I'm finishing up a new book but I can't wait to blog it. It will go on my top 10 list! It's a pretty short book - about 200 pages. BUT WOW. Now, you "non-preaching" types probably wouldn't benefit from it but it is rather dramatic in it's effect. My brother has read more books on preaching than anyone I know. I try to read several a year. I want to improve and be better and one way is to read and learn.
Those of you who have heard my attempts at preaching much at all know that I have advocated that any sermon I preach should have at LEAST 5 points. Preferably 7! For many reasons I've followed that pattern.
The book is titled "Communicating For A Change" and is by Andy Stanley (that's Charles Stanley's son) and Lane Jones. Stanley pushes strongly for ONE POINT sermons. And he about has me convinced. He also has some fascinating "outlining" concepts. I may not change my style but I have been VERY challenged and learned a lot. I'd encourage any preacher to investigate it. It will challenge your thinking.
I found the book online for about $10.00.
ADDED TWO HOURS LATER: OK enough jabs on me and number of points! :) One ex-frustrated listeners referenced my 7-22 point sermons. Another thought I always had one for each letter of the alphabet! :) Thanks...funny, none of those folks was bold enough to post their comments! :) Bring 'em on! :)