Selected by The Christian Century as featured "Take and Read" Book, 2007 Book Issue!
Based on a major, four-year study of superb mainline 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 eight heads of denominations as well as by professors of evangelism, leading experts, pastors and church leaders.
Unbinding the Gospel is the church leaders' study --- the foundation of the Real Life Evangelism Series, which can culminate in an all-congregational study with individual prayer, small group study and all-church worship and prayer dimensions. Complete the study through Unbinding Your Heart: 40 Days of Prayer & Faith Sharing (9780827238053) and Unbinding Your Church (the Pastor's Guide-9780827238060)
“...the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell” evangelism program will not reverse the trend. Humor, whimsy and joy in the faith will serve us better. Reese’s book is written to provoke, to tease and to charm us back into telling our story.” The Christian Century
“...with clarity and sound theological grounding, we are invited into a grand adventure....could be a watershed book for mainline Protestantism.” Alban Institute, Congregations
“…Reese’s book is so important…That’s why when you turn the last page, you can’t just let this be another book you read. You need to let her message affect you and your faith community, and through you, other people.” Brian McLaren
“I expect the Real Life Evangelism Series to move at least 20,000 churches into their first invitational foray into the community in anyone’s memory."George G. Hunter, III, Distinguished Professor of Evangelism & Church Growth, Asbury Theological Seminary
“Based on extensive and authoritative research of Martha Grace Reese, and rooted in her passionate love to God and respect for the mainline church...the Real Life Evangelism Series provides the most competent guide I know to mainline evangelism....realistic, clear and direct; but also hopeful, humble and genuinely spiritual. Anyone who cares about and works in the cause of mainline evangelism will find this book a treasure.”Todd Hunter, National Director, Alpha USA; Former Director, Vineyard Churches USA