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17 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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. So, all in all, this volume is worth a glance, if you can get it cheap. Don't expect too much, and you won't be disappointed. Oh, by the way, the numbers in the index refer to the numbers of the illustrations, not the page number. The illustrations have tiny superscript numberings at the end of each. Just thought you should know.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2009
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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on September 22, 2013
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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on October 21, 2013
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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on September 8, 2013
I use numerous illustrations to awaken my adult Sunday school audience!!! They find the themes humorous and connecting. The book is definitely worth the price.
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on May 30, 2015
Dr. Evans is as practical as he is intellectual. His illustrations are from real life experiences and therefore practical for all of us. Love it!!
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on February 26, 2014
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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on December 17, 2012
I like the illustrations but I do not like the way the book is organized. I would like a scripture index added at the end.
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on January 14, 2014
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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on July 28, 2013
This is great for public speakers! It is very easy to navigate through with scripture reference and a subject index.
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