I have heard some very good things about Stephen F. Olford and was happy when I got a copy of his Anointed Expository Preaching book from B&H Academic to do a review on it. This book is a very good read as it is very practical and has a lot of wisdom in it. Unlike some other books on preaching, this one covers many topics that also include the life of the preacher and how that plays into anointed expository preaching. I can highly recommend this book to anyone that feels a calling to preach the Word of God.
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I would give this book a 9.1 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.
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Stephen F. Olford and his son, David L. Olford, did a very good job creating this book that I would call more of an encyclopedia of helps for anyone that feels called to preach the Word of God. This book is broken out into three parts that cover the preacher and his walk, then his efforts as they related to the sermon, followed by the actual delivery of the sermon. If that wasn’t enough, there are 4 appendices that cover the preacher and worship, music, evangelism and the book of Romans. I really appreciated the 2nd part of this book, as the author nicely covered the Inductive Bible Study approach as it closely reflects many of the steps that we did in the Inductive Bible Study Classes we did at our church. This book is full of such valuable guidance, wisdom and practical advice, I would highly recommend this book to anyone that feels a calling to preach. This for sure is a book that I will be referencing quite often over the years.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK
Type of Book: Preaching / Ministry Help
Publisher: B&H Academic / Lifeway
Publication Date: September 1, 2003
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0805431292
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is from Christianbook.com. They have it for $15.49 – suggested retail from the publisher is $24.99. The publisher does sell it directly from their parent company website (LifeWay). See below for a breakout and links to the different prices from some major re-sellers. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
Binding: Softcover / Paperback
Color: no color other than cover
Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
Number of Pages: 368
Author: Stephen L. Olford with David L. Olford
Typeface and Print:
The ease of reading this book was very good. Good printing and a fairly opaque paper make this easy to read the text on every page with very little show-through.
Ease of Use:
This book is more than just the approach of preparing a sermon. It also is about the life of the preacher and how it relates to God’s anointing. It continues on with how the preacher relates to music and selection of music, worship and many other topics. The flow of the material is very good, but there are a lot of excellent truths in this book, so it took me a little longer to go through it all. Mostly, this is because I wanted to absorb as much as possible. One could argue that this book could be classified as a seminary level book, but I think that you will find this to be a very valuable resource, whether you are in seminary or not. Content and flow of the material make this book easy to use.
Part 1 – The Walk to Pursue
Chapter 1 – The Preacher and the Call of God
Chapter 2 – The Preacher and the Word of God
Chapter 3 – The Preacher and the Life of God
Chapter 4 – The Preacher and the Man of God
Chapter 5 – The Preacher and the Work of God
Part 2 – The Work to Perform
Chapter 6 – The Preacher and Exposition
Chapter 7 – The Preacher and Preparation: Selection
Chapter 8 – The Preacher and Preparation: Investigation
Chapter 9 – The Preacher and Preparation: Organization
Chapter 10 – The Preacher and Preparation: Finalization
Chapter 11 – The Preacher and Communication
Part 3 – The Word to Proclaim
Chapter 12 – The Preacher and Consecration
Chapter 13 – The Preacher and Proclamation
Chapter 14 – The Preacher and Comprehension
Chapter 15 – The Preacher and Application
Chapter 16 – The Preacher and Invitation
Chapter 17 – The Preacher and Conservation
Chapter 18 – The Preacher and Inculcation
Chapter 19 – The Preacher and Motivation
Appendix A – The Preacher and Worship
Appendix B – The Preacher and Music
Appendix C – The Preacher and Evangelism
Appendix D – The Preacher and Romans
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