Expository Listening: A Review

I recently read Expository Listening: A Handbook for Hearing and Doing God’s Word by Pastor Ken Ramey.  If you have been looking for a book that highlights this topic look no further then here because this is the help you have been waiting for.

Expository Listening (EL) is written by a senior pastor who loves the Lord, the Word of God, and the local church.  The author of EL recently received his D. Min degree from the Master’s Seminary.   The content of this book is the fruit gained from the author’s many years in the ministry trenches.  In this reviewers opinion EL is a tremendous tool to use in either a small group setting or in a home bible study group.

I was able to read this wonderful new book in a couple of hours as it is only 127 pages long.  The size of the book will be particularly attractive to laypeople who do not normally read healthy Christian books. 

The book is divided into the following 8 easy to digest chapters.  Introduction: Welcoming the Word.  1. Biblical Audiology: A Theology of Listening.  2. Hearing With Your Heart.  3.  Harrowing Your Heart to Hear.   4. The Itching Ear Epidemic.  5. The Discerning Listener.  6. Practice What You Hear.  Conclusion: Listening Like Your Life Depends On It.    

The goal of this book “is to create a congregation that share this passion to honor God by being discerning hearers of his, diligent doers of His Word, and devoted lovers of His Word, preaching fanatics, even, who come to church like a thirsty man craving something to drink and whose hearts fervently long to hear the Word preached because they know that in it God speaks to them.”

With many new titles published every year on biblical preaching it is great to find a book that highlights the other side of the coin (biblical listening).  I highly recommend that you preachers buy a copy of this book for your own soul and that you also buy a case of these books for your congregation.  This pastor plans on doing just that.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks for this review. I’m intrigued by the concept of “expository listening.” I’m looking forward to reading this in the future.

  2. Posted by Caleb Kolstad on May 6, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Yes, this is a really good read. Thanks John.

    I am still benefiting from your commentary on the Pastoral Epistles.

  3. Thanks, Caleb. I pray God uses it to move many pastors into those important portions of Scripture and thus encourages them in their ministries.

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