I have read a handful of books on the topic of preaching. More specifically, on the topic of expository preaching. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of expository preaching, a very rough definition would be preaching that is based on a portion Scripture as it’s sole source, where the preacher carefully studies the text using various proven methods and explains the text to help the listener understand it so they can apply what they learn to their lives.
I requested a copy of the book “Preaching By the Book: Developing and Delivering Text-Driven Sermons” by R. Scott Pace because it was a shorter length book on one of my current favorite topics. I wasn’t completely sure what to expect as this book is only 115 reading pages (not including index pages and such) where the other books on expository preaching that I have read are three to four times that length. Honestly, I was very pleased with the content and presentation in this book. Very well done.
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I would give this book a 9.3 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a solid 5-star rating.
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I really do like a good book on how to do expository preaching. I have read quite a few of them now and each one provides either a slightly different approach to the subject or even some different tools or ideas that I appreciate and try out on my own.
“Preaching By the Book: Developing and Delivering Text-Driven Sermons” by R. Scott Pace is another one that I am glad to have. This book is part of the Hobbs College Library Series from the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry at Oklahoma Baptist University.
As I mentioned that I have read many expository preaching books, this one came from a slightly different approach from the others that I have read. This book spent more time on the development and delivery of the expository sermon where those other more lengthy books on expository preaching spent a majority of the book tackles the portion about studying the Word to prepare for an expository sermon.
Yes, this book is shorter at around 115 reading pages (not including index pages and such) compared to other expository preaching books that I have read that are 300 to 400 pages long. “Preaching By the Book” is geared slightly different than the other ones because it focuses more on the points of creating the sermon and delivery of the sermon. The other longer books focus more on the specific details and tools of the study portion that is required prior to the writing and delivery of the sermon.
Think of a practical guide or handbook related to creating and delivering expository sermons and that is what you have in this book. It is concise yet full of excellent wisdom and guidance and very easy to follow. It is written very well.
I don’t feel that I could make a choice between this one and the other longer ones that I previously mentioned because, in my opinion, they each offer something slightly different. I honestly think that it would be good to get this one in addition to the other books. The other books are excellent especially for the tools and methods of the study portion of expository preaching, but “Preaching By the Book” is one of the best one for developing and delivering that I have read to date. Some of those other books would be “Anointed Expository Preaching” by Stephen F. Olford, “12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching” by Wayne McDill, “Engaging Exposition” by Akin, Curtis and Rummage, and “Power in the Pulpit” by Vines and Shaddix. Each one gives slightly different ideas and tools that you would find beneficial.
I would strongly recommend “Preaching By the Book” and will be using it quite often as a reference tool for when I am developing and delivering my sermons. This would be on my “must buy” list for anyone that is preaching in any venue.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK
Type of Book: Christian Theology / Christology
Publisher: B&H Academic / Lifeway
Author: R. Scott Pace @rscott_pace
Publication Date: March 15, 2018
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-1462773343
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|Preaching by the Book: Developing and Delivering Text-Driven Sermons
By Dr.R.Scott Pace & Dr. Heath A. Thomas, Ph.D.(Ed.) / B&H AcademicPreaching is a sacred privilege that God has graciously entrusted to us as servants of Christ and as stewards of the gospel. Preaching by the Book is a practical handbook offering fundamental guidance for preachers beginning to explore their gifts and fresh insights for seasoned veterans desiring to refine their craft. R. Scott Pace challenges preachers to develop both style and substance by considering their unique personality and gifts, the work of the Spirit, and the particular audience on a given occasion.
The Goal of This Book:
The authors’ goal of “Preaching By the Book” is to help new or seasoned preachers (or anyone who preaches the Scripture) to refine their craft by looking at the giftings they have been given, the sound approach of expository preaching, and the work of the Holy Spirit. All this in an effort to develop a message and deliver to their audience so they can clearly understand Scripture and be able to apply it to their lives.
My Favorite Part:
The way that this material is presented makes it so easy to follow, yet so practical that it can very easily be applied to the building and delivering of sermons. I especially liked the chapter on illustrations and how to use them and how not to use them. It made me really reflect on how I have used illustrations in the past and how I will use them in the future.
If you are someone who delivers messages in a church service, small group, or any other setting, this book is very highly recommended. With its ease of reading, yet deep wisdom in message development and delivery, this is one that I will reference quite often. A must-have for my personal library for certain.
About the Library
Part I – The Foundation
Chapter 1 – Inspiration: Speaking the Truth
Chapter 2 – Investigation: Surveying the Truth
Part II – The Framework
Chapter 3 – Interpretation: Studying the Truth
Chapter 4 – Implementation: Synthesizing the Truth
Part III – The Finishing Touches
Chapter 5 – Introductions: Drawing Them In
Chapter 6 – Illustrations: Drawing Them Pictures
Chapter 7 – Invitations: Drawing the Net
Chapter 8 – Conclusion: Final Thoughts
Name and Subject Index
From the publisher’s website: B&H Academic, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, is dedicated to providing resources for undergraduate and graduate theological education.