Have you ever?
- Have you ever …
wanted to share your faith but didn’t really know how?
- Have you ever …
felt a bit guilty, frustrated, or sad for not sharing your faith?
- Have you ever thought …
“I’m not confident sharing my faith – but I should be.”?
If so, you are like approximately 95% of adult Christians
A while ago, I asked my former pastor, Dr. G. Richard Lobs III, retired pastor of six evangelical congregations, what percent of Christian adults are comfortable sharing their faith? His answer:
“My best guesstimate would be that approximately 5 percent of the adult Christians I’ve worked with over my 45 years of ministry were confident sharing their faith – 95 percent were not!”
About 95% of the Body of Christ is intimidated by witnessing in any way, to anyone, at any time! I have to admit, I’m part of the 95%! I’ve only shared my faith verbally a very few times in 60 years of Christian life.
A Few Reasons We Christians Do Not Share Our Faith
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of arguments
- Fear of being put in the “religious fanatic” box
- Fear of being seen as “Know it all” or “Preachy”
- Fear of misleading
- Fear of being “tongue tied”
I am in the 95% group, but have found a way of sharing my faith with 100% confidence!
On the parking garage level of our seven-story condominium building beside the elevator is a small shelf known as the “free shelf ”. You can take or leave anything left there – free. One day, I got the idea of leaving a book explaining the plan of salvation for anyone to take home free.
The next day I put Josh McDowell’s book More Than a Carpenter on this “free shelf ” and when I returned a few minutes later the book was GONE! The next day I decide to try it again. Cheryl and I went out for a bite to eat and when we returned, the second book was also GONE! Another day, another book GONE! Soon dozens of books were GONE!
Dozens of “plan of salvation” books moving hand to hand, mind to mind, with God guiding.
Before leaving each book, I prayed for a person seeking God (at this exact time in her or his life) to pick up the free book.
Not one person saw me leave the first 30 books! No one cared how I looked. No one asked me a single question. Leaving each and every book was exciting – fulfilling! I had discovered a way of sharing my faith with total confidence!
A few evenings later Cheryl and I were having dinner with our friends Doug and Christi Napier. I shared the fulfillment I experienced sharing my faith in this very simple way. Christi has a major problem with her vocal cords (she has had 68 surgeries on her vocal cords and still speaks in a whisper). She whispered, “I leave Chris- tian books as well. I leave them in the beauty shop, the doctor’s office, or any place I happen to be. The person picking up the book assumes it was left by mistake – but they were left on purpose!”
Sharing Your Faith In This Way Does Not Require …
- A professional image
- Physical fitness
- Public speaking ability
- Social confidence
- A seminary degree
Leave, Give, Introduce – with a Prayer
LEAVE — secretly leave any book you like and trust
Your pastor’s best book.
Your all-time favorite book
My book: DECADE by DECADE (with the 90’s decade chapter, “Sharing the Gospel”)
GIVE — to a friend
You may have been praying for a specific friend but just haven’t found exactly the right time, or just the right words. Consider giving just the right book. DECADE by DECADE is a perfect birthday gift – especially for decadal birthdays.
INTRODUCE — the idea of Book Evangelism
Give one DECADE by DECADE book and one Book Evangelism brochure to introduce: pastors, Christian friends, group leaders (men’s groups, women’s groups, senior groups, small group leaders, etc.) to the simple idea of Book Evangelism.
PRAY — as you leave, give, introduce
Pray that God, in His perfect timing, will connect you and exactly the right book to a seeking reader and will attract the seeking reader to Himself for all eternity.
Leave a Book Anywhere
Here are a few suggestions.
Always have one in your car to take with you and leave on or in:
- Dining rooms
- “Free shelves”
- Nursing homes
- Professional offices (medical doctor, psychologist, dentist, attorney)
- Park benches
- Shops (repair, barber, beauty)
- Waiting rooms
Why is Evangelism Still so Important Today?
REMEMBER … eternity is not
Eternity is endless
Regardless of how you imagine heaven or hell
Hell is for eternity!
Heaven is for eternity!
Share this very simple Book Evangelism idea with friends still feeling a tingle of guilt – for not sharing their faith verbally. Book Evangelism can start unlocking the massive 95% of us who attend church faithfully but never feel confident sharing our faith. Imagine the impact of all Christians confidently sharing our faith via books we leave – anywhere, everywhere, all the time!
Consider Leaving Christian Books As One Of Your Secret Dreams Or Mission
Leave a book a day, a book a week, a book a month. You may have a dream of leaving 100 or 100,000 books over your lifetime. Just start with leaving your very first book – and you are on your way!
Don’t put your name in each book if you are not comfortable talking with the person reading it. Do put your name (contact information) in each book, if you are open to talking with the reader. It is also perfectly OK for you to underline key thoughts or turn down pages in any book you leave.
No one needs to see you leave a single book. God sees whenever you leave a book, day or night … 24 hours a day … 7 days a week. You can now be an extremely shy Christian who feels 100 percent confident sharing your faith on a regular basis for the rest of your life.
Start by leaving just one book – TODAY!
A 90% Discount
When you use DECADE by DECADE in Book Evangelism you get a 90% discount when ordering in shrink-wrapped packets of 10 books (our costs -we make no profit).
Retail price for 10 books: $200 + postage
Book Evangelism price for 10 books: $20 + postage
To order 10 packs (for your personal use or use as a group) with a 90% discount click the DECADE by DECADE book image below. We ask that you only purchase the 10-packs if you intend to use the books as Book Evangelism tools. We trust your integrity. Along with your order of Decade by Decade 10-packs, you may also order Book Evangelism (free!), a printed booklet introducing the Book Evangelism concept. Order as many as you need for you and your group.