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Talk the Walk: How to Be Right without Being Insufferable

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This attitude-altering book invites Christians to cultivate boldness and humility in communicating gospel truth. By uncovering self-righteousness and spiritual arrogance, Talk the Walk by pastor and author Steve Brown shatters stereotypes and helps believers consider how they present the good news without watering it down.

The Christian faith is true, and while we may be right on issues of salvation and theology, we may miss the less articulated truths of humility, love, and forgiveness. We live in a culture that is increasingly hostile to Christians and their faith. Talk the Walk unpacks the call to “go out into the world” and share faith by being truthful and winsome. By helping men and women love others out of a deeper love in Christ—the one who first loved us—Talk the Walk helps Christians present the gospel clearly and with compassion.

Take a step back and look at others’ perceptions. Explore the tools necessary to accomplish an attitude change of confidence and humility, repentance and truth. Share the message of Christ without distorting it. Speak confidently without being cold. By operating out of humble gratitude for the gospel, begin to talk the walk of Christian faith, reflecting the love and truth of Jesus.


Steve Brown is a radio broadcaster and the founder of Key Life Network. A former pastor, he is also a frequent in-demand speaker and visiting seminary lecturer. He is the author of many books including How to Talk So People Will ListenThree Free Sins, and Hidden Agendas.


"I have yet to figure out how to be confident enough to speak truth to people and yet humble enough to close my mouth when all I'm doing is showing off how smart I (foolishly) think I am. It's for this reason that I'm really thankful for this book. Steve is a wise and gentle pastor and he'll help you (as he has me) feel the pinch of truth while he pours in the gentle love of the Christ who knows you. Get this book. Your unbelieving friends will thank you."

Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, Author and speaker

"The believing and beloved community of God is polarized, fragmented, and often tediously self-righteous. It is not uncommon to bear the belligerence of a believer on a rant about the most recent political or scientific debate. Steve Brown's brilliant new book is a life-giving, irenic call to speak truth with the playful, kind ferocity of Jesus. Reading this book felt like taking a warm shower to rinse off the vitriol of ugly truthtellers and cleanse me of my own self-righteousness. This is a desperately needed book for a bitter and angry age."

Dan B. Allender, Professor of Counseling Psychology and Founding President, The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology; author of The Wounded Heart and The Healing Path 

"Ours is an increasingly post-Christian culture. For decades, old norms have been giving way to a new cultural ethos. For Christians, this new landscape has been disorienting and, at times, even discouraging. All too often, we've been tempted to respond with sharp and shrill expressions of fear rather than compassionate faith. In this timely and necessary book, Steve Brown shares how to be right the right way. I loved it."

Kevin Labby, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Presbyterian Church

"If ever there were a time to learn how to speak the truth in love, this is it. For those of us who may have never known how to best speak the truth to our non-Christian friends, Steve Brown instructs us to lace our words with kindness, gentleness, and self-control. Looking to communicate the truth of the gospel without being a pain in the neck? Talk the Walk will undoubtedly get you there. And as always, thanks, Dr. Brown. Christendom needs your talk and your walk."

Kendra Fletcher, Author of Lost & Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace, and Leaving Legalism

"Steve Brown knows that grace and truth are always flip sides of the same coin. In this touching and accessible book, he reminds us that prayerful tears are the most powerful way to share the gospel. As someone deeply interested in asserting Truth in a world full of false alternatives, I would eagerly put Talk the Walk in the hand of someone seeking answers."

Andrew Petiprin, Author of Truth Matters: Knowing God and Yourself

"I'm raising children and regularly wish to stick my head in the sand about the state of the world today, but . . . I'm raising children, so I can't. The Church is in desperate need of good, real conversations about what it looks like to stand on truth without wavering and exude grace without apologizing. Talk the Walk is just such a conversation starter, and I am grateful for it."

Jenni Young, Homeschooling mother; former Key Life staff member; blogger at Key Life Network

"Steve Brown does it again! A master at teaching grace, Steve gives us permission to believe and say what we Christians know and feel at the core of our being: 'We're right about Jesus!' Then Steve shows us how to hold to the truth in love and what that really means. This is Jesus's way of living. Don't miss this book—it is possible to be right without being insufferable!"

Pete Alwinson, Pastor Emeritus and executive director, FORGE

"Ive always appreciated Steve's ability to hold close to his convictions while simultaneously avoiding the need to police others' behavior. In our highly divided times, we need voices like Steve's to guide us through the complexity of holding onto Christian truth while communicating it with love, humility, and humor. That's a rare gift."

