IN PRISM'S BOOK BAG: James R. Krabill asks some hard questions about Christian mission in IS IT INSENSITIVE TO SHARE YOUR FAITH? (Good Books, 2005)

Is it impolite, or even imperial, for Christians to invite others to faith?

James Krabill, who grew up in the freewheeling skepticism of the late '60s and early '70s, writes vulnerably about how he answers. A confessing Christian, Krabill looks at Jesus and what he said and did.

Then Krabill walks right into discussions often considered off-limits. Are Christians hopelessly narrow and willfully uninformed? Why do they act as though only they are right and everyone else isn't? Why would Jesus possibly be someone to follow today? And what difference would that have a chance of making in the world?

Never arrogant and never shifty, Krabill acknowledges both the audacity of God's efforts, the often miserable failings of the church, and yet his own hope. Among his chapter titles are "What was God thinking anyway?" "Why our encounters with other faiths create unease." And "One faith, one hope, one Godàhow crazy can you get?"

Krabill's very readable style and honest manner make this book accessible to young adults and other critical thinkers. The book honestly explores whether Christians can talk about and live their faith without veering into a salesman mode or without condemning persons who believe otherwise, and why this is such a tension-filled matter.



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