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  • Engaging People's Hearts the Way Jesus Did
  • By: Randy Newman
  • Narrated by: Jim Denison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
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By: Randy Newman
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Summary

You don't need to memorize evangelical formulas or answers. You just have to be willing to ask.

There was something different about the way Jesus communicated with the lost: He didn't force answers upon people, he asked questions. So why don't we?

Following Christ's lead, Randy Newman has been using a questioning style of evangelism for decades. In this provocative book, he provides practical insights to help Christians engage others in meaningful spiritual conversations. He challenges us to examine how we think about people, their questions, and our crucial message.

This second edition includes a new preface reflecting on the popularity of this perennial bestseller and what its success has taught Newman about the effectiveness of this extraordinary method.

©2004, 2017 by Randy Newman (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing

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Helping us listen and engage with people

I find myself formulating my responses to people while they are still speaking, which means that I don't think about what they are saying as well as I could do. Asking questions gives you time to listen better and it helps people think more about their own worldview.

I bought the first edition of this book in 2005 and found it very relevant because of the hot button issues of the day which it tackles, as we gossip the gospel within our circle of life. In recent years I have consumed more material by audiobook; I saw that this was available on Audible and updated for the issue of gay marriage, so I thought I would refresh my memory of it.

I was surprised that I hadn't properly taken in some of the basic principles which Randy is suggesting. We are not supposed to memorise Randy's clever dialogues as I had thought but to ask people what they think. Yes, we may need to have a conversation starter, but it's amazing that asking simple questions opens things up; for example, one of the best questions you can ask (amongst several others Randy suggests) is 'Really?' with the right intonation when people come up with crazy views about the world and humanity.

One example near the end which has remained with me is of a Christian woman who had watched a TV programme with very one-sided views of a topical issue. When it came up in conversation in the office, she immediately explained why it was one-sided. Out came her outrage at it being one-sided. But if she had asked what her colleague had thought about the programme, she might well have been surprised to hear that her colleague's views were much more open and nearer her own than she had thought, and she could have had a meaningful conversation.

I cannot give this book a high enough rating. I love all Randy's examples and I should probably listen to this once a year.

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  • Nathan J. Norman
  • 08-12-22

Helpful and Thoughtful

Overall a helpful and Thoughtful approach to evangelism conversations. Newman gives us a good relational approach to talking about the gospel.

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  • Donald J Zuehlke
  • 06-12-22

Inspiring

A straightforward, honest, and compassionate approach to evangelism. A must read (listen) for today’s Christian.

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  • Daniel J Lucas
  • 26-10-22

Not just a handbook on evangelism

Randy Newman lays out a case for humble, compassionate, evangelism in the form of questions, and, in the process he accomplishes a very Biblical world view and string apologetics. I highly recommend this book to any disciple of Jesus

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13-09-21

Great book.. goes off topic a bit

The book is great.. excepting that it goes off topic a bit into general apologetics on very particular subjects.. not really what I was looking for.. but overall worth it for a few of the chapters.

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  • Mykhaylo Skitsak
  • 08-05-21

Great read

This book Definitely put a new refreshing perspective on Evangelism. Dialogues and examples are very helpful.

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  • A D Jenkins
  • 15-04-21

Recommended!

Great insight and very helpful in sharing that makes it a conversation not a presentation.