The book is a book about expository preaching and the sufficiency of God’s Word to change people. The thesis and premise of the book is solid throughout, especially within the beginning pages of the text. Overall, the text does magnify the Word of God and gives the reader a deep appreciation of the scriptures. The book is a tool to encourage readers to find their hunger, thirst, and ultimate satisfaction in the truth, power and feast of God’s Word. Leeman did an excellent job in protruding forth the power of the Holy scriptures. Leeman was sound and clear in his approach of writing about The Word, The Sermon, & The Reverberation Effect.
However, like other readers have noted, Leeman does take numerous jabs at the evangelical church (as a whole) throughout the book. One must understand that just because a church offers programs, various ministries, does not imply that the Word is not the focal point of it all or central to the overarching purpose of the existence of that local congregation. Perhaps these ministries are a part of the reverberation effect that the Word has on it’s hearers/doers.
As for preaching, this book would be a great tool of refreshment to the pastor’s soul as well as a source of an eye-opener to the layman, who needs to reminded of the power and sufficiency of the scriptures. Whoever reads this book, will find themselves with a greater appreciation and a renewed hunger for the Word of God, therefore, finding themselves growing in the grace & knowledge of the Lord, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
I was provided this book from http://mpnewsroom.com/ for the purpose of review. The above thoughts are my own.
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Review 2 for Reverberation: How God's Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People - eBook
In recent years Evangelicalism has experienced a pattern of church growth with an emphasis on methodology using a cultural outreach strategy. In his book “Reverberation,” Jonathan Leeman establishes the premise that “God’s Word working through God’s Spirit, is God’s primary instrument for growing God’s church.”
In a natural progression Leeman presents the evangelist, the theological foundation of the Word, the individual’s heart, the local church, the sermon, and role of the Word in music, prayer, discipleship, and mission. He demonstrates why we can have faith in God’s Word to “create, sustain, and empower daily obedience to the Word.” He warns of the danger of the growing loss of confidence in God’s Word among Evangelicals.
Leeman’s writing is Biblically sound, thorough in presentation, analytical, and convincing in content. “Reverberation: How God’s Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People” is important and timely in light of the recent emphasis on contextualizing, spiritual formation, renewal, and the missional church.