Resources to help in sharing the faith

There are many resources to give to friends or others to help them consider Jesus.  Be patient.  Be a friend.  Listen. Try to include them in your circle or create a circle of people who they can join simply to observe Jesus’ followers living together and enjoying and working through life together.
Offer resources to help them understand your faith; and listen to their questions and viewpoint.  Books can be a really good way for them to engage the faith at their pace. There are also resources to equip you as a Jesus follower to engage with those God has put in your path.    Most of these are books.

Muslims, Christians, and Jesus: Gaining Understanding and Building Relationships

“Based on the author’s twenty-five years of first-hand experience, this engaging book reveals what Islam really teaches and how today’s Muslims live and think. With practical information and personal stories, Carl Medearis shows readers how they can build life-changing bridges between the world’s two largest religions–one person at a time, whether in the US or elsewhere.” from Amazon.com
For some people- a biography can help them consider the faith.

Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone Age Tribe

“What happens when a nineteen-year-old boy leaves home and heads into the jungles to evangelize a murderous tribe of South American Indians? For Bruce Olson, it meant capture, disease, terror, loneliness, and torture. But what he discovered by trial and error has revolutionized then world of missions.” from Amazon.com

Bruchko by Bruce Olson

Maybe you know some atheists. This might help you in those conversations, or something for them to consider.

The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith“Here, for the first time, in his new book The Rage Against God, Peter Hitchens, brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, chronicles his personal journey through disbelief into a committed Christian faith. With unflinching openness and intellectual honesty, Hitchens describes the personal loss and philosophical curiosity that led him to burn his Bible at prep school and embrace atheism in its place. From there, he traces his experience as a journalist in Soviet Moscow, and the critical observations that left him with more questions than answers, and more despair than hope for how to live a meaningful life. With first-hand insight into the blurring of the line between politics and the Church, Hitchens reveals the reasons why an honest assessment of Atheism cannot sustain disbelief in God. In the process, he provides hope for all believers who, in the words of T. S. Eliot, may discover ‘the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.'” from Amazon.com
God Is. How Christianity Explains Everything“The most hard-hitting response to atheist Christopher Hitchens available! Continuing his series of responses to the recent atheists, Doug Wilson reaches a level of wit and insight rarely found among even the best of apologetic literature. Doug easily demonstrates the fallacies, prejudice, and irrationality of perhaps the most talented of the atheistic writers today, and shows how Christianity is the only reasonable, solid, and in fact, necessary, alternative.” from Amazon.com
The Deluded Atheist: A Response to Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion
“Noted pastor, theologian, and apologist Rev. Doug Wilson responds to atheist Richard Dawkins in this compact, hard-hitting, and insightful book. Among the many responses that the recent new atheism has aroused The Deluded Atheist stands out in its unparalleled precision and wit, reducing Dawkins atheistic criticism to groundless complaints and tail-chasing unreason.”  from Amazon.com
In our pluralistic world, many will wonder how Jesus can really be the only way to God.
Is Jesus the Only Way to God? (Ivp Booklets)“Isn’t it awfully narrow and intolerant for Christians to believe that Jesus is the only way to God? James Emery White responds to common questions.” from Amazon.com
The God Who Loves You: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling“God’s love is the subject of Peter Kreeft’s imaginative and thoughtful book (a revised and updated version of his book Knowing the Truth of God’s Love). With unusual clarity, Kreeft points out that the man or woman who begins to glimpse the God who is Creator, Redeemer, and Lover of our souls, will never be the same. He describes Scripture as God’s love story and then tells why divine love is the answer to our deepest problems and the fulfillment of our deepest desires. Posing the hard questions about love that rankle the heart, Peter Kreeft never settles for easy answers. He exposes today’s superficial attitudes about love to lead people to a deeper understanding of what it means to be loved by God, addressing these issues and many more: • How can I really know God’s love for me? • If God is love, why do bad things happen to good people?”  from Amazon.com  The God Who Loves You by Peter Kreeft

