Windows for Sermons advocates the necessity of using illustrations to make preaching effective. Poetical, narrative, and biblical illustrations are explored. In addition, a careful study of how past preachers have effectively used such illustrations to connect the truth of God's word with their audience (including Christ and St. Paul) is examined. Techniques for finding and creating new sermon illustrations are also presented. The final portion of this text includes four hundred sermon illustrations, anecdotes, and stories for the reader's own use.
About the Author
Louis Albert Banks (1855-1933) was educated at Philomath College, Oregon. He was licensed to preach by the United Brethren Church when he was only sixteen; though, he would later join the Methodist Episcopal Church and serve the denomination as a deacon, elder, and pastor. In 1877, after a year of studying law, Banks was admitted to the bar. In 1890, Banks was given the degree of D.D. by Mt. Union College.
Banks was a fervent temperance advocate; he ran for governor of Massachusetts on the Prohibition Party ticket, served as an evangelist for the American Anti-Saloon League, and was once shot by an angered saloon-keeper. From his experience with the saloon-keeper, Banks wrote The Censor Echoes. Additionally, Banks was very troubled by the labor conditions of those working in sweat-shops and tenement-houses and wrote White Slaves in response. The book received national recognition and ignited a series of congressional investigations. Well-known and respected in his time, Banks preached the word with direct and persuasive language, and his sermons are sure to bless those who read and use them.