I've been preaching for several years now, but I knew I wasn't doing a good job. I was never trained in preaching. It was sink or swim and I've been treading water for years.
I've heard great preachers as well as bad ones (I'm talking the cure for insomnia type preachers). I've always wondered how great preachers do it, but they are always hesitant to share real insight (they give you good for nothing kind of pointers). Thank God, Pastor Andy was willing to share how he does it.
I've also wondered how bad preachers don't have a clue how bad they really are. For them, it's the congregations fault for not "getting it", it's the congregations fault for "spacing out". After all, they are preaching the Word of God and that is enough. I agree with them, but when it's not enough, it's time to try something different.
I can't believe this book has been out so long and I never heard of it until now. I wish I had read it before I preached my first message. These are reasonable, practical keys to communication. I didn't like the expository bashing, because when I want to read and understand the bible I turn to expository (books and preaching). But I must admit that I didn't before I became a preacher. What is perhaps the most important aspect that I learned was how to connect with the audience and not to move into the "message" until I have connected. I think that's been my biggest flaw. I think that's the biggest flaw for "bad preachers". If you are thinking about buying this book, I would recommend it before buying countless other books on preaching (like I have). Give this book the first shot and if you disagree with it, move on to the next.
Just finished the book and found it well done, the parable which makes up the first half of the book is incredible. Although I don't agree with the book 100%, Stanley brings up a lot of good points that any communicator or preacher should incorporate. A great tool for the new preacher or those stuck in a rut! Very easy to read and refreshing.
Really interesting and easy to read. The story in the beginning of the book (the first few chapters are almost novel-like) really inspires to read the "teaching-part" of the book.Andy supports a one-point message with life changing applications. The book is not written to completely change your style of preaching. Instead it aims to make your messages more applicable to the people you are speaking to. Recommended for any public speaker.
This book is a must read for any preacher, lay-speaker, or Bible teacher. It provides a dynamic look at speaking, the author asks the tough questions necessary to effectively communicate in ways that change lives. Dry communication theory has been applied in ways that make it fresh and easy to understand.