“Telling the Gospel Through Story” is a wonderful book for anyone who seeks to renew his or her vigour for evangelism. Christine Dillon has been a missionary for many years in Taiwan. Her method of evangelism is storytelling, and in this book she demonstrates why this has been so effective in various cultural contexts. It is both heartening, and very moving, to read some of her own remarkable stories of how God has worked powerfully through storytelling.
“Many evangelistic methods, such as evangelistic sermons or courses that investigate Christianity, can only be done with people who already want to know more about the Bible or are at least comfortable enough to participate. Storying allows us to share the gospel with hearers who are anti-Christian or haven’t yet considered that Jesus could be relevant to their lives.” (p. 25)
This book is very motivating, providing great reason to be bold in evangelism, deeply prayerful about it, and ultimately dependant upon God’s sovereignty through our efforts, and despite them. Unsurprisingly, it is especially relevant for people who are interested in the method of storytelling. It explains why storytelling is highly effective, debunks numerous misconceptions, and gives highly practical advice about where to get started, what to expect, and how to train others in it.
Telling the Gospel Through Story will be useful and inspiring for anyone who seeks to make the gospel known. Bible teachers especially ought not overlook it because the very essence of this book concerns the successful communication of God’s word. Dillon reminds us “Jesus himself was a storyteller… For him, not using a story was the exception.” (p. 39).
Telling the Gospel Through Story: Evangelism That Keeps Hearers Wanting More
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