Book Review: Anyone But Me: 10 Ways to Overcome Your Fear and Be Prepared to Share the Gospel, by Ray Comfort
Ray Comfort is a passionate evangelist and apologist for the Christian faith. He has been sharing his faith for nearly fifty years. Yet he still battles fear almost every time he approaches someone—just like you and me. Ray’s goal is writing this book is to help each of us get over our fear so that we can confidently share the message of the gospel.
The subtitle of the book highlights 10 ways to overcome your fear and begin sharing your faith. The book is a loose collection of stories and biblical teaching around 10 characteristics or strategies that the author believes is helpful in dealing with fear and getting the message out. The 10 ways are loving, obedient, decisive, defiant, focused, prepared, truthful, practiced, faithful, and prayerful. A large part of the book is examples from the author’s own life of how he lives out each of those characteristics.
One interesting, but different aspect of the author’s practice of evangelism is his use of the 10 Commandments. He will often ask an individual if they are a good person. If they respond, “Yes,” he will ask them how they measure up against the 10 Commandments. As he explains,
This is why any evangelism that leaves out the law in preparing hearts for grace is so dangerous. It merely convinces sinners rather than converts them. It changes minds, not hearts, and abandons people in the pew who are still in their sin.
The book will give you several ideas of how to use everyday activities in sharing your faith. You might want to adopt the author’s practice of riding his bike with his dog wearing sun glasses as a way to capture someone’s attention and start up a conversation.
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