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Wise words bring many benefits, and hard work brings rewards. (Proverbs 12:14, NLT)
A good title offers a benefit. A subtitle offers an additional one.
A subtitle is a subordinate heading, added after a title, that gives additional information about the content of the book or article.
Take for example, Gary Chapman’s bestseller, The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts. The title explains that you’ll read about five ways to communicate love. That’s beneficial for anyone who wants to build a healthy marriage.
The subtitle adds on another benefit. It shows that speaking those languages can offer long-lasting love.
Few books and chapters of the Bible have subtitles. The Psalms are the exception. Many of the psalms have subtitles. These extra pieces of information show us who wrote the psalms or when to use them or how they should be used in worship. For instance, some of the subtitles …
A psalm’s subtitle shows us the context in which it was written or indicates how the content it contains can benefit the reader.
And a book or article subtitle does the same. The extra bit of information in a subtitle reveals an extra benefit.
Write a subtitle that indicates an extra benefit to the reader.
You give me information that I need. Thank you for the details offered in the Psalms’ subtitles. Show me how to write titles and subtitles that offer a benefit to the reader so she will keep reading.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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