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Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching di [Sweet, Leonard]
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A Groundbreaking Resource for Preaching

If the church wishes to converse effectively with a culture, it must learn the culture’s language. Today, shifts in technology mean that language is increasingly one of symbols and metaphors, stories and images—not words.

So what does this mean for the sermon, that long-standing, word-based tradition of Christianity?

In this ground-breaking resource, bestselling author Leonard Sweet offers an alternative to traditional models of preaching, one that is fitting to a new culture and a new mode of thinking. The first book of its kind to move preaching beyond its pulpit-centric fixation and toward more interactive, participatory modes of communication, Sweet presents both a challenge and a path forward for a church struggling to maintain its relevance in a post-modern, media-saturated culture.

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  • Editore: Zondervan (25 marzo 2014)
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5.0 su 5 stelle Long gone is the day when a preacher could effectively deliver a 45 minute logical discourse <<YAWN>> about how to love our neig 19 novembre 2014
Di Randall Hartman - Pubblicato su
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As a baby boomer preacher I am always interested in learning the craft of preaching. For years I have been aware that as I age it is increasingly difficult to hold the attention of the younger people. Our culture has shifted so dramatically when it comes to preaching that even older listeners struggled to track with the preacher. Long gone is the day when a preacher could effectively deliver a 45 minute logical discourse <<YAWN>> about how to love our neighbors.

In thirty years of preaching and having obtained two advanced degrees in religion I have read many books on preaching. Let me encourage you right up front: if you are a preacher BUY THIS BOOK. In fact, stop reading this review, search for it on and just buy it. Do it. (Why are you still reading this? Go. Now. Buy. It.) After you buy the book please come back to this review and let me tell you why you have just made the best decision you could make to improve your preaching.

Sweet, in this book and other titles, makes it clear we live in a different age. Older folk can be viewed as “Guttenbergers”; ie, those who grew up with the written text. (This usually, but not always, aligns with age groups.) As an older person, I clearly understand what Sweet means. I love holding a physical book in my hand. As I read I think logically. My academic training is such that I resonate with the clear progression of ideas. I think and breath in outline fashion.

But the younger generation is quite different. Sweet calls this newer generation the “Googlers.” These are the people who search the internet for information. And that means they are primarily image driven. Search. Scan. Look at images. On to the next page. Googlers are just not wired to sit through a logical oriented word driven sermon. No wonder younger people often opt out of church services where they must endure a boring lecture.

Sweet’s book is the prescription I highly recommend to assure that you connect with the Googlers. This is why you need to buy this book. (You already bought it, right?) This book will help you to connect with the younger people who desperately need the Gospel message.

At the heart of what Sweet teaches in his book is the concept of using an extended “narraphor” as you preach an E.P.I.C. sermon. A narraphor is an extended metaphor. The best example on exactly what this looks like is for you to read the table of contents in the book you just purchased. (You bought the book, right?)

The title is Giving Blood and the chapters all related to the concept of giving blood. “Giving blood” is the metaphor for the act of preaching. The metaphor becomes an extended metaphor by using the metaphor in different ways as title chapters. That is what needs to happen in preaching using Sweet’s new paradigm. You find the metaphor in the text and work with that metaphor.

But that’s only part of the cure. The material you use in the text needs to be presented in E.P.I.C. fashion. This means it ought to be Experiential, Participatory, Image-Rich, and Connective. It is beyond my scope to teach you what all of this means but you can read it for yourself in the book you just bought. The main idea, however, is to present the material in such a way that it draws people into the narrative.

Here’s an example from my own preaching. I recently preached on the text “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” I distributed small packs of M&Ms to the congregation. I led them through thanking God for the good things in their lives. And each time I told them to be thankful I told them to take an M&M and pop it into their mouth and saying “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” But then I pulled a head of broccoli out of a bag and asked who wanted to taste and see if this was good. (You never know what happens when you preach like this. When I did this a 12 year kid raised his hand and said he loved broccoli. He ran to the front and took a huge bite out of the top.) This Experiential, Participatory, Image-Rich, and Connective moment allowed me to raise this question: “So is it possible that ‘taste and see’ just might mean that even the bitter things in our lives just might be GOOD FOR us?”

The book carefully and clearly lays the foundation for preaching to Googlers. It is complete with workshop sections where you are encouraged to experiment and explore in your own “lab” as you learn to preach while giving blood.

