How many non-Christian friends do you have? Reading this book, I have been convicted that although I work full time in a secular job, my introvert side is showing. I have fewer non-Christian friends than I did when I was on staff at a church and going to seminary. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the daily grind, and lose focus of what is important.
Thankfully, Eric’s new book Not Like Me was released just in time. People are important. People are enthralling and amazing. God has called us to make a difference. Eric helps give us the courage to live out the life God has called us to.
We, (being human) have a lot of hang ups. We tend to clump together with other people who share our world view. It is threatening and scary to reach out and love people like Jesus does – especially when they come from completely different backgrounds. Sometimes, we feel like we have no common ground.
20 years ago, inviting someone in America to follow Christ was to invite them to follow the societal norm. Today, Christians are strange (or we should be). How do you share Christ with someone who has no idea who God is? Eric writes:
“The most effective apologetic is love. This may seem simplistic or even naive in a pluralistic, universalistic, spiritually heightened, anti-Christian, and syncretstic world, but knowing all the ‘right’ answers is not nearly as effective as demonstrating a transformed life of genuine love, concern and care.”
Not Like Me is a remake of Peppermint Filled Pinatas, which I reviewed about a year and a half ago. I wrote in that review that even my teens were enthralled with Eric, because he is real. The way he lives his life, and the way he writes, is real and authentic.
This new book features a brief article after each chapter with practical ways to apply the principles presented in that chapter. The contributors include: Ed Stetzer, Amena Brown, Margaret Feinberg, Kevin Harney, Dr. Gerardo Marti, Lon Wong, Mark DeYmaz, Princess Zulu, Dan Kimball, Erwin McManus and Me.
I am so delighted to be able to read this book again. It is challenging me to again invite people into my life – to invest my time in people – because after all, people matter, and God loves them so much that he is willing to use a broken vessel like me to reach them. We have always had a ministry oriented family, but we can do better. I can hardly wait to see what God will do.