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new book on preaching – “live, listen, tell: the art of preaching” by geoff new

Live, Listen, Tell: The Art of Preaching will guide readers through the process of sermon preparation and hearing God through the Scriptures. By drawing on life and Scripture, especially the road to Emmaus narrative in Luke 24, the author illustrates that preachers are living a story, listening to a story and telling a story. This book encourages you to pay particular attention, through prayer, to the story to which you are listening. Geoff New shows how to prayerfully listen to the Scriptures in preaching preparation and how the fruit of this leads to a sermon – and impacts the way we live, listen and tell.

Orders can be placed at geoffnew@xtra.co.nz ($NZ10 + postage) or from Langham Literature

Endorsements

This is a book that guides us to live, listen and tell. As we do that we ourselves as well as our listeners will experience hope and light. I have always appreciated the Ignatian gospel contemplation as a spirituality exercise but to link it with sermon preparation in such a creative way is Geoff New’s genius skill. When I was asked to write an endorsement for a manuscript on preaching I sighed and murmured to myself whether we do really need another book on preaching. Now that I have read the manuscript I have a totally different story to tell. This is a book that deserves listening and telling!

Rev Riad Kassis, PhD (Director, Langham Scholars Ministry, Langham Partnership; International Director, International Council for Evangelical Theological Education)

 

What Geoff New offers in this book is a crucial but oft-neglected step in the process of sermon preparation. Preachers first need to hear God from the text for themselves, something that many homiletic books assume but seldom give guidance on. Geoff New takes you step-by-step from listening to God through lectio divina and Ignatian Gospel Contemplation to formulating a sermon outline. This will change your sermon from merely transmitting facts to transforming lives by enabling others to listen to God as well.

Rev Maggie Low, PhD (Old Testament and Homiletics Lecturer, Trinity Theological College, Singapore)

 

Such is the effect of reading this book that I cannot now read my Bible without praying out loud. This book is unique in that it revives a long forgotten art in which believers read their Bible with a heart already surrendering to the Lord who speaks through the Bible in a living and active way throughout all the ages”

Rev Dr Ma’afu Palu (Head of Department of Biblical Studies Sia’atoutai Theological College, Tonga)

 

Geoff New has given the homiletic world a gift, a new spiritual paradigm, under which preachers can tune in to God’s voice with freshness, creativity and transforming power. Live, Listen, Tell has brought back beautiful memories of my spiritual exercises with the Jesuits. Thank you, Geoff!

Jorge Atiencia (Langham Preaching, Colombia)

 

Before you can speak God’s word, it has to speak to you. But how do you hear it speak? That is the question Geoff New answers in Live, Listen, Tell.

Jennifer Cuthbertson (Langham Preaching Coordinator for Trainer Development)

 

Geoff’s book is not a theological book we need to read with the pain. But, this book is a manual which gives the preachers the joy of ‘we can do it’.  The Asian immigrants in New Zealand are living in three worlds such as the world of their faith/tradition from Asia, the world of being immigrants in New Zealand, and the world of inter-culturalism. Honestly, it is a big burden for Asian preachers to prepare the sermon which is appropriately related to the three worlds of their church members.

It is big news for them to follow the guidelines from this book. In this book Geoff suggests a practical formula of “living a story, listening to a story and telling a story” to lighten the burden of the preachers from Asia. The Bible is full of stories of immigrants to live, to listen and to tell a story.  He reminds us that the essential skill of the preacher is “Read the bible Aloud, Think Deeply, Pray Honestly and Rest Quietly”. I strongly believe that this book is a hospitable invitation for the settlers and the immigrants of New Zealand to live a story, listen to a story and tell a story together. Let us accept it and enjoy our lives being shaped by God.

Rev Kyoung Gyun Han (Asian Ministries Coordinator of Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand)

2 Comments

  1. i really loved to read that book..it actually left the positive impact on me… This book encourages you to pay particular attention, through prayer, to the story to which you are listening. Geoff New shows how to prayerfully listen to the Scriptures in preaching preparation and how the fruit of this leads to a sermon – and impacts the way we live, listen and tell.

  2. Geoff New says:

    Thanks for the feedback and encouragement – I appreciate it. Glad to hear the book has been helpful

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