WOW! Those were my first words when I finished reading Communicating for a Change by Andy Stanley and Lane Jones. This book is an absolute must-read for anyone who communicates on a regular basis. Let me be totally honest and say that I'm a bit bias because I believe Andy is the best preacher in America.
Andy gives an honest, practical look at preaching, but he challenges us to ask the question, "What are we trying to do with our messages?" Are we trying we just "Get through the material?" or "Trying to tell them everything about the text?" or are we trying to "communicate so people change? What I love about Northpoint is just how practical they are and how they have an ability to look at everything from a different point of view.
Honestly, I couldn't give you pithy quotes from the book because 1/2 of the sentences in this book now have underlines, highlights, or stars next to them. I believe whatever your style of teaching is, you can learn a lot from this book. The idea is to present your topic in a way that's engaging. It's not about watering anything down, or throwing out good content. It's about communicating one truth at a time.
I adopted the one point method of communicating about 2 1/2 years ago and it has helped me immensely and made me much more effective. I have talked to many Pastors about it, and I'm thrilled that now there's a resource I can refer them to. 5 Stars!!! Buy this book now!