Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside Out Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  November 18, 2014
Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside Out Book Cover Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside Out
Dave McClellan
Weaver Book Company
October 1, 2014

According to Kenton Anderson, professor of homiletics at ACTS Seminaries of Trinity Western University, this volume represents "a powerful tool" because it offers a new (actually old) model of preaching. For centuries, preaching has been shaped from a literary standpoint (i.e., reading, writing, outlining, and displaying sermons), but a premodern method of oral preparation and delivery has largely been forgotten. Preaching by Ear hearkens back to an earlier era when sermons were rooted inside the preacher and moved out in a natural and powerful way.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Preaching by Ear: Speaking God’s Truth from the Inside Out (Weaver Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“I love this book!”
Reviewer: Ben Toh
Rating: 5 Stars

Preaching by Ear is truly an interesting and helpful book.”
Reviewer: Mike Boling
Rating: 5 Stars

“I recommend reading Preaching By Ear if you are a pastor looking at various methods for preaching.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff
Rating: 3 Stars

Preaching By Ear is a challenging, yet fruitful read for pastors across the spectrum.”
Reviewer: Theron St. John
Rating: 4 Stars

“If you are looking for a different approach to preaching than the current written-oriented methods, I think Preaching by Ear is well worth your time.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard
Rating: 4 Stars

“McClellan’s approach is most fruitful for practitioners of expository sermons.”
Reviewer: James Matichuk
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book is a good starting point to learn more regarding preaching from within to the outside that is not just for Pastors or teachers of faith but also for the layman to understand how the Word should be presented to a faithful following.”
Reviewer: Edythe Hamilton
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to those looking for a new and good book on preaching.”
Reviewer: Bill Mazey
Rating: 3 Stars

“Dave McClellan wants to connect with listeners more than anything. This desire shines forth in his book which helps the preacher in his preparation to connect to the passage and sermon himself.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a very good book.”
Reviewer: William Sipling
Rating: 5 Stars

“For any preacher wanting to learn to preach without notes, this book is a must read.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is very helpful and insightful book for preachers, and should be recommended for preachers young or old.”
Reviewer: Val Belley
Rating: 4 stars

“This book is not just for preachers and teachers of the word. It is also for those working in advertising sector, in media, sales etc, and likewise for those in Christian ministries, whether paid or not, anyone whose daily job and service requires persuading people to a particular cause or effect”
Reviewer: Xi Ming
Rating: 5 stars

“This is a very helpful and insightful book for preachers, and should be read by preachers young or old.”
Reviewer: Chris Ho
Rating: 5 stars

“I think this is a book that all pastors need to read. It should also be required reading for those who desire to become pastors. I  highly recommend it.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a helpful book, but not a homiletic manual.”
Reviewer: Emmanuel Durand
Rating: 4 Stars

“I highly recommend this book to preachers, teachers, and anyone else who stands to speak to an audience.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand
Rating: 5 stars

“I recommend this book for all preachers.”
Reviewer: Mike Chitwood
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to those who preach or are training to preach, and to Bible teachers who do a lot of directed Bible studies.”
Reviewer: William Perkins
Rating: 4 Stars

” I recommend this book as generally useful to young preachers.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Tomes
Rating: 4 Stars

“McClellan challenges us… to assimilate the text into ourselves such that we are able to “speak God’s truth from the inside out.” Without a doubt this section was my favorite part of the book.”
Reviewer: Andrew Wencl
Rating: 4 Stars

“Every preacher should benefit from the reading of the book if for no other reason than it presents a distinctive challenge, a challenge for every person that delivers a sermon of teaches a class.”
Reviewer: Dave Marandette
Rating: 4 Stars