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Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart

Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart

by Donna Giver-Johnston
Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart

Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart

by Donna Giver-Johnston

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Overview

Words bombard us every day. Words can be noisy and cheap. And yet, words are all preachers have. In Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart, Donna Giver-Johnston addresses the question: How do you capture ears in an era of noise? Many preachers want to get away from their notes and make a more personal connection with their listeners, but they have not been mentored in methods that enable them to do that.

Grounded in a theology of incarnation and articulation and coupled with an awareness of what listeners most need and want to hear, Giver-Johnston explains how preachers can communicate more effectively—how they can write sermons for the ear, with the fewest, most impactful words to craft a memorable message. She also provides guidance on how to preach sermons by heart, without notes, to communicate a message that captures the ears and hearts of listeners.

In a time when attention spans are shortening and church participation is declining, this book provides a proven method for preachers to communicate in ways that are meaningful and memorable to aching ears today and that can change the world for good, and for God, one longing heart at a time.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506463230
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 08/10/2021
Series: Working Preacher , #8
Pages: 136
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Donna Giver-Johnston is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and pastor of Community Presbyterian Church of Ben Avon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She teaches preaching as an adjunct professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She received her PhD from Vanderbilt University and is the author of Claiming the Call to Preach (Oxford University Press, 2021) and Writing for the Ear, Preaching from the Heart (Fortress Press, 2021).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xiii

1 Aching Ears 1

2 Longing Hearts 31

3 Writing for the Ear 57

4 Preaching from the Heart 97

Notes 129

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