Bedside Books

April 28, 2008 at 10:19 am | Posted in Books, Christianity, Reading | 5 Comments

The table beside my bed is filled with books I have just read, I am reading, and I want to read.  Some are Bible studies like “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.  Other books are for training such as “Children’s Ministry Leadership:  The You-Can-Do-It Guide” by Jim Wideman.  I love to read.

I just finished a book that I cannot help but tell you about.  It’s titled “The Unexpected Journey: Converstaions With People Who Turned From Other Beliefs to Jesus”  by Thom S. Rainer.  Donald passed this book on to me after he read it for a seminary class.  It contains interviews with people from various different belief systems that came to a relationship with Jesus.  They are amazing testimonies that God is able to change the “unchangeable”…those we would easily give up on. 

This little book offers great insight into how to reach people of all different faiths with the message of salvation.  One passage that stood out to me…

Nine interviews had taken place.  Nellie Jo and I agreed that two powerful truths has emerged.  First, the power of Christian love was a story line in most of our interviews.  In one way or another, the theme of love was sounded with clarity.

Second, my wife and I had become convicted that we should never assume that any person is too difficult to reach…We were discovering that spiritual hunger for truth was persuasive, even in the lives of people who seemed, on the surface, to have no interest in spiritual matters.  (The Unexpected Journey, p. 154)

This book also shows how the acts of unloving Christians hindered earlier searches for truth in many of these people’s lives.  It is quite convicting. 

Give it a read.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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