Book Review- Surprise the World! there a model for living life as a Christian, but not living in a bubble, insulated away from the rest of the world?

Michael Frost has an idea, and reading from his book’s subtitle, rather than writing Seven Habits of Highly Effective People as Steven Covey did for the business world, he’s gone with Five Habits of Highly Missional People for the Christian world. The result is Surprise the World! which is a model he calls BELLS – a five-part model of how Christians can share their faith in simple, every day ways.

Frost believes that not everyone is an evangelist, but that everyone can be evangelistic. BELLS is an acronym for Bless, Eat, Listen, Learn, and Sent. These are the ways that Frost believes Christians can effectively spread their faith while being a real member of communities that don’t have just Christians in them. He gives a particularly interesting example in the “Eat” chapter :

“… a Southern Baptist minister in Portland who told me his neighbor both claimed to make the best margaritas in all of Oregon and regularly hosted margarita-and-poker nights in his garage…the Baptist pastor never accepted an invitation to join them, believing this to be a strong witness to his faith…I challenged the pastor to accept the next invitation…he ended up having more conversations about faith than he’d had in ages… It invoked questions.” (p. 54 – 55)

FTC Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review.

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