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Putting the Truth to Work by Daniel M. Doriani
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Mar 27, 2010

it was amazing

Daniel Doriani does it again! This guy is an effective communicator.

This book is considered a companion to his Getting the Message, in which he explains the art and technique of good exegesis to sermon preparation. In this book, Putting the Truth to Work, he focuses on the element of developing specific applications from a text for a sermon. Lest you be turned off because you are not a pastor, both of Doriani's books are excellent for teachers as well! Furthermore, the principles can be used for personal Bible study as well. Doriani does not talk in technical jargon or speak only to "professionals."

In this book, he takes extra care to talk about narrative, an often misunderstood and abused genre of Scripture. In addition he deals with ethical and doctrinal texts as well. Instead of looking just at "duty," what we are supposed to do, he develops other areas of application often neglected, such as character, discernment, and ideals.

It is a long book, but the textual insights are very helpful as a reference for future study, and the book will help you with techniques to develop some solid application from your study.

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