Book ReviewAugust 06, 2007
Van Christian, pastor of First Baptist Church of Comanche, Texas reviewed my book (For God's Sake, Shut Up!: Lessons for Christians on How to Speak Effectively and When to Remain Silent) in this week's issue of the Baptist Standard, the newspaper for Texas Baptists. Here is his report:
Brian Kaylor recounts seeing a sidewalk screamer/preacher who forced everyone to the other side of the street in order to avoid him. Kaylor remembers thinking, "For God's sake, shut up," not profanely, but because he honestly believed the speaker was driving people away from God as quickly as they were literally running away from him.I am glad Van found it worthwhile and I hope others do as well.
This stirred Kaylor into writing about how often Christians say something that in content or manner not only makes them look bad, but also hurts how people view God.
The book is divided into two sections. The first addresses seven common mistakes in communication to avoid, and the second covers steps toward becoming a more effective communicator.
Kaylor uses pertinent examples that almost everyone will recognize. His suggestions are thought-provoking and lead to self-examination. Anyone interested in shaping up their skills in communicating the good news of Jesus Christ will benefit from reading and applying the lessons of this easily readable book.