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Tony Evan's Book of Illustrations: Stories, Quotes, and Anecdotes From More Than 30 Years of Preaching and Public Speaking Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802485782
  • ASIN: B00378L4IY
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,174,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tony Evans is the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, and president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry devoted to bringing about change in urban communities through the church. He is the author of many books, including Theology You Can Count On, Free at Last, The Battle is the Lord’s, Our God Is Awesome, Returning to Your First Love, The Promise, Who is This King of Glory?, and What Matters Most.


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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jerome R. Dodson on March 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I had a preaching professor in seminary who said if you get one good illustration out of an illustration book, you got your money's worth. Okay, so I got my money's worth out of this book, but not much more. It suffers from several problems. Let's review them.

Many of the illustrations are directly from Tony's life, and as such are pretty soggy and not really transferable. How many congregations want to hear a pastor repeatedly say, "A funny thing happened to Tony Evans awhile back..."

For instance, he tells a story about going to Tennessee for a speaking engagement. The flight was delayed, and when he landed, he had an hour drive ahead of him to get to his destination. He was worried the entire time about being late. The man who picked him up at the airport repeatedly told him not to worry, as the audience would wait. Sure enough, when he got to the engagement, late, no one had left, and the entire audience burst into applause. So-so story, and since it didn't happen to us, how do we drive it home? It just sort of lays there. And it has too many brothers on these pages.

Concerning the non-personal illustrations, many are available elsewhere. Worst of all, sometimes Evans says things that I just find offensive. On two separate occasions, he says that God is looking for "groupies." I understand his point: God wants people who worship him with the same fervor they do their favorite entertainer. Still, the language is just tasteless. The word has too much negative baggage. Groupies are usually mindless sycophants.

The positive side of this book is that it might give pastors an idea of how to look for illustrations in their own lives. I have often found that the personal illustrations I come up with are just as good as ones I find in books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MEdouble D on October 8, 2009
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This man is truly anointed by God Almighty. I grow from his preaching/teaching.
There's one draw bback to the book, when you're in a hurry to get that one special illustration or thought.

The index is confusing. It's explained that the reference numbers are for the illustrations not the page numbers. But, the illustrations are not numbered.

Other than that, a wonderfully on-time piece of work by one of my favorite teachers/preachers.
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An encouraging book with words of hope in a world that attracts people on false identity
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By Amir Harris on July 3, 2014
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Excellent!
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By Ella Rank on February 26, 2014
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The lense through which Dr. Evans views experience is direct and profound. It is a wonderful treat to pick up any time for a devotional treat.
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By Laveral King on January 14, 2014
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I love all the stories being told in this book and it helps me to conquer all the problems I have going on in my life.
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I liked the illustrations but found it hard to correlate them with selected biblical texts. Many preachers already know what text they are going to use and are looking for an illustration to go along with it.
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By Edward Hill on September 22, 2013
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I enjoyed the book very much. Many of the illustrations were new to me and easily applicable to my own use. There were also a number of dated and familiar stories and illustrations as well, but overall, I thought the book was very good and helpful.
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