Most public speakers do not make good writers and few writers make good public speakers. How many of us have read a book and been excited to hear the author speak for the first time only to be incredibly disappointed? Or bought a book because we heard someone speak, and again, huge disappointment? There are few public speakers like Tony Campolo . . . does that mean his books are disappointments? I don’t think so. While I do believe him to be a better preacher than writer, a book like Stories that Feed Your Soul is the perfect outletfor such a person of Campolo’s gifts.
Though this work is a book in written word, it’s hard to read through the stories and not hear Campolo’s convicting and passionate voice. In the age of the Internet where you can Google anything, collections of worthwhile stories such as these are more important than ever as they bring together valuable voices on important matters. It’s like Chicken Soup for the Soul found theology here. I have already found myself incorporating some of these stories into my sermons. Definitely a worthwhile book!