At a Christian school conference, Jim* excitedly approached our GoodSeed booth where our staff were introducing Worldview Rethink curriculum to schools. He had a story to share. Some years ago, he had seen a copy of The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus on a co-worker’s desk and had borrowed it to read. A short time later, he was at a farmers’ market and spotted a stall where a stack of copies of The Stranger were being given away. He happily took a copy for himself. He said the book put the Bible together in way that made profound sense to him.
Jim wondered, how can I make good use of this resource? Then an idea struck him. First, he drove over to our office and picked up a case of The Stranger. Second, he pulled out his address book and thumbed through it, looking for old friends with whom he had lost touch. Next, he penned each of them a long, personal letter. He ended each one with these words of invitation:
My friend, you and I are no longer young. We’re getting to retirement age and we don’t know how much time we have left. Before we slip into eternity, there are some important things you need to know about. Things about life and life after death. Because I care deeply about you, I’ve sent you this book. It explains what the Bible has to say about life and death. Please take the time to read it.
Jim had had a desire for sharing the good news with his unbelieving friends but had not figured how he could explain the gospel clearly. With The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus, he found a tool that he could simply give away and let his friends explore for themselves the Bible’s truths about life, death and life after death.
(*Name changed as per GoodSeed policy.)