Who Was Jesus? (RZIM Critical Questions Discussion Guides)

“There are some questions you can’t avoid, no matter what you believe. The question “Who is Jesus?” has perplexed every generation since he walked the earth. Was he anything more than a teacher? What does it matter if he did or didn’t rise from the dead? This Critical Question Discussion Guide by Scot McKnight provides a forum for exploring this question in a group or individually. Here are the engaging insights of world-class philosophers and theologians to help you.”  Ravi Zacharias is the series editor.
Who Was Jesus? by Scot McKnight
Can I Trust the Bible? (RZIM Critical Questions Discussion Guides)
“There are some questions you can’t avoid, no matter what you believe. The Bible is held up by many as the Word of God, but to make such an assertion is to invite a greater scrutiny than we assign to other literature. Are the documents that make it up reliable sources of history? Where did they come from? What’s been left out, and why? This Critical Questions Discussion Guide provides a forum for exploring this question in a group or individually, guided by the engaging insights of world-class philosophers and theologians.”  Ravi Zacharias is the series editor
Can I Trust the Bible by Darrell Bock

Disappointment with God

“Philip Yancey has a gift for articulating the knotty issues of faith. In Disappointment with God, he poses three questions that Christians wonder but seldom ask aloud: Is God unfair? Is he silent? Is he hidden? This insightful and deeply personal book points to the odd disparity between our concept of God and the realities of life. Why, if God is so hungry for relationship with us, does he seem so distant? Why, if he cares for us, do bad things happen? What can we expect from him after all? Yancey answers these questions with clarity, richness, and biblical assurance. He takes us beyond the things that make for disillusionment to a deeper faith, a certitude of God’s love, and a thirst to reach not just for what God gives, but for who he is.” from Amazon.com

Where Is God When It Hurts?Also by Philip Yancey.   “If there is a loving God, then why is it that … ? You’ve heard that question, perhaps asked it yourself. No matter how you complete it, at its root lies the issue of pain. Does God order our suffering? Does he decree an abusive childhood, orchestrate a jet crash, steer a tornado through a community? Or did he simply wind up the world’s mainspring and now is watching from a distance? In this Gold Medallion Award–winning book, Philip Yancey reveals a God who is neither capricious nor unconcerned. Using examples from the Bible and from his own experiences, Yancey looks at pain—physical, emotional, and spiritual—and helps us understand why we suffer. Where Is God When It Hurts? will speak to those for whom life sometimes just doesn’t make sense. And it will help equip anyone who wants to reach out to someone in pain but just doesn’t know what to say.” from Amazon.com
The Creator and the Cosmos: How the Latest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal GodHugh Ross is a real scientist, and a solid Christian.
This is for more scientifically oriented friends.
Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road Donald Miller can help some folks who don’t want a lot of church discussed when discussing the faith.
Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller
“From the author of Blue Like Jazz comes a road-trip memoir about three months spent crossing the country in a Volkswagen camping van, wondering out-loud if there is more to life than nine-to-five jobs, than the ruts the entire world seems to be stuck in. Follow Don and Paul as they dive headlong into the deepest of human questions and find answers outside words―answers that have to be experienced to be believed.” from Amazon.comBlue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” ―Donald Miller
In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.
For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture.
For anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real.” from Amazon.com   Blue Like Jazz: Nonereligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality by Donald Miller
How to be Your Own Selfish Pig: And Other Ways You've Been Brainwashed
Apologetics for those who engage philosophical thoughts written to a teen level. From the daughter of Francis Schaeffer.
How To Be Your Own Selfish Pig by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
He Was One of UsFor those more artistic.  This is a beautiful book of artwork that follows Jesus through his life, death, and resurrection.  Rien Poortvliet is a great Dutch artist.
He Was One of Us by Rien Poortvliet
Another book dealing with pain, which can be a serious roadblock to someone considering Christianity. The writer’s husband was martyred for the faith in Ecuador.
A Path Through Suffering: Discovering the Relationship Between God's Mercy and Our Pain“Must we stumble through sorrow and tragedy without understanding or is there a lighted way-a path-through suffering? Elisabeth Elliot plots the treacherous passage through pain, grief and loss a journey most of us will make many times in our life. Through it all, she says there is only one reliable path, and if you walk it, you will see the transformation of all your losses, heartbreaks and tragedies into something strong and purposeful. In this powerful moving book, Elisabeth Elliot does not hesitate to ask hard questions to examine tenderly the hurts we suffer and to explore boldly the nature of God whose sovereign care for us is so intimate and perfect that he confounds our finite understanding. “A Path through Suffering” is a book for anyone searching for faith, comfort and assurance.”  from Amazon.com

