I recently got a review copy (from Netgalley) of The Myth of the Non-Christian by Luke Cawley. Here is a short blurb from Goodreads:
“There’s no such thing as a non-Christian. Somebody might self-identify as spiritual but not religious. Or they might be a practicing Hindu, Buddhist or Muslim. Or they might call themselves an atheist, freethinker or agnostic. But the one thing that people never describe themselves as is a “non-Christian.” So Christians who want to “reach non-Christians” need to realize that they’re not all the same. Evangelism is not one-size-fits-all.”
I found this book refreshing and such a helpful read. It was especially good to be reminded of the Gospel and that we need to contextualise the message we have so that all people might engage with it.
Therefore, I wanted to share with you 5 reasons why I think this book is worth reading:
1. Taking people and their beliefs seriously
I think Luke Cawley helpfully smashes the idea calling people “Non-Christians” and the fact that no one ever calls themselves that. It seems only Christians use that phrase (me included!). So it was helpful to rethink this label and actually take in what people believe seriously. This book helpfully goes through the various viewpoints people have, their experiences, objections and insights into Christianity and the church. This helps us as a church to really think about the people we are trying to reach and how to contextualise the gospel to the people that surround us.
2. Real life accounts
I loved how this book is full of real life stories and accounts of people struggling with questions (including the author) and stories of people encountering Jesus. It made the book feel more real, especially as one of the stories included was about a friend of mine. It helped me connect with what the author was saying and it showed me that this book isn’t just a “how-to” kind of book, but it’s based on real people with real questions and beliefs.
3. Pointing to Jesus
Throughout the book, Cawley points us to Jesus. And I love this. He makes the point that logical arguments and facts by themselves often won’t win people to Christ. This was a helpful reminder – we need to preach Christ, invite people into the community to see Christ and also along the way answer the questions they might have. It was great to see the book engage with some questions and objections people have but done in a manner that constantly brought Christ to the center.
4. Practical things we can do
This never felt like a theoretical book – all throughout were practical applications for the reader. At the end of each chapter the author helped us to think deeper and apply what was being said to our own lives and situations. I really enjoyed this, it helped me take the words on the page and apply it directly to my own life, thinking through my own situation and the people I know.
5. Accessible and Challenging
The whole book is very accessible to all. That isn’t to say that it isn’t a challenging read because it really is. The book challenges the way we think about people, how we treat people, the worldviews in our city and how best to share the gospel. It challenges our stereotypes and our hearts. But what is great about this is that anyone would be able to read this and find it helpful. I would certainly recommend it to others.
There are many other things I enjoyed about this book, however I just wanted to share with you my top 5. It is worth reading and engaging with. If you want to buy this book then just click here.