Book Review | Sharing the Good News with Mormons | Johnson and McDowell
Possibly more times than not the scenario goes something like this: Sitting at home with the family and you hear a knock at the door. We scream to the kids not to answer until we see who has come to visit. Lo and behold it is two young gentlemen dressed in their white shirts, name tags and ties. Oh no! The Mormon elders are here! Quick kids, hide.
Sadly, we have just passed up an opportunity to share the Truth of Christianity.
I ask, and have been given, the privilege of reviewing a new book, Sharing the Good News with Mormons. The general editors are Eric Johnson, with the Mormonism Research Ministry, and Dr. Sean McDowell, associate professor of apologetics at Biola University. The book is published by Harvest House Publishers and was released June 5th of this year.
Many discussions have taken place and books written concerning the Mormon religion. However, Johnson and McDowell have edited a must read. The book consists of twenty-four chapters, a forward by Sean’s father, Josh, and an introduction from Johnson. I know that may sound a little overwhelming, but this book is easy to read and features some of the top names in apologetics. Writers include Dr. Corey Miller and Sandra Tanner, both former Mormons.
The book begins with a foundational approach titled Basic Training Approaches. This section provides the reader with such topics as the evidence for God, the reliability of the Bible, and who is the real Jesus? I feel this to be a vital starting point when comparing Christianity and Mormonism.
The book is written in sections, as mentioned above, with what is referred to as “spotlight” interviews with many of the contributing writers at the end of each section. Six sections are highlighted including Reasoning Approaches, Personal Approaches, LDS Approaches and two more. Each section features experts in that area. For example, J. Warner Wallace describes an investigative approach when speaking with Mormons. Dr. Corey Miller, former Mormon, shares insights on personal testimonies.
I enjoyed every section of this writing. The book is a “go to” source for practically every scenario in sharing the Good News with Mormons.
I know there should be some type of critique included in a book review. Yet, this book is done in a way that I feel requires no critique. Every approach, suggestion, and guidance appear to be “on point.”
The book’s Epilogue is a motivational speech written by Sean, and provides the confidence one may need to practice what they have read.
A highlight that I also enjoyed were the two Appendices. The first provides the Gospel according to the Bible. The second, 101 Mormon terms defined, is an extremely important tool as Mormons and Christians use many of the same terms.
If there is one book one should read on engaging Mormons with the Gospel, this would be it! It will change your opening encounters to the point of welcoming Mormon elders into your home and even seeking Mormons out.
John Mays is the Ratio Christi Regional Director for the state of West Virginia and the Chapter Director at Marshall University. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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