End of the Spear The movie version of the killing of 5 missionaries to Ecuador, including Jim Elliot, the husband of Elisabeth Elliot, and also Nate Saint the pilot of the other 4 missionaries.

The End of The Spear 

Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to EvolutionDarwin’s Black Box helped to launch the Intelligent Design movement: the argument that nature exhibits evidence of design, beyond Darwinian randomness. Today, with the movement stronger than ever, Michael J. Behe updates the book with an important new Afterword on the state of the debate. —Time ”  from Amazon.com

 

In two minds: The dilemma of doubt & how to resolve it

In Two Minds: The dilemma of Doubt and how to Resolve It by Os Guinness

If Only I Could Believe“Some people find it hard to trust in God even though they can feel the force of arguments in favor of Christianity. And even those who believe in God can sometimes find it difficult to continue trusting Him. Often emotional factors block our faith in God. Shame, disappointment, fear or pain can have a significant influence on our ability to enter the Christian faith and to continue growing in it. Dr. Rietkerk firmly believes that substantial healing is possible and offers practical guidelines for dealing with emotional difficulties. With questions for group discussion at the end of each chapter this book is an invaluable guide for counselors, pastors, parents and youth leaders. Dr. Wim Rietkerk is the leader of the Dutch branch of L’Abri Fellowship and a pastor of the Dutch reformed church. The last six years he served in the city counsel of Utrecht and spends time with his eight grandchildren. The insights shared in this book result from his study of the Scriptures, his work as a pastor, the study of psychology, his extensive experience as a counselor at L’Abri, and as an international conference speaker.”  From Amazon.com

 If Only I Could Believe by Wim Rietkerk

Vanya: A True Story
“A Classic That’s Inspired Millions!Out of the dark shadows of Soviet atheism rose a fearless young man whose boldness for Christ would make him a testimony to millions of believers around the world. This is the true story of Ivan (Vanya) Moiseyev, a soldier in the Soviet Red Army who was ruthlessly persecuted and incarcerated for his faith. Through two years of trial and torture, he never denied his Savior, and he never hesitated to share the gospel with anyone who would listen. You’ll be inspired to live for Christ in your own world as never before after you experience the gripping story of a believer named Vanya.” 
from Amazon.com
Consider giving a biography to someone who won’t read an argument.

Modern Art and the Death of a Culture

“This disturbing but illuminating classic is a brilliant perspective on the cultural turmoil of the radical sixties and its impact on today’s world, especially as reflected in the art of the time. Rookmaaker’s enduring analysis looks at modern art in a broad historical, social, and philosophical context, laying bare the despair and nihilism that pervade our era. He also shows the role Christian artists can play in proclaiming truth through their work.
Rookmaaker’s brilliant articulation of faith and scholarship is insightful and inspiring. The book moves freely and with a sense of urgency between the worlds of high culture, popular art and music, and Christian faith.
This reissue makes his foundational work available to a new generation.
“A landmark book in the story of contemporary Christians in the arts.” –Os Guinness, author ofThe American Hour”  from Amazon.com    Modern Art and the Death of a Culture by H.R. RookmaakerLords of the Earth: An Incredible but True Story from the Stone-Age Hell of Papua's Jungle

