3 out of 4 stars
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Meditations from a Pastor’s Heart: Spirit-Filled Sermon Outlines for Pastors, Preachers, and Teachers of the Word of God Book 1 is a collection of inspiring sermons written by Pastor Jerome A. Jochem, M.S., M.A..
The book offers 52 spirit-filled, enlightening, inspiring, and uplifting sermons for pastors, preachers, and teachers of the word of God. It can also be used for personal meditations. The author features interesting topics for Christians including salvation, forgiveness, the Holy Spirit, heaven, spiritual growth, freedom, and Christian marriage. Moreover, he enumerates the characteristics of a friend as exemplified by Jesus Christ, the types of offense committed against people, and four ways to improve the experience of worship. Furthermore, he offers answers on difficult and personal questions such as how to deal with the painful memories of the past and the uncertainty of the future; how to forgive others; how to overcome offense; and how to deal with catastrophe. In addition, the book presents sermons for specific occasions like Christmas, New Year, Palm Sunday, Easter, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving among others.
Though the book is apparently written for pastors and preachers, it is an easy read and is easily understandable even by laymen especially the regular Bible readers. It is very organized and very concise that anyone using and following the 'sermon outlines' has no chance of deviating from the topic. The author uses present-day situations as examples and relates them to biblical events supported by biblical references. By doing so, the author exposes the flaws of Christians which consequently makes the readers/audience feel understood and accepted for what they are.
The most important part of the book, for me, is about the seemingly mundane but actual issues faced by ordinary Christians every day like spiritual war, changing for the better, and marriage among others; whereas the part I like most is the tone which is generally non-judgmental except for a specific part where the author refers to another Abrahamic religion as cultural dictatorship.
Needless to say, I love this book and I enjoyed reading it. It is not just a beautiful book of sermons but a wonderful, eye-opening, and life-changing experience. The book communicates to the soul. It makes the readers feel less guilty for each and every transgression they have committed but rather encourages them to be more forgiving of themselves and motivates them to change for the better. Moreover, it offers hope and promises peace, salvation, freedom, and unconditional love from Jesus Christ.
However, there are numerous errors within the entire book including grammatical and typo errors (like On lives in heaven will be substantially different than our lives in this world instead of Our lives in heaven will be substantially different from our lives in this world and is a matter of fact instead of as a matter of fact).
I, therefore, rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is a wonderful collection of enlightening, inspiring, and uplifting sermons. I recommend it not just for pastors and preachers but for all Christians regardless of denomination.
Meditations from a Pastor's Heart - Book 1
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