When was the last time you heard a sermon that really helped and pushed you to really want to live out what you’ve heard? I reckon it has probably has been quite some time. So what’s wrong with preaching these days? Preaching these days have been more and more exegetical, which is certainly great, but it is not very pervasive. It does not ‘push’ people to want to live the truth preached.
One book that aims to help remedy this situation is this book, by Larry Overstreet. First, Overstreet wants the readers to see that persuasion is a biblical idea, and uses numerous bible verses to show his points. Next, after he has examine and shown that it is biblical, he moves to how the readers how they can do it.
This book is really a book that helps preachers see the importance of preaching, Overstreet really does an excellent job in gathering from the whole bible ideas, notions, connotations that goes with preaching, it has been a quite a tour to see Overstreet bring the readers through passage after passage on every word that is related to preaching. At times, it felt to be quite a long book since I was more interested in the persuasive part, but Overstreet does bring to the readers a very good understanding of preaching, especially good was his chapter on the theology of Paul’s preaching, something I think no other authors has done thus far.
Next, Overstreet then shows the readers 4 ways they can preach persuasively in their congregations, I found them helpful and very practical, something that you can use immediately after you read these chapters. Overstreet has also added an example for each of them in one of the appendixes for the reader as reference.
Lastly, Overstreet finishes by discussing some questions that is related to persuasive preaching like the work of the Holy Spirit and also the differences between manipulation and being persuasive. I felt the chapter on manipulations and persuasiveness could have been covered more in-depth, as yet, it did not seem to answer the question sufficiently.
All in all, if you’re looking for a book that wants to talk about what the bible says about preaching, go to this book. But, some readers may find the part about “how to” preach persuasively a bit lacking within this book. This book makes an excellent case for preachers on the dire need to preach persuasively.
Rating: 4 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.