Following Jesus is a journey none of the people in this book ever expected to take. Why did they? What difference did it make? The book you’re holding is dangerous. If you read it, you’ll see that God is still active in saving even the most unexpected people: An atheist woman who viewed Christians as “idiots.” A married couple high in the leadership ranks of the Mormon church. An African-American man who became a Black Muslim out of hatred for white Christians. You’ll be amazed, moved, and encouraged as you read their compelling stories and the stories of nine others who made The Unexpected Journey from non-Christian beliefs to faith in Jesus Christ. You’ll rediscover the power of the gospel. You might even be emboldened to tell others about Christ yourself. Unexpected journeys beyond • Mormonism • Judaism • Hinduism • Atheism • Jehovah’s Witness • Agnosticism • Wiccan Paganism • Buddhism • Unitarianism • Astrology • Islam • Satanism
Thom S. Rainer
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The many marvelous and mysterious ways that God draws people to Himself!
This book is a very easy read, and written in a simple conversational style - somewhat reminiscent of someone's daily log. But the people here are real, and they are accurate representations of our friends, family and neighbors. Everyone on this earth is searching (mostly in vain) for that lost spiritual connection - for God. If you are a Christian, this book should inspire you to value people around you. You should find larger empathy for the lost, searching people around you.
Christians in particular will see here how God is actively seeking lost humanity. And each follower of Christ has an important (crucial) and varied part to play in the lives of every other seeker and believer. The simple prayers we pray, the acts of caring, the listening ear, inviting non-believers into your lives and even to church... all these things are a part of lost people finding...
I read this book as a part of a seminary world religions class. The conversion stories that are told are heartbreaking as well as encouraging. Many of the people who were interviewed had to give up everything: jobs, friends, and families to become Christians. As Christians it is important to realize the impact of the decision we are asking them to make and be willing to live out what scripture calls US to do. The exposure that many people in the book had to “Christianity” replaced the essential Gospel message with either hypocrisy or a lukewarm faith. It is made clear that Christians must be able to extend Christ's unconditional love with anyone regardless of what they look like or believe as well as share the truth with them.
The book shows the necessity of understanding our own Christian beliefs as well as the beliefs of others. Rainer provides helpful information on religions covered in the book, but I would recommend further study. At the end of every...
This book is a collection of conversations the author and his wife had with people who have come to Christianity from a variety of other faiths. The take-aways for me were that the Christian who wants to live out his/her faith in a way that makes a difference in people's eternity must remember to listen more and talk less, but when called on to speak, know your faith, know the Bible, and be able to give a good account - in love - of what it says. Too often we are so focused on sharing the gospel that we forget how important it is that people know they are valued friends and not merely "projects." No matter what religion they came from, most of these people needed relationship before they could hear the Gospel. Important lesson.
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