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Best Preaching Books to Read

Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Preaching books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.

1. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism (2016)

Best Preaching Books to ReadMost Christians—including pastors—struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people’s lives. Timothy Keller is known for his insightful, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, encounter Jesus, and apply the Bible to their lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate, and compassionate way….
Author(s): Timothy Keller

2. Become a Preaching Ninja: Sharpen Your Skills, Hone Your Craft, Maximize Your Impact as a Preacher (2019)

Best Preaching Books to ReadWHAT CHURCH LEADERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS BOOKToday’s preacher has plenty of challenges to overcome. With this book, Lane calls us to a level of excellence that pastors need to achieve if we are going to capture the attention of a highly distracted world. If you are looking to take your preaching to the next level, this book will help. -Carey Nieuwhof, Founding Pastor of Connexus Church and author of Didn’t See It ComingIn 16 years of pastoring, preaching was the one thing I did, which had the most potential for Kingdom impact, took the most time in my week, and yet where I always felt I could improve….
Author(s): Lane Sebring

3. The Witness of Preaching, Third Edition (2016)

Best Preaching Books to ReadThis is a newly revised edition of one of the standard introductory preaching textbooks on the market today. Beginning with a solid theological basis, veteran preacher and best-selling author Thomas G. Long offers a practical, step-by-step guide to writing a sermon. Long centers his approach around the biblical concept of witness. To be a preacher, Long posits, is to be a witness to Gods work in the world—one who sees before speaking, one whose task is to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about what is seen.”This updated edition freshens up language and anecdotes, contains an extensive new analysis of the…
Author(s): Thomas G. Long

4. On Preaching: Personal & Pastoral Insights for the Preparation & Practice of Preaching (2014)

Best Preaching Books to ReadIf you are a pastor, you know the importance of preaching. You have spent time learning and refining the art of preaching because it is vital to the life of God’s people—including the preacher. But you probably also find it challenging. On Preaching is a masterful resource that will refresh your soul and revitalize your preaching ministry. Drawing upon Scripture and years of preaching experience, H. B. Charles offers a practical resource for pastors, seminarians, church planters, and Bible teachers that is full of energy and wonderfully enjoyable. He gives tips like, " —get your wife’s permission…
Author(s): Charles Jr., H.B.

5. Preaching (2010)

Best Preaching Books to ReadA standard textbook on the art and craft of preaching. Craddock weaves history, theology, and hermeneutics into an exhaustive text on sermon preparation and preaching. Painstakingly prepared for seminary students and clergy, this book answers the fundamental question: How does one prepare and deliver a sermon? Craddock’s approach is practical, but also allows for concentrated study of any particular dimension of the process. “Filled with practical wisdom. . . . A liberating book.”–Richard Lischer, Duke University….
Author(s): Fred B. Craddock, Thomas G Long

6. Preaching Forward: Calling, Character and Craft (2019)

Best Preaching Books to ReadAs a preacher, you are the response of Heaven to the cry of your city!Clarify your calling, strengthen your character, and develop your craft as a preacher.In this book, Samuel Deuth, the author of the best selling book, Following Jesus, shares from his 20+ years of preaching and ministry leadership experience.Whether you’re just beginning in ministry or you’ve been following the call for years, this book will stir and encourage you in three specific areas that are the building blocks of your ministry role.This book from Samuel Deuth, is packed with powerful and practical training…
Author(s): Samuel Deuth

7. Homiletics and Hermeneutics (2018)

Best Preaching Books to ReadScott Gibson and Matthew Kim, both experienced preachers and teachers, have brought together four preaching experts–Bryan Chapell, Kenneth Langley, Abraham Kuruvilla, and Paul Scott Wilson–to present and defend their approach to homiletics. Reflecting current streams of thought in homiletics, the book offers a robust discussion of theological and hermeneutical approaches to preaching and encourages pastors and ministry students to learn about preaching from other theological traditions. It also includes discussion questions for direct application to one's preaching….
Author(s): Scott M. Gibson, Kim eds., Matthew D.

8. 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching (2018)

Best Preaching Books to ReadIn this expanded second edition of 12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching, Dr. Wayne McDill draws on decades of experience as a preacher and homiletics professor to inspire other preachers to live up to their God-given potential.Here are twelve proven ways to pack more content and effectiveness into every sermon, covering all of the bases from general preparation to the end result of increasing each listener’s faith. Recent seminary graduates and seasoned pastors alike will identify skills that need personal improvement, and McDill encourages them to strengthen such areas at their own pace and in whatever order they…
Author(s): Wayne McDill

