Thursday, April 18, 2013
Book Review - The ABC'S of Children's Sermons
Children's Sermons are often inadequately prepared, understood maybe only by the adults, and leave the youth wanting something to which they can relate. Because children take what you say literally, the stories need to be brief, to the point, and use simple and age-appropriate words. Leaders need to get and stay on the children's eye level. This book will help you do that by offering a written sample story related to one of the week's lectionary passages. An accompanying auditory example is told on the CDs. Each lesson tells you what props are needed. The storyteller is encouraged to include some of their own personal walk with God to make the sermonettes come alive. These tools will prepare you to plan ahead to present a relevant, effective message that the boys and girls will not only learn from but will come back wanting to hear more.
About the Author
The Rev. Dr. Melanie J. Barton is a holistic psychotherapist. She has a Master's degree in Social Work and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling. Dr. Barton is a licensed independent social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister. Dr. Barton has been telling children's sermons for over three decades. She has an Internet international radio show called The Dr. Melanie Show on the Health and Wellness channel of www.Voiceamerica.com. It airs Thursdays at 1pm EST www.voiceamerica.com/show/1929/the-dr-melanie-show. Her website is: www.thedrmelanieshow.com. She has published poetry, a magazine article "Who gets the Church when Couples Divorce" on-line articles about eating disorders, closing a therapy practice abruptly due to a medical crisis, and her life story. She currently lives in Tallahassee Florida with her multigenerational family.
My Take on the Book
This was a great book that brought you deep into the bible passages and provided anyone doing children's sermons with a plethora of great ideas regarding how to approach passages that are covered within the liturgical year. Not only does the author talk about the Bible, but she also goes deeper and talks about things that the kids will see and understand within their own lives as well. While I am not preaching or coordinating children's sermons at my church, this is definitely a book that I will pass on to my pastor, as it is a book that is a valuable resource for any pastor in today's society!
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