Unleashing the Word

by Max McLean and Warren Bird     |     Book Summary


Author: Unleashing the Word
Publisher: Zondervan
Date: 2009
Pages: 176

Book Summary of Unleashing the Word by Max McLean and Warren Bird


This book is written to help anyone who reads Scripture in public. “The primary context, we assume, will be in congregational worship, but we’re aware that in many homes the Bible is read aloud each day as part of family worship or bedtime reading, and Bible reading also occurs everywhere from weddings to hospital visitation.” (p. 14)

Why is there a need to write a book about the public reading of God’s Word?

For starters, “We all need help in reading the Word of God—and we all have ways that we can improve” (p. 15). Additionally, most pastors and church leaders give little thought to the public reading of God’s Word. Yes, most of our worship services include Scripture readings, but these readings rarely involve preparation or practice. These unprepared, impromptu readings often come across as hurried, dry, disinterested, and cold. This is not how the people of God ought to hear the reading of God’s Word!

“The goal is ultimately transformation.” (p. 15) We want our people to hear the Word of God read in such a way that they are engaged and changed through the power of God’s Word.





Unleashing the Word

by Max McLean and Warren Bird

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Unleashing the Word by Max McLean and Warren Bird

AuthorMax McLean and Warren Bird
PublisherZondervan
Date2009
Pages176


Overview:

This book is written to help anyone who reads Scripture in public. “The primary context, we assume, will be in congregational worship, but we’re aware that in many homes the Bible is read aloud each day as part of family worship or bedtime reading, and Bible reading also occurs everywhere from weddings to hospital visitation.” (p. 14)

Why is there a need to write a book about the public reading of God’s Word?

For starters, “We all need help in reading the Word of God—and we all have ways that we can improve” (p. 15). Additionally, most pastors and church leaders give little thought to the public reading of God’s Word. Yes, most of our worship services include Scripture readings, but these readings rarely involve preparation or practice. These unprepared, impromptu readings often come across as hurried, dry, disinterested, and cold. This is not how the people of God ought to hear the reading of God’s Word!

“The goal is ultimately transformation.” (p. 15) We want our people to hear the Word of God read in such a way that they are engaged and changed through the power of God’s Word.




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