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Communicating for A Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication (North Point Resources) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2006

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Press; 1St Edition edition (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590525140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590525142
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Stanley is a pastor, communicator, author, and the founder of North Point Ministries, Inc. (NPM). Since its inception in 1995, North Point Ministries has grown from one campus to three in the Atlanta area, and has helped plant fourteen strategic partner churches throughout the United States. Each Sunday, over 20,000 adults attend worship services at one of NPM's three campuses, North Point Community Church, Browns Bridge Community Church, and Buckhead Church. Andy's books include It Came From Within; Communicating for a Change; Making Vision Stick; Visioneering; Next Generation Leader and most recently The Grace of God. Andy lives in Alpharetta, Georgia, with his wife, Sandra, and their three children Lane Jones is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife, Traci, and their three children, Jared, Caitlin, and Madison. He coauthored 7 Practices of Effective Ministry and Communicating for a Changewith Andy Stanley and Reggie Joiner, and is the executive director of membership development at North Point Community Church, where he loves to write and participate in the creative process. Lane holds degrees from Georgia State University and Dallas Theological Seminary.


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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.
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Quite possibly, this book takes the prize for the most frustrating book I have read – ever. There is much in it that is good and helpful but its couched in a rather arrogant tone and doesn’t say anything helpful that hasn’t been said in a much better way by someone else.

It is, as they say, a book of two halves. But that is also part of the problem. The first half is in the form of a fictional narrative, written by Lane Jones, of a disillusioned and frustrated preacher who is given communicating coaching by, believe it or not, Willy Graham, a preacher and retired trucker, but the whole concept is so far-fetched and implausible as to get you into the second half of the book in an already deeply sceptical frame of mind.

In the second half, Andy Lane unpacks Willy Graham’s seven imperatives for effective communication, none of which I would argue with and all of which, in different ways, I have taught in my homiletics classes. However, the problem for me is that Lane conveys them almost as if he has discovered something new and that if only every preacher followed his system, there wouldn’t be a problem with preaching.

There are some underlying flaws in everything Lane writes. First, there’s a lightness, a weightlessness, in his whole view of preaching. He talks of preachers being “performers”, of the need for turning sermons into storytelling, and there’s a complete absence of the solemn and weighty responsibility that the preacher has in handling the inspired Scriptures. Lane’s view of preaching is a far cry from the Old Testament prophet or the New Testament herald. His imaginary friend, Willy Graham, gives this advice, “You need to carry on a conversation with your people.
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I picked up this book at a conference, simply because I'd read another book by this author and found it really useful. It sat around in my house for a year and a half, until I was ready to read it. This book really worked for me. The first half of the book takes on a narrative form similar to that of Brian McLaren's 'A new kind of Christian'. Maybe that will appeal to you, maybe it won't, but the practical insights shared in this book have certainly helped me to get the bit between my teeth and to actually enjoy preaching again, and I think the same goes for the listeners! You will want to find out what ME WE GOD YOU WE is all about and get your focus back!
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This book has changed the way I preach and communicate in every setting. Andy cleverly articulates principles that have helped me to consistently prepare messages that are effective and inspiring. Even if you already think you know what you doing this book helps. My Pastor has been preaching for 30 years and he found this book outstanding too!
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I am a new preacher and it was great to get stuck into this book and think about what I want my preaching style to be.

Listening to what Andy had to say about preaching made so much sense and was supported by examples and successes he had experienced.

I'd recommend to anyone who preaches in church and wants to see lives transformed by God through the teaching of His word.
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This is a very original, and enjoyable, book on preaching that teaches, at least in the first half, through modern parable. It is fun, it is effective, and it is true, so far as it goes. For learning to preach a focused sermon I highly recommend it. However, it offers only a single technique which the authors believe is the best approach, and my experience tells me that different situations and congregations need different approaches at different times and for different topics. Furthermore, I found it very marketing-driven, even formulaic, although obviously the reader can adapt the method to what suits him or her better. It is certainly worth reading.
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