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I rated this work at a "4" instead of "5" for the following reasons:
1. I believe the sermon preparation should arise out of the text being preached BEFORE the sermons ideas are developed. The author gives too much room for private rumination and imagination to be the basis of the sermon's thrust, instead of the intended purpose of the author. The original authors did have overriding purposes in the writing of their portions of Scripture. I did not sense that the author gave much care to the discovery of those purposes. Therefore, there is little/no attention given to the value of the original languages being studied along with the sermon. If a preacher is blessed to have studied biblical Greek and Hebrew, he/she should regularly put that investment to work in his/her sermon preparation.
2.The author's final sermon does not seem to bring the listener to the Word of God, or to God Himself, but seems to leave the listener with a sort of pep-talk, encouraging the listener to "write their own gospel", as did Mark (in this example-sermon). I believe a sermon faithfully preached should always leave the listener assured of his/her own inability to accomplish anything, really, but also of the supreme grace of God that is ever-present on behalf of, and within, the life of the believer--and therefore the only satisfying source of power and accomplishment in life. In short, the author does not seem to preach as biblio-centric a sermon as I think is proper and most effective.
HOWEVER, despite the above observations, for the nuts and bolts of preaching without notes, this book is better than any I have read, from any tradition of Christian preaching. Though I found the author's apparent diminished emphasis on the text itself in sermon preparation and delivery, his principles and instruction for simply preaching without the use of notes is invaluable and useful to all preachers who desire to do the same. He writes in an engaging, clear style. I highly recommend the book.
However, by handling the "manuscript" the way the author suggests, breaking it into blocks of information, I can normally go through my sermons without a lot of looking at my outline.
I was fortunate to have a pastor who did preach without notes during my internship, so this book supplemented my experiences under his guidance. A key point emphasized by the author isn't simply just preaching "off the cuff," he advocates spending even more time in preparation. Sermons preached using his method will be both interesting and well thought out.at the same time, it allows your listeners to spend more time interacting with you visually and emotionally.
This book could easily be titled "speaking without notes." It is well written.
UPDATE: I've been preaching without notes now for over two years. It's true that the design of the sermon is key to good memorization. You probably won't be able to preach detailed "how to" steps that are not logically dependent on the previous points, but you will certainly connect better with you congregation. And they will probably connect better with your logically ordered points much better, too.
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Fun, insightful, clear, playful, inductive...everything a good sermon should be. Preaching Without Notes gives the reader a sense of encouragement and delight as...Read more