Tim Muehlhoff & Todd V. Lewis, IVP Academic, $23.95
Muehlhoff and Lewis’ book suggests reasons why one branch of social psychology — communication theory and practice — is important for Christian communicators.
As “homo narrans” we actually impose meaning on our lives through narrative.
For example: there’s a distinction between a particular word and the meaning a word has within a particular culture. So when a leader/preacher uses words, sometimes what you say isn’t necessarily what they hear.
Sometimes we communicate best by taking note of St Francis’ dictum: “Preach the gospel, use words if necessary.”