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Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well (Newman)

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Jesus is off limits for a lot of families and friends—or at least that’s how it appears sometimes. Why does sharing the good news with a stranger often feel less frightening than telling those you love most?

For the vast majority of Christians, evangelism does not come naturally. We find ourselves sounding like someone we’re not or beating ourselves up for not being bold enough, smart enough, or quick enough. 

Randy Newman understands the complexity and consequences of this all-important task. As a messianic Jew who has led several family members to Christ, he gives insights from the Scriptures, stories of others who have learned some lessons along the way, and specific steps you can take to make progress in engaging with others.

Bringing the Gospel Home will help any Christian seeking to guide loved ones into the family of God.

Table of Contents:

  1. Family: A Beatitude and Yet a Burden
  2. Grace: Amazing and Yet Breaking
  3. Truth: Liberating and Yet Narrow
  4. Love: Always Craved, and Yet Seldom Conveyed
  5. Humility: Divinely Modeled and Yet Difficult to Find
  6. Time: Freeing and Yet Fleeting
  7. Eternity: Comforting and Yet Terrifying 



Randy Newman has been on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980, currently ministering in and near Washington DC. He is the author of Questioning Evangelism and Corner Conversations.



“Newman has challenged and charmed lay audiences as a plenary speaker at apologetics conferences sponsored by the Evangelical Philosophical Society. His approach to evangelism is a wonderful blend of thoughtful faith and deep compassion for people. You will be inspired by his insights.” - William Lane Craig, Research Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology; founder, Reasonable Faith

Bringing the Gospel Home keeps its promise to give hope to Christians who long to see family members come to Christ. Newman builds his approach on solid theology, offers sound advice, and highlights his insights with rich stories that connect head and heart in the art of bringing people to Jesus. The methods in this book, while focused on winning family, are easily transferable to sharing the gospel with anyone. I recommend this book to all who want to increase their skills at sharing the good news with others.” - Jerry Root, Associate Professor of Evangelism and Leadership, Wheaton College; coauthor, The Sacrament of Evangelism; Associate Director, Institute for Strategic Evangelism, Wheaton College

“Newman has given us a well-written book full of wisdom on how to accomplish a very difficult task—witness to our own relatives. The pages are lucid, wise, honest, humorous, and convicting all at once. The stories of successes and failures powerfully hit home. The suggestions of leading questions and ideas for sharing the faith at the end of the chapters are outstanding. I believe God will use this wonderful book to lead many relatives to Christ.” - Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary

“This is one scary title. But if you think you’ve got a story to tell about family versus faith, listen to Randy’s own, and the others he’s collected here. And hear his hopeful and wise reflections. They will help you out of the sticky place you’re in.” - C. John Sommerville, Professor Emeritus of English History, University of Florida; author, How the News Makes Us Dumb

“Pastoring in a city that can be political to the point of being polemical, and diplomatic to the point of being deceitful, I tend to notice those people who embody truth-loving tact. Randy Newman is one of those people. And his skill at sharing the gospel is exemplary. Here, Newman shows us how to witness boldly and winsomely to our non-believing family members. Many would benefit by reading this book.” - John Yates, Rector, The Falls Church, Falls Church, Virginia

Listening is as much of persuasion—perhaps more—as is explaining. Newman shows how, with the most difficult of audiences—our families—we can engage winsomely, respectfully, and with the grace and truth that alone can transform lives for eternity. Introducing loved ones to Jesus can be as difficult as it is imperative. Bringing the Gospel Home provides us with a user-friendly roadmap.” - Robert Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President, Family Research Council