Talk the Walk: How to Be Right without Being Insufferable

by Steve Brown

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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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Talk the Walk: How to be Right without Being Insufferable

In this new book from author Steve Brown, readers are urged to speak the truth even when people don't want to hear it. Using his own experiences and those of others, Brown urges Christians to "talk the walk of Christian faith, reflecting the love and truth of Jesus" and make sure that their true message can be heard and that others will want to hear that message. Christians who are self-righteous and arrogant may be tuned out but those speaking with love, humility, and forgiveness are more likely to be heard. On page 30, Brown shares that "Sometimes it is best to be silent and to let love, freedom, and joy do the talking."

There are so many sections and so many statements that deserve to be highlighted and this is a book that needs to be read over and over. Some of his statements gave me pause and some made me seek the ultimate authority: The Holy Bible. Talk the Walk isn't a "light" book but it is a book filled with light.

I received a complimentary copy from New Growth Press but a positive review wasn't required. These are my honest thoughts.
Posted by Connie Porter Saunders on 16th Jul 2019

A conversation that must be had

"Christians are different because of the way they love the unlovely, forgive the unforgivable, and care for those about whom nobody else cares." (location 1068). The topic of this book is one that must be discussed in Christian circles. Steve's heart to love others while maintaining convictions is becoming more and more of a volatile subject in American culture. Many of us aren't doing it well at all.

"Christians faked love for so long that, most of the time, they do not even know what it is anymore." (location 1120). Seriously! Steve calls us out on our stuff. At the heart of this book is that we stop pretending to be good Christians and just let Jesus live through us - that we get real instead of trying so hard. This is (IMHO) the very first step in following Jesus.

I won't say that I agreed with everything Steve says - he comes from his own background and speaks from his experience - but I will say that every Christian needs to confront the duplicity of his or her own relationship with Jesus and how that is lived out in the world. I suspect that many of us are trying to "look right" so that we protect God's reputation. The God of the Universe who holds the sun and moon in place can protect His own reputation. If we are trying to protect Him then we aren't letting Him shine...we are trying to do it for Him. As Bob Newhart says, Stop it! God loves those around us much more than we can imagine - and He knows how to deal with all the difficult moral issues we face today - He isn't surprised. He loves people - and He sees our sin of trying to do it ourselves as equal to those who have more "material" know the list. Once we start from this point of real love (which is horribly hard to get to, let's face it) then we can share faith with those who don't know Jesus without fear of "doing it wrong."

"Never take advice from anyone about anything that is hard - unless the one giving that advice knows just how hard it is. . . . I have been wise sometimes and insufferable sometimes." (location 1925-31) - this is perhaps the best part - Steve has the humility to share his experience without thinking he knows it all - anyway he doesn't come across as someone who thinks they know it all. Instead, he comes across as someone who has a heart for people who don't know Jesus and wants the rest of us to do a better job of relating in such a way that our love is genuine and the Truth is not compromised (which is tricky to say the least).

The only reason this got a 4 instead of a 5 is actually a picky reason - the formatting was not smooth and there were some sections that could have used more work with an editor. The content is something we all need to contemplate and have conversations around.
Posted by Kim Martinez on 16th Jul 2019

Consider how you speak of Christ

An insightful book that will help Christians reassess the way they speak about Jesus to an unbelieving world. It’s an easy read at about 160 pages, with lots of illustrations and examples. If you are someone who struggles to share your faith, this will give you some wise ideas as you proceed into the world with love and gentleness and truth, standing along people and getting to know them. If, on the other hand, you are very keen to share your faith, but tend to be a little forceful or strong willed as you do so, this might help you reconsider the way you go about it, and challenges you to consider more silence, more grace, more understanding and more wisdom. Recommended reading.
(I received an copy in exchange for an honest review)
Posted by Wendy on 11th Jul 2019


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Weight: 0.50 LBS
Width: 5.50
Height: 8.50
Depth: 0.50
Author: Steve Brown
ISBN-13: 9781948130639
ISBN-13 (eBook): 9781948130646
Publication Date: June 01, 2019
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 160