Review: Preaching is an art-from. It is a skillful craft. And like any craft the craftsman needs to both possess and master a large number of tools. The more tools at the craftsman’s disposal creates better pieces of workmanship.
The more tools a preacher has at his disposal, the better his sermons. And Overdorf’s One Year to Better Preaching is like a hardware store multi-tool-bundle-pack! The vast majority of the tools offered in this resource are extremely helpful for serious preachers.
The negatives on this book are very low. A few of the exercises are only somewhat helpful (“Write in E-Prime” is a concept to be aware of, but may potentially cripple a writing session). Also, going through the exercises week-by-week, one at a time may not be terribly helpful for some. A pastor preaching through an entire book, for instance, will not be able to reconcile some of the exercises with his current text.
These criticisms are minor, though. One Year to Better Preaching simultaneously sharpens preacher’s abilities and gives them new tools to add to their trade. It’s not a “basics of preaching” text, though. It’s a text to supplement the foundational works out there.
Some exercises will be more helpful to individuals preachers than others, but even the most seasoned teacher will find inspiration to effectively preach the Word of God.
Rating: 5/5 (I Loved It)
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