Books on preaching generally falls into two camps, one that is primarily more theoretical or the other more practical. I have found this book to the on the more practical side, which I found was very helpful to me.
So far, I have read about 3-4 books on preaching. Much of these books talks about the more theoretical side of things. Often after reading these books, I go away agreeing with what has been said but also with a wonder of how I can really preach better. Randal E. Pelton has written this book to fill this gap.
Within the book Pelton wants readers to preach Christ-centered sermons, but he does not just shows the readers the importance or reasons for it, he shows them how this can be done practically. In essence, this really is a short book on simple exegesis and sermon preparation. Pelton teaches pastors with simple skills that works for every sermons, but always keep in the context in mind.
Pelton reminds pastors that 3 contexts should always be in mind when preparing for a sermon. The textual context, the immediate context and also the canonical context. The book is littered with helpful illustrations and exercises that helps to drill in the principles used within the book.
I foresee that new preachers will find this book extremely helpful. Those who finds it hard to prepare sermons from texts will also find this book extremely helpful in their sermon preparation. In fact, if you wish to teach simple exegesis, this book will also be helpful. I hope seminaries would consider using this book to teach the “how to” for their homiletical lessons.
Rating: 4.5 / 5
Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review