Introduction Howard G. Hendricks, the author of Teaching to Change Lives, earned his B. A. , Wheaton College, 1946; Th. M. , Dallas Theological Seminary, 1950; D. D. , Wheaton College, 1967; graduate study, Dallas Theological Seminary, Wheaton College Graduate School, Biblical Seminary in New York and has been a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary for over fifty years. He has a passion for teaching and it show in this book. Dr. Hendricks presents us with seven laws or principles rules for teaching. (footnote reference:www. dts. edu/about/faculty/hhendricks/ )
Summary Dr. Hendricks has presented to all who take the time to read this book a tool that will enable even the most seasoned teacher an avenue for change that will improve, not only their teaching skills, but enhance the learning skills of the their students. This book is base on seven easy to understand proven principles that enable direct application from the book to the classroom. These principles are as follows; The Law of the Teacher, of Education, of Activity, the Law of Communication, of the Heart, of Encouragement, and the Law of Readiness.
The first of these principles the Law of the Teacher states, “If you stop growing today you stop teaching tomorrow. ” He also shares a philosophy that should be adopted buy all. Hendricks says, “that I, as a teacher, am primarily a learner, a student among students. I am perpetuating the learning process; I am still en route. And by becoming a student again, I as a teacher will look at the education process through a radically new- and uniquely personal- set of eyes. Chapter Three The Law of Activity caught my attention. Its states, “Maximum learning is always the result of maximum involvement. It was if God was saying this is you and I believe this holds true for everyone as long as the student values the activity. One example that I believe he talked about and is near and dear to my heart is evangelism. You can teach an evangelism class and you can teach how to evangelize people, but it doesn’t mean you will be successful.
You have to be active and get out and witness. One area that troubles me that he may have not elaborated enough is under the Law of Teaching page 29. He talks about not labeling kids, which I agree, but, in this same section, it also talks about how they come into our church excited and energetic and we get on to them. I have worked with these kids and they need structure and discipline and a firm hand sometimes however, it should always be done with the love of Christ. Conclusion
This book is not only for the experienced teacher but for the novice as well. All can and will benefit from this book. One can tell that Hendricks is very enthusiastic about teaching and helping the learner to learn especially when it comes to the spiritual aspect of teaching. I believe that the seven laws, implemented properly, will allow every teachers, pastors, and laypersons the opportunity to impact the lives of people for Kingdom of Heaven. This is a must read for anyone, especially for those in ministry.