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Nudge Book Review

Nudge, by Leonard Sweet, describes evangelism as “awakening each other to the God who is already there.” Sweet reminds us that God goes before us and is already at work in other people’s lives. The author says, “Our job is to give the ball to the Holy Spirit and get out of the way.” In other words, evangelism should not be viewed as working for God; rather, it is “God working in us and through us to bring to fruition what God is already doing.”

Sweet introduces Semiotics as “the art and science of paying attention.” He then claims that evangelism requires the same attitude. One way of paying attention is to watch for the signs of God in everyday life.

Evangelism is also described as being relational. Relational evangelism “is both impacting and being impacted, which means that the nudger himself or herself can’t escape being nudged.”

Sweet discusses the five-P Celtic Exercise of Spiritual Awareness: pause, presence, picture, ponder, and promise, and devotes a chapter to each “nudge point”. The idea is to be fully aware of God’s presence by using all five senses.

Nudge not only defines our role in the process of making disciples, but also helps us be more attentive to God’s presence in our lives and in the lives of others.


How is God working in the lives of those around you?

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  1. Thanks, Shawn, for your “nudge” in encouraging me to review this book to learn more deeply. I am looking forward to being with you and your wife next month! We are in the midst of a Theology Lab this Wed-Saturday with Randy Harris facilitatiing discussion today and tomorrow.



    October 28, 2011

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