“Engulfed in the darkness of Irian Jaya’s Snow Mountains live the Yali, naked cannibals who call themselves lords of the earth. Yet, in spite of their boldness, they live in terror and bondage to the women-hating, child-despising gods they serve. Missionary Stan Dale dared to enter their domain and be an instrument to change their future. Peace Child author, Don Richardson, tells the story of Dale, his wife, his companions and thousands of Yali tribesmen in Lords of the Earth. This unforgettable tale of faithful determination and zeal against overwhelming odds brings unlikely characters together in a swirl of agony and bloodshed climaxing in a dramatic, unexpected ending. Readers will find their perceptions of how God moves enlarged and inspired by this classic story. For parents and youth leaders looking for real-life role models for the new generation of young people, you will want to meet the Dales in Lords of the Earth.”  from Amazon.com   Lords of the Earth by Don Richardson
Peace Child (International Adventures)
“Among the headhunting Sawi of Irian Jaya, treachery was an ideal that generations of their people had perfected. The heroes of Sawi legend weren’t those who took the greatest number of heads in battle or ambush, but those who were the most deceitful in befriending their victims before they took their heads.When missionaries Don and Carol Richardson searched for the key that would open the gospel to the Sawi, God moved in a stunning way. He revealed His true Peace Child–the ideal fulfillment of the Sawi’s own redemptive analogy. “Peace Child” chronicles the agony–and the triumph–of the Richardsons’ unforgettable sojourn among this people loved by God.” from Amazon.com

Who Moved The Stone?

“The classic text on examining the evidence for the Resurrection. Convinced that the story wasn’t true, Frank Morison started to write about Jesus’ last days. However, as he studied this crucial period something happened. . . First published in 1930, this is an in-depth exploration of what happened between the death of Jesus and the resurrection as recorded in the Bible. Using many information sources, this is crammed with vital detail that every Christian should know and is also a powerful tool for persuasion of those questioning Christianity.Writing this book changed Morison’s life. Will you let it change yours?” from Amazon.com   Who Moved The Stone by Frank Morison
The Problem of Pain
“Why must humanity suffer? In this elegant and thoughtful work, C. S. Lewis questions the pain and suffering that occur everyday and how this contrasts with the notion of a God that is both omnipotent and good. An answer to this critical theological problem is found within these pages.” from Amazon.com The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis

The Chronicles of Narnia Box Set: Full-Color Collector's EditionGive to a family who has not found the faith yet and let them read about your faith in allegorical form.

The Chronicles of Narnia  boxed set of all 7 books by CS Lewis

More Than a CarpenterFor those asking or who have intellectual questions about the faith.

“The inspirational classic, More than a Carpenter, is now updated for a new generation of seekers with a fresh look, revised material, and a new chapter that addresses questions commonly raised today. Former skeptic Josh McDowell is now joined by his son Sean as they examine the evidence about Jesus. Is he really the Lord he claimed to be? How can we know for sure? More than a Carpenter offers arguments for faith from a skeptic turned believer. Since its original publication in 1977, this modern classic has sold over 15 million copies, been translated into dozens of languages, and introduced countless people to the real Jesus. Now with new content that addresses questions raised by today’s popular atheist writers.”  from Amazon.com

Mere ChristianityFor those who of an intellectual bent, from the writer of Narnia.

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

“In 1941 England, when all hope was threatened by the inhumanity of war, C. S. Lewis was invited to give a series of radio lectures addressing the central issues of Christianity. More than half a century later, these talks continue to retain their poignancy. First heard as informal radio broadcasts on the BBC, the lectures were published as three books and subsequently combined as Mere Christianity. C. S. Lewis proves that “at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice,” rejecting the boundaries that divide Christianity’s many denominations. This twentieth century masterpiece provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear a powerful, rational case for the Christian faith.
With a new foreword by Lewis’s stepson, Douglas Gresham, this illustrated gift edition evokes the historic time and place of the book’s creation.” from Amazon.com

