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Truth That Sticks by Willis & Snowden
November 29, 2010
Jesus taught his disciples and the crowds with parables- so why are we stuck behind pulpits giving litergies chock full of biblical references that congregants probably aren't even reading? Lets face it, most people these days aren't learning from what they read, they are oral learners. This book focuses on making truth stick like velcro in a post-modern "teflon" world. This book suggests that in order to make truth stick, you need to learn how to really reach people (by storying, not "preaching at"), and to disciple them (teach them to do what you do, by storying). I really found this book interesting! It changed the way I think about preaching, and the job of the preacher- it's not to deliver the most eloquent homoly that no one understands, but it's truly to story the Bible to people, in ways they can remember those stories!! What good is a church full of people who possibly own Bibles they don't read and don't know anything about, but at least there are beautifully delivered sermons, when there can be a church full of people who truly understand and hunger for God's word...even when that means changing the delivery! The only thing I didn't care for in this book was that it was a slow read. I had to struggle to keep turning pages and not give up on it completely.I recommend this book to anyone in a church leadership position, from a pastor to a lay leader- even to someone who is considering being in leadership. **I was given this book to review for free by NavPress for a completely honest review**
What would Jesus do? This common question could be rephrased to ask, How did Jesus do it? when wanting to know how Jesus taught truth to people in the 1st century. Avery T. Willis Jr. and Mark Snowden try to answer this question in their book Truth That Sticks: How to Communicate Velcro Truth in a Teflon World. The challenge of making disciples in the 21st century is greater with the increase of less literate ways of communication and a generation who prefer these oral and visual means of communicating. The "TruthSticks" strategy introduced in the book involves using interactive Bible storying methods to provide fun ways to disciple children, revitalize small groups, and develop disciple making churches.
As an elementary school teacher, I was very interested in the methods proposed in this book for the less literate and oral learners in the classroom. While not directly applicable in some aspects, I did come away with some new strategies for planting God's Word deeper into these young hearts.
I often found portions of the book light on practical "how-to's" and heavy on statistics and anecdotal success stories. The photographs at the beginning of each chapter often do not seem to relate well to the chapter title and the reflection questions at the end of each chapter lack depth.
While bringing an important and valuable tool to the discipleship toolbox, I feel the authors could have gone into much greater detail to help implement the changes needed to help make Bible storying a regular part of the disciple-making process. This book would be better suited to the lay leader or those that lack formal theological education. I was left wanting much more_ I give this book 3 stars out of 5.
Just enter your local or online bookstore and you will find just about every approach you could imagine on making disciples. However, I just read "Truth that Sticks", by Avery Willis Jr. and Mark Snowden, and I believe this book tops them all. Why? Because it is a call to make disciples the way Jesus did. How did Jesus make disciples? He invested His life in others and shared truth through the use of stories, or as they are called in the Bible parables. Everybody likes a good story and stories can be told over and over again.
As a preacher and teacher of the truth, I love to share God's word. "Truth that Stick" points out that; "Preaching is like spraying milk out upon babies hoping that they will catch something in their mouth. Discipling involves one on one or face to face relationship and communications." I believe that as communicators of truth we have been doing just that. Spraying God's truth and hoping that it lands in the mouth of others. The problem is that while Jesus did "preach" to the masses he made disciples through one on one or small group interaction. Simply put, he invested in their lives to get His "life" inside them. "Truth that Sticks" has challenged me to stop trying to reinvent the wheel of discipleship and do it the way that Jesus did and created us for.
When we tell the stories of the Bible we are repeating the revelation of God to man over and over again. We must engage the God given senses or "loops" that he gave us with the "hooks" of His truth. "Truth that Sticks" will do just that for leaders, teachers, preachers, parents, children and generations to come.
"Truth that Sticks", is a must read for communicators of the Word of God. I embrace Jesus' model for discipleship and the truth's presented in this book. I am going to start "storying" the truths of God word so that it can greatly impact the lives of others. I highly recommend this book to be read and put into action. You will not be disappointed.