Liberty Theological Seminary

Book Critique 1

A Paper Submitted to Dr. Gregory Faulls In Partial Fulfillment Of the Requirements for the Course Personal Evangelism EVAN 565 By Kristin Galloway 11 July 2010

Bibliographical Entry Fay. A quick biographical sketch of William Fay showed that he lived a fast life of sin. William Fay now shares his series Share Jesus without Fear in a variety of forms to include lectures. Tennessee: Broadman and Holman Publishers. and even radio broadcasts. 195) Content Summary William Fay’s book is an encouragement written to help equip and empower people to share Jesus with others. The message of this chapter is that success has to do with sharing your faith. Fay gives a personal example of how he was living in sin and how he was approached with the gospel. In the first chapter. in that he did eventually made it to the place where he was able to accept Christ. (pg. not bringing someone to the point to where they make an actual decision. study materials. William Fay eventually hit rock bottom and from that point found his way to a true relationship with Jesus Christ. Sharing Jesus Without Fear. and that he was eventually busted for being involved with a prostitution scheme. however he did not actually convert upon hearing each and every message. Fay concludes that ultimately these people did not fail. 1999. Linda Evans Shepherd is an accomplished author on her own. Fay's book uses the word of God to help the reader understand what his mission should be and also gives resources that the reader can use to help take action and share Jesus with those he comes in contact with. (pg. Nashville. William Fay is a graduate of Denver Seminary who has experienced a lot of real-life lessons during his earlier years. Fay explains that many presented the gospel to him. as she has written several award-winning books. Author Information The authors of the book are William Fay and Linda Evans Shepherd. 3) The second chapter . William with Linda Evans Shepherd.

This chapter also tells the person witnessing to direct the new believer to start reading the Bible.explains the importance of evangelizing and gives shocking statistics as to how many people are truly witnessing. I’m afraid of what my friends will think. The third chapter serves to address the many fears and reasons that people use to avoid witnessing. The questions serve to make sure the believer clearly knows what just happened. (pgs. I don’t know enough. and to make sure they have some type of Christian-network to associate with. (pg. Chapter 5 shows the power of using scripture with someone that is ready to hear the gospel. I’m afraid of losing my friends and relatives. 27) Chapter 4 shows the reader how to get started with witnessing and gives conversation joggers and the Five Questions to use to help gauge the spiritual readiness of the person being witnessed to. This chapter serves to get the reader onboard and excited about learning how to witness. and to follow up with them to make sure they find a church. The fears listed are: I’m afraid of being rejected. 17-26) Fay addresses each concern and concludes by telling the reader to drop the excuses and to share your faith in order to experience the ultimate level of joy that only God can give through being obedient. and gives a list of objections and appropriate responses. (pg. Chapter 8 is kind of a troubleshooting chapter. There are 5 questions presented to use in the process and the process ends with the person responding to the important question of inviting Jesus into the person’s life and heart. Chapter 9 reminds us . and I don’t know how. Fay reminds us that new believers are like babies and that it is our job to help make them disciples. I don’t think I can share with my coworkers. Fay shows which scriptures to use and shows how to use the scriptures by following a basic script. Chapter 6 focuses on leading the person to God through the decision process. In this chapter. 69) Chapter 7 serves as kind of a follow-up chapter and presents 10 questions to present to the new believer.

Again. and it is Fay’s facts and figures on the percentages of people who do witness coupled with Biblical scripture showing what our commission is that well-served his goal. Fay’s whole case rests on the assumption that people will read God’s word and be obedient to it. (pgs. and power. Fay addresses the issue of sharing Jesus with the presupposition that Christians will want to be obedient to God’s command for us to spread the gospel and make disciples. 132-134) The chapter concludes with a section on how to pray for the lost and the usefulness of prayer lists. but to go into the world. Evaluation Fay succeeded in writing an everyday manual to help Christians realize the importance of witnessing and to set them up for success by helping them to overcome their fears by giving them the appropriate tools that they would need in their endeavor. Fay used scripture to successfully make this point. Fay’s main theme is very convincing as he makes his points and backs them up with scripture and real-life experiences. Likewise. one of Fay’s goals was also to make sure that people fully understand what the commission is. Fay gives a list of things that witnesses can use to help prepare for sharing Jesus. but that we are responsible for being obedient. This list includes a prayer for: opportunities.of our commission and that we are not to hide from the world. Everything that Fay says in his book rests upon this one hinge that people will jump onboard once they read . boldness. love. Chapter 10 is the final chapter and revolves around using prayer. 115) This chapter urges that we should build relationships with non-believers with the attempt to live a lifestyle that truly shows who Jesus is. Fay wants people to understand that we are supposed to be witnessing and spreading the gospel. Fay explained that we are not responsible for making a new-believer. (pg. that others will see Christ in us.

Fay ultimately reaches the conclusion that eventually people will accept Jesus. This reader found that this book is interesting in that it is very straightforward and practical. everyone should recognize their commission and start to witness. 30) Therefore. . Perhaps. and hopefully. One theological bias that this reader noticed involves Fay’s use of the 7. How many times does a believer do this even on a daily basis? I would hope that all would be convicted by the Word of God. Fay has several conclusions to his piece. (pg. For one. there really is not a lot of documented evidence to support his points. however it is the way that Fay presents his information with such confidence and scripture that grabs the attention of the reader and urges them to take action based upon his presentation.the Great Commission. however I am not entirely sure that this is true as there are many other examples showing otherwise. adhere to this stated goal by using his prescribed methods.6 times). For example just glancing at the Ten Commandments. we see that we are not to lie or covet. Fay cites that it takes on average 7. everyone should define success out of being obedient to God and not by adhering to measurable outcomes. The use of personal experience and a rather straightforward tone. that people refuse to abide by. Despite this. however there are many things that are in the Bible. and thus believable. gives the reader the feeling that Fay’s explanations are real. Along the same lines. that even though the reader gains confidence in Fay’s explanations. this assumption proves true. most points seem to hinge on Fay’s opinion or experiences. Fay’s arguments are very logical and convincing. The way that Fay presents his information via personal testimony seems awkward after evaluation. Fay’s main conclusions are that Christians should recognize their duty to evangelize. such as the number of people saved. and ultimately people will respond when their timing is right (after about 7. This reader would point out though.6 times of hearing the gospel before someone is ready to accept.6 average.

The techniques shared may seem complicated and lengthy at first glance. the book teaches readers that it is not that hard to be obedient and to witness to someone. as this book could also provide new insights and methods for a seasoned evangelist. The scripture references confirmed my duty to evangelize. and the tools provided along with the personal testimony of Fay showing that the tools work. the responses to give. . This book greatly contributed to this readers understanding of sharing Jesus without fear. they will eventually respond. It is unfortunate that Fay did not back up his statistics and numbers used throughout his presentation.Fay seems to believe that if someone is presented with the gospel a certain number of times. It should not matter whether or not the believer is currently witnessing or not. and even the scripts to use. A person would be able to implement these concepts into practice fairly easily as Fay has provided the questions to ask. Overall. but the processes are actually direct and detailed just enough to give those that are witnessing a sense of confidence in the process. also gave me confidence in the whole process. The book is good in that it is based upon personal experience and it is admirable that Fay made it to Jesus and is now able to share his valuable knowledge with others. This book could also be used in a class-type setting and shared with a group to help teach others how to witness. This book should be a valuable tool and should be read by one who is already a believer. however this may not be too much of a hindrance as it seems that Fay was able to gain the confidence of readers by sharing personal information about himself and his experiences early on in the book.