Just Say the Word: Writing for the Ear

A useful guide to writing sermon manuscripts.

Andy McRae, associate pastor, Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, Takoma Park, Maryland

G. Robert Jacks, associate professor of speech communication in ministry at Princeton Theological Seminary, has done all preachers a great favor with his manual on preaching so people can hear.

The book is part textbook, part workbook, and always entertaining. It seeks to help preachers write sermon manuscripts (whether they read them in the pulpit or not!) that will help them speak in ways that people listen. Included are instructions about the proper use of questions, ordering the sequence of ideas, getting rid of excess words, developing style, doing rewrites, and using and telling stories (these alone are worth the price of the book!). The book provides many usable examples of sermons, stories, and conversation.

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Andy McRae, associate pastor, Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, Takoma Park, Maryland

September 1997

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