Tell Someone: You Can Share the Good News is a concise guide on the basics of evangelism. Greg's pointed wit makes the book not only educational, but entertaining. I've shared the gospel many times in my new life, but God used the book and recent sermons taught at First Baptist Rogers to convict me of my need to change what I've been doing in evangelism and then do it more. Here are five reasons why you should read Tell Someone by Greg Laurie.
1. To start caring (again). I had to be real honest with myself. I see people every day and unless I had met that person predetermined to share the gospel, I don't think twice about their eternity many times. That's a travesty because in all reality, people we meet every day in chance (or providential) encounters are literally walking into a furnace where they will exist for all eternity. How could I not care? While not designed to guilt the reader into evangelism, the book opens by making clear the need for a complete paradigm shift in how we view the inhabitants of this planet.
2. To answer the basic questions. We all learned about the 5-Ws in grade school: who, what, where, when, and why. Greg answers each of these questions (not in that order) in short, succinct chapters. While this may seem rudimentary, the church clearly needs to revisit these basic questions when research suggests that 95% of professing Christians have never led another person to Christ. Pastors: until those numbers decline drastically, we need to be hammering the basics frequently.
3. To answer the other basic question. We also learned about the H question in grade school - how. About half of the book is dedicated to answering this question in some form or fashion. In my humble opinion, the ability to answer this question is what sets apart a good book from a mediocre one, a great teacher from a good one. Far too often, we preach sermons or read books that encourage us to do something without ever showing or explaining to us how. Greg does an outstanding job walking through examples of how to share the gospel like Jesus did, how to use your personal testimony, and how to "close the deal" when someone wants to give their life to Christ.
4. To have a good time. Let's face it - most of us don't joy read instruction manuals for putting together a piece of furniture. Far to often, books such as these end up being about that dry. Greg adds a witty humor to his book that at times had me laughing out loud. The book is sprinkled with humor, but Greg does not shy away from personally gripping stories from his own life. The combination makes the book almost dramatic.
5. You have a spare hour or two. This book is concise enough that you can learn a lot by sitting down and reading for just an hour or two. In fact, if you clip along pretty quick you'll be done with the book in that amount of time. I read it in a day, and with my schedule I appreciate more and more books that I can digest in that amount of time.
I highly recommend Tell Someone for believers who aren't sharing the gospel at least weekly. It will encourage, inspire, convict, equip, and humor you all at the same time. It is worth your time.
Greg Laurie is the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside and Irvine California. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of writing an unbiased review.
I follow Christ. I have a beautiful wife Megan and three wonderful children, Harrisen, Rebekah, and Carter. I am a candidate for a Ph.D. in ethics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, have an M.Div. from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a JD from the University of Arkansas, am licensed to practice law in several state and federal courts, and live in Rogers, Arkansas. I write a blog and produce a podcast. And I do it all that others may know Christ.