NEWS RELEASE: Evangelism book to be printed by major publisher

Harvest House Publishers, a major Christian publisher of Christian material since 1974, has purchased the rights to a new book that will be co-edited by MRM associate Eric Johnson and Christian apologist/educator Dr. Sean McDowell. Tentatively titled Sharing the Good News with Mormons: A Tactical Toolbox for Reaching Latter-day Saints, the book will feature contributions from more than 20 different evangelists, scholars, and pastors on a variety of evangelistic topics.

The book idea came to Johnson last summer after someone asked him which method of evangelism is best to use with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a question that is often posed to those who are involved in full-time Christian ministry.

“There are many tactics, so it depends on you and your personality,” he answered the inquirer. “Perhaps someone should just write a book that includes a variety of possibilities as a one-stop source.”

That night, Johnson mulled over the idea and decided to ask some ministry friends to participate in a compilation book. The idea would feature short chapters that provides the contributor’s philosophy and methods while including illustrative stories. Because this is a book on Christian evangelism–a topic that unfortunately will never be a best-seller at bookstores–Johnson decided that the idea would not appeal to a publisher. Thus, he decided that the only option would be to self-publish, just as he did in 2016 when he printed Mormonism 101 for Teens. (In addition, Johnson has co-authored three published books on Mormonism (with Bill McKeever), including Answering Mormons’ Questions (Kregel, 2013) and Mormonism 101 (Baker, 2015).)

Johnson asked fellow apologists such as Keith and Becky Walker (Evidence Ministries), Chip Thompson (Tri-Grace Ministry) and John Kauer (Thinking About Eternity) to contribute, with each one agreeing. Every member at MRM (Bill McKeever, Sharon Lindbloom, Aaron Shafovaloff and Randy Sweet) also promised to write a chapter of their own.

Other contributors that were invited to participate include those whose main focus in not Mormonism, including Dr. Corey Miller (president, Ratio Christi), Dr. Lynn Wilder (author of the best-selling book Unveiling Grace), author Mark Mittelberg, Matt Slick of, and Dr. Bryan Hurlbutt (pastor of Lifeline Community in Utah).

Each chapter is limited to 3,000 words and covers a particular tactic that has worked for a particular evangelist in the past. The target audience would be lay Christians who wanted to explore possible ways of sharing their faith with LDS friends, neighbors and relatives.

“We might not write about every single tactic that Christians have used to share their faith, but I guarantee we’ll get to the majority of them,” Johnson said. “And even if all a chapter does is stimulate thinking in a believer who might think there are related ways that tactic could be used, then we’ve done our job. I want Christians to think outside the box.”

The book should be ready for release in the middle to end of 2018.

Tentative outline:

Introduction: Should Christians share the Good News with Mormons? Eric Johnson
Spotlight: Sandra Tanner  Sandra Tanner
1. Basic Training Approaches
Helping Our Friends Evaluate Truth Claims: The Straight Thinking Approach Mark Mittelberg
Sharing the Reasons for God: The Evidence Approach Dr. Sean McDowell
Did God really say so? The Reliability of the Bible Approach Matt Slick
Who is the Real Jesus? The Christ-Centered Approach Dr. Rob Bowman
Spotlight: Brett Kunkle Brett Kunkle
2. Reasoning Approaches
Investigating Mormonism: The Case-Making Approach J. Warner Wallace
Undermining the LDS Confidence in a Person “Testimony”: The Police Lineup Approach Dr. Corey Miller
Let your Voice Be Heard: The Open-Air Evangelism Approach Andrew Rappaport
Using Surveys to Reveal Truth to Mormons: The Polling Approach Chip Thompson
Spotlight: Micah Wilder Micah Wilder
3 Particular People Approaches
Walking the Fine Line: Sharing with a Mormon Family Member Approach Carl Wimmer
When the Elders Come Calling: The Missionaries-at-Your-Door Approach Bill McKeever
Sharing the Truth with LDS Women: The Compassion Approach Becky Walker
Preaching from an Asbestos Suit: Reasoning with Mormons on the Internet Approach Fred Anson
Spotlight: Brody Olson Brody Olson
4.  Invitational Approaches
Engaging in Gospel Discussions: The Keep-It-Simple Apporach Aaron Shafovaloff
LISTEN: The Conversational Approach Dr. David Geisler/Brian Henson
Authentic, Humble Dialogues with Mormons: The Colombo Approach Dr. Lynn Wilder
The Power of a Simple Invitation: The Come and See Approach Dr. Bryan Hurlbutt
Spotlight: Shane Jones  Shane Jones
5. LDS Event Approaches
Buddy and Santa: The Goodwill Approach Randy Sweet
Extra! Extra! Read all about It: The Newspaper Approach Sharon Lindbloom
The Miracle of Forgiveness: The Free Book Approach Eric Johnson
Website Advertising: The Sign Approach Rob Sivulka
Spotlight: Steve Dealy Steve Dealy
6  Salvation Approaches
When Being Good is not Good Enough: The Awareness of Sin Approach Joel Groat
Can Something Valuable Really Be Free? Explaining the Meaning of Grace Approach Dr. Loren Pankratz
Are you considered as good as Jesus? The Imputation Approach John Kauer
I’m Trying My Best: The Impossible Gospel Approach Keith Walker
Spotlight: James Walker James Walker
Conclusion: Go For It! Sean McDowell
Appendix 1: This is the Gospel According to the Bible  
Appendix 2: 101 Mormons Terms Defined (from Aaronic Priesthood to Zion)  
Word Index
Scripture Index