Escape from Reason (IVP Classics)

“Truth used to be based on reason. No more. What we feel is now the truest source of reality. Despite our obsession with the emotive and the experiential, we still face anxiety, despair, and purposelessness. How did we get here? And where do we find a remedy? In this modern classic, Francis A. Schaeffer traces trends in twentieth-century thought and unpacks how key ideas have shaped our society. Wide-ranging in his analysis, Schaeffer examines philosophy, science, art and popular culture to identify dualism, fragmentation and the decline of reason. Schaeffer’s work takes on a newfound relevance today in his prescient anticipation of the contemporary postmodern ethos. His critique demonstrates Christianity’s promise for a new century, one in as much need as ever of purpose and hope.” from Amazon.com
Escape from Reason by Francis A. Schaeffer

He Is There and He Is Not SilentFor those who are of a philosophical bent.

He is There and He is Not Silent by Francis A. Schaeffer

The God Who Is There
“In 2006, Christianity Today voted this title to be one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals! For over thirty years The God Who Is There has been the landmark book that changed the way the church sees the world. In Francis Schaeffer’s remarkable analysis, we learn where the clashing ideas about God, science, history and art came from and where they are going. Now this completely retypeset edition includes a new introduction by James W. Sire that places Schaeffer’s seminal work in the context of the intellectual turbulence of the early twenty-first century. More than ever, The God Who Is There demonstrates how historic Christianity can fearlessly confront the competing philosophies of the world. The God who has always been there continues to provide the anchor of truth and the power of love to meet the world’s deepest problems.” from Amazon.com
Christianity Is JewishFor anyone who wants to see the picture of the Lamb through the Bible.  Jesus is the Lamb of God, and Christianity really is Jewish.
Christianity is Jewish by Edith Schaeffer
The New Evidence That Demands A Verdict Fully Updated To Answer The Questions Challenging Christians Today  More information than you may ever need to answer questions about the faith.

Evidence I & II-The classic defense of the faith: Now fully updated to answer the questions challenging evangelical faith today.

The New Evidence maintains its classic defense of the faith yet addresses new issues.
The New Evidence is destined to equip believers with a ready defense for the next decade and beyond.”  From Amazon.com The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowellEvangelism: A Biblical Approach

“Why evangelize? A Christian questioning the need for evangelism is like an American questioning the flag, motherhood, and apple pie. Yet the question needs to be asked, and answered. What is the basis of evangelism? What does the Bible say about it? After many years as an itinerant evangelist, and following extensive study of the Scriptures, Michael Cocoris has compiled a definition of evangelism, its biblical bases, its message and principles, and methods for its practice. Not just another how-to-witness book, Evangelism: A Biblical Approach examines the subject from a scriptural perspective and in an inductive manner that will provoke further study and greater evangelism.” from Amazon.com    Evangelism: A Biblical Approach by Michael Cocoris

Reconnecting God's Story to Ministry: Cross-cultural Storytelling at Home and Abroad

“We often think stories are for children. But using the Bible as evidence, we see that God communicated His truth to men and women of all cultures, time, and places by way of many small stories forming one large story. While possessing a rich heritage of storytelling, too many evangelicals have forfeited this vital skill. Tom Steffen’s aim is to help readers recapture the most natural, universal, and effective means of evangelism-discipleship that exists—storytelling. This book is not just theory—it provides practical help by identifying the roles and tasks that are necessary to become an effective storyteller in another culture. Steffen offers creative tools and introduces practical ways to increase many of the storytelling skills for evangelism-discipleship. He moves us beyond linear gospel outlines, Western logic and organization, and individual responses to traditional evangelism rituals, to a mode of communication that respects the audience, making it easy for them to grasp what they have heard and to pass it on to others with minimal loss of content. By reconnecting storytelling to ministry, readers will be more comfortable in sharing the gospel, both at home and abroad.” from Amazon.com

God bless you as you seek to help others find faith in Jesus.

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