Reading for Preaching: The Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists

Though aimed especially at preachers, this beautifully written book will benefit anyone interested in the wisdom to be derived from reading.

By:
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.    
Publisher:
Eerdmans, 2013

In Reading for PreachingThe Preacher in Conversation with Storytellers, Biographers, Poets, and Journalists Neal Plantinga makes a singular claim: preachers who read fine writing will likely become deeper and defter preachers. In his own winsome writing style Plantinga shows how a general reading program benefits preachers. First, he says, good reading generates delight, and the preacher who enters the world of delight goes with God. Good reading can also help tune the preacher's ear for language -- his or her primary tool. General reading can enlarge the preacher's sympathies for people and situations that she or he had previously known nothing about. And, above all, the preacher who reads widely has the chance to become wise.

Though aimed especially at preachers, this beautifully written book will benefit anyone interested in the wisdom to be derived from reading.

Watch the Q&A with Neal Plantinga and John Witvliet on the book.

 

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About the Author

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. is Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and president emeritus of Calvin Theological Seminary. Read more »
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