Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism, 2nd Edition [Paperback]

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After the transformation of thousands of congregations, your could be next! The Unbinding the Gospel Series presents the most effective way to help mainline churches want to do evangelism. After quickly becoming one of the top-selling religious books in the U.S., Unbinding the Gospel expanded into the creation of two more books - Unbinding Your Heart and Unbinding Your Church. Together, the three books give churches a yearlong, intensive faith and faith-sharing experience. Start by having your church leaders read Gospel, and work up to an all-church saturation study with Heart. Church will be used along the way to help guide your leaders through it all. The new 2nd edition of Gospel now includes an all-new, 40-day personal prayer journal!

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Based on a major, four-year study of superb evangelism, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Unbinding the Gospel sparkles with life, practicality and spiritual depth. Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism is a book for pastors who want to know the truth about the state of evangelism. Recently selected by The Christian Century as a featured "Take and Read" book (2007 book issue), Unbinding the Gospel is a book for Christians who want a hopeful, powerful, joy-filled way to learn to share their faith. (It's also a book for people who cringe when they hear the "E" word ) This book for congregational use has been enthusiastically endorsed by 8 heads of denominations, Brian McLaren, Richard Peace, as well as by countless pastors and church leaders. Unbinding the Gospel, 2nd ed. is the foundation of the Unbinding the Gospel Series, which can lead to a six-week, all-congregation saturation study with individual prayer, small group study and all-church worship and prayer dimensions. See Unbinding Your Heart (the 6 week version of GOSPEL, with a different 40 day prayer journal) and Unbinding Your Church (the Pastor's Guide). Follow up your all-church saturation study (the "E-vent") with a small group based Experiment in Christian Prayer & Community using Unbinding Your Soul. Small groups will double when members invite their unchurched friends into the Experiment. Unbinding the GOSPEL is in more than 12,000 congregations, in 49 denominations, all 50 states and 8 countries. The new second edition contains a personal 40 day prayer journal. Order one copy for each small group participant. From the Unbinding the Gospel Series.

Item Specifications...

Pages   200
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.9" Width: 6.9" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2009
Publisher   Chalice Press
ISBN  0827238088  
EAN  9780827238084  

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More About Martha Grace Reese

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Martha Grace Reese embodies the experience of a researcher, corporate attorney, congregational pastor, middle judicatory minister, church consultant and author. She directed the Lilly Endowment-funded Mainline Evangelism Project, in which the Real Life Evangelism Series are grounded. The study, which included over 1,200 interviews, focused on highly effective examples of evangelism in mainline churches across the theological spectrum. Reese serves as President of GraceNet, Inc., specializing in church research, consulting and coaching.

Martha Grace Reese has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Unbinding the Gospel

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Powerful resource  Apr 19, 2010
This book was used as a resource for the Elders and Governing Board Members of our church. I have been in ministry for over 25 years and specialize in education, specifically training leaders. This book has generated more enthusiasm and excitement than any other resource I have used. It is already affecting the way we are church and we are looking for ways to bring more people into the process by offering the next book in the series which is not aimed specifically at church leaders but is meant for all church members.
The book was brand new but took too long to ship  Feb 11, 2010
The Book was in great shape. The problem was that it took way too long to get it shipped.
Life changing  Dec 17, 2009
Heartfelt, accurate, concise and honest, this book years to find the truth in how to make churches and their congregations change their existences in a powerful direction. Backed by an accumulation of meticulously gathered research, this book is not only appealing to the academic, but those searching for greater depth in their lives. I couldn't recommend a book more!
Unbinding the Gospel Unbinds the Hidden Power in Church  Dec 15, 2009
For years I have observed as writer after writer have written tricks, techniques, programs, and virtually every other tool known to humankind to "grow" the church. Yet, after a year or two, they are gone, reality is back, and the reader and the church is right back where it started. THIS BOOK IS NOT THAT KIND OF BOOK!

Reese makes it clear that Unbinding the Gospel is NOT about some special program, some new technique, nor some shebboleth ridden tool for transformation, it is ALL about developing a relationship with God and other believers by way of prayer, Bible study and simply BEING the people of God. Further, her comments about that nasty, toxic word, evangelism, is right on target...I have never seen a room clear faster than when we tried to teach "evangelism". But can evangelism be taught...or must it first be caught?

If you are looking for a line by line, week by week, checklist for growing a church, this is NOT it. If you are looking for a line by line, week be week way of growing in love of God, this IS the book. As a minister, I found it to be scripturally sound, hermaneutically correct, but also an EASY read. Yet, this text is challenging in that it convicted me in my own lack of spiritual growth and connectednesss. As a result, my own faith has been renewed and strengthened, leading to me being more effective as a pastor, parent, friend, Christian.

Want a great, easy to read book that just may CHANGE your life and your church? Get this book. Want more, get the other 3 in the series...Unbinding Your Heart, Unbinding Your Church and Unbinding Your Soul. It is all money very well spent!
The Best trilogy for Unbinding a sleeping Church  Sep 24, 2009
Martha Grace Reese has written Unbinding the Gospel based on solid research of over 1000 interviews of Churches doing great Evangelism. Yet her book is about prayer and spiritual development of the individual. It is easy to read and understand for the common layperson. The book is great, but the 40 day prayer journal is better. Prayer is central to a relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Following the outline of reading a chapter, prayer journal, and small group meeting to discuss the ideas will change you and bring you closer to your maker, your people in the small group, and to yourself. If followed through the other books in the series the Unbinding process will change your church. Our church started with one, grew to two, then a small group and now a whole church study. It is amazing what God can do with so little, faith like a mustard seed will reap hundred fold in your church too.

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