I just recently finished the book, The Revolutionary Communicator by Jedd Medefind and Erik Lokkesmoe.  Their whole book is a sort of combination communicator’s book and Christian living book.  These are two guys who are actively involved in politics and probably spend a lot of time writing speeches and giving them in front of crowds so communication is an important subject for them.  Likewise they are two Christian guys and so they know that Jesus was one incredible communicator and they look to his example in how to communicate effectively in our world.

Medefind and Lokkesmoe spend a chapter each focusing on some sort of aspect of Jesus’ communication and how they can be applied to our own communication efforts.  The book breaks down into these chapter/topics: attentiveness and listening, seeking connection on the listener’s terms, authenticity, storytelling, solitude, and then defining success.  The do a great job of focusing on how these things can be done in the wrong attitude and heart and can merely become manipulation tools, so they push the reader on to more, to actually be the things they call the reader to.

The book ends with a pretty great and unexpected twist, I think.  It concludes with showing the reader Jesus’ definition of success: suffering service and spending yourself for others for little, yet with a deep and impacting spiritual and relational legacy that lasts many years (2000 in Jesus’ case).  They do a great job of tying in Jesus’ deity and explaining that we will not have the exact same results as Jesus, yet we can still leave eternal marks if we follow his guide.  My one complaint is that sometimes I felt there were too many anecdotes and stories, however, in doing so they abide by their principle of storytelling, so they are putting their money where their mouth is, I just personally could have done with a few less.

All in all, a really good read for those in the communication fields and for Christians seeking to live like Christ and interact like Christ.

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