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LAWRENCE O. RICHARDS (University of Michigan, Dallas Theological Seminary, Northwestern University) was one of the most prominent Christian Education writers during the second half of the twentieth century. He has written more than 70 books, including Creative Bible Teaching, Every Name of God in the Bible and Life of Christ. He was a contributor to Christian Education: Foundations for the Future. Larry resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

GARY J. BREDFELDT (M.A., Denver Seminary; Ph.D., Trinity International University) has been married to Marlene for nearly forty years and is the father of four adult children: Lynne, Stephen, Michael, and Amy. He is a resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where he serves as Vice President for Global Impact at Lancaster Bible College. Gary has also served as an administrator and faculty member at four prominent theological institutions: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC), Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and Tyndale College and Seminary (Toronto, ON). He is the author of four books, three of those with Moody Publishers: Great Leader, Great Teacher; Caring for Souls: Counseling Under the Authority of Scripture, and Creative Bible Teaching.

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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802416446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802416445
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lawrence O. Richards is currently a full time author and speaker. He has written over 200 Christian books, including commentaries on every book of the Bible and Zondervan best-selling Adventure Bible and Teen Study Bible, which he did with his wife, Sue.

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book takes the reader through a five step process of biblical lesson preparation. It begins with Studying the Bible. This step assists the lay person, Bible college student or seminarian in the study of the Bible for the purpose of teaching the Bible. The second step is entitled "Focusing the Message". The reader is instructed in how to take the message of the passage and make it relevant to the modern day learner. Teachers are given practical help in assessing student needs and in designing the class to targe those needs. The third step involves Structuring the Lesson. Here readers are taught how to structure a lesson for maximum impact and student involvement. The fourth step is the teaching step. Here the actual teaching process is explored. The final step is the evaluating step. Effective teaching depends on evaluation and imporvement. This section of the book helps teachers gain insights into their teaching and assists in developing ways to improve. All in all the book is designed to be a systematic presentation of the lesson preparation process.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Teresa on January 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The book is divided into five sections: (1) "Studying the Bible," (2) "Focusing the Message," (3) "Structuring the Lesson," (4) "Teaching the Class," and (5) "Evaluating the Results." The question that is posed is, "How is it that a book (the Bible), given by God to transform, seems so unproductive when taught in the very churches where it is most honored and best known?"(29). It is that particular inquiry that drives the authors to find an answer. Their findings showed the lack of an effective teaching method. Through this book, the authors hope to educate ministry leaders and teachers the "hook, book, look, and took" technique of Bible teaching. The foundation of any Bible teaching starts with a clear understanding of who God is (that He is the Creator) (28) and how He speaks (that God used people to write the Bible) (38). The Bible provides the human race with God's plan for salvation and reconciliation. Richards and Bredfeldt discusses various ways to read and understand the Bible. For example, they suggest that while reading the Bible, one should ask probing questions like "Are there any repeated words or phrases?" (79). When teaching the Bible, it is imperative that the age of students is factored into the lesson. The authors point out that the task for teaching adults is different than teaching preschoolers. For instance, adults desire a challenge and an emotional supportive learning environment (245), while preschoolers learn best in an active, participatory play setting (296). The inclusion of the "summary of developmental characteristics" and "spiritual developmental tasks" for students from preschool to adulthood is helpful, but the student's needs assessment seems too complicated for the average Sunday school teacher to complete (106). The section entitled, "Questions for Discussion and Further Study" facilitates the application of the information read (333).

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Chris L on February 21, 2006
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Creative Bible Teaching has shown me many dimensions I had not known, regarding teaching. I think it to be of tremendous assistance especially to those who are just beginning as teachers and to those who are using it as part of an independent or online study course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel King on August 5, 2014
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"Creative Bible Teaching" goes beyond teaching the Bible as information. It is vital to help the student leap the gap between the Biblical world and today’s world. To do this, one must first begin with the bridge principle; it is the big idea in a passage expressed in today’s terms. Then one should state the pedagogical idea; apply the idea to the needs of the students. One should ask, “How do I want my student to change?” Bloom identifies three different areas of learning. First is cognitive learning, which is head knowledge. Second is affective learning, which is in the heart. Third is behavioral learning, which is represented by the hands. Acts 2:37 addresses all three of these areas of learning. First the people heard, then they were cut to the heart, then they asked, “What shall we do?” All truth starts in your head, moves to your heart, and must be manifested by your hands. Your head is cognitive, your heart is emotion, and your hands are behavioral.

The author explains his simple structure for planning a lesson. The method for organizing a lesson can be remembered by four rhyming words: Hook, Book, Look, Took. The hook is the way you capture the attention of your students. It is used to capture attention, to break the ice, to identify a need, and set a goal for the class. The book is the way you bring the truth of God’s word to the situation. The look explains the implications of the passage to the student’s life. Finally, the took is the response of the student to the lesson in his or her daily life. If there is no concrete response then the lesson is just abstract knowledge.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Muhich on June 10, 2014
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My title sums up the underlying approach of this book. Unfortunately, most people's view of "teaching" is so narrow that the book's own title does not capture what Richards accomplishes here. He sets out a comprehensive philosophy and practice of teaching the word of God that is easily understood by a lay Bible teacher. The Bible makes it clear that teaching God's truths is categorically different than mere "teaching." Richards gives a foundation for understanding our partnership with the Spirit of God to teach the word of God. But what I love about Richards is that he grounds the mystical, spiritual side of teaching the word of God in practical means through which the Spirit works. He combines best teaching practices and Biblical wisdom to put spiritual teaching into concrete terms without losing sight of the truth that only the Spirit of God reveals Scripture. In short, this is a great example of a belief that God alone works to reveal truth, but He works through wise means in His church. Richards hits the bulls eye in this regard.
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