“And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way” (1 Peter 3:15-16, NLT).
Talking About God demonstrates that spiritual conversations have the potential to profoundly impact someone’s faith journey, when we simply engage people with honesty and respect. For people who are intimidated or fatigued by the idea of talking about matters of faith, Talking about God offers story after gripping story about conversations that avoid offering platitudes and unnecessary divisiveness, and instead draw people organically and relationally toward the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Discover refreshing portraits of natural, authentic, God-directed dialogues that protect the dignity of the people we love and lead them into life-changing conversations.
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Talking about God is a déjà vu experience. You will find yourself thinking, I just had this conversation with someone! This is why this book is so important; it is so vividly real and not theoretical. You can now avoid the “I wish I had read this before and had some ways to respond” experiences—because Steve and Cheri show how to respond to and converse about questions that come up in today’s world.
by Dan Kimball, author of Adventures in Churchland
I’ve known Steve and Cheri for more than twenty years and have watched them live out what you will read on these pages. Through six unique narratives, they remind us that “sharing our faith” has never been about power or rightness, but rather about a reflection of Jesus that moves us toward honest and caring engagement. I hope these stories will inspire and educate you as they have for me.
by Nancy Ortberg
My friend Steve and his wife, Cheri, have written one of the most refreshing, thought-provoking, insightful, and practical books about building genuine relationships with people far from God that I’ve ever read. In a world that is polarized and hostile when addressing topics such as sexuality, politics, morality, and religion, this book provides fresh wisdom and practical tools. It will help you break down the barriers and build authentic friendships with those whose worldview could not be more different from your own. I highly recommend it!
by Chip Ingram, author and pastor
I have several reasons to love this book. First, it’s honest. Steve and Cheri gain authenticity through their transparency in dealing with difficult subjects. Second, the power of story is unleashed: In their conversations with people about their life journeys, we find ourselves having conversations with ourselves and with God about our own pilgrimage. “What would I have said and done?” and “How would I have reacted?” inevitably lead us to discover something about our own beliefs and attitudes. Finally, I appreciate that this couple still understands who really is the Main Character in everyone’s plot.
by Reggie McNeal, leadership consultant and author
I wish I had had friends like Steve and Cheri to patiently listen and speak grace and wisdom into my life as I journeyed toward Christ. The precious and sensitive conversations that they share in Talking about God are at once heartwarming and a road map for the posture and care that Christians have the privilege of offering to spiritual seekers. I love this book, and I’m learning! When is volume 2 coming out?