Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Review

Ron Rhodes has provided a readable introduction to discussing one’s faith with a practicing Jehovah Witness.  The book is divided into two parts.  The first part (about 30% of the book) discusses seven principles that need to heard by anyone actively involved in evangelism.  Though the examples of those principles comes out of the author’s work with Jehovah Witnesses, the principles themselves are generic enough that they need to be understood and used by all believers as they share their faith.  Taking time to read these seven chapters alone makes the book a worthwhile purchase.

The author is convinced that the best approach in discussing our faith with a Jehovah Witness is by providing an ear that is willing to learn what they believe.  Rather than arguing against straw men, that may or may not represent the person in front of you, we listen to what they are really saying.  This is of course good advice whenever we are discussing our faith.  Though we may not agree, we do show respect for the person who we are in discussion with as we listen and respond to what is actually being said, rather than what we expect to hear.

The other ⅔ of the book focus on using the techniques discussed in Part 1 when addressing specific concerns of the Jehovah Witness faith.  Though there is not enough detail to have a thorough understanding of that faith, for the man or woman who is comfortable with their own faith, the book suggests and illustrates ways to respond without offending and/or driving the Jehovah Witness away.

The second part of the book is also of value whether one is in conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness or not.  Though in the context of witnessing to the Jehovah Witness, it does provide a survey (albeit, a brief survey) of the Christian faith when set against one of the larger of today’s cults.  Though the author’s credentials suggest he understands the Jehovah Witness faith, my own knowledge of their faith is not sufficient to evaluate his work in this area.  

The book is filled with sample conversations that illustrate both the principles of Part One and the issues raised in Part Two.  Though the conversations are made up (i.e. not transcripts of actual conversations), they do illustrate the skills discussed throughout the book.  

The bottom line is that the book, though aimed at the believer talking to a member of the Jehovah Witnesses, provides a good, mid-level discussion of evangelism for all.  

This review is based on a free electronic copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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