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speak to me like I'm a four year old
on 12 March 2012
I've borrowed a famous line from the film Philadelphia for my title. Why? Too much preaching is staid, scripted, read line for line without passion or energy. Too many books on preaching read like a scientific explanation of the cosmos - making you feel like you need a college degree to read them. Be intimidated no more. Stanley and Jones have written a book that is as charming as it is informative, instructional, challenging and encouraging.
The first half is a narrative, mostly between a frustrated, bored preacher, Ray, who doesn't know how to break out of the rut, and a retired trucker, Will, who preached at every rest stop over his working life. The conversation between the two men is at times tense as old habits and assumptions are challenged. At other times you see the light bulb coming on as our preacher, Ray, sees that he needs to tell a story to his congregation, preaching to see a change in people's lives, not just to impart information.
The second half of the book is Andy Stanley's explanation of the seven imperatives/principles which Ray learns about from Will.
Simply put this book will make you want to get out there and preach. Really. It is stirring, exciting, challenging and motivating.
Do we want to pass on information or see lives changed? If it's the latter read this book. You will not only not regret buying it, you will buy some for your friends. I've bought two for my friends already. First class book.