Monday, November 11, 2013

Review: Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching by:Alec Motyer

Preaching?: Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching
About the Book:
Like many things in life, the skill of good preaching is 95% perspiration and 5% inspiration. Alec Motyer gives us a simple guide based on a multitude of sermons over many years of preaching, in many different situations. At its basic level he tells us that preparing a good sermon is like baking a cake. It requires the correct ingredients for each type of cake to be baked, likewise with preaching, know your subject and pull all the pieces together to make up the winning recipe. Preaching is a privilege accorded to few and the fruits thereof welcomed by many - let Alec help you reach out and make the best of the gifts God has given you.

About the Author:
Dr Alec Motyer is a well-known Bible expositor and from an early age has had a love for studying God’s Word. He was formerly principal of Trinity College, Bristol.

My Review:
 I am really glad to have come across this book for review. My husband is in seminary and he is about to start practicing writing sermons and in a word he is....TERRIFIED. So I decide to read this book in the hopes that it would be a help to him. First of all, since this is the first time I had ever heard of of the author, I would like to say I'm impressed. He is very impressive to me because he takes a no nonsense type of approach to writing sermons. He attempts to show you the virtual breakdown of sermon writing from start to finish and he makes it look very easy and simple.

 Alec Motyer does a fine job of first letting the fellow minister reading this book that gathering together a sermon is not an easy task and it should be something not taken lightly. He even points out some of his shortcomings along this path. He also put together some sermon starts in the back of the book to help those that are struggling in this area. This book is a great way to expand on what an aspiring minister has already learned in seminary. He states that we have a two fold responsibility, first to the truth and second to the congregation. This is an excellent example of sermon writing at its finest. If you would like to learn more about this book, please visit this link.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher.