Christian Book Review — Shining like Stars: An Evangelism Handbook
Parenting by the Book
by Sylvia Cochran
Shining like Stars: An Evangelism Handbook
Book Review: Shining like Stars: An Evangelism Handbook (Fourth Edition)
by Douglas Jacoby
Illumination Publishers International
The fourth edition of “Shining Like Stars” improves on what is the quintessential blueprint for personal, familial, and religious group based outreach. This is an excellent book for parents to peruse, so as to ensure that their lives and doctrine indeed match. Thereafter, the parents should sit down with their preteen or teenaged children and work through the book, one chapter at a time.
Far too often parents rely on youth groups to teach their children how to fulfill the Great Commission that Christ imparted on his disciples, without remembering the admonition of Deuteronomy, that warns to use each and every teachable moment for explaining God’s word within the family. Parents, who need a bit of help with outreach and passing along this command to the next generation, will find “Shining Like Stars” to be challenging but also eminently doable.
Chapters explain the full extent of the mission Christ gave to his followers, what it means to be an ambassador for God, and also how to incorporate the advise to “become all things to all men” while at the same time dealing with individuals, who might be considered overly religious. The book also explains how to introduce the gospel to a nonbeliever or a former Christian, who may have wandered away from the faith but desires to return.
Practical advice, conviction building Bible studies, and an extensive bibliography for further learning are also part of the book. The reading level is easy, since the book is devoid of the commonly used churchy lingo that is off-putting to teens. Moreover, it lacks the religious terminology that usually denotes the writings of Biblical scholars of the doctorate level.
It is interesting to note that you may find yourself camping out on some of the chapters, as you and your child discuss Christianity on a deeper level, which makes this a faith building experience for you both.
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