This book is designed to show that a preacher does not need to rest on one's speaking ability for a sermon. That a preacher should lay aside the manuscript and sermon notes and go into the pulpit fully and throughly prepared to be the most effective preacher possible.
In this important book, Webb makes two central claims. First, that effective preaching without a manuscript is not a matter of talent as much as it is a matter of preparation. Preachers can learn the practices and disciplines that make it possible to deliver articulate, thoughtfully crafted sermons, not from a written page, but as a natural, spontaneous act of oral communication. Throughout the book, the author offers specific examples including a transcript of a sermon preached without manuscript or notes. Second, that the payoff of learning to preach without a manuscript is nothing less than sermons that more effectively and engagingly give witness to the good news.
Professor of Communication Studies, Gardner-Webb University
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