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The Visual Preacher: Proclaiming an Embodied Word

The Visual Preacher: Proclaiming an Embodied Word

Steve Thomason's plan was that after graduating from college, God would allow him to become a Disney animator so that one day he could open his own animation studio. It turned out God had other plans, and Thomason became a parish pastor--a pastor with a passion for both art and preaching.

In The Visual Preacher: Proclaiming an Embodied Word, Thomason's winsomely illustrated text shows preachers visual techniques to study the Bible, construct a sermon, use the physical space where they preach, create two-dimensional images, and develop and use videos.

Thomason shares his dual passions based on his conviction that the effectiveness of visual communication lies at the heart of thegospel itself--that it is the reason God took on human flesh in Jesus. Believing that pictures speak differently than words, he offers readers practical ways to combine visual communication with the Word of Scripture and the words of their sermon so that when they are done preaching, their listeners will say, "We have seen Jesus."

He assures readers they don't have to be skilled artists or technological wizards to effectively use visuals in preaching. Rather, he presents basic principles he has learned as a working preacher and encourages readers to use the ones that make sense to them and to throw out the rest.

Preachers are story-tellers, says Thomason. This book will help preachers create and use images that make them even better storytellers than they already are.

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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506464732
  • eBook ISBN 9781506464749
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 114
  • Publication Date July 19, 2022


"Information, illustration, inspiration! The Visual Preacher . . . will spark creativity in proclaiming the gospel in a way that engages all the senses."

Mark G. Vitalis Hoffman, United Lutheran Seminary

"In The Visual Preacher, Thomason gives any preacher in any context the tools to unlock that ability. It's a must-have resource."

Stephanie Williams O'Brien, Mill City Church, Minneapolis

"Been wanting to use visuals, but not sure where to begin? The Visual Preacher is it! Grounded, relevant, accessible, understandable, immediately applicable. . . . A gem for your pastoral library."

Paul Oman, Drawn to the Word

"I've been a fan of Steve Thomason's Cartoonist's Guide to the Bible for many years. Now he shows us how we, too, can become visual preachers--even if you're artistically challenged like me!"

Robert Williamson Jr., Hendrix College