The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations: Book Review

The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations
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Third-Person 
Two Points of View
Non-Fiction
288 Pages


About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Love God, love people. Could evangelism really be that simple?Often, it doesn’t seem so. It can feel scary, awkward, and uncomfortable as we try to navigate loaded questions and different perspectives. Even the most faithful of believers sometimes get stumped. But can you imagine if we, as Christians, simply spent time with people who are far from God and provided a safe place to talk about spiritual matters? If we listened to them and discovered what was really important to them? After all . . . it’s what Jesus did. And it’s what you can do too.

Drawing straight from the life and ministry of Jesus, The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations offers simple practices to help you build relationships with people who believe differently. Anyone who has read and appreciated Becoming a Contagious Christian or Just Walk across the Room won’t want to miss this book on creating a safe space to have natural, loving, and spiritual conversations with others.


Why I Choose this Book: 

Conversations are interesting, and there’s always the balance of carrying on a good conversation with someone who believes differently from you while remaining respectful. Plus, from reading the sub-title I actually thought it was about how to have conversations between christians with different interpretations of the Bible, but that wasn’t the case.

What I Thought About this Book:

When I started the book I really wasn’t sure what I thought of it. There were several things in the first few chapters that I didn’t agree with fully. For example: the authors seemed to almost look down on just out right witnessing (as in, bringing up conversations about God before developing a relationship). I think there are many different ways to witness, and that different people are called to witness in different ways, and each situation is different from all other situations. 

After the first couple of chapters though, I found myself agreeing more and more with the book. The overall word that kept coming to mind as I read it was practical. The book was incredibly practical and therefore easy to put into practice. 

The main idea I came away with is that as christians we’re called to be the salt and light and so therefore we need to fulfill that calling by actively engaging people in every-day life situations. We should be building relationships, then sharing God’s truths with those people in a conversational-type setting instead of simply lecturing them. 

There were many parts of the book that could have been in any self-development book, but then they related the ideas back to the Bible, pointing out how Jesus is our example. For instance, there was a chapter about asking questions and then really listening instead of asking questions and then forming your reply as they talk. They shared several examples of questions Jesus asked and the situations surrounding those instances. It was pretty cool. 

Conclusion:

I read this book all in one day while getting over the flu. After the first few chapters I found it interesting, helpful, and informative. I don’t recall any questionable content. The writing wasn’t anything to write home about, but it was nice and easy to read. 

Rating: 

I’m giving The 9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations four stars and recommend it to ages 15+ 

*I received this book for free from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review*

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