He Is Not Silent by R. Albert Mohler Jr.: A Book Review
When I first requested this book to review, I thought it was a new release, but it was actually written in 2008. The good news is that it still reads like a new release. This is a book on preaching in a postmodern world that still feels very current and applicable to preachers and teachers of our time.
R. Albert Mohler Jr. is a man who barely needs any introduction. He is well known because he is the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written many books, preaches often, and is the voice of a weekday podcast called The Briefing, which examines news and events from a Christian worldview.
In He Is Not Silent, Dr. Mohler takes the reader through a close examination of worship, preaching, postmodernism, and then wraps them all together encouraging preachers to stand firm and stay faithful. He wraps up the book with a brief overview of Charles Haddon Spurgeon known as "The Prince of Preachers" and looks at what made Spurgeon's preaching so powerful.
Personally, I found Chapter 10: On Preaching to Dry Bones: An Encouragement to Preachers to be the most beneficial part of this book. In this chapter, Dr. Mohler breaks down the story of Ezekiel and the valley of dry bones and shows how it can encourage preachers in what may feel like a dry landscape today. Dr. Mohler not only challenges the reader's preaching in this chapter, but also greatly encourages preachers who may feel like giving up. It was highly applicable and beneficial.
The weakness of this book is that it feels disjointed and tries to do too much. It feels as though Dr. Mohler was trying to be too broad and cover too much in this book and that this book would've been better if it had been multiple books on different subjects. Worship is explained in the beginning. There are several chapters devoted to the topic of preaching. Postmodernism is explained in a separate chapter. Finally, application is made. It honestly feels as though the book is not connected and at times made it hard to get though.
I am a fan of Dr. Mohler and have enjoyed several of his books, but this is one that fell short for me. I felt Dr. Mohler would have done well to condense the chapters on worship and the primacy of preaching and include more regarding postmodernism in relation to preaching. However, you will find gold in his last two chapters and brief survey of Spurgeon.
Ultimately, there are better books on preaching out there and there are better treatments of Christianity in relation to a postmodern culture. This book fell a little flat for me, but it doesn't mean it necessarily will for you. It is definitely still a relevant topic for the time we live in. Dr. Mohler has written many great books, but He Is Not Silent missed the mark for this reader.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review.