Monday, November 1, 2010

Book Review: Truth that Sticks by Avery T. Willis Jr. and Mark Snowden

Truth that Sticks is an excellent primer on telling Bible stories as a primary discipleship method. It has certainly peaked my interest. Although America is a highly literate nation, people prefer to learn via other methods and means of communication than just the printed word or one-way lecturing.

I was at first concerned they were trying to downplay preaching and Bible reading, but instead Willis and Snowden highly affirm both. The sermon cannot serve as the only way people hear about Bible truths. Bible storying takes the first century methodology of Jesus and allows it to work in 21st century hearts and minds. It actually encourages Bible reading (think of the Bereans in the book of Acts) and paying closer attention to the preached word. The book also addresses the whole discipleship process, centered on believers’ growth in spiritual maturity, which terminates with disciple-producing disciples, not merely students.

I largely minister with and to first and second generation Hispanic immigrants in the U.S., many of whom have a low literacy rate not only in English, but in Spanish as well. I’ve already begun exploring the other resources mentioned in the book and plan to begin storying in the next few weeks.  And the book was so helpful, I’m going to read it through again.

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