Object Lessons for a Year

Object Lessons for a Year: 52 Talks for the Children's Sermon Time

for the Children's Sermon Time David J. Chassen, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1986, 113 pages, $4.95, paper

Reviewed by R. Bruce Brigden, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Alva, Oklahoma.

Looking through a book of children's sermons for something usable is often frustrating. But this book is different. It is uniformly excellent, and any one of its sermons could be used at any time of year. The stories come from a weekly religious TV broadcast and are of a highly professional caliber.

The theology and "objects" chosen are appropriate in at least 40 of the 52 sermons. Each lesson illustrates the meaning of a specific Bible verse and will cause hearers of every age to nod in assent, for all of these talks present the great truths of the Christian faith in a memorable way.

My only negative reaction was at the rare use of informal grammar and the use of deception in two of the stories, in which I felt the object lesson worked against the truth of the sermon. But the main problem with these stories is they are so well done they might make the rest of the service seem drab and unfocused by comparison! I would recommend the book to every church that uses children's sermons.

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Reviewed by R. Bruce Brigden, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Alva, Oklahoma.

September 1988

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