Book Review: How to Pick up a Stripper

How to Pick up a Stripper
and other acts of kindness
by Todd and Erin Stevens 

The starting and ending points for all for all outreach has 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 and invites 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 project is Nashville Strip Church, founded by Erin Stevens. Erin's life changed when God told her to "go feed the stripppers" With home-cooked meals and gift bags in hand Erin shows dancers that God loves them. How to Pick uUP 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 children with disabilities 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. 

Todd Stevens is the pastor of Friendship Community Church one of the fastest growing churches in America. Friendship is known for finding creative ways to show God's love in the community, and over 90% of the regular attenders are involved in service opportunities. Todd is also a church consultant in the area of servant evangelism. 

Erin Stevens is the founder of Nashville Strip Church a ministry that reaches out to the employees of strip clubs. She and her husband Todd met while they were each pursuing their MBA. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and homeschooling her three boys. 

A lot of who I like to call super Christians are so anti everything, that they couldn't possibly even talk to a stereotypical sinner, because it would be below them, so it's refreshing to read about Erin Stevens. She goes in with kindness, and sets a great example to follow in her book. If you like Sharing Christ with the Dying or Building a Ministry of Spiritual Mentoring you'll want to check out this book. 

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