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  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780687023950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687023950
  • ASIN: 0687023955
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Scott Wilson is Professor of Homiletics at Emmanuel College of the University of Toronto. He is one of the most respected and recognized teachers of homiletics in North America. He is the author of a number of books, including The Practice of Preaching, Imagination of the Heart, God Sense: Reading the Bible for Preaching, and The Four Pages of the Sermon, all published by Abingdon Press. He is the General Editor of The New Interpreter's Handbook of Preaching.

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I HEARTILY endorse this book.
Charles A. Floyd, II
It proved most valuable, and will be an excellent resource for future sermon writing.
gloria hartman
It is much easier said than done.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
I have found Dr. Wilson's method compelling, his arguments and theology of preaching sound. I have committed myself to try his plan for awhile and check the results. However, I would recommend this book to any preacher, even if you are perfectly satisfied with your own preaching and don't see a need to change. For how often do you get to hear great sermons? More than anything, I found The Four Pages of the Sermon an extended sermon written just for me, inspiring me with a solid message of Gospel truth. Both in the instructive sections and the sermon excerpts, I felt myself bathed in the Light of God's Grace and often moved to tears. So, yes, it's a great preaching text, but I'd recommend it as well as a meditation for preachers who need reminding of what they are to be about.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles A. Floyd, II on February 20, 2006
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I ordered this book, read it in a few days and I MUST read it again. This is one of the best books that I have read on finding and preaching the grace of GOd. This book shows you how to preach POSITIVE life changing messages that focuses on making God the subject of each message, and what HE has already done; organizing the sermon preparation into 4 disctinct areas-the trouble in the text, the trouble in our world, the grace in the text, and the grace in our world. It teaches you how to find grace even in "negative" passages. There is a message of grace when Samson's hair was cut, and how his hair was symbol of his power but not the source of his power. His real power was in the fact that he took the Nazitite vow, and was asking God to give him His Spirit. (hebrew: ruah) AWESOME!!!!!

It is really a new way to look at the scriptures, and I am excited about the possiblilities of preaching messages filled and focused on God's grace. I see things differenetly. I HEARTILY endorse this book. IT IS GREAT!!!! BUY IT!!!!!!!! YOUR MINISTRY WILL BE BLESSED AND SERMON PREP TIME WILL BE CUT WITHOUT SACRIFICING QUALITY.!!!!!!!!! AEWSOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John D. White on April 1, 2007
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Having been in the pulpit weekly now for about seventeen years, I have read just about every book on preaching published. Some are clearly better than others. Some are classics. Some are pretty bad. Wilson knows of what he speaks, and I have found his reflections in this book and his ideas to be worthy of practice/ consideration/ emulation and use. He divides the week up into do-able sections with a different daily purpose and places the sermon out in four pages--each page with its own emphasis or direction. Like a master guide pointing out the obvious as one walks through the same stretch of woods for the thousandth time, I noticed, under Wilson's direction, things that I either had taken for granted, or had not paid attention to before-- I did what he said and my preaching improved. I found his remarks cogent, useful, right on the mark, and encouraging. This is one of the better books on preaching recently published and worth your attention.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "lnfulton" on January 6, 2001
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This is not a book for light Saturday-night reading, nor is it a book that most Christians would appreciate. But. . . for the pastor or preacher that is wanting to discover a method for communicating God's timeless truths and making them relevant and applicable in today's society - this book is worth the effort. I found that I had to re-read some sections and work at it so as not to fall back into old habits. I would suggest trying to read it while on a vacation, holiday or sabbatical and then taking some time to try and implement the methods described. The author shows how to tie togther the people, problems and God's actions in the Bible to the people, problems and our expected actions and God's continuing actions today.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 2002
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The author has uncovered the most profound method of preparing sermons. This is not so much a how to manual, as a "tool" which immediately changes your approach to sermon preparation. Sunday School Teachers, too, can utilize this "tool". I've shared this with several other pastors. They concur with my opinions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Terry W. Dorsett on November 6, 2010
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This book will help preacher focus all their sermons on the grace of God. Regardless of the passage, regardless of the main theme, the grace of God should be evident in every sermon and this book can tell you how to make that happen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pam Illick on January 12, 2013
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This book clearly outlines how to preach the law in the text and in our world, as well as the gospel in the text and in our world. We live in a world that needs to hear the gospel or good news that God is present in our lives and with us even when it seems that we are alone. Many preachers do a good job telling about the trouble or the law in the text and our world, but leave out the gospel or good news. Wilson's easy to read style can help even the most experienced or newest preacher find the good news to proclaim to the world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By handsomeKen on April 17, 2012
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My biggest problem with this book is that it imposes a hermeneutic on the Bible that isn't always good--it forces you to look for trouble or grace in a text which may not legitimately include it. Also, I have found it to create a very predictable pattern that can become tiresome. Furthermore, I sincerely value authenticity from the pulpit and I found this to be difficult when using this method.
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