8 Hours or Less Review

Book Review: 

Looking to improve your productivity during your sermon prep? Look no further. In his book 8 Hours or Less, Ryan Huguley breaks down his very disciplined and practical day by day sermon prep plan that helps him deliver faithful sermons each Sunday.


Huguley saw the need for a change in his prep due to the continual cycle of prepping for a sermon the whole week, preaching on Sunday, and then having to do it all over again. Sermon prep is hard. It takes work, but he argues that it shouldn’t consume your week. He states, “Preaching is war. Each week we work with the Holy Spirit to battle for the hearts, minds, and affections of those God has entrusted to us.”

By giving ourselves deadlines we tend to get things done and become more focused. The dangers that pastors face with the week ahead of them are to either procrastinate until later on the week and be underprepared or to study too much where they spend much time in books and neglect other important things. Both of these dangerous habits develop less of a reliance on God’s Spirit and more on what we can do.

I understand that the responsibility of pastors is to devote themselves to prayer and ministry of the word (Acts 6:4), but this does not excuse them to shepherd the flock (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:2) and more importantly their family (1 Timothy 3:5). By not being disciplined with our time we are unable to care for our sheep and our families.

You don’t have to follow each step exactly how Ryan does it, but this book will give you a framework and motivation to cut down wasted time in order to become a more balanced pastor.