Recommended Books

1. How to Influence Your Loved Ones for Christ when You Don’t Have the Gift of Evangelism
by Larry Gilbert, Ephesians Four Ministries, Church growth Institute, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2003 ISBN 0-941005-35-6
This book is included in the “Team Evangelism” materials, so it is written to fit within a program. However, the content provides an excellent tool for those who don’t have the gift of evangelism but want to share their faith more effectively.

2. How to Give Away Your Faith by Paul Little, InterVarsity Press, 1966, 1988, 2006.
ISBN-10 0-8308-3406-0 ISBN-13 978-0-8308-3406-8

This book is a standard in the genre of sharing the gospel. It’s timeless, excellent in “how tos”, but also rich in encouragement on how to keep “feeding the spring”, i.e. staying connected to Jesus.

3. Tactics by Gregory Koukl, Zondervan, 2009
ISBN 978-0-310-28292-1

This book will teach you how to maneuver comfortably and graciously as you share your faith. It will give you a game plan for communicating with confidence and grace, even if you don’t have the gift of evangelism.

4. The Ambassador’s Guide to Islam by Alan Shlemon,
Stand to Reason, www.str.org

This little booklet is an excellent tool for witnessing to Muslims. It shows you how to use the Qur’an to affirm the authority of the Bible.

5. The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, president of World Vision was the 2010 Christian book of the year.

This prophetic word to the Body of Christ challenges us to demonstrate the gospel. The message will be unfruitful without showing the love of Jesus.

6. God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life: The MYTH of the Modern Message by Ray Comfort

This book explains why 80-90% of those making decisions for Christ fall away from the faith, and shows us how to include “the law” in our message to bring conviction before true repentance and lasting conversion.

7. Living Proof: Sharing the Gospel Naturally by Jim Petersen, NAVPRESS,1991 ISBN 08910-95616

This book will show you how to develop relationships with unreached people, model the Christian message, and present the Bible’s claims in a non-threatening manner.

8. The key to witnessing to those of the LDS faith (Mormons) is to not get lost in the maze of doctrine and church history. When you look beyond the basic articles of faith, which look like a regular evangelical church, you will find a faith with many strange beliefs such as: Jesus is portrayed as the spiritual brother of Lucifer. God was once a man, and men can become gods. There are higher levels of heaven that are earned through works here on earth. When witnessing to them you must keep the conversation to the nature of God, the deity of Christ, and/or the way to know God and receive salvation. (See Day 36)

9. The key to witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses is regarding the deity of Christ and how a person comes to know the Father through Jesus, receiving salvation. The best tool I’ve found is actually a “Watchtower Society” publication called The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures. When comparing the Greek and the New World Translation in John 1:1, Colossians 1:15-20, and Romans 10:13 and Philippians 2:11 together, the additions and omissions will be clear, and so will their doctrinal error regarding Jesus. (See Day 37)

11. Other “ism”s and “ity”s: There are so many out there! (See Days 38 and 39) The classic reference in Dr. Walter Martin’s Kingdom of the Cults which has been recently updated (October 1, 2003). The publisher is Bethany House. The ISBN is 0764228218.

12. OIKOS: Your world Delivered, by Tom Mercer, pastor of High Desert Church in Southern California, Professional Press, 2009, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-57087-709-4.
This book encourages believers to share the gospel naturally in their own circle of influence.