Making Faith Magnetic

Five Hidden Themes Our Culture Can't Stop Talking About... And How to Connect Them to Christ

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How to talk about Jesus in a way that connects with modern culture.

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As followers of Jesus, we know that the good news is deeply attractive. But we often fear that to those on the outside, it comes across as irrelevant or even repellent. Sometimes the Christian worldview feels so out of step with everything else going on that we don't know how to share our faith.

However, author Daniel Strange wants to show you that the connections are there—in fact, the longings that our culture cannot help but express are the very ones that Jesus fulfils.

Building on the work of theologian J.H. Bavinck, Dan reveals five recurring themes that our culture can’t stop talking about, or, as he puts it, the “five permanent ‘itches’ that in our work, rest, and play, we have to vigorously scratch.” From TV to books to social media, these are the questions we can't stop asking and the tensions we can't stop wrestling with—and Jesus speaks powerfully into each one.

This book will help you to spot these connections in our culture, excite you about how Jesus makes sense of humankind’s deepest questions and longings, apply them to your own life first and then equip you to speak of him to others in a way that is truly magnetic.

"Dan Strange has written another terrific, down-to-earth book to help believers engage in fruitful conversations with friends about faith." Dr. Timothy Keller, who has also written the foreword to this book.

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Contents

  • 1. The Way Ahead
  • 2. The Cosmic Game of Hide and Seek
  • 3. Totality: A Way to Connect?
  • 4. Norm: A Way to Live?
  • 5. Deliverance: A Way Out?
  • 6. Destiny: A Way We Control?
  • 7. Higher Power: A Way Beyond?
  • 8. Joining Up the Points
  • 9. Jesus: The Way We Connect
  • 10. Jesus: The Way We Live
  • 11. Jesus: The Way Out
  • 12. Jesus: The Way of Control
  • 13. Jesus: The Way Beyond
  • 14. The Magnetic People
  • Conlusion: The Way from Here

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Author Daniel Strange, Dr Timothy Keller
ISBN 9781784986506
Format Paperback
First published October 2021
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 9mm
Language English
Pages 176
Publisher The Good Book Company
Endorsements

Dr. Timothy Keller

Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and Chairman of Redeemer City to City.

Dan Strange has written another terrific, down-to-earth book to help believers engage in fruitful conversations with friends about faith.

David Robertson

Director, ASK, Sydney; Blogger, theweeflea.com

Dan Strange is ‘convinced that the church has the opportunity to fill a massive gap in our secular and fragmented market’. Which is why he has given us this perceptive and somewhat unusual book. Using Bavinck, Scripture and an excellent knowledge of contemporary culture, he shows us how we can fill that gap by being magnets for the gospel. The more I read, the more I was drawn to this idea. We have someone wonderful to communicate—but sometimes we struggle to join the dots and make the connections with those around us. If that’s you, then you will find this wee book a stimulating and refreshing guide.

Gavin Calver

CEO, Evangelical Alliance

A timely and important book that will help many to share their faith more naturally and effectively through connecting their friends to the gospel message.

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27/09/2021

“Interesting concept”

I've never heard of Daniel Strange before, but the concept of his book intrigued me and of course I was more than curious to discover the five fundamentals that all humans are looking for.

Strange structures the book with two parts that include a total of fourteen chapters. He also includes a conclusion and an appendix.

- Part One: The Magnetic Points

- Part Two: The Magnetic Person

The first part discusses the five ideas that he believes every human seeks. He dives into each one specifically and in great detail. Without giving away the five ideas, each one speaks to finding a way to do something that betters one's life or brings one's life purpose. I would agree that all five concepts are valid and very much needed to be understood and discovered for one's life.

Strange utilizes the second part to show how we as believers can take each of these concepts and connect them to Christ, essentially creating a unique way to share the Gospel with those around us. The chapters within part two use Jesus as the ultimate connection to the five concepts discussed in part one. He then takes time to describe the habits and personality of magnetic people, along with providing very practical ideas to becoming such a person.

I was intrigued with the entire concept of his book. It's not an easy task to accomplish but it is possible. There are obvious obstacles and we have to be aware and address them accordingly before having the ability to connect one's magnetic points back to Jesus. If we can discover this within ourselves, it makes discovering it in others easier.

I received a copy of this book from The Good Book Company in exchange for an honest review.

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