You Might Be Interested

10 Apr

From time to time I get unsolicited books that look interesting but I just don’t have time to read/review. So I like to highlight them so you can do a little research and decide if they are something you would like to read. The following is a little info on How To Pick Up A Stripper And Other Acts of Kindness: Serving People Just As They Are. Catchy title, huh?


0529116871.jpgThe starting and ending points for all outreach have to be love. The most effective way to reach people for Jesus is through servant evangelism–showing God’s love in practical ways. This type of outreach is what Jesus modeled, is culturally relevant, and values people. The goal should be to invite people to take the next step from where they are.

Friendship Community Church, led by Pastor Todd Stevens, has experienced tremendous growth through acts of kindness. The church’s most radical servant evangelism project is Nashville Strip Church, founded by Erin Stevens. Erin’s life changed when God told her to “go feed the strippers.” With home-cooked meals and gift bags, Erin shows dancers that God loves them. How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness includes the story of a dancer who has come to know Christ, left the strip club industry through Erin’s ministry, and is now serving with Erin to reach other strippers.

From feeding the homeless, to Easter egg hunts for special needs children, to ministering in a strip club, How to Pick Up a Stripper and Other Acts of Kindness provides exciting ideas for showing God’s love in practical ways.

Features include:

Stories from servant evangelism events, including Strip Church

Ideas for showing God’s love in practical ways

Inspiration to step out of your comfort zone to serve people


ToddErinFamilyAbout authors Todd and Erin Stevens: Pastor, Todd Stevens, and his wife, Erin, both grew up in the Nashville area. They originally met during their years at Tennessee Technological University. They moved back to Nashville In March 2000 after living in Greenville, South Carolina for six years. They now have three boys. As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment at their home!

Todd worked for thirteen years as an information technology project manager. He served in bi-vocational positions in several churches in the Nashville area as associate pastor and interim pastor prior to the launch of Friendship Community Church. He has received post-graduate degrees from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Tennessee Technological University. He says that he likes to read and exercise, but that he doesn’t seem to do enough of either.

(Thanks to Thomas Nelson for an ARC of this book.)


2 Responses to “You Might Be Interested”

  1. kellysshining April 12, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    Wow. Definitely a catchy title. All ministry outreaches are important. I have one friend who ministers to exotic dancers both those in and others who are out of the industry. I have another who reaches out to teen moms. And yet another who works with couples who are foster parents. I don’t think this is necessarily a book I would purchase, but i do hope that it will reach out to someone looking for a work like this.
    Thank you for sharing. I’m going to let my friend know about it.


    • rbclibrary April 13, 2014 at 9:28 am #

      I passed it on to our church’s community outreach director. Always interesting to see how people share Christ. Thanks for stopping by.


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