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My most recent book ‘Big Hearted’ is co-written with Simon Goddard who has recently been appointed as one of the Eastern Association Regional ministers.
It is described by John Drane as ‘invaluable inspiration– though for church life as it now is, it needs to carry a health warning!’ IDEA magazine described Big Hearted as ‘…inspiring, accessible and refreshing.’
The new, soon to be re-published edition has been described by Our Baptist Union of Great Britain’s general secretary in this way:
“I love this book. It’s the real deal! Brilliant, funny, messy, risky and inspiring! The stories are incredibly moving, honest and empowering. by the end you will really believe that you can do this stuff.”
My book ‘Smack Heads and Fat Cats’ is a practical guide to evangelism. I would have called it, ‘how to be really good and sharing your faith.’ but no-one would have bought it!
This book is about a subject which isn’t too sexy in Christian circles: evangelism.
Through storytelling and biblical teaching, Smack Heads and Fat Cats outlines a vision for evangelism which doesn’t just preach the message, but lives the message. Which loves people enough to show them what Jesus is like.
It’s an invitation to join the adventure of being good news. Because everyone, from the street to the boardroom, needs to hear it.
From the Foreword:
A great book for those who are secretly afraid of the ‘e’ word…engaging, it makes theology of evangelism truly simple.
This book, by Chris Duffett, an accredited evangelist with the Baptist Union, is a useful contribution to the drought in thinking on the subject of evangelism.
Many observers have stated that the last 15 years have seen a move of evangelistic activities within the churches towards social action. This of course has led to many exciting and godly exercises, not least Hope 08. The weakness of this trend has been the statement recorded in that connection: ‘Some nice people came and tidied our street, we do not know who they are or why they did it.’
Chris charts his own journey and the discoveries he has made in his own ministry, and the setting up of The Light Project in Chester. There are moments of conversion in thinking and stories that make you sit up and think. In there main sections, Chris charts a vision for evangelism, why we should do it and a more practical section on how we can engage in it. His passion for God and his love for people seeps out of every page of this partly autobiographical reflection of God at work through his ministry.
Chris’s point is that to make a difference you need to get alongside people, without judgement or patronisation. With echoes of Floyd McClung’s Father Heart of God, it reaffirms Christ’s call to truly enter the world which is inhabited by the ‘smack heads’ (heroin addicts), to share the bench, make friends and show the genuine love of Christ in deed and action. This message is helpfully reinforced by case studies that bring the issue alive with real people and the testimonies of the work of God.
This is a read that leaves you examining your ministry, the way we do mission and our understanding of evangelism.