Matt Johnson, Author of Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity

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11 Reviews

  • 5

    Overall Great Message

    Published by The Scarlet Rope on 07 08 2019

    I have received the paperback copy of this book and I found that the back description of this book did not provide an adequate synopsis about the topic. I had to read the press release description of the book to truly understand the foundational message. Note: You will need to be in the right mindset to read this book—in other words, get ready for some deep reading! If you’re looking for a light read, you may want to postpone this one. Overall, I agree with what the author’s message is: that Christians can speak up about faith with confidence and humility. It does, however, take the author two chapters in to get to the point of the book. I found it difficult to follow because there were so many points in each chapter that I lost sight of where it was going. There was great humour and reference to Scripture throughout. There is a lot of content that can be thinned out and sifted. I was given a free copy and all views are my own.

  • 5

    A challenge to all Christians

    Published by Joan Nienhuis on 07 02 2019

    Steve Brown has reached the age where he feels comfortable sharing his thoughts no matter what others think. (1450/2386) That's exactly what he does here. Brown is convinced Christian faith is true but he is also convinced Christians do not have to be insufferable about it. Many Christians push truth and end up waving a red flag in front of a raging bull. Christians know how to be self-righteous, he says. Brown reminds us about the more important characteristics of humility, love, and forgiveness. I found many welcome surprises in this book. Brown writes that Christians are not called to be fixers. (364/2386) We're not here to fix others, fix our culture, fix our nation. We do bring our witness to the world but the results are up to God. Brown is strong on God's sovereignty. God's in charge and we need not worry so much. We can love our neighbor well while not constantly worrying about how to share the gospel with them. God's got it. Brown identifies the presupposition of his book: Christians are called to speak truth, often to people who do not want to hear it. (381/2386) One's heart attitude in communicating and living truth is so important. Be honest in life, Brown encourages. “When Christians hide their pain, they do not have a message to give.” (1865/2386) Be real to neighbors and let them see and inquire about the life and truth within. I really like this book. He tells great stories on himself and others to illustrate how Christians can be more irritating to others than salt and light. This book is a wake up call to Christians, challenging our honesty and effectiveness in being like Christ. Many self-righteous Christians may not like this book. It might undermine their drive to be the savior of the declining culture or the declining nation. It might make them think again about what they really believe about God and what He is doing in the world. I think this book needs to be read by every Christian. You'll be challenged. You might feel uncomfortable as Brown will encourage you to rethink how to live your witness in the world. Perhaps most interesting of all, you'll get to learn a little Latin too. I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  • 5

    Talk The Walk is an engaging, challenging read.

    Published by Becky on 06 10 2019

    Talk The Walk is an engaging, challenging read. I found myself strongly agreeing and strongly disagreeing with the text--sometimes within the same paragraph. At the very least it is a thought-provoking read. Do I agree? disagree? why is he right? why is he wrong? Does the Bible really mean this? and say that? Am I guilty of what he's describing? Has my mind been changed about this or that? Brown believes that it is important how we put into practice our beliefs, how we live out the faith in the day to day. He does not seem to be advocating throwing out the truth. "As someone has said, once you see truth you cannot simply un-see it." He is not one of those that redefines the virtue of humility as introducing doubt, embracing uncertainty, and throwing assurance out the window. Where the Bible is clear, plain, obvious, assertive, believers should have confidence and certainty. To not trust in God's promises is not a virtue. What Brown does seem to be advocating is selectively sharing the truths we believe. Brown seems to be saying that just because you know something to be true or something to be false does not mean you have to share that. You can remain silent and perhaps should remain silent in many situations. Sometimes speaking up or standing up for the truth you hold so dear makes the situation worse not better. You may feel satisfied that you defended God's truth, but the person on the other end, the other side, now has even more reason to distrust or despise Christians.

  • 5

    starsSteve Brown at his outlandish and wonderful best!!!

    Published by Carl A. Dixon on 06 10 2019

    I just finished Steve Brown’s latest book. It was a wonderful read - I laughed and even cried! I cried because I was convicted of how ‘right ‘ I am about the Truth without love! Chapter 12 was my favorite. I hope you will purchase the book and laugh and cry like I have. Steve Brown is one of the most outlandish and profitable authors who have impacted my life. I love this man even though he won’t come and preach in my church!

  • 5

    Talk the Walk book review

    Published by Tom M Saunders on 06 10 2019

    Steve is the shock jock of Bible ministry. This book took enormous guts to write, and even more to read! If you prize religious rules to control your life, and the lives of others around you, even the Introduction will be a severe challenge. Both as an author and a real person, Steve disturbs the most confident Christian to take a second look to determine if the ethic of my belief matches the moral of my do. Are you ready…? Tom M. Saunders, Ph.D.

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