The Brokenhearted Evangelist by Jeremy Walker
Walker, Jeremy. The Brokenhearted Evangelist. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2012. 160 pp. $15.00. Purchase at Reformation Heritage Books for $11.00.
Readers may remember Jeremy Walker as the co-author of A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ. He is also the pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England. You can read more of his work at his website, The Wanderer.
Divided into five chapters, Pastor Walker asks hard hitting questions and then answers them with the grace of a seasoned believer who has spent much time at the foot of the cross in confession and repentance. The entire book discusses evangelism and is an exposition of Psalm 51 in light of our need to obey the Lord.
The first question is “Am I Willing?” Jeremy shows that evangelism is our obligation even when we do not feel like it. Second, we are introduced (or reacquainted) to the equipment we need for effective evangelism in answering the question “Am I Effective?”
The next explain our appointed means of evangelism as well as the target of our efforts. “Am I Committed?” and “Am I Focused?” are the two questions that drive home the heart of the book. The final question asks, “Am I Fruitful?” Here Walker dispels the myth of decisionism and explains that as long as you are faithful to the message you are being fruitful.
First, I must say that I am aggravated that I read this in iBooks! I could not write or underline or interact as I would with a print book. This book will make you think. It will cause you to weep over the lost. It will get your blood pumping to see that you are not failing in your biblical mandate and will lead you to repentance for the times you have failed.
Walker’s book is saturated in Scripture and, with his text being Ps. 51, offers a different perspective on a very popular text. It would have been a quick read except for all the times I had to stop and worship and repent and praise the Lord. I also found that while reading this work, I was more in tune to the opportunities presented in my daily life to share the gospel – and I honestly thought I was doing fairly well in this area!
Pastor Walker’s hard hitting questions coupled with his graceful understanding and exhortation makes The Brokenhearted Evangelist a must read for all believers. If you cannot recall the last time you shared the gospel with someone, then you need to pick up a copy and read it…twice. The first time you read it you will do so with a broken heart. The second time you read it, will be with a new set of eyes that will allow you to see how to apply the principles of this work in your life.