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  • Series: IX Marks
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802422993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802422996
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JONATHAN LEEMAN attends Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC. He has his MDiv from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is presently working on a Ph.D. at the University of Wales. He serves as director of communications for 9Marks and is editor of its eJournal. He is the author of The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love, released in 2010. Jonathan lives with his wife and three children in the Washington DC area.

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Jonathan Leeman (Ph.D, Wales) serves as editorial director for 9Marks. He has written a number of books and articles, and edits the 9Marks Journal and series of books. He also serves as an elder at the Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

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In fact, God's word is the most powerful force in the universe.
Alissa Marie Graham
The title of Jonathan Leeman's new book, Reverberation, makes use of a vivid word-picture to aid the reader in conceptualizing the path of God's word in our world.
Corey Sosebee
This is a book I've read once so far, but a book I'm convinced I'll return to again.
Tim Challies

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alissa Marie Graham on March 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
I just finished Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman. It is one of those books that clearly brings forth biblical truth that a lot of us take for granted, don't understand the importance of, or just ignorantly forget about. It is also one of the best books I have read in a while and I definitely recommend it. Any church member would do themselves and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ a lot of good by going through this book.

Reverberation is about how God's word brings light, freedom, and action to His people. Leeman asks straightforward and necessary questions, helping us to see that maybe we have not rightly prioritized God's word, some even loosing confidence in the Word of God. The goal of Reverberate is to essentially to help us see that God's word, working through God's spirit, is God's primary instrument for growing God's church. In fact, God's word is the most powerful force in the universe. God created the universe through his word (Genesis 1:3). He is recreating it through His word (2 Cor 4:6). And He sustains all things by His word (Hebrews 1:3).

Of course we give lip service to that, and we "know" that stuff. But how does that knowledge actually translate into how we choose a church to belong to? How does it translate as church leaders wanting to grow their churches? Does it?

This is one of those books that I wish I could write a review by just quoting the whole thing to you.

The book concentrates on three main topics: the word, the sermon, and the reverberation, and traces how the word of God should reverberate through them all.

1. The word invites and divides, acts, frees, and gathers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Blake TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 14, 2011
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In recent years Evangelicalism has experienced a pattern of church growth with an emphasis on methodology using a cultural outreach strategy. In his book "Reverberation," Jonathan Leeman establishes the premise that "God's Word working through God's Spirit, is God's primary instrument for growing God's church."

In a natural progression Leeman presents the evangelist, the theological foundation of the Word, the individual's heart, the local church, the sermon, and role of the Word in music, prayer, discipleship, and mission. He demonstrates why we can have faith in God's Word to "create, sustain, and empower daily obedience to the Word." He warns of the danger of the growing loss of confidence in God's Word among Evangelicals.

Leeman's writing is Biblically sound, thorough in presentation, analytical, and convincing in content. "Reverberation: How God's Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People" is important and timely in light of the recent emphasis on contextualizing, spiritual formation, renewal, and the missional church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CTerry on June 20, 2013
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Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman

I received this book as a review copy from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This work was something about which I had heard some time ago prior to requesting it as a review copy. Leeman is involved with Nine Marks, which is a para-church organization that grew out of the local church ministry of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Nine Marks produces some very high quality resources for the church. The resources are certainly reformed, congregational, and baptistic. Overall, I appreciate what Nine Marks does.

Prior to reading this book I have read articles by Leeman and listened to interviews he has done. He comes across as humble but unwavering in his biblical convictions. In Reverberation he says some very important things about the sufficiency of Scripture. Leeman holds to the doctrines of total depravity, election, and irresistible grace with which I am personally in agreement. As a result of such convictions, Leeman looks at Isaiah 55:10-11 and rightly recognizes that God's Word always accomplishes His will. At times the Word brings judgment, and other times it brings repentance and salvation. Leeman does not entirely dispose of ministry strategy, architecture, musical style, and attire. But, he does properly regard those things as subordinate to the place God's Word should have in the church. He continually points to the Holy Spirit's use of Scripture to bring light, life, and freedom to hearers. Everything else is secondary and should be seen as such. Leeman calls for a proper perspective in local churches.

Jonathan Leeman seeks throughout the remainder of the book to expound the implications and applications of such a Bible-centered life and ministry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Haflich on June 12, 2013
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The church is at a crossroads with American culture today. Some have taken steps to make their churches more user-friendly by making worship style central, upgrading their high school ministries and having a bigger and better VBS program. Among many other things churches today are changing the way things have been done historically. One of the sad trends in Evangelicalism today is the movement towards a seeker sensitive style of preaching. The motto becomes "We are willing to do whatever it takes to get people in the door and bodies in the pews", instead of what Paul would have considered of first importance, mainly that, "Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures".

On the flip side of the coin I have seen, in my opinion, some churches move to a more strict orthodoxy in the way their churches are organized and their services held. In an attempt to be less seeker sensitive they turn to a more wooden liturgy and dare I say that legalism has begun to creep in the back door of some of those churches. It's at a time like this we need to get back to what the Apostles and Church fathers would have considered to be primary in the life of the church; the ministering of the gospel in the pulpit. It's this premise that Jonathan Leeman puts forth in his book, Reverberation: How God's Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People.

He brings to the mind of the readers the idea that God's word should be at the forefront of Christian thought and practice. He brings us a clear view of God through the mighty power of His word and the things it accomplishes. He brings the reader in on a wave of God's word and shows how the wave forms, crashes down, and calls to the sand it has just crashed on.
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