The Write Stuff: Crafting Sermons That Capture and Convince  -     By: Sondra B. Willobee
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The Write Stuff: Crafting Sermons That Capture and Convince

Westminster John Knox Press / 2008 / Paperback

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In this book, veteran preacher Sondra Willobee shows preachers how to enliven their sermons by using the techniques of great writers. The book includes three sections: (1) "hook"-how good sermons begin with something that grabs listeners' attention; (2) "book"-how to shape a sermon with narrative pulse and ascending emotional intensity so that listeners experience the gospel; and (3) "stone"-how good sermons use specific, concrete language. By explaining these techniques, offering many examples, and reflecting on her own successes and failures, Willobee has provided a resource that will rekindle the creativity of experienced preachers and help new preachers develop their own compelling voices.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0664232817
ISBN-13: 9780664232818
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With clarity and wit, preacher and writer Sondra Willobee explores the joyful process of crafting effective sermons. Gathering the strategies of good writers, Willobee shows how to capture and keep listeners' attention, how to generate suspense through structure, and how to increase impact with vivid language. In addition, Willobee offers examples, exercises, and reflections that help turn each chapter into a preaching workshop. The result is a book that will rekindle the creativity of experienced preachers and help new preachers develop their own compelling voices.

Author Bio

Sondra B. Willobee is Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in South Lyon, Michigan. Her writing has appeared in The Christian Century, Christianity Today, Driftwood Review, Windhover, Weathervane, and The Michigan Christian Advocate.

Endorsements

“I cannot imagine a more practical, attentive, useful, reliable, provocative, and thoughtful guide to the delightful play of detail and form in sermons.” — Thomas G. Long, from the foreword

“For the workaday homilist who must bring forty or fifty sermons into being every year, The Write Stuff is an indispensable guide to good habits and best practices for accessing all the gifts of language. Sondra Willobee celebrates the word incarnate.” - Thomas Lynch, author of The Undertaking: Life Stories from the Dismal Trade and Bodies in Motion and at Rest: On Metaphor and Mortality

“Never mind my aversion to the term "write" as associated with the art of preaching. This book is dynamite--fresh, yet not an orphan! It will be difficult to read this book and not be a better preacher.” - Eugene L. Lowry, Wm. K. McElvaney Professor of Preaching Emeritus, Saint Paul School of Theology and Lyman Beecher Lecturer in Preaching, Yale Divinity School, 2009

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