M Taylor posted an update 3 months ago
“Preaching” by David Overdorf is a great read for any preacher or teacher (regardless of experience level) wanting to better communicate the Bible in a simpler (but not simplistic) way. Around 240 pages, the book addresses many topics, including:
– Preach according to the unique way God created you (in other words, just be yourself instead of copying others).
– Suggestions for preaching on the various biblical literary forms (gospels, history, prophetical, proverbs, psalms, etc.) – this was a particularly helpful section.
– Think of your audience when preparing a message (walk in their shoes and try to understand what they are going through).
– To avoid plagiarism, credit your source when saying a quote instead of taking the credit.
– Suggestions for using research to avoid plagiarism (quote someone when making a point).
– The most effective way sermon focuses on a single idea (use the rifle instead of shotgun approach).
– 4 things that help the pastor focus on a sermon’s single point.
– Description of inductive and deductive sermons.
– Stages of telling a story during a sermon.
– Suggestions for a good introduction.
What I like about this book:
– Easy to read and understand (no need to make this subject too complex).
– Smooth flow from chapter to chapter (very easy to follow).
– Covers a good variety of appropriate topics on the subject of preaching.
– Helpful end of chapter exercises that help reinforce learning about the topic being covered.
– Good scripture index.
– Helpful appendices.
– Well-organized (not a choppy read).
The book is appropriate for the seasoned or new preacher, teaching a Sunday School class or Bible study, or anyone interested in the topic of preaching or teaching. Will be a very helpful future reference and recommended.
I was given a review copy by Kregel in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.