Brian D. McLaren Zondervan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
2002 US$ 10.99
Reviewed by Benjamin C. Maxson, Director, General Conference Stewardship Ministries
With the subtitle of “Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix,” this book explores how to bring the gospel to people in the contemporary secular culture. The author uses an extended e-mail dialogue with a real person as the vehicle for exploring a non-traditional way of doing evangelism. His primary approach is evangelism as conversation, friendship, influence, invitation, companionship, challenge, and opportunity.
McLaren stresses that the best approach is telling your own story and the story of Jesus in the context of authentic relationships. His chapter comparing modern and postmodern views of Christianity is especially helpful. I believe this is a book every pastor and church leader should read.