I mentioned the Reformissionary’s Big 5 Books series before. I thought I’d cover evangelism. Steve McCoy limited it to evangelism- so I can’t put down any books on apologetics. I’m in trouble.
- The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs. This is probably the best book on evangelism you can buy. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
- Powerful Evangelism for the Powerless by C. John Miller. This is a great book as well, and not very long. It is convicting and gospel-centered. Jack was all about the gospel. One of these days I’ll use this in a small group or SS class.
- A Faith Worth Sharing: a lifetime of conversations about Christ by C. John Miller. Less theoretical, Jack used stories of sharing the gospel to instruct people like me about sharing the gospel. Easy to read, and no less convicting & gospel-centered than his other book.
- Becoming a Contagious Christian by Bill Hybels and Mark MIttelberg. We used this in SS for some evangelism training. I thought it was good, and helpful for people.
- The Soul Winner: Advice on Effective Evangelism by Charles Spurgeon. I’m not wild about the title- it sounds a tad gnostic, unintentionally. But it is Spurgeon, so suck it up.
This doesn’t count, but it does have evangelism in the title: Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer. He defends Calvinism from the various charges that it stifles evangelism. What stifles evangelism in the sinful hearts of those called to evangelism. Also not counting because the author is considered to be fuzzy on justification, but it is a book I found helpful is The Call of Grace: How the Covenant Illuminates Salvation and Evangelism by Norman Shepherd. Reminds me that as a Presbyterian, making disciples started with my children’s baptism (Mt. 28).
Books on My To Read List:
- Evangelism in the Early Church by Michael Green. I started it a few years ago and have not finished it. Other things drew my attention. Perhaps I ought to revisit it soon. The new cover is way cooler than the one I’ve got.
- The Gospel and Personal Evagelism by Mark Dever.
- Evangelism: Doing Justice and Preaching Grace by Harvie Conn. Looks like a more wholistic book from before missional was hip.
- Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-forming Community by Robert Webber. He borrows from the Celtic evangelistic approach as part of his emerging church ancient-future emphasis.
If you have any recommendations- put them down. I obviously don’t know everything, which extends to every worthwhile book.