Books by Richard Coekin
the reluctant evAngelist
Jonah is famous for being a reluctant evangelist. But God had other plans!
If we're honest, we are also often very reluctant when it comes to telling others about Jesus. We can learn from God's dealings with Jonah about how to be effective for the Lord, whom we love and want to serve. We can move from can't and don't to can and do.
Like Jonah we need learn to trust his awesome power (chapter 1), experience his sovereign grace (chapter 2), fear his coming judgment (chapter 3) and share his gut-wrenching compassion (chapter 4). All this is perfectly revealed in Jesus, the divine Evangelist, and as we look to him and as the Holy Spirit fills our hearts with his evangelistic compassion, our hearts will sing with the melodic line of Jonah, “Salvation comes from the LORD” (Jonah 2 v 11) and our lives will erupt with the evangelistic enterprise that our cities so desperately need.
“This is the most readable and accessible commentary on the book of Jonah. The story of the prophet is filled with surprising twists and turns—and loads of lessons for us today. Richard is a trustworthy and insightful guide to the readers of this book. It will be a boon to preachers and listeners alike.”
Tim Keller, Pastor Emeritus, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
“I love this book! It’s full of biblical insight and practical wisdom on evangelism but, far from just filling the head with instruction, it warms the heart with passion. Richard not only reminds us of why and how we should share our faith but also inspires us to get on with it.”
Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, and Director of the Proclamation Trust