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Randy Newman, C.S. Lewis scholar and evangelist, shares insights for outreach in new book

CHARLOTTE, NC– There is only one C.S. Lewis, but through his new book evangelist and scholar Randy Newman skillfully helps readers to apply the methods Lewis used as they seek to share Jesus with those around them. Mere Evangelism (The Good Book Company, August 2021) inspires readers with insights found in Lewis’ famous radio talks, books, and personal writings.

Rather than serving as an academic overview of Lewis’ evangelistic work, Newman’s book is full of practical insights, helpful stories, and witty humor to equip readers to engage with those around them wisely and winsomely.

“This isn’t a book to increase membership in a C.S. Lewis fan club or prompt praise for him,” Newman explains: “it’s to strengthen our resolve to point lost people to the one who could deliver them from a realm where it’s ‘always winter but never Christmas.’ My prayer is that this book will help readers say and do things that will make an eternal difference in many people’s lives.”

Among the insights Newman shares from his own experience as an evangelist and as trademarks of C.S. Lewis’ life and work are the necessity of pre-evangelism, appealing to clues, and honoring objections. D.A. Carson, who provides a Foreword to the book, describes Newman’s writing as “graced with the lightness of touch and imagination characteristic of Lewis himself.”

David Mathis, executive editor of Desiring God, commends the book, saying, “Randy doesn’t pretend evangelism is easy. In fact, he states the opposite. But even if he can’t make it magically easy, he does make it desirable and realistic. His blend of experience, clarity, and contagiousness make him compelling like few others on this topic.”

In celebration of the launch of Mere Evangelism, Randy Newman is available as a virtual guest speaker for C.S. Lewis groups such as clubs on college campuses. His availability for these sessions is limited. Interested groups can request to host one of these sessions here.

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Randy Newman is the Senior Fellow for Evangelism and Apologetics at The C. S. Lewis Institute in the Washington, DC area. He has also taught at numerous theological seminaries and colleges. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written a number of books and articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He is also the host of Questions That Matter, a podcast of the C. S. Lewis Institute. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and are grateful for their children and a growing number of grandchildren.

Founded in 1991, The Good Book Company (TGBC) is an international Christian publisher. Their Bible studies, books, devotionals, videos, tracts, evangelistic courses, and training materials are used throughout the English-speaking world, and in translation in over 35 languages worldwide. Everyone at TGBC is passionate about the Lord Jesus, His word, His church, and His gospel of grace. They create and publish biblical, relevant, and accessible resources that will encourage Christians to keep going, keep growing, and keep sharing their faith.