A Field Guide for Everyday Mission: 30 Days and 101 Ways to Demonstrate the Gospel

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I decided to review this book through Moody Publishers because one area I struggle with in my faith is in the area of every day missions. I fully believe that your every day life, your every word uttered on every platform you pursue is your “mission field”.
While I have no problem sharing my faith (as anyone who knows me can attest!) I don’t live a very INTENTIONAL life when it comes to reaching my every day mission field. As a gal with VERY diverse interests, I find that a large bulk, if not the majority of my friends, have drastically differing beliefs from mine. While I’m not out on some dastardly undertaking to convert my friend, I DO wonder and worry if I am doing everything that I can to be the best model of Christ to them.
So I figured this book would be an enlightening and edifying read!

About the Book

Book description from Amazon.com:
Surprise – whoever you are, you’re a missionary! 
If you call yourself a follower of Jesus, God calls you his missionary. You may never go halfway around the world. You may not raise financial support. But because of God’s gospel work in you, you are on mission: to people in your work, school, neighborhood, and those in need. As everyday missionaries, God has sent us to live out his Great Commission in the ordinary, normal, all-too-busy, and even most mundane moments of our lives.
  • But what exactly does an everyday missionary do? 
  • Where and when does this everyday mission happen? 
  • Most importantly, how can you possibly share the gospel, without killing your relationships?!
Those are the types of questions A Field Guide for Everyday Mission answers for individuals, churches, small groups, Sunday schools, and missional communities. Many resources exist on missional theory, missional leadership, and even missional stories. But based on their years of helping people tangibly demonstrate the gospel, pastors and practitioners Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts Jr. have created an immediately implementable resource to help ordinary followers of Jesus put the idea of mission into everyday practice.
Each day’s reading includes a biblical principle that can immediately be put into practice. Each reading ends with a few ways to help you live out the principle in your daily life. By the end of day 30, you’ll have 101 different ways to demonstrate the gospel in your daily life. And along the way, other practitioners such as Jeff Vanderstelt, Rick McKinley, and Lance Ford share stories about living on God’s everyday mission in their unique context. A Field Guide for Everyday Mission is a tool designed for you, whether you’re newly considering the missional idea, whether you’ve never heard the word before, or whether you’ve spent years trying to figure out how to put that idea into practice.

My Thoughts on the Book

I have NEVER let a difference in politics, or religion, or even personal tastes and interests interfere with my friendships. All of my good friends know that I am unwavering in my faith but will gladly and enthusiastically share it when asked to do so.
But am I a good everyday missionary? When I picked up this book, I didn’t really know how to answer that. The first few pages into the book I was like, “Yes!! A+++! I rock at this missionary stuff!” The first section of the book, the authors mainly deal with how we approach unbelieving friends in our environment.
Then it moves on to intentional and very illustrative ways that we can model our faith and and reveal Christ living in us to the people we are blessed to have in our world. I felt challenged, motivated and uplifted while reading through each devotion. There was no condemnation, no “look how much time and opportunities you’ve wasted”.. just encouragement and great Biblically sound advice!
The only criticism I have with the book? The authors talk interchangeably, and while they go to great pains to say, “Me (Bob)” and the like, it gets a tad cumbersome at times. But that is a minor annoyance in an otherwise fantastic book.
I would say this is a great daily devotional. While I read through the book completely so I could review it in good faith, I found it such a good read that my husband and I are in the process of reading through it in the evenings, and it’s been edifying and enlightening so far!
[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me initiating contact and incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]

I’d recommend this book to anyone interested in everyday missions!

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Gingi Freeman

Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

49 thoughts on “A Field Guide for Everyday Mission: 30 Days and 101 Ways to Demonstrate the Gospel

  • 18 May, 2015 at 4:59 am
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    Hi Gingi! Thank you for this review, it sounds like a great devotional. I’m so impressed that you and your husband are doing it together, that’s so awesome!
    My pastor talked about being a light and a message to others everyday, and how we are all called to do that. It sounds like this book is a direct answer to his talk, including ideas on how to be an everyday missionary. Good read!
    Hope you had a great weekend,
    Ceil

    • 18 May, 2015 at 7:16 pm
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      My husband and I generally like to read through apologetics books together.. we’re big on research and history and such.. so it’s nice to focus on a devotional that is in a different area than we’re used to focusing! <3 You have a great weekend too dear!!

  • 18 May, 2015 at 5:31 am
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    I love the bit about “incessantly nagging for a sample.” 🙂 This sounds like a great book that I should read. I so agree with what you are saying here about being intentionally mission minded. Amen, sister!

    • 18 May, 2015 at 7:22 pm
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      Hahaha.. it’s true!! I rarely accept offers to review product.. I usually just beg for something I have a sincere interest in.. 😉

  • 18 May, 2015 at 5:51 am
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    I think this sounds like a worthy read Gingi… I believe we are meant to be missionaries by living our life the best way we can… ideas to help us can only be uplifting xox

    • 18 May, 2015 at 7:24 pm
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      It really is!! <3 <3

  • 18 May, 2015 at 12:03 pm
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    Ok, I’m interested. I like the idea of reading it as a daily devotional so I have something fresh on my mind each day. Maybe I’ll make this a birthday suggestion if anyone asks:)

  • 18 May, 2015 at 12:36 pm
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    How cool that you and your husband are reading this through together, Gingi. It sure says something about the book, and about your relationship, too.

