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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Press; 35th Anniversary edition edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590524519
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590524510
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 806,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Braga was a missionary to China, a pastor, and for twenty-six years professor of homiletics, methods of Bible study, and missions at Multnomah Bible College in Portland, Oregon. Following his retirement in 1975, he continued as the school's chaplain for several more years. His Books How to Prepare Bible Messages and How to Study the Bible have remained in print in multiple languages for more than thirty-five years. In 1994, Braga died at the age of eighty-seven but his dedication to overseas missionaries and teachers left a lasting legacy to the church. SPANISH BIO: James Braga fue misio

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A Kid's Review on 7 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
This text book on How to prepare Bible messages is an ideal replacement of Gibbs homiletics. As it goes start to the heart of the matter in unpacking the various types of sermons.
It is by far an ideal textbook for beginners in seminary and Bible College. this book will serve for a long time to come.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c3c3378) out of 5 stars 43 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c3cc864) out of 5 stars The best book for beginners 31 Dec. 2007
By Timothy J Lewis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I used this book in my freshman year of college in our preacher boy class. Even after seminary, I believe it is the most well written book I am familiar with for students of the Bible who want to learn how to put together a sermon, devotional, Sunday School lesson, or a simple challenge.

Braga uses a method of preparation that has not been typically used in conservative Christianity. That method is defined as propositional teaching/preaching. Instead of approaching a portion of Scripture and drawing attention to every idea in the text, he teaches the reader how to pull out one single thought or "big idea" to center the lesson or sermon around. A sermon does not have to be about 100 different topics that no one will remember. In fact, Braga emphasizes the importance of letting your audience leave with one complete theme that has been reinforced multiple times in multiples ways throughout your whole message. In my opinion, this is the clearest method of teaching for the listener.

Braga covers topical messages (sermons/lessons taken from many different parts of Scripture), textual messages (sermons/lessons taken for one individual piece of Scripture and reinforced with other passages), and expository messages (sermons/lessons taken solely from one individual text.)

I am not sure what paper quality has to do with reading this book, maybe someone should have exchanged the book for a better copy. The book is perfectly legible and an excellent purchase. I recommend it to all church members who want to learn how to teach the Bible.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c3cc8b8) out of 5 stars Eye Opener 21 Oct. 2005
By R. Saavedra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a true eye opener. It has so much necessary & vital information for christians who are seeking to convey the word of God in the most effective way possible.

I recommend it to the new converts, old converts & even as a refresher for ministers.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c744d9c) out of 5 stars standard preaching text 11 Jun. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is basisally the standard preaching text by which all others should be measured. Because it is older, it would best be complimented with something like Johnston and Robinson's text on postmodern preaching, or even something fun like Troeger's text on preaching in a multimedia culture.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c3ce3fc) out of 5 stars actually this is good on writing in general 6 Nov. 2001
By John RobinsonX - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have difficulty writing prose. This book has a great chapter on how to handle "transitions" between different points in your discussion. That's just what I need. Thanks!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c3ccd80) out of 5 stars Great Teaching book 22 Sept. 2010
By Isaac Vellekamp - Published on Amazon.com
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I Really love this book, I am Pastor and have been for many years I believe this book is a key tool that every Pastor and church leader must have. I first revived this book while in Bible College, and truth be told blew it off, but since that freshman year really found the need for the breakdowns in this book as a key to my success on the pulpit. It really does help you get all the God wants his people to receive, it was very hard for me to get all my thoughts on paper in a way that could be understood. This book helped me to create outlines that would let the spirit of God flow and me to flow with him in my notes. This really is a must have for the young Pastor just starting out or the Pastor who has been preaching for years but struggles to your get your thought from God on paper so you can get them to the people, this is a tool that every spiritual mail needs!
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