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The Unexpected Adventure by Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg

Thursday, 30 April 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Non-fiction: Christian Life. Advanced Reader Copy from Zondervan Publishers. Publishing 1 May 2009. 304 pages.

unexadvSubtitled Taking Everyday Risks to Talk with People About Jesus, this book is divided into 42 daily readings. Since I was hoping to review the book near the time it was released, I was unable to read it as it was intended, choosing instead to read several days worth at a time. So, I can’t really comment on how it would be as a daily devotional, though I did not notice anything that made me think it would be ineffective if used that way.

Alternating back and forth between the authors, each daily reading is a record of an encounter where one of the two was able to talk to a non-believer about Christ. After each example a principle is presented and discussed; to wit: you don’t have to have all the answers; just share your story; be yourself; remember sometimes you plant the seed, sometimes you harvest; pray; and so on. All in all it seems like a good way to remind yourself of the importance of being open to opportunities to talk to someone about your faith, and gives some solid advice on ways it could play out. There is also a very good list of recommended resources for continued study.

That said, I always get irritated at authors that promote their other books in their current book, and this one is full of that. They don’t mention them in every daily reading, but it was a bit much for me. Even though I know it’s a fairly common practice, it just bugs me — I would prefer to see the title listed either in the biography of the author or in a recommended resource list at the end of the book.

Publisher’s Summary:
When we seize opportunities to talk with others about Jesus, days that start out dull and tedious can quickly blossom into exciting escapades. Written for today’s multigenerational, multicultural world, The Unexpected Adventure helps readers take easy steps into a natural evangelistic lifestyle that will energize their own faith while making an eternal difference in the lives of people they encounter.

Using a devotional-style format, bestselling authors Lee Strobel and Mark Mittelberg tell dramatic and sometimes funny stories from their own lives and then draw out practical applications backed by Scripture. Readers will be inspired with fresh compassion for their spiritually confused friends and equipped with practical strategies for influencing others for Christ. Entire churches will be rejuvenated as congregations discover that evangelism can be the adventure of a lifetime — starting today.

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