Item description for Craddock Stories by Fred B. Craddock, Mike Graves & Richard F. Ward...
Overview "Those who have heard Craddock preach know that the stories he weaves are a "secret weapon" of his preaching. Now Mike Graves and Richard Ward have complied Craddock Stories, a collection of more than 200 stories that Craddock tells, based on his own life and ministry. Even those who don't follow Craddock's preaching model will thoroughly enjoy the winsome and insightful stories in this collection."
Publishers Description Named as one of the top ten living preachers by Newsweek, this soft-spoken preacher has for more than three decades enlightened, delighted, compelled, and, most of all, engaged his listeners with his stories.Now, published for the first time, this collection of more than two hundred of Fred Craddock's stories tells in his own words of his childhood in western Tennessee, his days as a seminary student and professor, his pastorates, his experiences as husband and father, and his many travels. Through these personal stories, recollections, and parables from everyday life, we get a glimpse of Fred Craddock and his proclamation of the gospel.Colleagues and students of Dr. Craddock will read these stories with fond memories of the man who told them and of his unique style of interpreting the gospel. For others it will be a lesson in preaching, a wealth of sermon ideas, and insight into living the Word.
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Studio: Chalice Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.12" Width: 6.16" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2001
Publisher Chalice Press
ISBN 0827204833 ISBN13 9780827204836
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More About Fred B. Craddock, Mike Graves & Richard F. Ward
Fred Craddock is Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament, emeritus, at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, and is minister emeritus of Cherry Log Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He is a sought-after lecturer, an author of several books, and a captivating storyteller.
Reviews - What do customers think about Craddock Stories?
Uplifting stories Dec 30, 2007
We love the Craddock Stories. We've purchased at least 3 copies of the book and given them as gifts. Fred Craddock is honest, uplifting and straight to the point of how God weaves our lives with one another. Thank you, Fred Craddock! Bill and Diane Tucker, Nashville, TN
Didn't need to be written May 1, 2006
I love Fred Craddock. He is my favorite preacher and his new style was a watershed for the homiletics community. This book, however, goes against Craddock's entire method. Craddock weaves his stories in and out of his sermons in order to allow people to acquire the truth he is deliver without just making a pronouncement of that truth. The stories are everyday examples which help people understand a particular thought or doctrine, much the same way Jesus used parables that dealt with things everyone would understand like a sower going out to sow. These stories, while great, are best in the context of the sermon and therefore people should read his books with sermons in it and discover the true richness of his stories there rather than in this book. In the sermon the stories serve their purpose and can allow readers to better create their own stories and tell their own stories as they see how Craddock tells his in the form of the sermon. I recommend getting "the Cherry Log Sermons" which has many of the stories found in this book, "As One without Authority" and "Overhearing the Gospel." You can also find many of his sermons online to download for a small cost or buy several cds of his sermons so you can hear him tell his own stories, the way they are meant to be experienced, orally.
Nuggets of gold from a master storyteller Jul 1, 2003
These short little stories, most of them not even a page long, are little sermons in themselves, for those who have ears to hear. Surely not all of them actually happened (unless you think dogs and birds talk back to Fred when he talks to them), but all of them are true. Several stories are printed twice in slightly different forms, making a different point altogether. Then again, if you put the book down for awhile and re-read it several months down the road, you may get a different point out of the same story! Some seem to have no point at all, except to make you think. The author assumes some intelligence on the part of the listener/reader, so he doesn't usually make the point or points obvious. Read, learn, and marvel at this wonderful collection!
Craddock Stories Jul 31, 2001
Dr. Craddock has the ability to draw you in to his stories in such a way that you can picture and relive the story over and over in your mind. It is as though it were the readers story to own after reading it. With a slight smile Dr Craddock relates sometimes funny but always meaningful stories. I liken this book to Tuesdays With Morie. It needs to be read once every year. I am buying copies for my children.
From a gifted story teller Jul 4, 2001
The stories, although out of context, are examples of the giftedness of a great story teller. I've heard many of the stories before, either as a student, in live sermons or taped sermons. Many of the stories find there way into sermons on very different subjects -- because each event in life has to do with more than one thing. Read the stories for the enjoyment of the stories. Certainly they can have spiritual application, but for each of us it is our job to make the connection.