42 Seconds



The average length of Jesus’ conversations as recorded in the Gospels was 42 seconds long. This is good news for all of us. It frees us up to talk about the most important part of our lives in a way that’s natural, meaningful, and helpful instead of clumsy, awkward, and irrelevant.

Anyone who has spent countless uncomfortable hours walking from house to house with a clipboard or flash cards that talk about four spiritual laws understands.

Jesus’ conversations were remarkably simple. Contemporary Christian lingo has set up a dichotomy between what we call “discipleship” and “evangelism,” but the Bible doesn’t do that. Jesus had conversations all the time with those who thought they were close to God, as well as with those who deemed themselves lost and without hope. He invited all of them to come and learn from Him.

42 Seconds is a simple book that uses the ordinary moments of our lives the way Jesus used the same moments in his own. The premise is straightforward: If we can learn from Jesus how to have great conversations, it will change our lives and the lives of those around us. Its four-part structure, including five short chapters per section, is for churches and small groups to engage with the practical ideas together. 42 Seconds includes discussion questions to help groups and individuals implement Jesus’ natural rhythm of interaction in their own lives.


42 Seconds….. I mean seriously who would have thought to take the conversations that Jesus had and time them?

Well Carl Medearis did, and what came next was a fantastic little resource on ways to simply interact with people.

To some of us, this isn’t a problem. I myself have no problem asking people questions. But there were some things that I know I could work on. Like the chapter called Breathe Deep. This chapter struck a cord with me because I know I struggle with this. I always feel like I am going a million miles a minute and to slow down would be wrong.

But it is so important to be present. So I was glad to read that chapter.

Now, 42 Seconds is meant to be read with a group and discussed. That may be my favorite part. I want to discuss these chapters with people and dig deeper in Jesus’ life.

I will definitely be sharing this book with my friends and challenge myself to do better talking with people I don’t know.



  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress (April 17, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631464892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1631464898

I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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