    Thanks for the review, friend … and have a super week!

    • 18 May, 2015 at 7:25 pm
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      Yeah.. I always say the couple that prays and cosplays together, stay together, haha! 😉

  • 18 May, 2015 at 1:26 pm
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    I like the sound of this book! I was listening to a talk the other day and the speaker was saying that everyday we can be missionaries to help those around us. She did say though that sometimes the most important missions are found within the walls of our own home. I also liked that, sometimes I am so busy being a mother I wish there was more I could do outside of that to help. I guess I just need to be patient and wait for the right season 🙂

    • 18 May, 2015 at 7:25 pm
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      Yes, this book goes over that too! It starts with our homes, families, then communities and onward!

  • 18 May, 2015 at 2:20 pm
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    Sounds interesting! Thanks for sharing!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • 18 May, 2015 at 7:31 pm
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      Yeah, I’d recommend it! <3

  • 18 May, 2015 at 7:40 pm
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    How wonderful that you and your husband share this together. It sounds like the book has some wonderful qualities!

  • 18 May, 2015 at 7:47 pm
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    Gingi – you certainly cover all aspects of life and subjects on your blog.

    Have a good week and take care

    All the best Jan

    • 19 May, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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      LOL, I try to stay focused and themed, but.. yeah. I just kind of go all over the place. 😉

  • 18 May, 2015 at 9:30 pm
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    Very cool when you talk about your faith.
    And the book sounds eye-opening too.
    I’m Jewish by birth, undecided by adulthood, and my kids are both Jewish and Christian, so I’m so confused. I wish I had a firm faith, but I like to read about others.

    • 19 May, 2015 at 1:01 pm
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      LOL, if you ever want to learn more about Christianity, I HIGHLY recommend The Case for Christ, or The New Evidence That Demands a Verdict.. GREAT books that summarize why and what Christians believe! <3

  • 19 May, 2015 at 1:38 am
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    I’ve been looking for a new devotional, and this book sounds fantastic 🙂

    • 19 May, 2015 at 1:01 pm
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      Yeah, I’d recommend it!

  • 19 May, 2015 at 12:19 pm
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    Thanks so much Gingi for another great book review. Same as you, I have many friends with very different beliefs that mine, totally opposite, and I just try to let my light shine and be the best example I can. But I’m not perfect obviously and love them to death regardless, but hope they can see that I’m not a hypocrite, I’m just not perfect. But I often find too that people with very different beliefs than mine are more open to hearing about Jesus, so that’s cool too =)

    • 19 May, 2015 at 1:03 pm
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      Yeah, I know what you mean. I always try to stress that people are imperfect.. there are NO perfect people (well, there was this one guy once..) but we serve a perfect God. Okay, so this comment was much cooler in my head. It’s too early, I need coffee, lol! 😉

  • 19 May, 2015 at 2:04 pm
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    I love the idea of helping people in your life as part of being a missionary- there are different paths for everyone. 🙂

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • 19 May, 2015 at 3:39 pm
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    Like you, I never let politics, religion, or being vegan interfere with my friendships. This book is something that I need in my life right now. I’ve been questioning my stewardship lately and if I’ve been doing enough. Thanks for the great review Gingi.

    • 25 May, 2015 at 2:46 pm
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      Anytime my friend! <3

  • 19 May, 2015 at 7:41 pm
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    I’m really intrigued by this book after reading your review. I’ve been looking for a good devotional for a while now. I’m definitely going to have to check this one out.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee | Bloglovin’

  • 20 May, 2015 at 12:25 am
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    You know I always love a good book. I must definitely check this out on Amazon. I definitely need a good book for an upcoming road trip. Thanks for this review girl.

    Kia / The House of KTS
    http://www.houseofkts.com

    • 25 May, 2015 at 2:47 pm
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      <3

  • 20 May, 2015 at 10:11 am
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    This sounds like such a fantastic read since it can really motivate and even challenge you! As a Christian, encouraging others instead of judging or holding a condemning attitude is so important and glad that this is what the book advocates! Thanks for sharing!

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    Prudence
    http://www.prudencepetitestyle.com

    • 25 May, 2015 at 2:47 pm
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      It’s something we all can work on!! <3

  • 21 May, 2015 at 5:39 pm
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    I gotta admit that I don’t usually read this genre, but the way you’re raving about it is making me really want to read it now!!! ^_^

    • 25 May, 2015 at 2:48 pm
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      Yeah, check it out! <3

    • 25 May, 2015 at 2:48 pm
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      It’s less convincing others to follow your beliefs, and more sharing what you believe and why you believe it. 😉

  • 22 May, 2015 at 6:37 pm
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    I’m not sure if my comment went through as I can’t see it! 🙁 As I was mentioning previously, you’re really really convincing me to start reading this genre 🙂

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