Notes on Reading

  1. Read with conviction and strength. A too-soft voice puts the congregation to sleep.
  2. When reading Bible stories, have three voices — the narrator (the Reader), God (read with strength and power), and other characters. Subtle voice changes, but enough to be noticed. Listening to recordings of your reading is a great help.
  3. Read Bible stories as though you are there, seeing the event take place; and convey that picture to the congregation. They need to feel like they are witnessing the scene — draw them in.
    When speaking to God, as in Psalms, speak with reverence.
  4. While reading Science and Health, read as though you are talking to the congregation in a conversational tone, but conveying an important message. Authoritative, not a friendly tone; but talking, not so much like reading.
  5. A pause just before an important point is an effective way of calling attention to it, and attracting the congregation’s attention.
  6. When reading familiar Bible stories or citations in Science and Health, look for some element that may not have been brought out before, and bring it out. Keep it fresh and new.
  7. Listen to the recordings of everything you read. It’s good to hear if voice inflections were strong enough to convey the meaning, and if the reading would hold the attention of the listener.
  8. Perhaps the most important thing is that your reading will be only as good as the life that has been living this Science.

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