“He is Not Silent” Book Review


I first heard of Al Mohler when I found out that he was delivering the commencement address at my college graduation, since that time I have grown to love his preaching, his writing, and most recently his two new podcasts (“Thinking in Public” and “The Briefing”).

Mohler’s recent book “He is Not Silent” is yet another example of his readable style, thoughtful commentary and commitment to biblical orthodoxy.  He is Not Silent is a book about preaching, specifically it’s a book about expository preaching.  Mohler writes, “I believe that the only form of authentic Christian preaching is expository preaching.”  The book weighs in at 169 pages with a pretty large print, so it is by no means an exhaustive treatment of the topic of expository preaching but it is nonetheless thoughtful and very helpful.  I found myself greatly encouraged as a preacher reading this book.

In spite of the brief nature of the book, Mohler covers a lot of ground in its 10 chapters, tackling issues such as a definition of expository preaching, preaching to postmodern ears, the nature of theology in preaching, the issue of authority in preaching and several others. 

The main point that Mohler is making throughout He is Not Silent is that God continues to actively speak today and the means which He uses to carry His voice is preaching.  Mohler writes:

You see, that’s the grand distinction made in the Old Testament over and over again between the true God and the false idols.  The pagan peoples see their gods and speak to their gods, but the one true and living God is never seen, and yet He speaks to His people…

It all finally comes down to the question of who has the right to speak.  Does the preacher have the right to speak, or does that right belong to God?  That is the difference between life and death for our people.  Do we think that God’s elect will be called out by our own stories, gimmicks, and eloquence?  Such thinking is arrogance.  Can God’s redeemed people live on our words alone?  Will they be just fine if we don’t read and explain God’s Word to them?  Obviously not.  For life is found only in the Word of God.

In the end, our calling as preachers is really very simple.  We study, we stand before our people, we read the text, and we explain it.  We reprove, rebuke, exhort, encourage, and teach – and then we do it all again and again and again.

He is Not Silent is an excellent book about preaching and a powerful reminder that God really does speak to us today and that He does so through the agency of preaching.

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October 04 2010 04:00 am | Blog

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