With pastoral wisdom, Steve Norman describes ten different roles that the preacher plays, inviting the kind of spiritual development and self-awareness that will allow readers to discern how to let sermons grow from their own discipleship.
In ten chapters Steve develops the truth of one controlling idea: "There's a direct line between the state of our soul and the tenor of truth proclaimed." That is, how we are formed on the inside will indicate how we speak on the outside.
Those who don't seek God's help to address their personality hiccups, maladaptive tendencies, family traumas, and fears will inevitably renounce core aspects of the faithful, fruitful freedom in Christ that God intends, including their preaching.
I like this book. It has something for new preachers and old. In fact, it has many things for all. Without rejecting homiletical technique, it starts with something prior. It starts at the very beginning—a very good place to start—with the preacher's calling, role(s), and soul.
Norman is right, "we are called to be wordsmiths and theologians. And we are called to be stewards and gardeners." In his book he walks alongside us in that garden path. And the overflow is transformative for the spiritually lost and the seasoned saints.
With the care and precision of a surgeon Steve Norman examines both the craft and art of preaching. He dares us to improve our preaching, to become less mechanical and more artistic, and to think about what we are doing.