What Is the Book "Homilies Alive" About?


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"Homilies Alive: Creating Homilies That Hit Home" is a book about writing effective and inspirational homilies. Francis P. Friedl and Ed MacAuley wrote it for preachers who want to improve their weekly sermons in order to better engage their congregations. This book covers ten important elements of successful religious lectures.

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The authors break down how a homily should be presented, what a good homily contains and how it should be arranged. In addition to templates and examples of good homilies, the book also contains sections on powerful public speaking techniques including gestures and timing. Other topics include the effective use of short stories and proper ways to counter discord amongst the congregation. Praised for its succinct and comprehensive style, this book was published in 1994 by Twenty-Third Publications.

A monsignor at the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa, Francis P. Friedl also wrote “The Loras College Story," “One Good Shoe, One Bad Shoe” and “To Make a Long Story Short.” He co-wrote “Extraordinary Lives: Thirty-Four Priests Tell Their Stories” with author Rex Reynolds.

After a successful career in the NBA, both as a player and a coach, Ed MacAuley went on to become a professional speaker, sportscaster and, in 1989, an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church.

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