“The starting and ending points for all outreach have to be love. The most effective way to reach people for Jesus is through servant evangelism—showing God’s love in practical ways. This type of outreach is what Jesus modeled, is culturally relevant, and values people. The goal should be to invite people to take the next step from where they are.”
Ok, to be honest I initially hesitated to “pick up” this book due to it’s somewhat racy title; however eventually it was the title of this book that eventually drew me to read it, and I’m glad that I did.
How To Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness by Todd and Erin Stevens is all about servant evangelism. Pastor Todd Stevens of Friendship Community Church is part of a thriving ministry in Tennessee where the people are showing the outside community what God’s love in action really looks like. Friendship Community Church has taken servant evangelism (serving people right where they are at) to a whole new level! Bringing a catered dinner to dancers at a local strip club, hosting an Easter egg hunt for disabled children in the community, paying for someone else’ lunch each day, these are among a few of the many acts of kindness scattered throughout the pages of this book.
I couldn’t help but feel the God’s heart beat in not only the words of Pastor Todd but also his actions. This is a great book to help stir up our own hearts towards acts of service and gives its readers guidance on how to begin showing God’s love in the surrounding communities.
Also many times as I was reading How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness, I had some “a-ha!” moments where things just sort of made sense. The way Jesus did ministry, things Paul wrote in his epistles, and a handy guide from Pastor Todd on understanding where people may be at in their own journey with the Lord, all made for an enlightening and pleasant read.
All in all I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to anyone looking for ways to make an impact on their community through acts of kindness and showing God’s heart to the world!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for free from BookLookBloggers.com in exchange for an honest review. This however has not affected my opinions in the review in any way, shape or form