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waking-wanderer said: What are some good books to start off reading with nonbelievers?

jspark3000:

Hey my friend: First of all, I have to say that if your unchurched friend is willing to read anything related to Christ, that’s so very awesome and I applaud you.  Double high-five right through my screen. :)

Some books then!

 

- Blue Like Jazz, by Donald Miller.  The book cover itself says “Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality.”  It was rather popular with pretty much everyone when it came out, and it’s unlike any other Christian book you’ll read.

- Heroes and Monsters, by Josh Riebock.  I must have recommended this book a billion times and I’ve bought at least half a dozen of them for friends.  Simply an honest, raw, gripping story about a struggling Christian.

- Dug Down Deep, by Joshua Harris.  I know how some people feel about Pastor Joshua’s dating books, but this autobiography is both an excellent life-story and also a great intro into Christian doctrines.  He manages to get the perfect balance of both.

- The Reason for God, by Timothy Keller.  Most books on apologetics tend to be yawn-inducing and cringe-worthy, but Pastor Tim presents a well-rounded case for Christianity that touches on philosophical, psychological, and historical reasons all at once.  It answers the question, “Why do we even need God?”, along with several tough ones about Hell and exclusivity.

- Mere Christianity, by C.S. Lewis.  Because it’s C.S. Lewis. And you could always go with The Chronicles of Narnia, or Lewis’s buddy J.R.R. Tolkien and Lord of the Rings.

- You Lost Me, by David Kinnaman.  This is an actual statistical survey about why young Christians are leaving the church, and it asks very important questions about why the modern church is failing to connect.  The author presents both problems and solutions.  It’ll get you to have great intense conversations with your friend.

- Passion and Purity, by Elisabeth Elliot.  If you’re looking for a female author, you can’t go wrong with any of her books.  I know some Christians consider her a bit airy and sugary, but I think she’s a great writer with an incredibly tragic and hopeful testimony.

Enjoy and be blessed!

— J.S.


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When I speak I want to speak from His heart. When I look at someone I want to see them with His eyes. When I touch someone I want to touch them with His compassion. When I listen to someone I want to listen with a heart that has His understanding.

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You need someone who goes out of their way to make it obvious that they want you in their life.
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Life is not worth living unless you’re living your life as a co-laborer with Christ.
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Attraction is first born at the moment someone laughs, or you get to know them and see them for who they are, it also arrives when we see the other person and their beauty is pleasing to you. Love is born the moment two people seek the best in one another, when it becomes a choice to further that person in the goals and journey of their life.

We can confuse attraction for love, because attraction can turn our heads and leave us thinking about that person, but love renews our hearts and changes our lives. There is a fine line between the two, it is up to us to discern what that line is and how far we are willing to see where it goes, for we will realize that attraction is shorter than we first thought and that we will find many more lines that we find attractive. Love forces us to choose to continue following its line, sometimes we grow tired and we see the other line, but we must remember that we have chosen the best line, the best journey, for true Love will always lead us to the cross and what Christ did; For He is the truest of all loves, and to follow Him, is to follow life to its completion.

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But true love is the burden that will carry me back home 

Carry me with the, memories of the, beauty I have known”


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If they are wrong they need your prayers all the more; and if they are your enemies, then you are under orders to pray for them.
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vous-3tes-mon-coeur:

It’s easy to say that you’re not ashamed when you’re in a room full of fellow Christians shouting the same thing. Why don’t you go be unashamed in your schools and your mall and your job and your bank and your park and everywhere you are. Shining together is great, but don’t forget to be a light in the darkness.

vous-3tes-mon-coeur:

It’s easy to say that you’re not ashamed when you’re in a room full of fellow Christians shouting the same thing. Why don’t you go be unashamed in your schools and your mall and your job and your bank and your park and everywhere you are. Shining together is great, but don’t forget to be a light in the darkness.

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Having hope in God means no one else finishes the story but Him, and everything really will be okay. We do not need to fear optimism. Life will still hurt and there is darkness ahead — but we have a Healer, a Counselor, a King, a Father, a Friend. We can get our hopes up: all the way up to Him.
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