Measuring little more than 4″ x 7 ” and a mere 107 pages, Everyday Conversations, Eternal Impact by Lloyd Pulley is a powerful little book. The subtitle of the book is Lessons Drawn from Jesus and the Woman at the Well. Pulley, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, New Jersey, carefully examines an unlikely encounter recorded in Scripture in the book of John Chapter 4. Jesus – a teacher, a Jew, Creator of the universe, a man – sits down at a well in Samaria during the heat of the day and asks for a drink of water from a woman – an adulteress, a Samaritan, a woman. Pulley dissects this encounter and offers the reader a beautiful example of how to share the message of the gospel in our own everyday conversations with real people.
I agree with Pastor Pancho Juarez who says in the book’s foreword, “I love that Lloyd offers no slick formulas or evangelistic methods.” He gives no one-size-fits-all, fill-in-the-blank, tried-and-true methods. He does use the simple acrostic S.H.A.R.E. to help you stay focused when evangelizing. He is careful to say that evangelistic “methods in themselves are not necessarily a bad thing. . . However, when believers rely more heavily on methods than on the Holy Spirit, problems can arise.” (p. 44) Thus, S.H.A.R.E. which stands for Sensitive to the Spirit, Humbly Build a Bridge, Arouse Interest, Reveal Sin, Explain the Plan of Salvation. A chapter is dedicated to elaborating and illustrating each of those.
Something I really like that Pulley uses in this book are real stories from real people. Some of these stories are wonderful examples of how to effectively share the gospel much like Jesus shared with the woman at the well. Others, not so much. But even those stories serve as tools to learn a better way to bridge the gap in a conversation and lead it from the commonplace into the spiritual. I also love that Pulley stresses the fact that NOTHING can replace “waiting on the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit.” (p. 58)
If you’re looking for a step by step guide to witnessing – do A, B, and C and get results today! – then this probably isn’t the book for you. But if you want to learn how Jesus engaged people within their own cultural understanding and led them into conversations about eternal matters, then you should read Everyday Conversations, Eternal Impact by Lloyd Pulley. It is concise, profound, biblical, and powerful. I highly recommend it.