Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Review: Passion in the Pulpit by:Vines/Dooley

 Passion in the Pulpit: How to Exegete the Emotion of Scripture
 **Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the Book:

Biblical exegesis doesn’t stop with the words alone. Faithful preachers exegete the emotion of the text as well.
It’s easy to let our own personalities dictate the emotional dimension of our sermons, but the best preachers mirror the Bible’s emotive intent in their sermons. In Passion in the Pulpit, Jerry Vines and Adam Dooley will teach you how to exegete not just the verbal content of Scripture, but its emotional appeal as well. They show you the role the Bible’s emotional intent should play in each stage of sermon prep, and:
Offer exegetical steps to discern the biblical pathos Teach you how to avoid manipulation while making your sermons emotional Help you determine the appropriate limitations of emotional appeal Give you verbal, vocal, and visual techniques to help convey the biblical emotional intent in your sermons When we elevate the Bible’s emotional intent above our own, we preach truth rather than personality.

My Review:
 If you want to amp up your speaking engagements and sermons many times we have to reach out to a fellow minister to do just that. My husband ministers every month to a group of people most often than not that are forgotten. He speaks to a group of people that are retired and living in a retirement community. He along with a few others volunteer here each month. These people are so encouraging and excited to see him as well as other fellow ministers.

 The look forward to that interaction each week. And I have to admit my husband gains some from being around these individuals that are much more mature than we are. I love hearing their stories and many times we cry tears with them as they share their innermost thoughts, feelings, and prayers. Such strong people yet so weak and they may have forgotten many things but God is not one of them.

 The mark of a good sermon my husband relates is that the scripture is exegeted correctly and appropriately for the congregation. Exegeting scripture is where you have basically tore it down and expanded on it and from what I hear, it isn't easy. But lucky for us there are many ministers and pastors out there willing to share their wisdom to help us grow in this area.

 Passion in the Pulpit is a great book to help explain many of the notions that we as ministers would like to do but don't really have the knowledge of knowing exactly how to follow through. Passion in the Pulpit is divided into three parts: understanding the challenge, discerning the emotive design of a text, and employing persuasive techniques. Each of these points are strong and the authors are able to carefully guide us through this tricky get gainful process.

 This book is very helpful and is interesting yet encouraging to those of this that still have a hard time in this area.

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