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Books They Like: Personal Evangelism

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Books They LikeWelcome to Books They Like, where preachers are asked what books they recommend on certain topics. This time, I ask,

“What are some good books you’ve read on the topic of personal evangelism?”

Neil Richey ( recommends Hearts On Fire: A Strategy for Dynamic Evangelism (1990), by Don Humphrey. “Chapter by chapter the author challenges the reader to be a soul-winner. In chapter one, the stage is set with this statistic: ‘The average member of the church of Christ has heard 4,000 sermons, sung 20,000 songs, participated in 8,000 public prayers . . . And converted zero sinners.’ The ten chapters in this book call the reader out of mediocrity and urges him not to be an average Christian.”

Michael Whitworth ( recommends Becoming a Contagious Christian (1996), by Bill Hybels & Mark Mittelberg (denominational). “This book is filled with very practical advice and insight.” He also recommends the DVD Go Fish (2005), by Andy Stanley (denominational). “In the first lesson, he gives great homework (write a letter to the person most responsible for you obeying the gospel when you did), and in another lesson, he boldly asks that any members unwilling to evangelize simply find somewhere else to go to church. The one lesson where he goes through his version of the plan of salvation can easily be adapted to the version consistent in the Book of Acts.”

Dan Winkler (Huntington church of Christ; Huntington, TN) recommends Open Bible Study Series, Go Ye Means Go Me (1984), and From House To House (1956), all by Ivan R. Stewart.

Scott Bond Jr. ( recommends Evangelism Made Simple (2000), by Stephen Rogers and Hearts on Fire: A Strategy for Dynamic Evangelism (1990), by Don Humphrey.

Steve Higginbotham ( recommends Muscle And A Shovel (2011), by Michael J. Shank. “It’s not a “how to” book, but it is a “conversion story” told by the one who was converted, and he sheds light on the things that impacted him along his journey of faith.”

Mike Benson ( recommends When All Hell Breaks Loose (1993), by Steven J. Lawson (denominational). “People tend to be much more open to the Gospel when there has been a death in their family. Lawson’s book provides some insightful material on how to help people through their pain and hopefully open doors for evangelism.” He also recommends Hearts On Fire: A Strategy for Dynamic Evangelism (1990), by Don Humphrey. “Save your money; throw out the other books on evangelism. Read, consume, pray about, and practice this book instead.”

Adam Faughn ( recommends Mentor Like Jesus (2009), by Regi Campbell (denominational). “I like this book because it talks about how Jesus built into the lives of the apostles, but He got right to their heart. Far too often, we want to build a friendship with someone before reaching them with the Gospel, but we never get around to the Gospel! This book reminds us to always be helping others (it speaks to men specifically) moving forward in their walk with Jesus.”

Dale Jenkins ( recommends Roll Jordan Roll, by J.E. Choate. “I read this book when I was in Junior High school and learned of the passion and personal sacrifice of Brother Keeble to reach lost people. Years later it was a blessing to become closely associated with many of the people who were close to him and learn even more of his humility and close walk with God. He baptized probably 50,000 people.” He also recommends You Can Do Personal Work (1956), by Otis Gatewood. “This book is a classic. Brother Gatewood along with Paul Sherrod were the first to enter Hitler’s Germany. His insights into the simplicity and essentiality of sharing the gospel with others are invaluable.” Add to his list, Lovingly Leading Men to the Savior, by Jerry Jenkins. “Dad wrote this book in the early 70’s originally as a study guide for a personal evangelism class. He always had a personal work class going.” Some denominational books he recommends are: When God Builds A Church (2000) by Bob Russell, The Most Loving Place in Town (2010) by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges, The Purpose Driven Church (1995) by Rick Warren, Becoming a Contagious Christian (1996), by Bill Hybels & Mark Mittelberg, and Rediscovering Church (1997) by Lynne & Bill Hybels.

Let’s keep this conversation going. What books would you recommend?

3 Responses to Books They Like: Personal Evangelism

  1. Matt Ashby May 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM #

    Every Christian should, at some point, read The Christian System by Alexander Campbell. Even the introduction is pure genius. (The grammar-nazi in me is going crazy because the comments won’t let me italicize the title.)

  2. Shane Robinson May 10, 2013 at 8:28 AM #

    I’ve read several of the books suggested above. Dale mentioned, When God Builds a Church (Russell) and The Purpose Driven Church (Warren). These books are practical and insightful. The most practical brotherhood book I’ve read is Evangelizing Your Community by Stafford North (did not see it listed above). It begins each chapter by giving the reader the proper perspective on how they are to read the chapter (e.g. preachers, elders, members). Rise Up And Build by Neal Pollard has a good layout for using in teaching and preaching. I’ve found books by Thom S. Rainer to be helpful in the area of evangelism (Breakout Churches, and Surprising Insights From the Unchurched are two that come to mind).

  3. Emily July 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

    Ben, I wasn’t sure where else I could ask you this. I have been looking for some good books about Christian Relationships. Do you think sometime you could do an article about those? I love all of your posts. :) Thanks for this blog!

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