There are some books on preaching that had become classics on the art of preaching. All of them deserve that honor, and future generation will continue benefiting from those volumes. However, a glass of fresh water is always appreciated. That is exactly what the book Preaching God’s Word is for contemporary preachers. Carter, Duvall and Hays have provided our generation with an outstanding book on preaching.
The edition I am reviewing here is the first edition (2005). Zondervan published the second edition in 2018 with some additions and updates. The authors combine years of experience in the field of homiletics and teaching, and they did a magnificent job reflecting their experience into a textbook. The first noteworthy feature this book offers to readers is its dynamism. Yet an academic book, this volume is written in a very personal, communicative, and interactive way. It takes just reading the first page to get connected and captivated by the text. In other words, once you start reading this book you will feel engaged by its flow and rhythm.
Another remarkable characteristic readers will notice is the way the authors have organized and distributed the sections in this volume. There are three main sections. Part 1: Developing and Preaching a Biblical, deals with the study, preparation and delivery of the sermon. This is the most extensive section of the book. The authors cover every single detail pertinent to sermon preparation and exposition. Discovering the Biblical Truth, Applying the Message and Delivering a Biblical Sermon, are some of the subdivisions this section of the book covers. Part 2 Preaching the New Testament and Part 3: Preaching the Old Testament, offer directives about the interpretation and exposition of particular Biblical passages. Preaching Letters, Preaching Revelation, Preaching Law and Preaching the Prophets, are some of the sections Part 2 and Part 3 include.
Something I am extremely grateful for is the wide margins this volume offers to readers. A textbook should offer some space for note-taking. This book provides five inches of margin. A dream come true for readers. The inside design is modern, dynamic, and anything but boring and traditional.
Summarizing, Preaching God’s Word is a book every preacher, beginner or experienced, should read in order to refresh and renew their preaching skills. This volume will make you revisit and rethink your sermon preparation and preaching methods.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255