At its core this book is about everything seminary and academics never taught us about preaching. Professors don't produce preachers. Preachers are hewn out of the rough granite of experience and time. The author had the privilege of sitting down with some of the most notable preachers of our day and pilfering their hard-earned wisdom and insights. Well-Driven Nails is an accounting of what Byron Yawn learned from these true "professors" of the craft. But, it is also more than a book on preaching. It's about a journey every preacher must take if he is to be a fearless proclaimer of Christ in a room full of critics. It is about finding one's own voice. In this sense it also applies to everyone who struggles to overcome the fear of man in their devotion to Christ.
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I've never understood how an expositor who has immersed himself in the biblical text could preach a dull sermon, but I realize that many do—so many, in fact, that expository preaching has acquired a bad reputation in some circles. No wonder. Dry, passionless preaching and murky, technical jargon have ruined countless expository sermons. It doesn't have to be that way. In fact, as Byron Yawn points out so powerfully in this book, good expository preaching should never be dry or merely academic. The faithful expositor's duty entails much more than sound exegesis and symmetrical outlines. The delivery of the sermon is crucial. Zeroing in, especially on qualities like clarity, simplicity, and passion, Byron hits all the right notes. Every preacher who wants to be an effective expositor should read this book and take it to heart.
—Dr. John MacArthur, president, The Master's College and Seminary
In our age of celebrity preaching, ordinary preachers can begin to think that style ultimately determines whether preaching is great or not. Byron Yawn has provided a needed and helpful corrective by showing that what makes preaching great, instead, are three qualities: clarity, depth, and passion. The preachers he interviews are among the greats of our day, to be sure. But what makes them great as preachers are these three qualities that all good preaching should have, that your and my preaching may have. Experienced preachers, as well as those just starting out, will benefit much from getting clear on what matters most in our preaching, and Well-Driven Nails will help much in pointing us all in the right direction.
—Dr. Bruce A. Ware, professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Here is a must read book for every preacher who seeks to find his own individual voice and develop his own personal style in the pulpit. Each preacher is a one of a kind instrument, uniquely gifted by God, to proclaim His glory. This book will help guide you to be that preacher.
—Dr. Steven Lawson, senior pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL