“I’m convinced that millions of people today don’t know the Lord because of the long faced, poor, suffering little me, self-sacrificing, tell-everybody-all-their-troubles Christians who act like their second birth was just as painful to them as their first one was to their mothers.”
“Confessions of a Happy Christian”
In going through a few clearance items at a local bookstore, I happened across a gem that was written by the late Zig Ziglar. Now, those who are familiar with Ziglar know his classic work “See You at the Top”. Ziglar was a master salesman, accomplished business owner and highly sought-after conference speaker. Ziglar was also a Christian. He used every possible public opportunity (as well as a variety of private opportunities) to share his faith in Jesus Christ.
He admits that it took him a while to get to that point.
In his book “Confessions of a Happy Christian” (1978, 200 pages, Pelican Publishing Company) Ziglar shares a variety of ups, downs, twists and turns on his way to learning how to share his faith with others—regardless of their station in life. Through 12 chapters, some of the stories Ziglar shares are amusing—even tear-jerking—but always with a touch of class, and an eye toward his Savior. This work, while it could be listed as hard-to-find is worth the search if one is serious about having the wisdom to tell others about Christ from one who became a front-line solider in the work.
“Fortunately, I don’t give up anything by not drinking. On the contrary, I retain full control of my senses (in my case I need them all!)”
The chapters include: “Just A Coincidence”, “It’s “Good” for Them” and “But Lord I’ve Got A Car Payment Ant It’s Due Next Thursday”. The work tackles a variety of topics related to the Christian at home, on the job, and in the marketplace. Ziglar’s public and candid views involving his faith are encouraging, humbling, and uplifting. It is a welcome and forgotten work in the soul-winning field, with practical lessons that are much needed in our modern era.
“Confessions of a Happy Christian” is one of those works that might best be found on line or at your favorite old book store. Once you find it, and finish it, pass it on. There are new Christian soldiers heading out onto the battlefield daily, who could use its wisdom and encouragement.
Mike Ramey is a Minister, syndicated columnist, book reviewer and consultant. “On Line Reviews” is one of a variety of regular column titles which Ramey has in cyberspace from Barnstorm Communications International. If you care to drop him a line, or a whine, feel free to reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. ©2020 Barnstorm Communications International