Saturday, January 25, 2014

nelson review

Nelson's Annual Preacher's Sourcebook vol 3 edited by O.S. Hawkins.  This is a guide for the year of Sunday sermons as well as holiday, funeral and marrage ceremonies.  This sourcebook contains quotes, outlines,and illustrations for numerous sermons throughout the year.  It also gives helps for difficult times such as weddings gone wrong as well as planning simple weddings to large weddings requiring coordinators. They work through premarital counseling in a discussed though not in much detail on the other had there is a complete ceremony for the wedding.  The various authors of the book help with getting through funerals with more than just the sermon but also pastor helps for advising and just being with the family listening to their stories and feelings both during the days leading up to the funeral as well as the days and weeks after.  This book recognizes that the leadership of a church is much more than giving a good sermon on Sunday morning.  This book assumes that the pastor will be preaching on the Word of God and not just having it be the starting point of the sermon.  This book has mostly outlines for the pastors use as ideas and beginning points but some ideas are more fleshed out and  complete giving more complex points that could be missed especially by an inexperienced pastor. 
I think that this book definately deserves a position on any Christian pastor's book shelf.  At 544 pages it certainly is not the only planner that a beginner pastor would need but it certainly would be a help in sermon planning for the year.  All sermons contain the personality of the pastor leading the congregation.  This book was written by 15 different writers and so has a variety of opinions for delivering a sermon.  I would buy it as a good resource for sermon writing and it would be money well spent.
This book was provided by Booksneeze for this review.

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