Recently, I led a small group study of this book on Facebook. Participants loved the book. I should warn you, however, that Chapter 5 can be tough going for some readers. This is the chapter that focuses on defining different methods of sermon construction. Please wade through this chapter and keep on going. Once you go through this chapter there remains a Promised Land of sermonic information that will enrich your preaching.

If you only plan on buying and reading one nook on preaching in the next tens years buy this book. If I was a rich man I would buy everyone who reads this review a free copy of the book. Since I am far from rich it is on your shoulders to go and buy it. Oh wait. You’ve already done that, haven’t you?
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5.0 su 5 stelle Excellent 27 marzo 2014
Di Kenneth Yelverton - Pubblicato su
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Dr. Leonard Sweet has written a masterpiece on preaching that every preacher concerned about his/her craft should make a "must read!" I was first introduced to this book as a student of Dr. Sweet's at Drew Theological School, and I am thankful that it has finally come to print for the world to read. The fresh and innovative approach to preaching taken by Dr. Sweet is both captivating and enlightening. It's the best book on preaching that I have read in 20 years. Do yourself a favor and add this book to your personal library and be blessed by every word...!
5.0 su 5 stelle "There is no blood on the pulpit this morning." 1 giugno 2015
Di T. Hyrkas - Pubblicato su
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"There's no blood on the pulpit this morning."This is what Mabel Boggs Sweet, mother of Leonard Sweet, the author of *Giving Blood: A Fresh Paradigm for Preaching,* would say if she were listening to a bad sermon. Ms. Sweet was a preacher herself, and therefore had earned the right to make such an assessment. But then, don't all of us who listen to a preacher's message make a judgement about every one we listen to? What makes a sermon bad or good? Why is it some preachers can make us levitate with joy as we listen to them, and some make us want to leave the building through the closest exit? And especially in this visual age, how can a preacher deliver a dazzling message? Is there a way to preach to and reach this generation of listeners?

*Giving Blood* was written to offer a fresh transfusion of life to those who have been called to write and deliver sermons. Leonard

Sweet, who is one of the most creative and engaging preachers you will ever hear, has written over 1500 sermons, and understands the process, pain and passion of this vocation.He also understands that it is time to equip today's preachers with skills to speak to the Google world. Drawing on his background in semiotics and incorporating the use of narraphor ( narrative metaphor), Dr. Sweet expertly
and invitingly encourages preachers to review, rethink and and renew their approach to preaching.

A word about the organization of the book. Dr Sweet uses the metaphor of blood throughout the framework of his book.
The title, the sections, the chapters and the "labs" are all identified with names that are related to blood: blood types, streams, flow, cells, vessels,thinners, poisoning, etc. Rarely can a metaphor lend itself to such broad use without breaking down somewhere. Yet in *Giving
Blood*, the metaphor of blood held up throughout the book, in all its applications. Some people consider the use of the word "blood" to
be politically incorrect; using it as the metaphor for preaching in *Giving Blood* was not only correct, but brilliant.

For anyone who is interested in sermons and preaching for any reason, including critiquing a weekly sermon, I recommend reading *Giving Blood.* Even as a layperson, it was a fascinating and engaging book.

Full disclosure: I am not a preacher, pastor, elder or deacon, but I do participate in a weekly church service. I read an early version of this book. My opinions are my own.
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3.0 su 5 stelle Alright... 9 gennaio 2015
Di A. E. Aguilar - Pubblicato su
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The author seems more concerned about making up words and terms, and showing off his great use of language, than getting to the point on each chapter. While there is a lot of great information, I wish he would have been more concise. For someone who is suggesting that we use more of a conversational preaching style, that is not so tight and structured as expository preaching, he sure does not follow his own advice while writing. The chapters tend to be too long and repetitious, for my liking. However, a close friend of mine read it, and he thought it was pretty good! Therefore, to each its own!
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3.0 su 5 stelle I love Len Sweet, and I love the concepts he presents in this book, but I'm not crazy about this book. 23 dicembre 2014
Di JClo in the Great White North - Pubblicato su
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I love Len Sweet, and I love the concepts he presents in this book, but I'm not crazy about this book. Wondering about his editor... It felt like he repeated some of the same things over and over and over and over. I had to force myself to get through the middle of the book. It picks up again at the end. I heard Dr. Sweet speak on the topic of this book and it was fascinating. Unfortunately, some of the magic was diluted in the book. Too many loooooong explanations of the same thing that drained the energy out of the text (and me). Great ideas, just hard to get through the extraneous stuff.
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