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Preaching is hard work. When I first felt called to ministry, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had never preached a sermon in my life. I never had a mentor walk me through the process. In fact, I was scared to death of public speaking. So I argued with god. I begged him to let me do anything but preach. The thought of having to preach in front of a crowd every single week terrified me. But god didn't relent. I went to a Bible college. I thought, "Surely, Bible college will teach me how to preach!" I applied myself. I graduated with honors with a ministry degree. But sadly, I was only forced to preach two times in the entire four years I was there. Since I was scared, I didn't go out of my way to seek preaching opportunities like I should have.

Suddenly, I found myself in my first job as a youth pastor. I immediately had to preach at least once a week. Panic! Bible college did not prepare me for this. What should I do? My first attempts at sermons (if you could even call it that) were horrendous. I stood in front of my notes, shaking while reading the message word for word. This is not what I got into ministry to do! I needed to get better. So I hit the books. I read every book on preaching I could get my hands on. The books were all right but mostly theoretical. So I asked a lot of pastors a lot of questions and started listening to as many good preachers as I could find. Finally, I started getting some practical advice. Slowly, I began to get better with each message.

This little book is the kind of resource I wish I had way back when I felt the call to ministry. There were good books on preaching, but most lacked the practical tips I needed. I knew why I preached and what to preach. What I didn't know was how to preach. I needed short, practical tips to get me started in the right direction.

©2016 Brandon Hilgemann (P)2016 Brandon Hilgemann

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I was impressed with this book. that you for the great information. I will definitely use the info.
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Good overall

Voice occasionally dropped when citing Bible verses, and authors for some quotes. Overall this was a good book for the technical aspect of preaching.

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very helpful

I am listening to this book for the third time, because I found the information to be helpful, in developing skills in sermon preparation. In addition to help me develop a preach plan.

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good book

good book to learn and to improve the way to preach your services. dont miss it.

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Packed tight like sardines in a can!

This is voice to text so I apologize for any spelling errors. This little book (and the Audible version of this book) is packed tight with all kinds of useful information! It is not a 22-hour long series, but rather, it is what you need to know. Amazing examples, useful & insightful suggestions and step by step directions. One update: Amazon changed the address for your Kindle notes & highlights. Now it is "kindle.amazon.com". I about shouted for you when you unveiled that little gold nugget! I, too, have moved to Kindle books! Thank you, and, I lived in Rio Rancho, and watched the Balloon Fiesta every year!

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a practical approach to preaching

this book is solid. gets right to the point and helps you become the preacher God called you to be. I great book to keep on the shelf and reference back to from time to time.

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Biblical and practical.

Very well written book and very well organized. You can see that the author loves God, and people, throughout his discourse.

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Nuts and bolts, exactly what I was looking for!

Nuts and bolts, exactly what I was looking for!
I've been searching for this for some time now.

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helpful

This was very simple and insightful. I took notes on the 7 steps of sermon writing and intend to use it and keep it in my preaching notebook.

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Very practical and complete

I really liked it because the speaker is speaking from his own experience and had overcome the obstacles