This book is a collection of prepackaged sermon stories provided by Curtis Jones and Paul Jones who happen to be father and son. The "canned" sermon illustration has been around for a long time and many of the tried and true stories have been overused over time. However, the long and popular history that these kinds of book enjoy is also a testament to their need and acceptance within the guild of preachers.
On the one hand, these collections of illustration can be something of a source of embarrassment for preachers who strive to preach from scratch each and every Sunday. Realistically, however, most pastors' preparation time for preaching continues to shrink as they are called to be everything from ministerial cheerleader to the CEO of their local churches. Therefore, if one needs to use books of illustrations they might as well be good ones. 500 Illustrations fits this bill.
One of the features that makes it useful is that this book is new and fresh. Divided into 50 sections from addiction to worship, most of the illustrations have a contemporary and fresh feel to them. The shopworn and hackneyed stories of yesterday are absent and in their place are stories to which modern 21st-century people can generally relate. If you need stories to help your preaching connect with the people in your pews, then I suggest that you take a look at this assortment of illustrations.
--David Neil Mosser
The Clergy Journal
August 2000 Issue