This past New Year’s Day I went to the office and worked for a few hours. It was glorious as nobody was working, the streets were quiet and I could get my little corner of the world back in order after a few months of non-activity. One of the things I did was reorganize my library of books into topics/subjects, so that I could find books when I needed them without having to scan bindings for the right one. Upon doing this I recognized a tremendous weakness in my library and not coincidentally in me.
I had piles of books in the systematic theology pile, as well as the piles for Reformed theology, sanctification, discipleship, men and women’s issues, marriage/family/parenting, church history, prayer, worship, creation, pastoral ministry, counseling, apologetics, reference, Greek and Hebrew, commentaries, etc. And then there was the pile for evangelism. Well maybe not a pile as there were only 3 books, only two of which are worth anyone else reading.
Earlier that morning I had had breakfast with another church planter who was in town visiting family over the holidays. In the course of conversation, he recommended an evangelism approach he used to develop relationships with unbelievers. I’m no rocket scientist but I quickly put two and two together and realized I need to grow in the area of personal evangelism. So to that end, I have ordered the two books shown here to grease the wheels. I pray that as a result, God might make me a better instrument of His saving Grace in the lives of unbelievers in 2008.