Power in the Pulpit Review

Book Review: 

Drs. Shaddix and Vines have revised the 1999 edition of "Power in the Pulpit" and composed a comprehensive volume for the expositor of God's Word. This book is one of the best "how-to's" on preparing thorough expository sermons for preachers of every age. 

Before one delves into the mechanics of sermon preparation, it must be recognized that preaching the Word of God is no small task. In fact, it is a divine calling not fit for every person. It is a call only given by God to those whom God has gifted with the task of preaching. Once the call is accepted, one must spend their days in preparation. Preaching is preparation (see introduction). 

The first part covers the "preparation for exposition". This covers the philosophy and theology of preaching; specifically, expository preaching. Part one also discusses the life of the preacher. It is key that the preacher lives a life modeling the principles and commands found in the Scripture s/he is preaching each week. 

The second part is the mechanics of sermon preparation. Here the authors discuss the text, outlining the sermon, and constructing appropriate introductions and conclusions. Often the organizing stage can be the trickiest step in sermon preparation. These three chapters are cogently put together to move the preacher from one step to the next. 

The third part is the mechanics of presenting the sermon. Here the authors discuss developing a style unique to your own preaching, use of voice, pitch, and tone, preaching with all that one is, and keys for physical delivery. 

Despite the numerous strengths in the first three parts, I also appreciate the book's appendixes. The reader finds a sample outline, breathing exercises, an observation sheet, and a summary page. 

This is a book worth your time (and money) to learn the mechanics and some theology behind expository preaching. For young preachers like me, get it. For old(er) preachers, get it. This is one preaching book that should be on your shelf.

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