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Read the Way You Talk: A Guide for Lectors

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Read the Way You Talk offers instruction for lectors. It presents guidelines for making oral reading meaningful and believable. Three lessons give detailed instructions in eighteen different areas including parallelism, repetition, and pronunciation. Special guidance is provided for using inflection and stressing words. With practice, readers who share the Word of God with others can read as naturally as they speak while they become comfortable with their audience, sure of what ...

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Overview

Read the Way You Talk offers instruction for lectors. It presents guidelines for making oral reading meaningful and believable. Three lessons give detailed instructions in eighteen different areas including parallelism, repetition, and pronunciation. Special guidance is provided for using inflection and stressing words. With practice, readers who share the Word of God with others can read as naturally as they speak while they become comfortable with their audience, sure of what they are saying, and confident their message is important.

Part I, The Word of God in Human Speech," explains why the readings need to be spoken in conversational tone. Part 2, *Rules for Reading Like Talk, - is divided into lessons and contains rules, explanations of techniques, and examples. Read the Way You Talk is a useful resource for lectors, deacons, priests, and leaders who instruct lectors and seminarians.

Jack Hartjes, PhD, is an elementary school teacher. He is a lector and an instructor of lectors at St. Paul's Parish in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

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Editorial Reviews

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“An excellent guide for training ministers who will act as lectors.”
Touchstone

I recommend Read the Way You Talk as an excellent resource for those who have the responsibility of training lectors and Gospel readers. It will be particularly useful for guiding those who have a habit of reading in a particular repeating vocal pattern (sing-song reading), those who know how to study the biblical background but cannot always translate it into a reading that the listener understands immediately, and those preparing passages with long sentences and many ideas.
Pastoral Music

While specific to the role of reading the liturgy in a church setting, Read the Way You Talk is also very highly recommended as a tutorial for anyone having to do recitation or readings in any public, clerical, pastoral, or devotional setting.
The Midwest Book Review

In Read the Way You Talk, the author notes that reading the liturgy in church should be 'like talk'...telling someone what is on your mind. The author, Jack Hartjes, actually creates this same experience in writing his guidebook; it is as though he draws the reader into a personal conversation about reading scripture aloud which is both highly informative and inspiring. Just as he notes people come 'alive when they talk--that humanness - belong(s) to the celebration of the Word of God,' his work comes alive with the joy of what he has to share with the reader.
Roseanna Ross

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814629727
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 72
  • Sales rank: 1,022,228
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Jack Hartjes, PhD, is an elementary school teacher. He is a lector and an instructor of lectors at St. Paul's Parish in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1 The Word of God in Human Speech 1
Pt. 2 Rules for Reading Like Talk 5
Introduction 5
The Heart of the Matter: Communication 6
Right and Wrong or Just a Matter of Style? 8
Rule 1 Use the Downward Inflection 9
Rule 2 Say It. Don't Sing It 12
Rule 3 Don't Stress Unimportant Words 14
Rule 4 Stress New Information 16
Rule 5 Leave Some Words Unstressed 19
Rule 6 Don't Sing Items in a Series 21
Rule 7 Stress the Second Half of Comparisons and Parallelisms 24
Rule 8 Handle Repetitions 26
Rule 9 Distinguish Different Kinds of Questions 28
Rule 10 Negatives and Pronouns Follow Their Own Odd Rules 29
Rule 11 Stress Items That a Sentence Tells You to Stress 31
Rule 12 Poetry and Rhetoric Give You More Choices 33
Rule 13 Stress Two or More Words in a Row 35
Rule 14 Combine and Separate 36
Rule 15 Signal Quotations 42
Rule 16 Keep Parenthetical Remarks Parenthetical 44
Rule 17 Savor the Sounds of English 45
Rule 18 Try This Pronunciation Shortcut 46
Summary 48
Putting It All Together 49
Conclusion 55
Bibliography 57
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