As a Christian, have you ever wondered why it is easier to witness to people outside your family than to your relatives? It is a question that inspired Larry Keefauver, a pastor and author, to write this book. He examines barriers to family evangelism and offers practical steps to reach out to unsaved relatives.
One of the biggest roadblocks, he asserts, is the secular preoccupation with self-actualization, since it focuses on human potential rather than God's goodness. While intellectual arguments may help point unbelievers in the general direction of God, he says, they rarely spur someone to Christian commitment.
"If it takes a lifetime to reach your family members for Jesus, will you wait, pray, persist, love, share and give?" he asks. "A lifetime isn't too long to see all your family saved, but eternity is too long for any of them to be lost."
This book is composed largely of anecdotes about the author's family and the experiences of others who have witnessed to family members. The latter third of the book is a semi-workbook that offers meditations and space within the pages of the book for readers to record their own thoughts and experiences.-A. J. Turner for A Closer Look