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Saving Casper: A Christian and an Atheist Talk about Why We Need to Change…

de Jim Henderson

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The authors of the popular Jim and Casper Go to Church are back! An unlikely friendship began when former pastor Jim Henderson brought atheist Matt Casper with him to visit a series of churches and give his honest feedback on the services. Since then, Casper has spent a lot of time deeply engaging with Jim and other Christians. And the burning question on everyone's minds is whether Casper has been saved. In Saving Casper, Jim and Casper engage in a new conversation about that question. Most Christians have friends like Casper-people who've heard the gospel but still say no-so what happens next? Jim and Casper reveal the surprising answers to questions like: What can an atheist teach us about how to share God with those who don't believe? What have well-meaning Christians said to Casper that has helped-or hurt-their cause? What, if anything, might bring Casper and other nonbelievers to faith . . . and why does Casper say he's closer to God now than ever before? Saving Casper is a groundbreaking, game-changing look at evangelism and the "conversion conversation."… (més)
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I really enjoyed Saving Casper . The book was written by both Jim Henderson and Matt Casper. Jim Henderson is a former pastor and Matt Casper is an athiest. They traveled to different churches together in order for Casper to share his view on different churches. It is interesting to hear an atheist's perspective about how effective Christians are at converting non-Christians. The book also discusses how effective we, as Christians, are at doing as Jesus did and serving others.

I learned a lot from this book; it really changed how I think. The book points out that it is important to befriend non-Christians and to serve others. We should show others the love of Christ and connect with people and not just try to convert them. As a Christian, the book made a lot of sense and seemed to be accurate to what I believe Jesus was trying to tell us while He was on earth. ( )
  blog_gal | Jul 26, 2014 |
I received a copy of this book for review from Tyndale House Publishing

I really enjoyed Saving Casper . The book was written by both Jim Henderson and Matt Casper. Jim Henderson is a former pastor and Matt Casper is an athiest. They traveled to different churches together in order for Casper to share his view on different churches. It is interesting to hear an atheist's perspective about how effective Christians are at converting non-Christians. The book also discusses how effective we, as Christians, are at doing as Jesus did and serving others.

I learned a lot from this book; it really changed how I think. The book points out that it is important to befriend non-Christians and to serve others. We should show others the love of Christ and connect with people and not just try to convert them. As a Christian, the book made a lot of sense and seemed to be accurate to what I believe Jesus was trying to tell us while He was on earth. ( )
  blog_gal | Jul 26, 2014 |
In 2006, Jim Henderson and Matt Casper went on a trek to visit and evaluate Christian churches across America. They were an unlikely paring: Jim is a Christian author while Casper is an "outed" atheist. Their exploits, published in 2007 in the book Jim & Casper Go To Church, gave them a platform to speak in churches and college ministries across the country.

Their new book, called Saving Casper: A Christian and an Atheist Talk about Why We Need to Change the Conversion Conversation, looks at what they have learned about each other and the evangelical Christian movement during their journey.

At times the learning process has been hard; Casper talks about all the nice people he has met, many of whom will end their conversation by damning him to hell. Casper also talks about his reactions to his mother's death, and how her Catholic faith community encouraged him during her last days.

At the heart of the story is the relationship between Jim and Casper. The book is set up like an informal interview, with each sharing his thoughts on different aspects of their relationship. Both are respectful of each other, even when they disagree. They are committed to keeping the conversation--as well as the relationship--going, not to throw judgment at the other and storm off.

In Saving Casper, the authors mention that evangelism ought to be a "pull" rather than a "push." This is a simple but profound concept: people don't like to be pushed into something, but are compelled by being pulled towards something. In Christianity, that means we don't push our religion on others; instead, we live a compelling life that draws others in. By creating dialogue instead of debates with others, we are no longer burning bridges, but rather building relationships.

As an atheist, Casper's views were refreshing to me; as a Christian pastor it is often hard for me to imagine myself in his shoes. By providing an outsider's perspective on things, Casper can speak to Christians in a way others Christians cannot. His advice on evangelism--like listening to others, built an actual relationship, and respect their beliefs--is stuff I wish all Christians could understand.

I also appreciated Jim's perspective throughout the book. Here is a Christian author and speaker who is demonstrating what it means to be a follower of Christ in a pluralistic society. He is not walling himself off from the world and from atheists; he is engaging them. He is not using his friendship with Casper as a means to the ultimate end of a conversion; he genuinely likes Casper.

In Saving Casper, authors Jim Henderson & Matt Casper show that relationships with those we disagree with are necessary in the Christian faith. Their relationship is a model all Christians should follow: build relationships with others by caring for them and respecting them. This book is a very good read and a great followup to their first book Jim and Casper Go to Church. I would recommend this book to pastors, church leaders, and anyone concerned with how evangelicals are viewed by outsiders.

I received a complementary copy in exchange for an unbiased review. ( )
  njvroom | Dec 6, 2013 |
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The authors of the popular Jim and Casper Go to Church are back! An unlikely friendship began when former pastor Jim Henderson brought atheist Matt Casper with him to visit a series of churches and give his honest feedback on the services. Since then, Casper has spent a lot of time deeply engaging with Jim and other Christians. And the burning question on everyone's minds is whether Casper has been saved. In Saving Casper, Jim and Casper engage in a new conversation about that question. Most Christians have friends like Casper-people who've heard the gospel but still say no-so what happens next? Jim and Casper reveal the surprising answers to questions like: What can an atheist teach us about how to share God with those who don't believe? What have well-meaning Christians said to Casper that has helped-or hurt-their cause? What, if anything, might bring Casper and other nonbelievers to faith . . . and why does Casper say he's closer to God now than ever before? Saving Casper is a groundbreaking, game-changing look at evangelism and the "conversion conversation."

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