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Evangelical Eloquence by Robert Lewis Dabney
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Dec 21, 2010

it was amazing
Read in February, 2009

I have read this book twice and refer to it frequently in sermon prep. I give five stars to two types of books: Those that are paradigm shifting for me personally and those that are classics. This one falls into the first category. For me, it changed the way I looked at sermon preparation and delivery. It is not perfect. As one reviewer said, he focuses on the rational too much at times. He can be dry and over the heads of those of us who were not trained as he was. But on the whole a young pastor can spend a lifetime implementing and perfecting the suggestions for sermon preparation and delivery mentioned by Dabney. I also appreciated his emphasis on how preaching must flow from piety. The inner life of the preacher will be reflected in his preaching. Finally, he has a chapter on public prayer, which I have not seen in any of my contemporary preaching manuals. I really enjoyed this book.
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