9. Preaching for the Rest of Us: Essentials for Text-Driven Preaching (2018)

Best Preaching Books to ReadPreaching for the Rest of Us serves as a starter's guide to text-driven preaching.  Driven by the conviction that pastors hold the weighty and honorable responsibility of explaining Scripture to their congregations, Gallaty and Smith present a clear step-by-step process for re-presenting Scripture in compelling text-driven sermons.    This unique type of preaching is the interpretation and communication of a text of Scripture driven by the substance, structure, and spirit of the text. It's not the presentation of a sermon, but the re-presentation of a text of a Scripture. For those who…
Author(s): RobGallaty, Dr. Steven W. Smith

10. Preaching as Resistance: Voices of Hope, Justice, and Solidarity (2018)

Best Preaching Books to ReadAs nationalism, patriarchy, and alt-right fear-mongering threaten our troubled nation, the pulpit has again become a subversive space of sacred resistance. In this provocative and powerful collection of sermons from diverse pastors across America, hear the brave and urgent voice of Christians calling for radical change rooted in love, solidarity, and justice. Preaching as Resistance resists, confronts, and troubles the dangerous structures of authoritarianism and oppression crashing in from all sides – and proclaims the transformation, possibility, and hope stirring in the gospel of Christ. From…
Author(s): Phil Snider

11. Preaching That Moves People: How To Get Down the Mountain of Your Messages with Maximum Impact (2018)

Best Preaching Books to ReadDr. Yancey Arrington says the reason many preachers don't connect with their congregants isn't because they haven't thought through the message, but because they haven't felt through it. In this practical guide for preachers of churches big and small, Arrington offers an innovative and effective paradigm based on his years of coaching preachers that brings the best to bear in both the 'who' and 'how' of the preaching event. Be prepared to better preach in a way that moves people!…
Author(s): Yancey Arrington

12. Preaching in the Purple Zone (2019)

Best Preaching Books to ReadPreaching in the Purple Zone is a resource for helping the church understand the challenges facing parish pastors, while encouraging and equipping preachers to address the vital justice issues of our time.This book provides practical instruction for navigating the hazards of prophetic preaching with tested strategies and prudent tactics grounded in biblical and theological foundations. Key to this endeavor is using a method of civil discourse called “deliberative dialogue” for finding common values among politically diverse parishioners. Unique to this book is instruction on using the sermon-dialogue-sermon process…
Author(s): Leah Schade

13. The Preaching Life (Dan Josselyn Memorial Publication (Paperback)) (1993)

Best Preaching Books to ReadIn her bestselling preaching autobiography Barbara Brown Taylor writes of how she came to be a preacher of the gospel as a priest in the Episcopal Church. In this warm and poignant collection, Barbara Brown Taylor’s humor and wisdom delve into the meaning of Christian symbols and history―both her own, growing up in the Mid-West and Georgia, and the Church’s, from its earliest beginnings in the Near East. Seamlessly, Taylor weaves together reflections on her vocation with the long-standing struggles of the Church to hear, respond, and remain faithful to its mission of holy love. She moves effortlessly from…
Author(s): Barbara Brown Taylor

Best Preaching Books to Read

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Reformed Preaching

Author(s): Joel R. Beeke [Beeke, Joel R.]
Publisher: Crossway, Year: 2018, Size: 719 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2356947

Preaching for the Rest of Us: Essentials for Text-Driven Preaching

Author(s): Robby Gallaty; Steven W. Smith
Publisher: B Academic, Year: 2018, Size: 380 Kb, Download: epub
ID: 2363633

Preaching the Crusades to the Eastern Mediterranean: Propaganda, Liturgy and Diplomacy, 1305–1352

Author(s): Constantinos Georgiou
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2018, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2374266

Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East: A Study of Jacob of Serugh (Online Version - Searchable)

Author(s): Philip Michael Forness
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2377687

Preaching Christology in the Roman Near East: A Study of Jacob of Serugh (Book Version)

Author(s): Philip Michael Forness
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2018, Size: 42 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2377688

Instruction from the Book of Creation: Animals and Mendicant Preaching in the Thirteenth Century

Author(s): Sean Babbs
Publisher: University of Colorado, Year: 2017, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2142697

Hearing Allah’s call: Preaching and performance in Indonesian Islam

Author(s): Millie, Julian Patrick
Publisher: Cornell University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2175565

Irenaeus of Lyons and the Mosaic of Christ Preaching Scripture in the Era of Martyrdom

Author(s): Bushur, James G.
Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2017, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2321007

Preaching after Easter: Mid-Pentecost, Ascension, and Pentecost in Late Antiquity

Author(s): Richard W. Bishop, Johan Leemans, Hajnalka Tamas
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Year: 2016, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1524567

Preaching bondage : John Chrysostom and the discourse of slavery in early Christianity

Author(s): De Wet, Chris L.; Saint John Chrysostom
Publisher: University of California Press, Year: 2015, Size: 1 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1429280

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly best-sellers according to USA Today, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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