Posted on March 5, 2019
Susan Sparks’ “Preaching Punchlines” Now Available!
Preaching Punchlines Now Available!
This week, Susan Sparks’ second book, Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Comedy, was published! Endorsed by comedian Lewis Black, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and broadcast journalist Tamron Hall, the book offers lessons on how the tools of stand-up comedy can transform preaching, speaking, and communication skills. Here is a blurb from the back cover:
“Waiting in the wings is an untapped power that can transform the craft of preaching. It isn’t studied or taught because it has been mistaken as trivial or simply the means to get a laugh. What is this ignored superpower? The art of stand-up comedy.
“In Preaching Punchlines: The Ten Commandments of Comedy, Susan Sparks brings two decades of experience as a preacher and a professional stand-up to mine the strategies comedians have employed for years. Lessons include framing messages that people will listen to, remember, and share; finding your creative voice; building bridges and community; and bringing full authenticity in the pulpit. The art of stand-up comedy is not just about jokes; it’s about developing intimacy, honesty, and trust—three dynamics that must be present before any sermon is truly heard.”
Watch Susan’s Facebook page for links or find the book on Amazon.