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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #104,193 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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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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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book 28 Jun 2014
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I like the way that Carl approaches the topic of sharing his faith ( Jesus) and found his experiences very interesting. Not only did I recommend this book to members of fellowship I belong and bought some and gave it to them to read for themselves. Thank you Carl for sharing. Why only 4 stars? I thought if I down graded the score (it's 5 stars from me) then more people would read the review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. 19 May 2014
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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 uncomfortable in my concept of Christianity and the different sects we have. It explains why trying to "convert" someone to Christianity is so rarely likely to work and gives excellent guidance and reasons for other ways to point people to Jesus. For me it takes the pressure off trying to "convert" people and failing and allows me to behave in a more natural (for me) way that will also point to Jesus and encourage people to ask more questions - ones that I have a chance of answering. Thank you Carl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelism 19 May 2014
By Shadow
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Easy read good ideas for thoughtfully approaching and guiding people to find the Christ they need in their lives without pressure
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jesus is great! 30 Mar 2014
By Bookman
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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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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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We have simply got it wrong. Our approach to evangelising is not sharing Christianity, we are supposed to be sharing Jesus.
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