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How To Explain Your Faith
by John Pritchard
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published:20 November 2014
Talking to other people about one's Christian faith can be exciting or extremely challenging. For most people the challenge seems too great and we look for the easy way out, realising we are not gifted evangelists!
However, Scripture exhorts us to "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." (1 Peter 3:15)
Many books have been written telling us how to do it and how easy it is whilst most of us find that it isn't. Here is yet another, but one with a new and creative approach.
John Pritchard has a long experience of ministry in the Anglican Church and focuses his book, not on the things we think we should be saying, but rather on the questions people are likely to ask and how we might respond.
The book is in three parts—Why Bother?, Why Believe?, and Why Get Involved? Each chapter is set out in an imaginative and accessible format, beginning with the things people say and going on to identify the key issue and the way one might respond. There are also thought provoking stories and some pithy quotes in each chapter.
At the end there is a section on how to use the book in a home group which is, perhaps, the value of the author's approach to the subject. Used individually it is obviously a worthwhile read, but used with a group it could help transform a church's outreach to the community it serves.
Reviewer: Graham Wise (23/03/15)