Saturday, November 27, 2010

Coffee Shop Conversations, by Dale Fincher and Jonalyn Fincher

Coffee Shop Conversations: Making the Most of Spiritual Small TalkSometimes, Christians are not sure how to talk about their faith in a way that is real and relatable.  They worry about not having all the answers, saying the wrong thing, or being confronted with tough or controversial issues of faith.  This book serves as a guide to help Christians have "coffee shop conversations" about religion, real talk about God in a way that has meaning, relevance, and admits mistakes.

I think this is probably the best book I have ever read about how to witness your Christian faith.  Dale and Jonalyn talk about how to be open and honest, how to have manners when talking about belief systems (which is applicable to more than just religion), how to admit mistakes and avoid them, and how to be honest and open about what God really means to you.

So often, Christians talk a good game, using spiritual vocabulary, and it ends up coming across as very off putting to non-believers.  This book shows you how to be more in touch with yourself, and how to share yourself with others, while being open to others sharing themselves with you.  It all boils down to love.

There were parts of the book I did not like as well as others, and Part I was my hands down favorite part of the book, but overall, I thought this was a great, no nonsense tool for Christians to use for personal growth and improving relationships with others, regardless of whether conversion occurs.  I look forward to reading more books by both Dale and Jonalyn.  You need to read this, real talk.