Unleashing the Word: Rediscovering the Public Reading of Scripture [NOOK Book]

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Modern society is awash in words. An auditory tidal wave cascades from our televisions, radios, media players, and the Internet. Today’s distracted worshippers often feel spiritually shortchanged when the Scriptures are spoken without passion and power. This lively and encouraging resource is the collaboration of a gifted Bible narrator and a mentor to church leaders. In it they show how churches can train their own teams of Scripture readers. These laypeople can—with enthusiasm, conviction, and passion—”unleash ...

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Unleashing the Word: Rediscovering the Public Reading of Scripture

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Overview

Modern society is awash in words. An auditory tidal wave cascades from our televisions, radios, media players, and the Internet. Today’s distracted worshippers often feel spiritually shortchanged when the Scriptures are spoken without passion and power. This lively and encouraging resource is the collaboration of a gifted Bible narrator and a mentor to church leaders. In it they show how churches can train their own teams of Scripture readers. These laypeople can—with enthusiasm, conviction, and passion—”unleash the Word of God,” and prepare hearts to receive the message. Spoken well, the Word of God opens and penetrates the listener’s heart. Simple, straightforward, and culturally relevant, this unique book provides the necessary tools to teach you how to read the Bible aloud, in a way that communicates its life-changing power!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310323464
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 11/3/2009
  • Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 832,181
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Max McLean has received critical acclaim for his theatrical adaptations of The Screwtape Letters, Mark's Gospel, and Genesis. He is known widely as the narrator of The Listener’s Bible (NIV, ESV & KJV) and classic Christian literature including Pilgrim’s Progress and Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. His daily radio program is heard on 700 radio outlets. Max and his wife, Sharon, live in New York City and are active members of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.
Warren Bird (PhD, Fordham University) serves as a primary researcher and writer for Leadership Network and has more than ten years of church staff and of seminary teaching experience. He has collaboratively written twenty books, all on subjects of church health or church innovation. Warren and his wife live just outside of New York City.
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Table of Contents

Contents of DVD 9

Foreword 10

Introduction: Why we Wrote this Book 12

Part 1 My Story

1 How I Got Started Reading Scripture Aloud 18

2 Recruiting Others Who Love the Game 29

3 No Longer the Worst Moment 39

4 The 9 Percent Isolation Factor 49

Part 2 Butterflies and Breathing

5 How to Sound Like You 60

6 From the Page to the Stage 68

7 Take a Breath-It Even Helps with Nervousness 87

8 Quick-Start Guide to Reading the Bible Aloud 99

Part 3 How to Teach Others

9 Train Your Pastor to Read the Bible Better-Really! 108

10 Invite Youth and Children to Make Scripture Come Alive 118

11 Scripture Reading at Home, at Weddings, and More 128

Part 4 Next Steps

12 What to Do Next 142

13 Q&A with Max McLean 146

Appendixes

Things You Might Say before or after Reading 151

How I Prepare a Scripture Reading 152

Suggested Texts for Practice 156

Resources Available from Max McLean 157

Discussion Questions for Accompanying DVD 160

Notes 163

Annotated Bibliography 167

Scripture Index 169

Subject Index 171

Acknowledgments 174

About the Authors 176

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