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Posted November 8, 2007
I'm not one to write reviews, but I couldn't stand the fact that such an important book had not been reviewed yet. The opening chapter gets the book off to a great start by asking the question, 'Is it true men are from Mars and women are from Venus?' and studies the answer to this question by asserting that failure to recognize powerful social differences between men and women can result in failure to communicate truth at a level that reaches people's lives. Dr. Mathews proceeds to discuss preaching for moral decision-making, and how men and women may make moral decisions differently. Other important topics examined are self-esteem, depression, communication patterns, faith, power, leadership, and biblical identity. Perhaps one of the strongest arguments for this book is that Dr. Mathews never fails to address the 'so what?' factor... every chapter concludes with specifically addressing the question, 'How does this apply to preaching?' I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have referred back to this book over the last couple of years, not only for study but for personal growth as well. It was invaluable during my graduate research and master's thesis. I highly recommend it to students, saints, and ministers alike. I wish that more preachers would be sensitive and proactive with the thoughts and ideas in this book... it would be a powerful and life-changing experience for many of us in the pews!
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