Filled with humor and heartwarming stories, author Mark O. Wilson presents in Purple Fish an approach for sharing Jesus that is engaging, nonthreatening, and genuine. Rather than a canned program or script, Wisconsin pastor reveals his “fishin’ with a mission” that leaves everyone saying, “I want to do that!”

Excerpt from Purple Fish:

What if I told you there is a different way to share the gospel? What if we discovered an authentic, relational, no-pressure approach that is engaging, adventurous, and really works? Would you be interested? Purple Fish provides that.

Over the years, I’ve helped hundreds of people find Jesus, and trained many others with the perspectives presented in this spiritual fishing guidebook. I’m happy to share them with you.

Care to join me? If so, grab your pole, come along, and I’ll let you in on the purple fish secret.

What readers are saying:

We’re called to be fishers of men–but fishing requires skills, and sometimes even our best efforts produce no results. In Purple Fish, Mark Wilson suggest we need to relearn the way we’re fishing. If you’re being called to the deeper water, where the fish are plenty but the struggle is great, this is the guide you need.

–Mark Batterson, New York Times best-selling author and lead pastor, National Community Church

You will never read a more fun or helpful book on evangelism than Purple Fish.

–Leonard Sweet, best-selling author, professor (Drew University, George Fox University), and chief contributor to

Purple Fish gets us to the heart of Jesus. Too long we have had formulas in sharing our faith. Mark takes us back to the Jesus model with compelling contemporary stories of doubt, faith, fear, and the presence of Christ. I personally was “spurred on” to joyously live and share the Jesus life.

–Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of The Wesleyan Church

Purple Fish inspires me to share my faith without shaming the sinner or stressing me out. Mark is what’s needed today–a folk-theologian, a personalized pastor, an everyman’s evangelist. Meaning: you can actually understand what he’s saying in Purple Fish, and it matters. It might matter more than anything else.

–Dave Drury, author of several books including Being Dad and chief of staff of The Wesleyan Church

Wonderfully engaging vignettes, apt literary quotations, and richly practical insights on sharing Jesus with others make Purple Fish a true delight to read. This gem of a book is marked by the touch of the Holy Spirit.

–Evvy Hay Campbell, PhD, Board Chair, World Hope International