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Trade Paperback
176 pages
Mar 2006
Baker Publishing

Damage Control: How to Stop Making Jesus Look Bad

by Dean Merrill

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If we are indeed ambassadors for Christ, are we making Jesus look bad? Dean Merrill looks at this disturbing issue in the release of his most current book Damage Control: How to Stop Making Jesus Look Bad.

Do we exercise spiritual diplomacy? Do we prepare and consult with God? Do we deliver His message not ours? Do we remember that we are on public display? Are we rising above the rest? In addressing these issues, Merrill shares that “unfortunately God insists that we have gotten off track from what He created us to be.”

The author points out that Christians don’t set out to make Jesus look bad, but fail to notice the inconsistencies. Merrill illuminates these interesting discrepancies as if an outsider was looking in. Some examples he discusses include how our television viewing of immorality—sugarcoated in humor, of course—has worn down our personal standards, and that the level of giving in the Protestant world is at the lowest rate in 35 years. He then devotes most of the book to the process of becoming a better ambassador.

I found Merrill deeply thought-provoking, and was extremely challenged for the cause of Christ. This is a book that I will reference over and over to meet that challenge. – Debra Murphy, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

People don’t like Christians. Christians are often seen as narrow-minded, exclusionary, or pushy instead of being seen as representatives of a loving God. It’s easy to think that the actions of others are causing the problem, but are you aware of how much your neighbors and friends are forming their opinions of Jesus by watching you?

This book will help you determine if you’re hurting God’s cause without realizing it, and how to become part of the solution instead. Damage Control takes an honest look at what’s wrong—and what’s right—about Christianity today. It offers specific ideas for making your faith attractive to those around you.

Jesus started a global revolution, then left us as ambassadors to carry on his mission. Damage Control shows how to engage in spiritual disciplines and peaceful practices so you can represent Christ for who he really is.