism" has so impacted me because it's real, it's relevant and immediately relates to us and our cultures today. Carl has written with a love and a passion for all people. I really really hope you read this book if you're looking at it here.

I don't want to trivialise the book by summarising it in a few words that wouldn't do justice. It cuts to the heart of following Jesus, getting to know him, sharing him, and what a difference that makes across cultures, backgrounds, 'religions' etc.

It's not about religion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable 27 Dec 2011
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A book that might not be to everyone's liking, as a Christian it makes you go outside your "comfort zone". A refreshing way of looking at our religion & how we SHOULD tell others about it.
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The term 'Christian' no longer means 'follower of Jesus Christ' - but has become in many parts of the world a generic term meaning 'westerner' (usually white).

Additionally, many of the ways that we try to speak to others about Christ are no longer perceived (if they ever have been!) as purely innocent 'one beggar telling another beggar where the food is', but has seems like western imperialists attempting to colonise and strip people away from their cultures.

Carl clearly demonstrates these concepts, and humorously and honestly attempts to find a new way to explain why He's so passionate about Jesus, and how to share that with others.

I read this already knowing a lot of what Carl thinks about Evangelism and people called 'Christians', so I found some of this book a little repetitive, and some of the stories a bit over simplistic (effective 'follower of Jesus' example vs. ineffective 'western Christian'), and if you accept the premise, somewhat self-obvious. However, it's very worth reading.

In some ways a little like the gospel itself: if taken on board and honestly lived, and not just talked about, this could change everything.

I thoroughly recommend for all Christians, and non-Christians interested in why some seemingly normal people would go over-seas and apparently become a crazy 'missionary'...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus is great! 30 Mar 2014
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I have just finished reading this book, and it's like no other book on Jesus I have ever read! Maybe I don't agree with everything written in it, but I found it helpful more than any other book before. God used it to open my eyes to some crucial issues. I warmly recommend it to everyone who really wants to be a follower of Jesus!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timely and thought-provoking! 12 Dec 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will gladly recommend it. We teach in our local assembly that church is not a place. We have also been criticized for not calling ourselves Christians even though we still tick Christian in forms.
One thing I didn't quite like was the writing about Paul, Jesus raised him up to reach those outside the circle so to say and he clearly says follow me as I follow Christ. I will gladly recommend this book to others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant non religeous approach to Jesus 19 Oct 2014
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What a brilliant, thought provoking and challenging book, Be warned the more religeous you are, the more controversial and challenging you will find it, which is a good thing as there wasn't an ounce of religeon in Jesus. I found the book freeing and releasing, excellent paradigm shift in terms of sharing of our faith.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book! 30 Jun 2014
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Carl along with years experience very simply shows the obvious character of Jesus and how Jesus does all the work. Evangelism is scary for Christians and it's scary for the people being "evangelised". He offers a ground breaking And obvious solution, and it's worth a read.

He will peel back what you thought you knew and bring you back to your first love, Jesus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... camp in Sweden this year and he was just fantastic. The book is...
Heard Carl Medearis speak at a Vineyard summer camp in Sweden this year and he was just fantastic. The book is written in the same way that he shares his story to an audience. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book
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I have just finished reading "Speaking of Jesus" by Carl Meaderis. What an inspiration! I can't recommend this book highly enough - it speaks to so much that I have found... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the basics
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
EAsy to read yet filled with simple truths. Carl confronts our presuppositions but not claiming to know all, but pointing to the person of Jesus in whom truth lies
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